Quinn Tolosa * Puppybreath

Hera: You in 3 words

Quinn: crazy sexy cool?

Where does the name Puppybreath come from?

I found a journal from elementary school that had a page titled “band name ideas” and the only one on the list was PUPPYBREATH. It made me laugh and I felt like I couldn’t let the idea die just because I have no musical talent.

Favorite part about your craft

I like things that look like mistakes which was sort of problematic working in the design world so it's been really fun to experiment by hand with different mediums or found objects and then use my design skills to bring them together on the computer.

Most difficult part

Being stuck inside all day

What you like about working with your chosen medium/materials

Using my hands

Local, women-run businesses or women artists you are loving right now

 I'm a sucker for print and my friend Christie just opened an amazing bookstore in Cypress Park called  Oof Books - it's such an incredibly well curated space and collection, I'm so stoked to have it around. 

Pump up jam you listen to while working in your office/studio

Lately it's been Wild Thoughts ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

One sentence of advice to a lady trying to start her own business

We are each other's best resources; surround yourself with other hard-working, badass females and don't be afraid to ask questions!

What dog breed r u 

Chow Chow

 Fav thing about being (a fellow) Filipina (wooop)

My inherent need and ability to feed everyone..also, I'm 900% sure we have the cutest babies so I guess that's something to look forward to.

What's next for Puppybreath?

I've been working really hard to develop textiles!

Vanesa Corbala Stutz * Polkadot Peanut Parade

Photo by fellow Hera Babe Cristina Dunlap

Photo by fellow Hera Babe Cristina Dunlap

Hera: You in 3 words

Vanesa: Creative, space-case, perfectionist

What got you into doll making

I made a doll for my daughter then realized I could turn this craft into a business. 

Favorite part about your craft

The part where my imagination turns into a tangible thing. I love to see my designs and creations come to life.

Most difficult part

All the parts that aren't creative. The business side is not my forte and to be honest, I hate it. 

What you like about working with your chosen medium/materials

Ever since I could remember I've been fascinated by prints, colors and textiles. I grew up around this stuff because my parents have owned an upholstery business my entire life. I still almost get butterflies and sometimes anxiety from going into a fabric store and thinking there's not enough time to take it all in and pick the right one. I think this is maybe a little crazy but it's true. I love textiles! Yes I do! 

Local, women-run businesses or women artists you are loving right now

Marais and Bliss and Mischief

Pump up jam you listen to while working in your office/studio

When I want to listen to music I just tell Alexa to play all the Fleetwood Mac she knows 'cause I'm a '70s babe at ❤️   But more often than not, while I'm working, I'm listening to true crime podcasts like Sword and Scale and My Favorite Murder. I guess some would think there's something a little demented about listening to the horrific details of murderous crimes while making gifts for children but I just can't stop. I'm addicted! 

Who's your favorite doll (I won't tell the others)

I would have to say I love the first party hat doll I ever made. She's so mad. I keep trying to replicate her and her grumpiness but I just can't seem to get it right! But then I did once make a pickle wearing a rainbow t-shirt with tube socks and converse on its feet. So, I dunno.. maybe that one is my favorite? 

One sentence of advice to a lady trying to start her own business

Be OK with the downs because without them the ups wouldn't be so great. 

Plans for the future?

I want to grow my business into children's wear and womenswear. Also, figure out a way to see the world, maybe not in that order.

Shiloh Schneider * Stardust Ceramix * House Slytherin

Hera: Describe yourself in one word

Shiloh: DORQUE

What got you into ceramics

I had to add more art credits in college to graduate so took ceramix then got back into it a year ago by randomly signing up for a class.

Favorite part about your craft

Getting messy enough to not be able to answer phone/textz/social mediaz -then completely go mind blank and focus on the clay. So, basically I black out.

Most difficult part

Being patient and letting go of stuff bc a lot can go wrong in the process of making a piece.
 

What you like about working with your chosen medium/materials

I love how it's all clay but changes shape throughout the whole process and turnz into something recognizable. Dirt ---ACCIO CUP! 

Most satisfying piece you've ever made

Er... maybe in class when I threw my first legit vessel that could be fired and hold coffee.

Local, women-run businesses or women artists you are loving right now

Rosie Brand  & Hellen Jo

Pump up jam you listen to while working in the studio

MuggleCast Podcast, Twin Peaks Rewatch Podcast, and A Twin Peaks Podcast: A Podcast about Twin Peaks. If you can't tell already, I'm a nerd.  On music dayz I've been liking Bush Tetras, Talk Talk, and Oingo Boingo. I can't listen to my more aggressive power metal like DragonForce or I will ruin all that I throw that day.
 

Kill, Fuck, Marry: Agent Cooper, Agent Mulder, Professor Snape

KILL ME BC TOO HARD! I volunteer for tribute! Ok ok ok I'll play by the rules this one time. 

Kill: Agent Dale Cooper sorry!! Fuck: Foxy Mulder (first season with glasses)  Marry: Professor Snape I want full access to that Potions room and Hogwarts

One sentence of advice to a lady trying to start her own business

Forget about everyone else who is "Already doing it" because no one is you and no one can create exactly what you will create.

When can we buy your pieces online!

Still working on making enough pieces to sell!! A few will be available to purchase in August at Harbor Salon in Silverlake :) 

A lil stardust

A lil stardust

MOLLY RYAN * NINOSHEA

 
Molly in her Atwater studio

Molly in her Atwater studio

 

Hera: What got you into woodworking

Molly: My mama. She was an antique dealer when I was a pup and she taught me how to restore and love furniture.

 Favorite part about your craft

Being able to use my hands and get dirty every day

 Most difficult part

Taxes

What do you like about working with your chosen medium/materials

I love going to the lumber yard knowing that all of these big splintery spidery piles of wood will become dozens of beautiful objects

Most satisfying piece you've ever made

One of the first pieces of furniture I made was my own dining table.I didn’t know much about wood then and built it out of hickory, which is an incredibly dense and difficult wood to work with. It was made with my literal blood, sweat, and tears and is enormous, heavy, and impossible to move, but is hands down the most used and beloved piece of furniture I own.

Molly's epic, immovable,  hickory dining table

Molly's epic, immovable,  hickory dining table

Local, women-run businesses or women artists you are loving right now

My ridiculously talented sister and studio-mate Kathleen Ryan

 Pump up jam you listen to while working in the studio

Every jam on “Medusa” on repeat forever

A carpenter you'd like to f*ck

Jesus, duh!      (editor's note: my pick is Nick Offerman but I respect this choice)

Advice to women trying to start their own businesses 

Tell the mansplainers at Home Depot to fuck off, thx!

Chandelier, wall sconce, and curtain rods designed and made by Molly

Chandelier, wall sconce, and curtain rods designed and made by Molly