Meet the Vendor: Bee’s Knees Industries
Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Cate Anevski, and I’m an artist, illustrator, and maker extraordinaire. I have loved drawing animals (especially cats!) since I was a little girl, and I’ve decided to make it a full-time career. I spend my days sketching out cute and whimsical animals and creating fun and silly items with those illustrations.
What’s the latest thing you’ve been working on?
I’m working with a publisher to expand one of my coloring books into a longer book, so I’ve spent the past couple months drawing cats, cats, and more cats to get all the artwork ready. It’s so great how doing something over and over again really improves your skill, and I’m having a lot of fun seeing my work improve daily.
What is your favorite new product for 2016?
I’m very excited to have jumped on the enamel pin bandwagon this year. I have started with a purrmaid design (half cat, half mermaid, of course), and will have more pins in my line soon.
What do you love most about craft show vending?
I really enjoy getting a chance to speak with my customers and fans. I love learning a little bit about you guys and finding out what it is you enjoy about my work. There’s nothing like a face to face conversation to keep me inspired, and it’s so nice to get out of the studio and chat with so many different people.
Is this a full-time business for you?
I made the leap to full-time in my business about a year ago, and I couldn’t be happier. It’s been rocky, with lots of ups and downs, but I think it’s so important for people to follow their dreams and really go for the things they truly want in life. I’ve joined many entrepreneur groups over the past year, and it’s been wonderful getting a chance to receive encouragement and advice from others as well as encourage other people in their pursuits.
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