Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Introducing 2pm at the Button Factory.
My very first blog post for 2pm at the Button Factory! It's hard to know where to start; it’s been an incredible journey thus far and I regret not having chronicled it before now. I guess I’m not known for being the most attentive blogger but who knows? Perhaps with a budding career running my own business I might just have something more interesting to say than in the past!
I’ve debated the best way to introduce myself and my business to the blogosphere and have decided to share with you a recent interview that I had the honour of completing for I Love Pretty Things
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself – your creative background etc
I have been creating for as long as I can remember. Be it drawing cartoons, crocheting or what you see now as a part of 2pm. I’ve never been one to sit around idly; I’m much more comfortable when working on a project. My friends often comment that I never seem to stop working but I don’t see it as ‘work’ it’s simply something that I enjoy doing. If I’m not working in the factory I can usually be found curled up on the corner of my couch with a crochet hook in hand.. I love being able to turn something as simple as a ball of wool into a piece of art!
What led to you starting 2pm at the Button Factory and where did the name come from?
2pm started out as my desire to create cute, handcrafted presents for birthdays and Christmas! At that point I was producing fabric button items (earrings, hair accessories etc) which turned out to be very popular and it kind of snowballed from there.
‘2pm at the Button Factory’ was born when the demand for my products reached a point where I was no longer creating for friends but friends of friends and so on! The name itself came about while brainstorming with a friend – we were looking for something memorable and unique. Something that would make you stop and think ‘What is this? I need to check this out!
2pm has since left the world of fabric buttons behind and branched out into glass button accessories – a more sophisticated range with unlimited options in terms of designs, I am forever adding to the range!
What inspires you?
Living in Tasmania there is so much creativity going on around me that I just can’t help but be inspired! Local markets such as Niche and Apron are brimming with amazing Tasmanian creators from whom I draw a great deal of inspiration.
I also draw inspiration from the wonderful world of Facebook and the countless amazingly talented pages that I have come across and befriended since starting my own page.
What do you love most about your business?
I love that every day I get the opportunity to do something I enjoy. I keep my own hours, I’m my own boss and most of all; I get to do something I love! I wouldn’t trade this job for anything. I love walking down the street and seeing someone I’ve never met wearing something that I created. The feeling of joy and accomplishment is indescribable.