The Creative Spotlight is where I will showcase creative entrepreneurs who have mastered making a big impact on a small budget, or limited resources. Those who understand the limitations of the masses, but still want to offer creative outlets for individuals to express themselves.
Today I am featuring someone that I discovered while attending a women’s networking event, Ms. Simone Stanley of Face 2 Felt Originals:)
Simone has a beautiful spirit, humble personality, and is super passionate about her gift of what she calls “feltraits” or felt portraits! She is the owner and creative mind behind Face 2 Felt Originals, one of a kind 3-D portraits made out of felt material. Say whaaaaaat?? Yep, you heard me correctly. F.E.L.T. Simone has always been interested in using new and unused materials to create unusual mediums, and she has definitely succeeded at this self-taught skill. Check out my one-on-one with Simone!
Erin: Can you tell me the significance of your name Face 2 Felt Originals and what was your motivation behind creating the felt originals?
Simone: I wouldn’t say there was much significance to the name other than the fact that I was looking for the most basic way, albeit catchy, to explain what it is that I actually do, which is take a picture of one’s face and turn it into a felt one. My motivation behind first creating these was that i was looking for a unique gift to give a graduating friend once upon a time ago in high school. I wanted to get her something different and being that I didn’t have much to spend, I had to be creative. So it was either turn on the imagination or get her some body spray from the mall or something along those lines which is not the route i wanted to go.
Erin: How did you even know that you could do something so different and creative?
Simone: I didn’t! That’s the crazy thing. I had some felt lying around my house and I decided to see if I could craft my friend’s face from the felt. Thats how it started. And from that first piece, to my pieces now, my skill has improved tremendously. I really credit this gift to God because honestly even I have to step back from my work sometimes and say wow, how the heck did I do that?
Erin: How would you describe your target market, meaning what type of customer is seeking a Face2 Felt original?
Simone: My target market would be anyone that values art and is looking for something different, fresh and innovative. And by value I mean someone that is willing to actually spend money on it. Anybody with a pair of seeing eyes can recognize and admire talent but not everyone is willing to spend money or invest in that talent. These people aren’t defined or limited to a certain race, gender, age, demographic etc so its hard for me to really name a select group. So I’d say just someone that appreciates and values my talent and wants to see more of it.
Erin: Do you plan on expanding your product offering? If so, what else would you like to offer and why?
Simone: I would say yes, but that would probably be sometime in the future. I’m still looking to really perfect the actual faces I do now. But i would love to maybe offer pet commissions. People really cherish their animals and I see that there is definitely a market for pet portraits. I’d also like to maybe incorporate different materials into my feltraits other than just felt. Maybe some patterned cloth with different textures and such.
Erin: Where would you like to see Face 2 Felt 5 years?
Simone: In five years, I’d like to see Face 2 Felt Originals in the homes of people all over America and even internationally. I’d love to be in different galleries nationally and internationally have some kind of store front or gallery. I always say I’d love to replicate something like Madame Tusaads Wax Museum and have a museum of felt. I think that would be pretty neat.
Erin: If you could pick ANY celebrity to design a felt original for, who would it be and why?
Simone: Hmm, I cant think of anyone particular because i’ve done a handful of some pretty major ones already but i would love to maybe be contracted by a professional sports team to do the players or select players and coaches to be in a hall of fame. It would be great to see my work valued to that extent and be in a huge arena like that.
Erin: Do you have any advice for women who may look to express themselves creatively, but feel limited in their current situation to do so?
Simone: I’d say just do it. My current situation is very limiting, probably more than most others, BUT, i know within my heart that this is where my passion lies and what I have been called to do. And I know that if this is what i’m supposed to do, then God will make a way for me to do it. Try not to focus on your limitations because that will distract you from doing the things that are actually in your power to do. Just have faith, EXTREME faith, be positive and WORK. Things have a way of working themselves out eventually if you just believe. It may not be today, it may not be tomorrow, but it will come. I am most definitely a witness to this.
Erin: What does “living pretty on a penny” mean to you?
Simone: Living Pretty on a penny means being thrifty and resourceful. It means not having a million bucks, but looking like thats what you had to work with.
Check out some of her originals…..
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Pictures just cannot capture the depth and dimension in each photo, and it even comes with a customized frame. I love her designs so much that I even got one made of me and my hubby, hehe:)
Face 2 Felt originals start at $80 for a smaller “feltrait” and go up depending on the size. What better way to add a cool conversation piece to your home than a one of a kind “feltrait!” If you are interested in purchasing a Face 2 Felt Original, or for more information on Simone Stanley and Face 2 Felt Originals, visit her Etsy shop.
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