Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Christiane Johnson and I’m the owner of Suvi Baby. I am using an industrial sewing machine with a speed of a race car and strengths of a truck to create my soft, flexible rope art that is strong and stiff enough to hold all kind of imaginable goods.
How did you get started in your business?
From the knowledge of how to make bowls with a sewing machine I started to explore the medium rope on its own. What happens if I take just the rope and thread. A new world opened up. From shapes round to oval, steep sides to wide and shallow, natural color rope to dying it in every shade and hue possible. Small purses to large containers. If I only had enough rope and time what could I do.
Are you debuting anything new at the winter show?
In this winter show I will have the first time a full line of purses and bags. They will range from small handheld to over the shoulder purses to larger shopping bags.
Who’s your biggest fan?
I would definatly say my oldest daughter is my biggest fan. (My husband of course as well). She finds the most creative ways of using my bowls and baskets. Sometimes I get asked ‘Why did you not make it purple you know this is my favorite color?’
What do your customers love most about your products?
Costumers are very often drawn to my colors. Either it is the color of the thread that I use or the hand dyed items that I sell. I’m getting many compliments on my good eye for colors and color combinations.
What’s the best experience you’ve ever had with one of your customers?
I have many wonderful experiences one on one with my costumers. The first day I brought my newly created rope purses to the Farmers Market just as a prototype I had a costumer wanting to buy one. It felt that I made a piece just for her. It was the perfect little match and sold it to her knowing she will appreciate the handmade item.