Here in Edmonton, the handmade circuit has been growing rapidly over the last couple of years with numerous Edmontonians locally making and selling their arts, crafts and more. Today we meet an Edmonton maker who makes the cutest bow ties and manages her busy schedule like a pro!
Tell us a little bit about yourself and Dear Fawn…
My name is Loan and I am the Creative Mama of Dear Fawn. My company focuses on handcrafted modern bow ties for babies/children. Fans often ask me if I started making bow ties because I have a little boy — actually, I am a proud Edmontonian mother to one very busy 17-month-old girl. My company name, Dear Fawn, is a name I chose when I was in elementary school. At the time, I didn’t know what I wanted for a business but I knew one day I would have one. In the summer of 2013, I launched Dear Fawn originally making handmade car seat canopies from canvas with modern prints. That fall, I introduced clip-on bow ties that were a huge success! I recently added my handcrafted wooden bow ties to the Dear Fawn collection. My wooden bow ties have been a huge hit in the United States and have been in hot demand internationally. I am so proud of how far Dear Fawn has come along in just under a year!
I love that you had an instinct when you were young that you would have your own business. Must be exciting to be following through on it now! What has it been like starting a business in Edmonton? How receptive has the community been?
Edmonton is the perfect city to start a business, especially right now! I am blessed to be living in a city that is booming and growing so quickly. The more populated Edmonton gets, the more demands there will be for unique businesses! I had no idea what I was doing starting out a business. The crafting community welcomed me with open arms and really supported me by giving me advice on what to do (and what not to do!). Edmonton’s crafting community is full of inspiring and talented people that helped me start my business. The reception so far has been great which is really motivating! My heart fills with joy when a fan spots me in public and tells me how much they love my bow ties. I love what I am doing and I am proud to be a part of the Edmonton handmade movement!
Edmonton really has been growing quickly, and seeing so many new local businesses like yours succeeding brings a lot of pride to Edmontonians. Lately you’ve also been involved in the community quite a bit; tell us about your volunteer work and charity involvement.
In February of this year, I participated in Hair Massacure which was one the best experiences I had ever had. My hair was quite long (past my bum!) and I had it all shaved off on CTV. My hair was donated to Angel Hair for Kids – A Children’s Voice Foundation. Since then, I have kept my head shaved for cancer awareness. I recently became a Wish Granter at the Make a Wish Foundation. My friend and I have partnered up to creatively help children grant their wishes that lead up to their big wish. This gives me a chance to connect with families that need support and give back to my community.
Amazing! Such great causes to be a part of and give back with. You’re keeping yourself pretty busy — raising your daughter, volunteering and still growing your business! What does an average day look like for you?
My average day is CRAZY! My day starts out with a work out at 6 a.m. (either running or hot yoga). When I come home, I make the family breakfast. The rest of the day is spent playing with my daughter and her friend until 5 p.m. We don’t have a TV in our house so we do a lot of reading and creating fun games! I take the kids out in the afternoon for another run if it’s nice out. We have dinner at 5 then I put my daughter to bed at 7. I work on my bow ties from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. That’s my average Monday to Friday kind of day. On the weekends, I normally have a trade show during the day then back to working 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. If it’s a volunteer evening, I focus on that then come home to work on more bow ties. *PHEW!
Wow, that’s impressive! I’m exhausted just reading about your schedule. Where can we find you next? What craft shows will we see you at for the rest of the year?
My shows for the rest of the year are:
June 21 and Sept. 6
Birth in the City
Acadia Hall, Edmonton
Mercer Building, Edmonton
Enjoy Centre, St. Albert
Nov. 21, 22, 23
Come by and check out some amazing locally made goodies!
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