Thursday, July 24, 2014

Meet Featured Artists Phyllis Groce, Kim Wendt and Jessica Bookin of ParkesHill & Company!

What is your business’ name? ParkesHill & Company and we are Phyllis Groce, Kim Wendt and Jessica Bookin!

What sort of items do you make?
We are a group of three and we make home accessories and children’s clothing. Fun things like crochet cactus, to beautiful pillows, to a trendy top for any little girl.

When and how did you learn your craft?
Kim learned to sew from her grandmother, Phyllis learned to sew from her mother / grandmother and Jessica learned to crochet from a friend. We all have furthered our skills on our own. We love what we create.

Where do you get your inspiration from?
We all love Pinterest. We are also such visual people so we gather inspiration from nature, magazines, bookstores and our love of vintage everything.

How did you get started doing this as a business?
Making things for friends and just wanting more. It is fun to share your vision with other people.

Do you have any advice for other crafters/artisans just starting out?
Do not be afraid to try what you love. Get yourself out there and show your craft. I find that many times the market and what people are really looking for will help guide you. However if someone does not like what you do it is OK, there will be others who love what you craft.

Anything else you would like to share?
The most important thing I find is engaging in conversation. Many times people really want to hear about your product. Also smile and have fun!

ParkesHill & Company will be a featured artist at the First Friday Indie Market on August 1, 2014. The market is located on the corner of MLK and Elm St in Downtown Greensboro, NC and is open from 4-9pm.

Want to see more of ParkesHill & Company?  Visit Third Caroline on Etsy and ParkesHill coming soon to Etsy.

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