Thursday, June 17, 2021

Featured Exhibitor: Ink 'N Flower




 

Who are you and what do you do?
Hi. My name is Sophie, and I am a florist with 17 years of experience who immigrated from South Korea to Minnesota. My encounter with the nature of Minnesota, especially the prairies, was such an inspiration that I developed a style trying to honorably model the wild beauty of the prairies in my floral design. That also branched off to other art forms such as macramé, candles, diffusers and greeting cards - and I infuse all of these art forms with my love for flowers whether it be illustrations, dried or preserved flowers. I live in Columbia Heights with my husband who is a Pastor and an IT professional and other beautiful housemates in a community house.


What do you think sets your designs apart from others?
My designs are meant to be enjoyed together to give life to our life. Like the complex inter-connectedness of the prairies of Minnesota, they are meant to be bring that inter-connectedness to our homes. That is why our customers keep coming back as each art is not an art on its own but together with the others.

 

 

What are some inspirations for your work?
The primary inspiration for my recent work has been the Minnesota prairie. The more I learn about them I am more inspired about the life-giving ecosystem it was and also grieve that they have been destroyed mostly. I try to take walks to many of the restored prairies and if allowed forage in it both for food and materials for my works. The complex web of life that the prairie represents inspires my work to be life-giving to others.


Where did your business name come from? Is there an interesting story behind it?
My Korean name is ‘In Kyung’ and when I was brainstorming names with a friend, she gave the idea of ‘Ink Young’ to cover my stationary arts as a word play of dual meaning with ‘ink’ for stationary prints and my name. Then I decided to brand my floral art and others together and decided tweak it to ‘Ink and Flower’ as in ‘me’ with flowers. That’s how our name ‘Ink ’N Flower’ was born. It expresses my love for flowers and honors my heritage.

 

 

What is the latest thing you have been working on?
I have been working on utilizing rattan as a medium to express my love for plants and flowers. I have used it to decorate wedding centerpieces and decorate diffuser bottles. Natural materials inspire me as art is about shaping our desires - desires to be closer to the wild we left behind and start to live more harmoniously with all around us. I hope I can shape your desires and give life in your homes through my heart.

 

 

Ink 'N Flower
www.inknflower.com
www.facebook.com/InkNFlower
www.instagram.com/inknflower

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Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Featured Exhibitor: The Human Of Color




 

Who are you and what do you do?

We are The Human Of Color Haircare. We are a high-quality haircare at a affordable price that caters to the textured and curly headed community. Our products are natural, sulfate and parable free products. We range from by our washing needs to styling. Our mission to be a part of everybody daily life and encourage woman and men to embrace one’s true self every curl and kink. 

 

What do you think sets your designs apart from others?

I am set apart because of a few things; All-natural products that are sulfate and parable free. My line has a product range from 2~4 type hair which can help all type of curly headed men and woman. As well as everything is Black owned sourced (labels, product, marketing, ingredients).

 

Where did your business name come from? Is there an interesting story behind it?

The Human Of Color, is my personal IG name and I came about that a few years ago because I wanted to HUMANIZE the phrase “people of color”. I see each culture as individual, with individual needs, individual struggles, and experiences, so why group us as something so “open as people” but see me as the HUMAN I am that has color.

 

 

 

What motivates you to create?

The need for products that work and created by somebody in the Black Community. Many products in stores at this moment say they support the textured band curly headed community but do not have the key ingredients that we need such as oils, sulfate free and natural ingredients.

 

What are some tips or suggestions you would like to offer to fellow makers?

Create from a passion. Start a business or creating something is easier when you wake up thinking about it. Hair care is not a job or a hassle because it’s something I been playing in since I can remember. I feel my whole life I have been training to build a Haircare line because I was always researching about natural products to make my hair grow, hold moisture and shine.

 

 

 

The Human Of Color
www.thehumanofcolor.com
www.instagram.com/Humanofcolorproducts
www.facebook.com/HumanOfColorProducts

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