Meet the Vendor: Thea Starr
Who are you and what do you do?
Hi! I’m Thea Starr (real last name) and I am Whidbey Island native living in Woodinville, WA. I create handmade flowers from vintage kimono fabrics. I hand fold each petal individually by hand with love and precision. I’m also an avid gardener, mom of four humans, dog mom to Toki and Baberham Lincoln, laser cutting lady and general fun junky. www.theastarr.com is where you can find out all sorts of random information about me or just have a gander at what I do.
What was your first memory of making something?
My first memory of making something was when I was about the age of five, I created a full set of “Lee Press On Nails” out of red electrical tape. I was so proud of myself. My dad wasn’t too keen on me using his fancy electrical tape but I was always fiddling around in my dad’s auto body repair shop. Many weird creations came out of there from me.
What is your favorite new product for 2015?
I’m trying something new with laser cutting the vintage kimono fabric. I laser cut the fabric at my home studio along with USA sourced woods in the shape of flowers that I’ve designed through my hand drawn doodles. I wanted to offer something more “solid” in contrast to my soft hand folded flowers. I’m also really excited about my new coordinating boutonniere and pocket square sets. I do a lot work for weddings and I’ve recently offered “ready to go” full wedding party sets.
What’s your favorite item that you sell?
I love selling my bouquets. I know when someone purchases one, it’s with the intention of celebrating the beginning of someone’s new life adventure. It’s really an honor to provide that keepsake for someone.
What’s the best experience you’ve ever had with one of your customers?
One of the best experiences I had was within the past two years at UCU actually. I had some small bouquets for sale and a woman who was 40-ish years young had circled around my booth on the phone for a good ten minutes. Taking pictures and talking to someone on the phone. After she settled her call she swooped up a few bouquets for her, her sister and her mom for her mom’s wedding. She was so giddy and excited that she had found something special to offer her mom on her special day. I’m not giving it justice on just how sweet the whole thing was. She was so sweet and excited it was really nice to see someone so happy and doing something so loving for her mom. It made me happy.