Oh hey, major fan girl over here. Meet artist & illustrator, Jordan...everything she creates is perfectly simple while still being a statement maker. Jordan's work includes ink drawings of women and limbs - when I came across her leggy tote, I knew it needed to be paired with one my necklaces - such a fun gift. And do yourself a favor and check out her custom paper dolls. Jordan was very kind to take some time out of her busy schedule to answer a few questions so you can get to know her business a little better.
E: In what city/town do you create your products?
J: I work out of my home in Durham, North Carolina.
E: How does your location inspire your work?
J: Durham is a growing city in a growing region, so it feels like there are always new creative people moving to town and bringing new creative energy to the community. It’s inspiring to be a part of that upswell. And we're only about a thirty minute drive to Raleigh or Chapel Hill, so there’s always something exciting to eat, see, or do nearby.
E: When and why did you initially start your own business?
J: Six years ago I was working as a graphic designer and making art in my spare time, when I started offering custom paper dolls through my Etsy shop. Those became a big hit and before long, I was burning the candle at both ends. That’s when I decided to let my day job go to focus on illustrations full-time.
E: What is your favorite thing about owning your own business?
J: There’s nothing better than managing the direction of your work — which projects you want to take, which goals you want to accomplish — it’s really creatively fulfilling. And you can’t beat the flexibility of making your own hours.
E: What is the biggest challenge of owning your own business?
J: As a one-woman operation, I’m in charge of everything. A lot of my work days are spent on things like managing schedules or organizing financials — not the most inspiring tasks. When you work from home (like I do), I can be a challenge to turn the work day off at the end of the day.
E: We love growing our creative network! Can you share a few of your favorite handmade/artisan shops?
J: We have some wonderful handmade/artisan shops worth checking out here in the Triangle. I’m a fan of Indio and Everyday Magic in Durham, and Gather and Ramble Supply Co. in Raleigh. I have some lovely stockists further out in NC that I can recommend, including Kleur Shop in Winston-Salem and Horse & Hero in Asheville.