Today we’d like to introduce you to Heather Alandar.
Heather, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I married my best friend in 2015 and together, we have seven kids. Working a full-time job and handling being a mom to seven kids became a big job. I got really sick just before we were married and had to quit my job. Once I received months of treatment and was feeling better, I decided I wanted to do more to help out my husband. I wasn’t able to handle going back to work I used to do, so I started selling my crafts to see if I could help supplement our income that way. It’s been the best and most rewarding decision I’ve ever made. I love what I do, and I love that I get to be home with my kids.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I make custom tumblers and wood signs. In other words, I take plain stainless steel tumblers and customize them to the personalities of my customers. I also make wood signs with different quotes and meanings. I often customize anything else that comes to mind as well. I’ve made customized wedding signs, baby shower gifts and so much more. I worked in the medical field before owning my business. I liked that I was able to help people. Now, I do the same thing by creating customizable items based on my customers wants and needs.
The stereotype of a starving artist scares away many potentially talented artists from pursuing art – any advice or thoughts about how to deal with the financial concerns an aspiring artist might be concerned about?
Take it one step at a time. Don’t try to do too much to fast. Watch for any type of sales any of the stores that you shop at for products to make your products have. Stock up. Over time, you will have enough to make multiple items and sell them, and with that money, you will be able to start slowly growing.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
Almost everything I’ve made has been based on a memory of a customer or something that I thought might be beautiful, memorable or usable. I post all of my work on my business pages on Facebook and Instagram. I also participate in the Sweet to the Soul Boutique at Peoria Sports Complex twice a year where I have a booth set up and sell premade items.
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