Today we’d like to introduce you to Kelley Wilson.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I grew up in Upstate NY, after high school I spent the summer living and working in the Adirondack Mountains, in a little Loj at the edge of Heart Lake. This is where I discovered the pack basket and became enamored. I took a class from a seasoned basket weaver who firmly believed that there is a weaver inside of all of us.
After that class, I never stopped making them. I’ve lived on both coasts and have always taken my craft with me. It wasn’t until recently that I decided to start making them for sale. I find it incredibly rewarding to keep the skill alive. 20 years later, the first pack I ever made is still used daily!
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
My road has been mostly smooth. Time is a constant struggle these days, but my business is young. I have been fortunate that I have a very supportive husband and family.
K. Wilson Baskets – what should we know? What do you do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
My business is my name, simply because it is me, I am a one-woman show. This doesn’t set me apart so much as it makes me a part of a larger group of women/community, all honing their craft and making it happen. My baskets are each one of a kind, and I spend hours/days with each and every one. The company is still young, but in my future, I plan on extending opportunities to local survivors of domestic abuse.
What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
Honestly, getting the ball rolling. I have been making these baskets for 20 years, but never for sale, always for gifts. I was intimidated by all of it; putting myself out there, sharing my skill, talking about the process, selling. These are all things that make me incredibly uncomfortable. I found the strength to follow through because of my husband and the community of makers I have found myself surrounded by. Want inspiration? Go to your local maker’s market, it will not disappoint. I promise.
- Medium pack basket $220
- Wine tote $75
- Website: www.kwilsonbaskets.com
- Phone: 805-550-5212
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @kwilsonbaskets