Community Stories: Katie A.B Arts

Posted on Thursday, March 18th, 2021

Written by The John F. Wood Centre For Business and Student Enterprise

Katie A.B Arts is a business created by Guelph artist Katie. Katie offers gorgeous hand painted prints, plant pots, stickers, and more. All of Katie's nature inspired art is available for purchase on her Etsy shop! Katie is an inspiring entrepreneur who we wanted to learn from. 

What inspired you to start your business?

What really inspired me to start my business was to learn more about self expression in art and what it means to create something no one else has ever created before that is unique to myself. Another reason was to gain confidence in something I built from start to finish!

What problem were you trying to solve?

I created my business to help people decorate their homes with nature inspired art. This has spread onto plant pots, and stickers for your laptop or waterbottle! Being surrounded by nature is very inspiring and important to me, so I thought this was a way to share that passion.

What helps you to keep generating you new ideas to grow or change your business?

What helps me generate new ideas is staying true to myself. It's easy to try to compare yourself to where other artists/businesses are, but that can be stifling. Letting myself be inspired by trips or nature walks, images in my mind, or experiences I have everyday allows my art to stay fresh and original. Thinking outside the box and abstractly is key! 

What’s a piece of advice you have for aspiring entrepreneurs?

My piece of advice for inspiring entrepreneurs, as cheesy as it may be, is just to go for it! You can imagine what your own business may be like, but you're never going to know that process, or all the steps you'll have to take until you actually start the process. You'll learn a lot along the way, but it will be an exciting experience. I think it's easy to be critical of our own ideas, but you can never grow into a good idea unless you try and start experimenting! 

Check out Katie A.B Arts to learn more about the business and check out the awesome products offered!

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