Babes Who Boss Feature: Shelby Johnson

 

Tell us about yourself:

Well hello! I’m just a gal chasing her dreams, trying to make a career doing something I love. 

 I’m happiest when outside among the mountains. There is no place I’d rather be than sitting around a campfire with good friends, good music, and a solid tin foil dinner.

It’s my goal to help others realize they can find joy in the little moments in life, doing that has been life-changing for me. Watching the sunset by myself, taking a drive through the canyon listening to my favorite band, listening to the breeze gently blow the leaves in the tree, the way the sunlight hits the river up Provo canyon right before the blue hour. Life is really, really hard. But life is also extremely beautiful and uplifting. If we just look for these small beauties each day, we’d all be a lot happier.

What got you interested in this field?

 I've looooved Free People since Jr High, I used to follow their blog religiously! I loved trying their DIY projects. Almost four years ago I found a DIY post on the Bldg 25 Blog on how to make a simple macrame hanging. I tried it and loved the art form so much, at the time macrame wasn’t everywhere and I loved having something to hang in my room that was fresh and unique. After that, I felt inspired to make some unique pieces, I couldn’t stop! I posted photos of my work on Facebook and friends told me I should sell my work on Etsy. So, I did!

 

 Where do you get your inspiration?

Being outside among the mountains is where I receive most of my inspiration. Sometimes from what I directly see around me. But, mostly the peace I feel when being outside allows me to have a clear mind and invites new ideas.

I also find inspiration from artists in the fiber art community, as well as artwork in other mediums: paintings, ceramics, even clothing. Recently I have learned to silversmith, and that has be a breath of fresh air for inspiration for my fiber pieces.

 

 

What advice do you have for aspiring #babeswhoboss?

 

 

Don’t give up! As someone who has no patience and wants immediate results, I have considered giving up several times over the past couple of years. I have had great opportunities, have met amazing people, and have grown in this art form that I never would have if I’d given up! Be patient, good things take time.

 

 

 Can you think of one challenge you faced before/when starting your business? How did that help you grow?

 

 

Taking things personally. Artists pour their heart into each piece they make. When others didn’t like what I made, it would hurt my feelings. If I was selling at a market and someone would walk right past my booth without looking, I’d feel like what I’m doing isn’t good enough or doesn’t have any purpose. Realizing that not everyone is going to like what I do and not taking it personally changed everything for me! Just doing me and not caring if it works for anyone else has been liberating.

 

 

 

 

 

Who is a #bossbabe you look up to?

Ah there are so many! I’ve admired Lindsey from Hello Hydrangea since the beginning. She is so innovative with her work and teaches other artists how to find their own voice creatively. She works SO hard, I have no idea how she does it all! Go Lindsey.

 

 

 

 

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