ARTIST INTERVIEW: ERYN BEATTIE
Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Eryn Beattie and I am the owner of Luna Collective. I handpick vintage clothing and local made goods, and showcase them in my brick and mortar shop in Victoria, B.C.
Tell us about your journey as an artist.
In 2016 I started selling vintage clothing and upcycled designs online and at pop ups. After each pop up I felt so inspired by the local creatives I had met and each community member who felt so strongly about supporting us. This inspiration led me to open Luna Collective. I wanted to create a space that connected independent artists with passionate community members. Over the past two years Luna Collective has evolved into a brand that greatly represents myself.
If you could choose one word to describe your collection what would it be?
WARM. I want people to feel a sense of warmth when they enter my shop, and I hope that this feeling of warmth will connect a person to the items in my collection.
Where do you find your inspiration?
I find my inspiration in my daily surroundings, even in the simplest of form. I am inspired by the colours of nature, especially the warm tones of fall. I am inspired by textures, and how they are everywhere around us. I am also deeply inspired by others. Each of the artists I work with inspire me every day.
Have you taken any risks to land where you are now?
I opened Luna Collective when I was only 24 years old, on a very small budget, with very little business experience. At the time I knew it was a huge risk for me, and I left a stable job working as a nurse to pursue this dream. Jumping into things knowing the risk I was taking helped to provide me with the drive to constantly be creating and reaching towards new goals. Looking back, I think this is something that I can attribute my success to.
Is there a designer or brand with whom you’d love to collaborate?
I don't think I can pick any one specific brand, as I am constantly on the hunt for new artists to collaborate with and bring into the shop. I keep a collection of brands saved on my Instagram in the hopes of collaborating in the future. The list currently has an influx of ceramic artists that I am very inspired by.
Looking ahead, what do you hope to accomplish?
I hope to inspire consumers to shop local and feel engaged with the products they are bringing into their homes. I want to encourage people to support the artists in their own communities and to make sustainable choices. My hope is that by continuing to engage with my community I can continue to do what I love, and that Luna Collective will continue to grow.
What's important to you when it comes to curating the artists/products you bring into the shop?
It is important to me that the artist or product inspires me personally, and evokes feeling. I try to bring in products that complement each other and bring purpose into one's life. I put a large focus on slow made, sustainable, and conscious goods.
What does community mean to you?
To me, a community is a diverse representation of a group of people with a common goal in mind. Community is about supporting each other and sharing ideas. Community means collaboration and engagement.