SPINTHRIFT MARKET: HANDMADE RESIN EARRINGS GALORE
By Awa Gueye
May 7, 2020
With businesses suffering major blows due to mass shutdown and less customers who are able to support during this time, there are so many companies at risk. Our Spinthrift Market series will feature different exceptional Black businesses in need of some love. If you are able to please consider buying from these businesses who we hope can survive this difficult time. Good luck to all the companies working hard to push through!
Today we spoke to Fran from Art by Becoming.
Tell us about your business.
I own an Etsy shop where I sell mainly handmade resin earrings. My shop is called Art by Becoming because along with creating jewelry I am a visual artist and musician. I use Art by Becoming as a way to share different creations. I am continuously changing, growing and evolving and so does the art I create so I wanted to create a platform where I can share that evolution and explore different mediums.
What are your business goals?
My goal is to make anyone who wears or owns one of my creations to feel great and use it as a reminder that they are constantly growing and becoming better versions of themselves. To me, an important part of life is accepting change and enjoying this journey. That is one of the reasons most of the earrings I make include pressed flowers in them. Flowers represent growing and blossoming to me. Everything is hand made & made with positive intentions so that the wearer feels bright and confident.
How has COVID-19 affected your business?
COVID-19 has made my shipping process harder. For example, I would go to the library to have my labels printed cause my printer broke but libraries are currently closed. Thankfully I have a friend down the block who helps me with printing them. I also try to limit my time outside so instead of having 2-day shipping, I have had to let my customers know I will only be sending orders out in bulk or once a week. On the positive side of things, support has continued and my monthly sale goals continue to be met so i am super appreciative of my supporters and customers.
How would you like to see your business grow?
I’d like to continue experimenting with different creations. Maybe in the future I’ll expand to necklaces, bracelets etc. I recently started vending so I’d like to have more vending opportunities. I would like to be a brand known locally in Brooklyn & NYC in general. I also send earrings out all over the United States but I would love to go international. I’m excited to see how my audience grows and to see the message of Art by Becoming spread. Overall, I’m excited to grow and see where things go & I’m ready to explore different mediums.