Jamie Bowen | Splat & Co.
What is your business, and what do you make?
Splat And Co, we are a husband and wife team who make Eco punk accessories. We felt items such as dryer balls, ornaments and coffee cozies and also have a knitwear line that is hand knit from Canadian merino wool and comes in baby sizes up to adult sizes.
How did you get started in this business?
Shortly after moving back to the Okanagan with our daughter we decided to pool our artistic abilities to create Splat And Co. We were tired of the mass produced, low quality and gender specific clothing available on the market and thought this would be a great way to jump into our new community and create items that were sustainable,local and eco friendly.
Is this a full time job for you?
It is becoming a full time job on top of our regular full time jobs.
What is your first memory of making something?
My grandmother taught me how to knit and I remember making holey scarves that went from thin to wide to thin again.
What are your favorite and least favorite things about being craft fair vendor?
My favourite part of being a craft fair vendor is connecting with our customers and meeting other artisans. My least favorite is the tear down after the show.
What is the biggest compliment you’ve ever received about your work?
I had a customer buy a skull dryer ball for her seven year old nephew for his birthday and he loves it so much he takes it to bed with him. I love when the kids fall in love with our work.
What is one holiday tradition in your family?
For many years Christmas was just my husband and I and a good friend, so our tradition was to go to the movies. Now that we have a daughter we have been making our own traditions one such is we do an Advent wreath and we focus on the natural world. Each week on Sunday leading up to Christmas we try to do an activity that reflects the weekly element.
What was the last gift you gave someone?
I recently gave a necklace to a friend who was going thru a difficult time. The necklace is from a company based out of LA who help homeless people transition out of homelessness by employing them to make these necklaces. The necklaces are recycled keys that they stamp with a word. The one I chose for my friend said “Strength” the concept is you wear the necklace while you need that word in your life, when you no longer need it and find someone who could use it more you pass it on to them. They are called “Giving Keys”
What song has been stuck in your head this week?
The wheels on the Bus
If you won $20 million in the lottery, what would you do with the money?
We would open up a shop that promotes Canadian made products that would also have a studio for Splat And Co.
Describe your workspace/studio in three words.