Meet the creator behind Susannah Jane Made, Susannah Jonas. This girl does it all. She is driven by her artistic side and determined by her passion. Learn more below about meet Susannah Saturday June 2nd, from 10-4PM at the WestSide Market.
Business: Susannah Jane Made
Owner: Susannah Jonas
Product: Hand-painted decor on re-purposed wood
Tell us about your business, how did you get started?
Wow. It’s been a little bit of a journey to get here, and I’m pretty sure you’d be bored to tears if I gave you the whole story, so I’ll spare you. If you’re really that interested, come talk to me June 2 at the West Side Market!
Here’s the short story: The overall concept and ‘filigree’ style started way back in high school. Somewhere between boredom and a half-assed attempt to retain what I learned, my notebook pages began to fill with concentric doodles of stars, hearts, and flowers, until one day I looked back and thought ‘that’s actually kind of pretty’! When I went away to school, I forced myself to ignore the creative itch, in an effort to earn a degree in something that would pay the big bucks. I was busy with the demands that came with being a student (biology) athlete (volleyball) anyway, so the itch wasn’t too difficult to ignore. My final 2 summers of college were spent in Florida working for an artist (how miserable, right?), which scratched a little bit of that creative itch—and I met some AMAZING people in the process. When graduation approached and it came time to face the real world, I was lost. My friends and I faced the reality of the modern day job search which, for those of you that aren’t aware, is pretty excruciating. My only saving grace throughout that process was painting and making stuff. As my pile of ‘stuff’ began to accumulate, I didn’t have anything to do with it, so I was told with much coercion to “sell it!” It took me over 3 years to muster the courage to do so, but here I am—shout-out to all of those people (you know who you are) for believing in me!
How long have you been in business?
My first actual event was November 2017, so this is all still pretty new to me. Confession: I’m totally making it up as I go. If you have pointers, please share!
What makes your product/business unique?
The concentric filigree type of designs are, like I said earlier, sourced straight from high school daydreams. They are genuinely original. Everything is hand painted, hand drawn, or constructed (wait for it) BY HAND. Each piece has my personal blood sweat and tears fused into it, and each piece is a unique part of my personal and spiritual journey. My favorite is when I get the chance to create something with someone else in mind. I love knowing that there is a plan behind it. When there is a purpose behind making something, it becomes so much more meaningful. It allows a certain connection to form, and that much more of my love to be poured into it! That said, reach out to me for any ideas or custom orders!
Where do you get your inspiration from?
Ooo…all over the place. But I’m truly an old soul, and love all things OLD. And natural. With age comes stories, and with nature is beauty. So I try to keep my designs simple and monochromatic, to let the age and beauty of the materials that I use speak for themselves. You’ll also notice old book pages used with some things, and I like to incorporate symbols or images referenced either on the page or in the story. I type on an old typewriter that was revamped and gifted to me by my parents this Christmas, and it’s my new favorite toy. So I guess some of my inspiration is derived from that as well! Finally, my favorite spot in the world is located on a little slice of heaven in the middle of nowhere, Indiana. To me, there is nothing better than rolling the windows down and going for a Sunday drive out there—I usually come back with a sound mind, and some new ideas.
What would you tell someone who wants to start their own business?
Do it! Try it out. Wouldn’t you rather fail and know, than never try and never know?! Truth is, NO ONE knows what they’re doing. You’re in good company. Nothing is ever perfect, so don’t try to be. Just go with it. We’re all rooting for you!
Where do you see your business in 5 years?
I hope to keep this as a fun, side-gig, nothing major! I want it to stay FUN, and continue making things FOR people with them in mind!
Where can readers find out more about your work?
Check out my website www.susannahjanemade.com, follow me on Instagram (@susannahjane.made), or better yet, come meet me in person!
Come meet Susannah and check out all of her one-of-a-kind pieces at the WestSide Market this June 2nd.