Have you ever seen photos of a product and immediately known exactly who the maker was? Not because of flashy logos or a familiar face but because the product is branded so fantastically that there’s no room for doubt.
That’s how I feel about Tamar Schechner’s work. Tamar is the creative genius behind Nest Pretty Things, a gorgeous brand of handmade jewelry and accessories for women (and kids!) that’s romantic and bohemian with a bright, modern twist.
The styling and overall aesthetic of Tamar’s work is unmistakable. I heeded to get into her brain and I’m so excited that she agreed to a Girl Boss interview!
Tell me a little bit about your business. When did you start it? What inspired you to get it going?
I used to work as a Creative Director for a magazine for many years. In 2005, we had enough of the city life and moved to small Vermont village with our three boys. I heard about Etsy and opened a shop in 2006 where I started out selling very random things, but I quickly found my passion in jewelry. I just launched my own new website this month that I am very excited about.
How do you balance life and running your business?
My life is much easier now since all my kids are basically out of the house and I moved the studio out of our home and into town this year. I love having the separation.
What inspires you creatively?
Anything can inspire me but especially art, textiles, colors, even flowers. I love living in the country and I’m very inspired by all the nature around me—but I also need a big city fix and go down to NYC every 6-8 weeks for a few days to see art, walk the streets, go into shops. I often walk around with a little notepad and write down ideas or draw little sketches of new designs in the strangest places. I have times when I am just flooded with ideas and times when it’s very dry, these are usually the times when I work on other things all together.
Do you have any procrastination techniques that you always fall back on? How do you break out of them?
I don’t procrastinate, I get too stressed for that so I try to always keep on top of things and I don’t leave things to the last minute. I have way too much work to allow for that.
Do you have any tips for other ladies who are looking to turn their passion into a business?
I strongly suggest growing a business organically, meaning start small and grow slowly. Give yourself time. It takes a few years to grow a business.
If you’re a small business owning lady interested in being featured in a future edition of Girl Boss, shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.