Lots of people start businesses because they love working alone. That was not the case for me. Being by myself most of the day is probably the hardest part of my job. It wasn't long before I knew I needed colleagues.
And where does one find colleagues these days? Like anything else, online, of course.
So I started
stalking looking for other designers to talk to - and it wasn't long before new friendships were formed.
The Makers Gift Guide - a newfound friendly collaboration
One of these new friends was Hamutal. I tried a couple of times to get her to talk to me, which was embarrassing to say the least - but totally worth it! After not giving up, now we talk a million times each day and when we're not on the phone, we're messaging on FB. I'm so glad I made her be friends with me.
All of our designs fit the same vibe - even we were surprised how well they compliment each other
Another virtual connection turned friendship is with Hanna from Cole Hands. She's that girl with the effortless style and sharp tongue, perfect as a complaining companion - she always gets it.
What you can't see is my on a ladder trying to get this photo right.
And then there is Galit from The Forma jewelry design. I've been watching her for a long time (OK I know it's starting to sound like I should be getting some proffesional help, but it's under control I swear) as she grows her brand, and I honestly want every single piece she sells.
What started out as friendly get togethers ended up in print - a gift guide we put together. After choosing a concept, photographing, folding, stapling and packaging - hundreds of catalogues were on there way to all of the lovely customers who purchased designs from the four of us this past year.
Catalog production time at Hamutals Kibbutz studio
So if you're cooped up all day feeling alone - don't fret. I've been that person, all you need is a keyboard and a shameless personality, and you're good to go.
And now I'm happy to share the online version of our gift guide with you. If you love design and prefer unique handmade items that you know have been made fairly - this catalogue is for you. You can also enjoy a discount for %15 off all of our shops with code holiday15, or $20 off all purchases above $100 with code HOLIDAY100 - valid through Dec. 30th.
Collaborations are going to be a big part of Loop Design Studio this year, and are all going to be announced here, on my Facebook Page (everything is in Hebrew over there, mind you:) on Instagram - and on my Newsletter - let's stay connected!
Until next time,