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Meet Nikki Camou of Timber and Torch in South Bay

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nikki Camou.

Nikki, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Let me go a bit back. My father passed away when I was 21. I had inherited our house here in Torrance, and I really wanted to be able to make this home my own, so I decided to enroll in FIDM for Interior design. As I finished my first year, I was also about to give birth to my son and opted to stay at home with him for the first year. I couldn’t see myself going back and was more interested in working under someone or working for a home brand that fit my style. An Anthropologie had just opened down the street, and I was so inspired by everything about it. I applied and got a sales position, and quickly moved into merchandising, where I stayed for ten years. I had gotten into wood burning signage for holiday and always did it for our store. My son had asked me to make him a wood comic book with a marvel comic design, and that was actually the first book I made.

I decided to make a lot more, and burn designs that I loved; lots of inspiration from Native American / Mexican culture. (my grandma spent her childhood in Mexico and came here as a teen when her sister became an actress) I grew up spending many weekends in Rosarito and was that kid that had 50 friendship bracelets either from our trips, or ones I had made. I’ve always loved those textures and prints! My position at Anthropologie had been phased out, which left me free to now start my own business. I started with the journals, and really wanted to stick with metals as opposed to painting, and leafing seemed like the best option. I ended up getting into Renegade craft fair, and sold a bunch of journals, and had people say they would love to see wall art. I have continued to evolve and am really happy with where my art is at now.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I wish I could say this has been smooth, but that would be a total lie. This has been hard. Some of my biggest struggles have been navigating my time with my family and balancing my time with timber and torch. And realizing that I’m only one person. I’m just now at a point where I have looked into outsourcing website stuff. When I started this, I thought, “ok, I got a product, got a website, sales are gonna come rolling in!” And it’s been a lot of work to get here. Whether it’s building a following on social media, becoming a photographer, a website developer, etc. It was all so much more than I thought, but learning all of this has been so worth it!

Please tell us about Timber and Torch.
So I specialize in wood burned, and leafed wall art. I hand burn each wood piece and fill the designs with gold/ silver/ copper leafing. I am known for this embellishment and add these pieces to all of my wall hangings. I use merino/alpaca wool, along with hand cut brass, and have put a modern bohemian twist to dream catchers and wool wall art. I love hearing that people can spot my pieces immediately and that I am doing something totally different than other makers in my niche. I am most proud of being a brand that gives back and have a heart for ending human trafficking. I am committed to donating 10% to A21 campaign to see the changes I believe in.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
If I had to start over, I wouldn’t change anything. I’ve learned so much, and that knowledge is invaluable. I’m grateful for the mistakes I’ve made, the learning curves, the friendships, all of it. And now, I’m able to be a source of knowledge for others in my life wanting to start their businesses.

Pricing:

  • $40-$420 wall hangings

Contact Info:

  • Website: www.timberandtorch.com
  • Phone: 3106009771
  • Email: nikki@timberandtorch.com
  • Instagram: Timberandtorch

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