Today we’d like to introduce you to Kait Hurley.
So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
From a young age, I’ve always had a bit of an obsession with design and creating with my hands. Art was always my favorite throughout school, but I never thought to pursue it as a job – I always looked at it as a creative outlet for me. After high school, I graduated with my Bachelor of Science in Nursing and worked as a Registered Nurse for almost two years. It was so wrong for me, and with the encouragement from my husband, I left the field to pursue something I loved and became a visual merchandiser. I found my love for creating and design again through visual merchandising and discovered the world of macrame.
We were becoming more settled in our home at the time, and I wanted to create a piece of art that would make a statement so I gave macrame an attempt. I was completely terrible at the knots, so I decided to forgo the knot process and create a wall hanging with just the cotton strands and dye, and was immediately hooked. I placed it above our bed, snapped a photo and posted it on my personal Instagram, and that’s where it really took off. I began creating wall hangings on the side of visual merchandising for friends and family at first and then opened up my own Etsy shop to create pieces for strangers all over the world. Creating unique pieces for others to hang in their homes was such an amazing feeling that I still can not get over.
About two years ago, my husband got a job opportunity out here in Los Angeles, and we quickly sold everything we owned and hit the road with our pup. On our road trip out to LA, I kind of joked about doing fiber art full-time and by the end of our trip we decided I had to give it a try. It was a terrifying leap but has been amazing and I feel so lucky to do what I love everyday.
Has it been a smooth road?
It has definitely had its bumps along the way. Running your own business takes a lot of hard work and commitment – from making sure I’m creating quality artwork that I feel proud of and would hang in my own home, to running a social media platform, shipping, and learning how to “turn it off” to find that work/life balance. I’ve learned over the years through trial and error, and would advise anyone thinking of starting their own business to just go for it, and know that those “bumpy” times are natural and to work through it because it is so worth it.
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I am a fiber artist based in Los Angeles, best known for my wall hangings. I create my hangings with various kinds of wood and 100% wool that is ethically sourced in the US. Each piece begins by choosing the right kind of wood panels or dowel, and is carefully cut, sanded, and stained. I then cut and attach each strand of wool one by one to create my blank canvas and am then ready to begin the dyeing process.
I am a firm believer that the design of a room affects how you feel and I am proud to create such unique pieces to hang in other’s spaces that make them feel something every time they walk past it. I personally love having one of a kind artwork, antiques, and pieces with a story, and love that I am able to create something special for others that no one else has or may have ever even heard of.
Do you have any advice for finding a mentor or networking in general? What has worked well for you?
My art business wouldn’t be what it is today without the amazing support from my husband, family, and friends. Social media is also an incredible tool that has allowed me to connect with so many incredible makers that have taught me so much. I would recommend reaching out to other small business owners as they have been through the same ups and downs and are so incredibly supportive!
- Website: www.kaithurleyart.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kaithurleyart/