Meet the Vendor: POPBYTS
Who are you and what do you do?
Hello, my name is Tith, I’m the print-maker and artist behind POPBYTS, a design shop specializing in unique modern paper goods, home goods, as well as digital art, linocut, and screen prints. I create fun, unique and bold colorful designs for the modern home, inspired by color, plants and my surrounding.
Color, plants, and everything nature have always been my inspiration, and since I founded POPBYTS in 2012 I’ve been creating designs that bring joy and have a sense of playfulness.
I design, cut, sew, hand-press, and hand print in my at-home-studio in Portland, Oregon, which I’ve dubbed the “Design Attic”.
What’s the latest thing you’ve been working on?
In spring 2015 I’ve expanded my business in home goods, creating tea towels, pillows and planter cozies. Currently, I’ve been exploring and experimenting with different mediums and found a new obsession with hand painting on fabrics. My latest work is inspired by my visit to The Garfield Park Conservatory in Chicago. New pillows and tea towel are in the works. They have a mix of modern, contemporary and bohemian aesthetics.
Any new exciting news you’d like to share with our readers?
Yes. This will be my first time vending at the UCU winter show and I’m thrilled!
How far will you be traveling to come to UCU?
I will be traveling from the beautiful city of Portland, Oregon!
What do you love most about craft show vending?
After a few experience doing craft shows I feel more confident about my craft and decided to do more trade shows, which are fun for me. I enjoy meeting people and interacting with fans and other vendors that are interested in what I do and getting my work and myself out there. It’s also a great way to get great suggestions and feedback from customers to know what they’re looking for. I’m looking forward to being a part of the UCU winter show and very excited to meet new customers and vendors!
Is this a full-time business for you?
Last year I transition from having a full-time day job to working part-time. This is my part-time business and I’m working hard every moment I get to make this creative business full-time. That’s my goal for 2016.
Who’s your biggest fan?
My friends, family, and the supportive, creative maker community in Portland.
What’s something you’ve learned through running your business in the past 12 months?
Starting a business definitely takes time. I’ve also learned that while running a creative business I have a small percentage of my time dedicated to designing and making new items for my shop. Most of my time is spent promoting or working on photos for my listings. In the end, it’s rewarding when you start to see interest in your products by retail shops and bloggers and to see them selling.
I’d say the most important thing I’ve learned about my business is finding my niche and myself as an evolving printmaker/artist. Throughout the process of creating something new I’ve learned that a lot of my ideas happen organically and start with a small simple idea from a few drawings and paintings in my sketchbook. That in itself is rewarding!
I’ve learned to make and do what I love and have fun!
What’s your favorite item that you sell?
My planter cozies. They’re a unique way to store and display your potted plants, perfect to cover old planters and add an instant fresh look to your home decor! The design is inspired by agave, one of my favorite desert plants.
What do your customers love most about your product(s)?
My customers love my interpretations of plants using a combination of bold and bright colors. They also like the uniqueness and sense of playfulness in each of my designs.
And head over to the Urban Craft Uprising Instagram for a chance to win a POPBYTS planter cozy!