Erin, crafty creative behind Sunwoven, is the manufacturer of joy in the form of stunning weavings that I honestly want all over my apartment (I’m certain there’s no such thing as too many). I first ran across her on Instagram and was immediately struck by the vibrant colors and fantastic textures of her weavings. Not sure what it’s all about? Let me help you… may I introduce the one, the only, ERIN BARRETT.
We love how bright and happy the name Sunwoven is – tell us about how you named your business!
My 5 year old daughter’s name is Sunny. She is such a light in my life. Sunwoven is named after her and all of the positive vibes she is constantly putting off.
Your website mentions that you discovered your love of weaving through an online tutorial. Was it love at first weaving? Can you let us in on the evolution between taking a class, discovering a passion and turning it into a business?
I actually have never taken a class! 100% self taught. I found weaving through my friend’s wonderful blog, A Beautiful Mess. After I had my daughter, I really started missing my career as a professional ballet dancer and was looking for a new creative outlet that would also allow for me to be a stay at home mother. Something that started out as a hobby quickly blossomed into what is now Sunwoven! I really can’t believe how it all came together and worked out, but I am thankful for it every single day.
Tell us about the creative process – how do you pick what colors to weave together and the textures that you create?
All of my new work and new pieces are usually color driven and color inspired. I rarely start with an idea in my head- I typically start with a color combo and go from there. My work really came into place once I started including new textures and materials to what I was already making. A favorite of mine is the metallic gold ribbon that somehow always makes its way into my weavings.
What is the best piece of feedback, a compliment, or a story that has been shared with you by clients around your work?
The BEST compliment that I get from customers is that they feel happy every time they see or walk by their Sunwoven piece. My work is such a joy for me, and my biggest hope is that it brings joy to others and into their homes.
If you could put one of your weavings in anyone’s house or business, where would it go?
Hmm….. Being that I am such a lover of interiors and interior design, I would have to say Emily Henderson. Everything that she does is magic, and I would probably die if she ever used one of my pieces in her design process.
Everyone experiences burnout at times – do you have any secrets to recharging your spirit during those times?
A lot of times, I can start to feel really burnt out if I have a lot of wholesale work on my plate. The best thing for me to do at times like that is to take a break, and create something totally new from scratch. This always helps me to be reintroduced into what I love most about my work, and always helps to remind me of what is I love about creating.
Do you have any role models? If so, who?
Right now, most of my role models are women and mothers who are also on the track of pursing something that they are passionate about, all while keeping up with day to day life. Finding a healthy balance between the two is something that Im currently working on, and really admire those who do it so gracefully and with love.
It’s a Saturday morning, what can we find you doing?
If my husband is home and not touring, 100% sleeping in 🙂 But to be completely honest, that happens pretty much every morning that he is at home and not on the road. 🙂
What is one piece of advice you would give to young entrepreneurs who are just starting their businesses?
Be authentic, and pursue your passion with love and gratefulness!
What word encompasses your twenty-something decade?
Ha! I think I’m going to have to go with “Unexpected!”