- Date: April 25th, 2017
- Author: admin
SQooID founder and hand -carved stamp enthusiast talks about her journey to discovering her creative passion.
It is almost customary that we do things using computers. Especially for artists, the computer and Adobe are a staple. But there is a different kind of happiness that one can get by going back to basics. There is something about working on a blank canvas, etching a pattern on a piece of organic material, and basically using one’s dexterity that leads to a certain fulfillment unlike any other.
Such is the case for SQooiD founder Tish Hautea. Tish believes that using our hands to create art, makes us develop our creativity. We asked Tish to talk about her company SQooiD and what her plans are to introduce hand- carved stamps to the public.
TELL US ABOUT SQooiD?
My company is called SQooiD. The name came from the animal “squid” because of how squids release ink. The main products of Sqooid are hand-carved stamps and blockprints on paper and cloth. Sqooid also offers made-to-order stamps from new or existing designs.
This company aims to encourage the young to use their hands along with their imagination to create original designs instead of depending too much on technology. Sqooid also aims to reach out to the young at heart to bring back their younger memories of using stamps. After all, stamps are a classic item.
HOW DID IT COME ABOUT?
I just wanted people to be more hands on and not lose their sense of creativity. As we grow older we forget to have fun. It’s also a good way to encourage those who can’t draw, but wants to decorate things, to just go ahead and do it with the use of my stamps.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOURSELF?
I am a searcher. I like doing new things or learning about things. I am an observer and like to observe people. I like getting to know more about why a certain thing is what it is.
WHAT INSPIRES YOU?
People who push themselves to be able to do what they love inspire me the most. It motivates me to never give up.
WHAT IS YOUR CREATIVE PROCESS?
I really don’t have a creative process. When I need some design inspirations, I just go and actively search for one.
WHAT DO YOU FIND MOST CHALLENGING ABOUT YOUR WORK?
The most challenging thing about SQooiD is the business side of SQooiD. It takes a lot of effort to grow it. You cant just sit around hoping things will improve. You have to actively do something about it.
WHAT DO YOU WISH PEOPLE KNEW ABOUT CARVED STAMPS?
I wish they knew how much effort actually goes into each stamp. I also find that it’s a very addictive thing to do.
WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU ARE NOT BUSY WITH YOUR BUSINESS?
When I get too exhausted with work, I go wall climbing, I cook, or I play with my dogs.
WHAT IS YOUR PHILOSOPHY TOWARDS YOUR WORK?
WHAT CHALLENGES HAVE YOU EXPERIENCED AND WHAT DID YOU DO TO GET OVER IT?
A business needs to grow. It doesn’t matter if it grows slowly or quickly. The important thing is that you actively find ways to improve the business and move it forward. Whenever I find myself in a difficult situation, I stop and ask for help. Sometimes a business can affect you personally, but when you’re busy doing something that matters to you, you just get over problems quicker.
HOW DO YOU DEFINE SUCCESS?
Success is when you find a sense of meaning in the world.
WHAT DOES THE FUTURE LOOK LIKE FOR SQooiD?
The future is unknown. But you always have to think positive and think of the best thing you can do for your business. But if I were to be more specific. I would say that the future calls for more collaborations with other businesses or creative people.
SHARE WITH US SOME STORIES ABOUT SOME OF YOUR CREATIVE PROJECTS.
One of the projects I enjoyed the most would be adding new products for SQooiD. I wanted to make drawstrap backpacks and I wanted to design them as well. I just went with it and hoped it would do well. It took me a few weeks to get it done because I needed help with the sewing.
I wanted to add new projects because customers always want variety. They like having options. Providing a variety of options to a customer is a good challenge for all creative entrepreneurs.