Meet the Makers: Miss Artsy-Crafty

20 October, 2017

We're crazy about all things local here at Lilou, so it only made sense to introduce our customers to some of the amazing local talent in South Africa. First up is blogger Nabeela Parkar, aka Miss Artsy-Crafty, a high school student with big dreams. Nabeela created a fun and quirky range of greeting cards available in our store. If you haven't seen them yet, take a look here.

How did you realise you wanted to be an entrepreneur and how did you get the inspiration for your range of greetings cards?

There wasn’t really an exact moment when I decided that I wanted to be an entrepreneur. Things just sort of materialized and I decided to create a small range of cards. It hasn’t been easy and I’m learning difficult lessons all the time, but I love it nonetheless. I am a lover of all plants. I adore botanical gardens, greenhouses, nurseries and being out in nature. This strongly impacted the first greeting card range, but I’m looking forward to stretching myself and trying new things. 

What's your favourite thing about having your own blog?

It gives me a space to share my thoughts and express myself with the world. Blogging can be high pressure sometimes, but I do it because I love it and it excites me. I love writing and photography, and my blog is the perfect place for both of those things. 

If you could make a new public holiday in South Africa, what would you celebrate and why?

Self-care day. A national holiday where everyone takes time to do what makes their soul happy, and intentionally takes care of themselves. Like they say, “You can’t serve from an empty vessel.” 

If you could give other creatives one piece of advice, what would it be?

The only way to achieve anything is to just keep on keeping on. I know it sounds cliché, but it honestly couldn’t be truer. I would also say that you need to believe in yourself. If you don’t believe in yourself, it shows. It can be hard, and fighting with ideas is not fun, but if you put in the time, the right ideas will come. 

Where do you hope to be 10 years from now?

In 10 years, I’ll be done with high school and tertiary education (I want to do a BA in Brand Communications and Graphic Design), and will be moving into the working world! I hope to have my foot well into the design industry, and to keep on establishing my brand. I also hope to do a lot more traveling and exploring.

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