Meet the Vendor: Along Came the Fold
Who are you and what do you do?
I’m a Seattleite turned Vancouverite, a graphic designer turned semi-quasi industrial/interior designer, and a paper lover. Originally from Seattle, I moved to Vancouver in 2011 after graduating from the design school at the University of Washington to be a ski bum. However, I missed designing and instead of being a ski bum, I decided to pursue my career as a graphic designer. I spent 2 years working for large companies, had many creative opportunities but in the end I found myself unfulfilled. A little over a year ago, I left my 9-5 pixel pushing job to go off on my own. I didn’t know what this would constitute as…maybe website design, maybe creating a custom stationery business, or something like that…But I knew one thing: I wanted to pursue my passion in paper.
I had lived in Japan as a kid for 6 years. Origami is a natural pass time for me. At one point last fall, I had been experimenting with making origami in large scale. I needed a lamp to go over our dining room table and decided to make a large origami ball into a lamp. Everything else just snowballed from there. Then Along Came The Fold was born and for the past 10 months I’ve been sharing my love for meticulous, geometric, handmade shapes to whomever will listen. I love what I do, I love paper, the way it’s evolving into something with value, something we’ll want to keep and cherish. I can’t imagine myself doing anything else.
What do you love most about craft show vending?
I love meeting the people who come to the show. I’m a big people person and just feed off meeting and talking to people. I also LOVE meeting the vendors. One of my favorite things is to give myself a 20 minute break and roam around to talk to other vendors. That’s where the magic happens! 🙂
Who’s your biggest fan?
I think it’s a tie between my fiancé Finian and my mom Angela. They’re both incredibly supportive.
What’s something you’ve learned through running your business in the past 12 months?
If running a business were easy, everyone would be doing it. It’s one of the hardest things I’ve ever taken on. I’m not just a 9-5 designer anymore, I’m an accountant, a project manager, human resources, product development…you wear many hats when running a business and work countless hours…But I love it and find it so rewarding.
What do your customers love most about your product(s)?
Customer love the unique nature of the lamps, the meticulous detail that is put into folding each one and the playful but universal quality they possess.