Hello, dear readers. Inherent in the mission statement of The Bright Side Project is the unspoken belief that to “Do What You Love, Love What You Do” is an absolutely essential component in creating a happy and healthy lifestyle. Every now and then, we will ask our contributors to answer a few short questions on the ideas of happiness, creativity and sunshine. We hope these rays of light help inspire you to find the sunshine in your day, today and everyday.
Today we are honored to introduce you to Phoebe from Untold Imprint.
Please introduce yourself to our readers and explain a little bit about your business.
My name is Phoebe Stout. I make hand printed and hand dyed textiles, accessories and jewelry. I like to think that my designs will be well used so that years from now they’ll show the mark of having been lovingly worn. I’ve always preferred a wrinkled cloth with a few flaws to one that’s pressed and pristine so I tend to make simple things that have a subtle weathered quality. I was at the Brimfield antique market last week where a lovely woman came into our booth and bought the completely threadbare rag rug right out from under my feet. I hadn’t taken it to the show with the intention of selling but valued her appreciation of its imperfection so much that it was destined to be hers. She was truly a woman after my own heart.
We believe that one of the ways to achieve happiness is to “Do what you love, love what you do.” How does this philosophy apply to your life?
I’m a big fan of your philosophy. Starting a business is a daily challenge, mostly a wonderful one but there are definitely trying times. When you are your own boss, you have to absolutely be in love with what you’re doing and also surround yourself with people who love what they’re doing. It’s what keeps you going and luckily I’ve been able to find that. For me, a large part of finding it was letting go of fear and feeling comfortable sharing my work and myself. Once I took the leap, I wondered why I hadn’t done it sooner. There’s no doubt that this life is much too short not to love what you do and do what you love.
Our mission here at The Bright Side Project is to spread sunshine on a daily basis because we firmly that life is (still) beautiful. Where do you find beauty and inspiration?
I find beauty and inspiration in so many places but if I were to pick two constants, they would be travel and fellow creators. I love traveling overseas and love a road trip. Driving through small towns and being surrounded by endless expanses of nature is one of the most beautiful things I can think of right now. The handmade community also continually inspires me. I’ve met so many artists, designers and makers who motivate me with their creativity and their love for what they do.
On a dreary day, what do you do to infuse your life with a little bit of sunshine?
I guess there are a lot of people who would consider a dreary day to be a rainy day but since I love the rain, I always feel very productive and creative on those days. A dreary day for me would be one that feels stuck, kind of like I don’t know exactly what to do next. On days like that, I need to do something unrelated to the stuck part of me. Simple things light me up, like getting outside under the trees, a conversation with a good friend or Skype call with my amazing niece. And sometimes the sunshine comes from silly unexpected things like reorganizing my spools of thread. I’ve also found that watching an old episode of The X-Files is pretty much a sure fix.
What are you most grateful for?
I’m really grateful that I’m writing this interview and talking about my work and I’m grateful for all the people in my life who have supported me so that I can do something I’m proud of. A few years ago, I would have never imagined that I’d be doing what I’m doing now. It really is my dream and I’m so grateful for all of it.
Check back later today for an amazing giveaway from Untold Imprint!