Happy Monday! Today’s dose of inspiration comes from my friend Tania Rodamilans, who is an uber talented artist, jewelry designer and all around delightful human. 🙂 I carried Tania’s jewelry at my boutique which is how we met. Tania’s energy and passion is seriously contagious. She is full of ideas to expand her business, as well as other businesses! Tania and I collaborated on a jewelry collection last year which was something I never thought I’d do. It was such an inspiring – and fun! – experience. Read on to learn more about Tania’s business and be sure to check out her work!
If you are new to CoChic Cool Chicks, every Monday I feature a woman entrepreneur who inspires me, who I am lucky enough to have in my girl boss network. These women are doing great things and whether you aspire to be an entrepreneur or not, I hope that they inspire you to do great things, too. I encourage you to check out their businesses, websites, and social media. And reach out to them, ask them questions, say hello. They’d love to hear from you!
Tell us about your business!
Artistic exploration that accents life is ultimately what my business is all about. My business is a combination of painting, design, collage and fashion. Based in Chicago, I create on my own out of my home studio, as well as collaborating with other artist/entrepreneurs. I say “accenting life” because the things I create are accessories, either to what someone wears, through jewelry or clothing, or where they live, through paintings and other one-off projects.
Accessories are my business. Although seen as superficial –even the name “accessories” hints at its non-essential nature –to me, it is accessories that can turn your life into a work of art. Our identities are connected with our context though visual experiences. The way we dress and the way the places we choose to call home look have an impact on our overall mood and outlook.
Sneak a peek and let me know what you like at:
Where can we find your beautiful accessories and artwork?
5247 N. Clark | Chicago, IL
3729 N. Southport | Chicago, IL
4658 N. Damen Ave. | Chicago, IL
4866 N. Clark St. | Chicago, IL
What made you decide to start your own business?
It didn’t happen overnight. It was more of an organic process. I have always had a passion for creating and sharing. I started by sharing my artwork at galleries, and moved on to working with boutiques when I started to design my own jewelry. Then I started to get inquiries about my pieces and there was a practical need for a digital space where I could show my work, rather than sending huge e-mails that where blowing up peoples’ mailboxes. Eventually all my creative outlets collided and a larger vision for a business started to take shape.
You are from Barcelona! Does your Spanish upbringing influence your designs?
I am sure my Spanish upbringing influences my designs, but I am not consciously drawing from it. What we create comes from what’s within us, and that’s informed as much from who we are and what we believe in as it is from our immediate context. For most of my life my context was my native Barcelona, but I have been in Chicago for over 10 years and I believe this city is equally responsible for what comes out of my studio.
What do you love most about being an entrepreneur?
Besides the freedom of being in charge of my own schedule? It is a privilege to wake up every morning knowing you can create something that didn’t exist yesterday. You have the opportunity to shape what your life looks like.
What is the most challenging aspect of being an entrepreneur?
Staying focused and keeping up the level of enthusiasm even when things don’t go as expected.
What is your best piece of business advice?
When you start your own business, choose something that truly makes you happy. Dream big, and don’t be afraid to follow your intuition. When the time comes to make changes, embrace them. Don’t give up.
It’s kind of curious how we tend to fall into the habit of thinking about business so differently than we do creativity. I’ve found that I have to come at the business with the same heart and intuition as I do design or painting. Both take just as much courage and creativity as they do knowledge and skill, and all of that gets stronger as you keep trying whether you fail or succeed.
Do you have any tricks of the trade you could share with us?
Collaboration. You are not alone in being your own boss. There are others out there that are going through the same exact challenges. Talk to them, work with them, help each other.
How would you describe your personal style?
Eclectic and playful, with a bohemian flair. I like to mix styles to create unexpected looks. I am not afraid of color and patterns, but I do have a weak spot for black blazers. From the waist up, the more fabric and accessories the merrier. I am a silk believer. Skinny jeans and a lush silk top with lots of movement is where I feel at home.
What does CoChic (comfortably chic) mean to you?
Comfortably Chic is when you are not following trends or dressing to please others. You feel comfortable because what you are wearing represents who you are.
Photography by Maddison Abbey & Doug Grant