We had the good fortune of connecting with Zoë Pawlak and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Zoë, how do you think about risk?
Everyone admires makers and entrepreneurs from the outside. I think people’s perception of me is that I am less afraid than I really am. I have had to train myself to take risks all the time. I practice and have built up my courage with the small stuff, so when big choices come along, I’m more prepared to make decisions based on experience.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am one of the only female rug designers in my Country. I am so excited about rug design because while it was a departure from painting, the way I was able to move colours, strong compositions and meaningful content into this medium, has been really engaging for me.

I have worked very hard over 16 years. Each season has come with its own new challenges. I have learned that you have to have a real dedication to the business in order for any of your ideas to become manifest. If you want to see your artwork live in many homes or make a living from it alone, you have to be very focused and determined.

I spend a lot of time in my spiritual life. I love my friendships, being sober and being a mom. So while my career matters to me, being a well rounded person and living a full life has become more and more interesting to me. I used to be very obsessed with my work. It’s nice to be out of that phase.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Vancouver? or LA?

I love visiting LA. I always stay at the beach. I am a HUGE fan of the LACMA and the Brood and like going to the Hammer Museum too. I always take a surf lesson when I’m there. I spend some time on Abbott Kinney and love to eat at any and all of the great restaurants of Los Angeles. I like a good hike before it gets too hot and find the Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens. I love seeing friends such as a few actors I know or artist, Stephanie Vovas. I love seeing the work of makers and colleagues, Brendan Ravenhill, and Bari Ziperstein.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I have always sought amazing mentors. I have the most incredible older women in my life. They have held me steady.

Website: www.zoepawlak.com

Instagram: @zoepawlak

Image Credits
Kezia Nathe, Greg Swales, Kimberly Chiu, Noren Studio

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