We had the good fortune of connecting with Laura Babiuk and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Laura, Let’s talk about principles and values – what matters to you most?
Something I hold very dear in my life and in my work is that art is one of the most powerful tools that can bring us together. Creativity in any form- digital art, textiles, ceramics, acting, dancing, photography,- all have their own ways of making us feel and think and dream. This is a value that my small business started on. The idea that art no matter how small is a way to add to the world and connect with others. Reminding us that we are not alone and that there is magic in everything if we take the time to see it. I hope my work carries that message of hope to others and they find what they need in the art I share.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I started Laura Makes Things out of my bedroom-turned-studio when I was 17 and as I’ve grown over the years, I’ve dabbled in many different art mediums. Sewing, painting, embroidery, digital art, and more recently- ceramics! Full of color and whimsical magic, no matter the medium. Creativity In any form is such a big part of who I am and helped me process growing up as a chronically ill / disabled person.
I started sewing when I was 10 and sold at a friends table during a craft show that same year. After years of encouragement from friends and family and people online, I started a small Etsy shop when I was 17 where I sold embroidery pieces.
As time went on I continued to make things and take commissions, sell at events and even wholesale to local brick and mortar storefronts.
It’s a lot of work, especially as a disabled person, but putting yourself out there and taking risks and networking (especially on social media) was pivotal in my progress.
There is a lot of growing pains and lessons learned along the way, I think it’s important to remember that it’s normal and success doesn’t happen overnight.
Staying true to the “why” you started and not getting lost in the hustle of work is something I can’t stress enough to other artists and creatives. Make what inspires you and hold onto why you started making stuff in the first place. Over time as you share what you’re passionate about, your people will find you and you will cultivate your community.
For me that has looked like sharing my art and with the soul purpose that art is power. Power to heal, connect, speak on important issues in the world, and bring a little magic to every day life.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
So many people are to thank for where I am today! But truly I would not be doing what I do without my supportive friends and family, and more specifically the local artist community that embraced me as a young artist and has given me opportunities that I’m so thankful for. My dear friend Sara, who is a fellow artist and small business owner of Ritual Clay Company, has been such huge source of support and love through life and my creative endeavors. She has welcomed me with open arms into her studio space and has pushed me to grow creatively in the best way. Forever thankful for her!
Personal photo taken by Whitney Young / Whitney Leigh Photography