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Meet Zanny Cox

Today we’d like to introduce you to Zanny Cox.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I have been making jewelry professionally for about seven years and weaving textiles for five years. The last two years, I have led workshops and retreats relating to fiber art and jewelry design.

Creating for me started out as a hobby, but people would stop me asking where I found a certain piece I was wearing, and my answer was always, “I made it.” One day, I decided to do a little pop-up shop with some designs I made. I had no clue what I was doing, I didn’t even have a tablecloth, lol. I sold every single piece that day… and that’s when I was inspired to get serious about pursuing a creative career. It’s funny to look back and remember those simple times. Now, I am teaching workshops and sharing my passion for weaving with others. Teaching is so rewarding!

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It hasn’t been the smoothest road. I was a full-time mom with a toddler and an infant when I started this business. Trying to juggle motherhood, entrepreneurship, and still working part-time was not easy. In 2016, my little sister was diagnosed with rare bone cancer. Everything in my business came to a halt as I was driving two hours back and forth (with two kids) to be with her. I didn’t take any time to care for myself. I have made self-care a huge goal for 2019. I have a lot of healing to do.

Please tell us more about your work, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
I suppose I am a creative entrepreneur. I specialize in handwoven textiles and jewelry design, It’s hard to look at what I do as a business because I truly enjoy it and I have never done it for the money. Ultimately, I need to make money to sustain myself and my family, which is why I have a few part-time projects which guarantee income. I have the freedom to create without the pressure to sell everything I make. It’s really a great feeling.

Being an artist, you are never guaranteed to make money. We do it because it’s our life passion. If I were making things just to sell them, I wouldn’t enjoy it as much. I want people to know it’s ok to still work a “real job,” even if you are an artist. I think everyone would benefit from some type of creative outlet, and this is why I teach. I love to share my knowledge and experience. I don’t hold secrets as some artists do. This has all been done long before any of us walked this Earth. If I can bring someone just a bit of joy by sparking their creativity and imagination through a class, then that’s all I really care about. It’s all about community.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
I don’t think I would have done anything differently. I learn the hard way, through trial and error. It has molded me into the artist I am today. I am still learning and I love it! The day I don’t think I have anything left to learn is the day I need to just walk away…

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