Interview: Tiny Forester

Part of why I wanted to start this site and feature the badass boss women who are grinding away with their businesses every day is because I've been fortunate enough to meet and become friends with a lot of entrepreneurs and artists through my years of having even the tiniest of online presences. One of the women I've been lucky enough to connect with is Chloe of Tiny Forester.

I first met Chloe online years ago through our personal style blogs, and I always loved seeing her outfits and the artwork she would sometimes post. At some point she stopped blogging and we lost touch, so when I came across her shop on Instagram, I couldn't have been more excited. Between our style blogs and then, Chloe had turned her graphic design work into a business, selling the most precious pins, prints, and accessories. Her work is the kind that makes you smile, like her animal in teacups pins. Chloe works full-time as a graphic designer, but I love that she's found a way to turn her passion into a business. She also creates items from some of my personal favorite bits of pop culture, like Over the Garden Wall. Whether you're a fan of cute cartoons, plants, or animals, Tiny Forester has a pin for you. Enjoy getting to know Chloe!

My pick: like everyone on the planet, my life is consumed by Animal Crossing right now, so I can't get enough of the Wild World pin. The Potatoes & Molasses Over the Garden Wall pin is a close second though!

Q: Let’s start from the beginning. Can you tell me a little bit about the process of starting your business? What made you want to do this and how did you turn your idea into a reality?

A: I started an art Instagram for sharing my graphic design and printmaking art and found some pin makers while doing a 100 day vector art challenge! I ended up trying my hand at making pins and opened up a shop!

Q: Was there a moment when you felt like this was something that was going to take off and become a success for you?

A: It was definitely a slow start for me. I still feel like I am on a gradual incline...but to me, that is success. Every time someone places an order in my shop I feel successful.

Q: What were your friends and family’s reactions to you starting this as a career or a business? Were you nervous to share it?

A: Everyone is so supportive of my shop. My friends & family make purchases when they can and share my posts all the time. For a while, I kept things to myself because I felt weird if someone I knew hopped on my live story on Instagram or something like that...but I got over that. It’s much more fun to be able to talk about something you are passionate about with those you love.

Q: Is this your full-time job? If so, how long did it take you to transition into full-time?

A: Nope! Tiny Forester is my fun side project. I am also a full time graphic designer.

Q: I love that so many of your designs come from characters or works of pop culture that I enjoy. How do you usually decide what to design next?