Today we’d like to introduce you to Stacy Wong.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Stacy. So, let’s start at the beginning, and we can move on from there.
Creating has always been a part of my life. I’m a lifelong collector, maker, creative and inspired by all types and styles of art. Wood is my preferred medium for creating because it is solid and its surfaces can be cut, sanded, painted, and printed upon yet the integrity of the natural wood is still there.
Many years ago, I started designing and creating a few handmade gifts when I was a stay at home mom on a very part-time basis. Fast forward to today where I pursue my creative endeavors full time.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Juggling a family and business is always hard. For many years, my handmade business was a side gig while I raised my two boys and held a full-time job.
We’d love to hear more about what you do.
I design and create a line of products which are modern, aesthetically pleasing, and functional. They are meaningful gifts + modern wood goods and typically not found in the marketplace. They are goods which make you feel good about giving. All of my products are handmade by me, one at a time.
My most well-known product is the “Birth Year Block,” a wood keepsake block based on the Chinese Zodiac. This modern take on the zodiac features the characteristics of the baby or person born under the animal sign and can be personalized for a lifetime keepsake.
In addition to the blocks, my current product line includes real wood art prints and air plant cubes – the perfect living gift. My products are enjoyed by customers worldwide and sold in independent shops and boutiques throughout the US and Canada.
Almost four years ago, I also started community-making workshops, a way to give back and share with the community. I wanted to provide an outlet for meaningful connections within the community at large as well as with other creatives.
It was my hope that by experiencing a creative workshop, people would walk away with a new appreciation for art, crafting, and creativity. Today, I continue to teach stand-alone workshops in many mediums (embroidery, wood, fiber) and enjoy collaborating with shops, markets, and libraries to host monthly workshops.
I believe that creating is good for the soul and provides an opportunity for the community to gather, slow down, and make something beautiful!
Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I am very lucky to have a family who are extremely supportive of my business and creative endeavors.
- Website: stacywonghandmade.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @stacywonghandmade
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/stacywonghandmade/
Deborah Tracey Photography, Let’s Frolic Together, Artisanal LA