FATHOM HOUSE ART
Artist, foster parent and dreamer, small business owner Amber Welch spills it all in her interview with WestSide Market. Read more about that drives her and how she was able to move into an art studio in just a year of being in business. Get ready to be inspired!
Check meet Amber and other great small business owners July 7th from 10-4PM in Downtown Cheviot.
Business: Fathom House Art
Owner: Amber Welch
Tell us about your business, how did you get started?
I have been an artist for about 13 years. I used to paint murals in hospitals, daycares, and vineyards in Northern California before relocating to Cincinnati. I am a foster mother and I do urban work in the inner city so I needed the flexibility that came with running my own business so I could continue to do the work I am passionate about (foster kids and immigrant families). I am also an advocate for foster and adoptive care and wanted to create a space where we could use the arts to make an impact on a issue that effects our city. Thirty percent of all our sales are donated to throw trauma and sensory sensitive birthday parties for kids in foster care!
How long have you been in business?
Almost a year.
What is your favorite part of running your own business?
Meeting new people and getting to create on a daily basis. Our vision is to create a space where people can take workshops and classes, we host poetry nights and creative events! We’re working on creating a youthful artistic hub on the West Side!
Where do you get your inspiration from?
Nature! And glitter! I grew up in three different national parks in California (Yosemite, Sequoia, and Kings Canyon) so I’m pretty obsessed with the lines and textures found in rocks and stones. I also love ocean blues and girlie/whimsical colors! I have a surly, obnoxious sense of humor and I’m a feminist so my designs often have a combination of the themes I love and the crude tone that resides inside my brain.
What are some of your favorite local businesses?
I love Oakley Soap Co., Imperfectly Peachy’s embroidery hoops, Naturally Kamdyn’s geode druzzy earrings, and Gaiser’s Honey (which helps me keep my allergies and asthma in check so I can run around like the wild art-reprenuer that I am).
Where do you see your business in 5 years?
I want to take art into the inner city via a mobile arts studio.
Come meet AMber on July 7th at the WestSide market in Downtown Cheviot.