Today in the spotlight we have Ms. Faith Marcus, the talented artisan behind Faith Marcus Designs.
Faith was our Guest Blogger last year when she shared her knowledge in “A Guide to Pinterest – Tips on How to Become very Pinteresting“, a post that has been very popular on our website.
We caught up with Faith and asked her a few questions so you get to know her better. Here is what she said.
What’s the story behind your company?
The essence of Faith Marcus Designs is to inspire and empower woman to embrace their inner beauty. Combining classic designs with semi-precious gemstones, chosen for their organic beauty and healing properties, and pairing them with fine metals (sterling silver and gold filled or 14k gold), resulting in individual works of art with heart. There is always a meaning or story behind each and every piece, hence my tagline “Earth’s Esoteric Energy”. My process begins with the gemstones, they are my muse. Once I procure small lots of stones, and am guided via my intuitive process, a new collection will emerge.
What inspires you?
The list is long, but topping it off is Mother Nature. Nature is really the one true artist/architect in existence. I am also inspired by photography, exotic destinations (such as India and Morocco), and my metaphysical pursuits and practice. I am often moved by poetry and music. Sometimes a collection will just emerge from a mood, or life event! I rarely look at magazines or trends. I am often surprised (and delighted) to find that in trusting my inner guidance and intuition I am generally in synch with what is “happening”, while maintaining my own identity.
What is your favorite product to make?
My favorite item to make would be a gemstone bracelet, combined with metals and charms.
How would you describe your style in 3 words?
Eclectic, bohemian, sophisticated.
In your opinion, what’s the best part of being an entrepreneur?
The best part is expressing my creativity and having other people enjoy and appreciate it, and the freedom to call my own shots.
If you were to start all over again, what would you do differently?
Putting systems in place from the beginning. It’s challenging to get organized after the fact! I know as a creative person, it’s sometimes difficult to balance the art and the business end.
Any advice for other entrepreneurs who are just starting?
Be true. Be authentic. Find your own style and stick with it. Learn from others, but don’t follow the crowd, or attempt to ride on the coat tails of someone else’s design or success. You need to stand out and be noticed for who you are. Don’t be afraid to take risks, or to make mistakes, it’s all part of the learning and creative process, Learn to ride the waves, and don’t let fear or discouragement keep you from realizing your dreams. Make sure while you are expressing your creativity, that you have spent some time learning some business basics, communication skills and customer service. You must be your own brand ambassador!
What’s next? Any plans for the future?
My logo was designed with future plans to incorporate it into my line as a jewelry component. I am also looking to offer more limited edition collections.
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