Maker Profile: Chelsea Friedman
This Squamish-based artist began practicing the macrame craft at a very young age. Now, she creates plant holders and hangings under her recently launched brand, Mesic, a horticultural term to describe an environment that is neither too wet nor or too dry - the ideal location for a plant to live. Meet Chelsea Friedman of Mesic Living.
Who are you and what do you design?
My name is Chelsea, I currently live and work in Squamish, B.C. I design and create plant hangers and other macrame goods in hopes of bringing life and greenery to every space possible, no matter how small.
Tell us about your journey as an artist.
My mom was actually the one to teach me how to macrame when I was a little girl. I always found the process to be extremely meditative so it became something I kept up with over the years. I found myself making plant hangers just to make more space for all the plant babies in my house. Eventually friends and family were asking me to put together little 'creations' for them! All the positive feedback gave me the confidence to get creative with my pieces which lead to making larger hangers and wall hangings! Now, I continue to let the macrame from the 70's inspire me but I feel I've added more of a modern and simplistic twist to it.
If you could choose one word to describe your collection what would it be.
Natural or Honest. I couldn't choose!
Where do you find your inspiration?
I am so lucky to call Squamish home and feel constantly inspired by my surroundings here. I love the lush greenery of the coast and the simplistic lifestyle that Squamish provides. When it comes to my creations those are two things I try to incorporate: simple and green.
Have you taken any risks to land where you are now?
Absolutely! I am a new business owner and still quite new to artisan markets. At this point I am taking things step by step and trying to learn as much as I can along the way!
Is there a designer or brand with whom you’d love to collaborate?
Our first collaboration will be coming out just in time for Refresh! The wonderful ladies of Halsion Collective are creating some products for us to work with and I'm so excited! I first saw their ceramics at East Side Flea in Vancouver and fell in love - I knew I had to work with them.
Looking ahead, what do you hope to accomplish?
I hope I can inspire others to shop local and support their local artisans wherever they are. It is such a beautiful community with so many talented people that deserve to thrive.