We had the good fortune of connecting with Eleanor Maralit creative/ maker and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Eleanor Maralit, is there something you can share with us that those outside of the industry might not be aware of?
I think industry outsiders might be unaware of all the work that actually goes on behind the scenes. Makers are not only building and running their own business they are also making every single product by hand. The passion, time and commitment that is poured into their work is truly a labor of love.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I create handmade scarves and leather goods. I strive to make beautiful everyday items that you didn’t know you needed. I take inspiration from architecture and my surrounding environment. I love mixing textures and shapes to create unique pieces that you can’t live without. What I have found challenging is when I design with business as a driving force. The reason I started my own business is to have the freedom to design and make whatever I wanted. When I start the design process with restrictions such as cost of goods, scalability and market appeal, I often feel stifled and stuck. I now take the approach of designing whatever I want then refine the design to fit the market and consumer.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I have been blessed to be a Colorado resident for over 20 years and am still amazed by it’s beauty. Union Station and Dairy Block is a great place for drinks and people watching in Denver. We would definitely head up to Boulder to stroll along Pearl Street for the amazing shops and restaurants. Depending on how motivated I feel maybe some light hiking on Chautauqua Trail. We would definitely make a trip up to the mountains. A trip to Lake Dillon for some paddle boarding or kayaking and Steam Boat Springs for the Strawberry Hot Springs.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would not have made the dive into starting my own business if it were not for my mother. My parents are immigrants from The Philippines who came to America for a better life for me and my sisters. I was deep into my career in architecture when I told my mother that I wanted to start my own business. I was terrified she would disapprove me leaving a stable career to take a risk on starting a business. After I told her, I waited for what I assumed would be a stern lecture on the other end of the phone but what she said next was surprising. She said “Eleanor, this is America, you can do whatever you like. You just have to be prepared to work very hard for it. Nothing is given to you for free.” I take her words with me every day.
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