An indie press and design studio, dulcet offers a lovely selection of everyday indulgences for mind, body, and home. From handmade books, paper goods, art, and accessories, to lovely vintage finds, all proceeds from the shop help further dancing girl press publications, projects, and programming. Proprieter Kristy Bowen stopped by to tell us a bit more about what they're up to.
How did you get into your craft, Kristy?
Poetry is my first love, and I've been writing for over 15 years, publishing my work, pursuing advanced degrees in it. I'd been editing an online poetry zine for a while when I thought I might like to start a press, which combined my emerging love of book and paper arts with my poetry habit. Everything else sort of spun out from there-first into collage and assemblage, then into graphic design, then into things like paper goods, jewelry and most recently soap making.
Tell me about how you originally got interested in vintage goods.
I've been a thriftstore junkie since I was in college (mostly because I was too poor for much else.) Even now, I still gravitate toward them, as well as flea markets, antique fairs, estate sales, and love most those objects that seem to come with their own history. Over the years I've developed a good eye for it and passion for collecting things I associate with my grandmothers and my own childhood mostly. I am also clutter phobic, however, so selling these things in the shop means that I can possess them briefly and then send them out into the world again.
What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
If I could do anything all day, it would probably entail having the time to spend all day sprawled across my bed reading...something I don't get to do hardly enough of anymore outside of brief spurts on public transportation. Reading at home is so much nicer..some sort of snack at hand, notebook and pen in case inspiration strikes, a cat or two nearby..
What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your business?
Time, most definitely. I work full time in an academic library since poetry and craftiness sadly don't quite pay the rent. So everything I do has to fit around that schedule which is definitely a challenge. I'm usually at the studio a couple hours before I go to work, do what things I can from my computer at my desk, and keep some pretty late nights...
What item in your shop would you most like to receive as a gift if someone were shopping for you?
I am definitely a postcard freak, so any of my postcard sets would thrill me...I use them for all sorts of things (bookmarks, correspondence, framed on the wall), and have to admit, I buy them quite shamelessly on etsy from other artists..
When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
I was one of those kids who it changed for monthly. I was always writing poems, but it never seemed like that was actually a career, so instead I set my sights on various things..journalism, teaching, interior design, Broadway star, psychiatrist, filmmaker, first amendment lawyer, marine biologist (with a zealous environmentalist fervor, I actually went off to college thinking this would be my major but I am awful at chemistry and math and wound up changing to English and theatre). I graduated intending to be either high school English teacher or college professor. By the time I finished my grad degree in lit though, I'd decided I was an awful teacher and just wanted to find some sort of job that didn't interfere too much with my writing, which is what led me to working in libraries and pursuing all the fun stuff, poetry, editing, art, design on the side..
What other shops or artists out there do you love?
What does your future hold?
I hope one day to run the press and shop full time, either as solely an online entity or combined with a brick & mortal space that would involve a gallery/reading space, shop,and maybe a cafe... I currently have studio space downtown that I work out of in a great old building full of artists, musicians, galleries, sheet music stores, and vocal coaches, and occasionally host workshops and salons there.
Visit dulcet at Etsy or www.dulcetly.com!