How did you become a part of Factory eNova?
One of my dearest friends knows the founders of Factory eNova (Fe) and told me about their concept back last year. At the time I was laboriously creating handmade projects, for gifts and for book merchandise that I was selling. The second I heard about Fe, I was sold. It was exactly what I had been needing, but never thought would exist!
I literally stalked Fe for about half a year, waiting for an update on when they would be opening- I was already planning to be one of their first customers. When I read that they were hiring, I jumped at the chance, realizing that that would be a dream job for me.
What is a typical day for you as a manager?
My day is usually spent doing a wide variety of activities- from training staff and making schedules, to teaching classes and leading workshops, to attending expos and events. My favorite thing to do is actually creating items with our lasers, I LOVE it!
I like that each day brings a new challenge. My shifts always fly by and I look forward to going to work every day- that’s when you know you have an amazing job!
How do you find inspiration for your projects?
I try to look at items that already exist and imagine what they would look like in a completely different material or with a new shape or design. I am attracted to concepts that are unique and that you don’t see every day- and lasers give you the opportunity to create something new from scratch.
I am also inspired by people and what they value in their lives. I try to take the activities that they love, the people that they care about, and the things that motive them and create tangible reminders of them. Being able to engrave photos and wording into a wide variety of materials makes it is easy to create meaningful items.
Inspiration is all around us. If you spend enough time at our studio, eventually every item in your home will end up being laser cut or engraved by you. This is inevitable. It will, however, make your space much cooler. I promise
What do you want to be able to make one day?
My list of things that I would like to make grows longer every day! One goal of mine is to be able to become so familiar with CorelDraw that I am able to easily produce all of the designs that I have floating around in my head. I am especially interested in making art out of upcycled books and creating intricate acrylic jewelry.
Is there anything unexpected that you have gotten out of the studio?
I have really been enjoying getting to know our awesome members. On a daily basis I get to interact with fashion designers, Kickstarter campaigners, artists, small business owners, hobbyists- people from all walks of life. And each of them is making fascinating things with our lasers! I love learning about their passions and projects.
Our staffs and owners also are all talented, wonderful individuals and the friendships that we have created have been both unexpected and invaluable. I am so excited to see where we are headed with such a strong team and innovative concept.
What would be your tip to someone just starting out with the lasers?
Spend time just practicing. When I started I had never seen a laser before or even heard of CorelDraw. I was a little intimidated, but knew that the only way to learn was to sit to down and play around with the program and machine.
I was surprised at how quickly I caught on and how easy it was- within an hour I was cutting out my own jewelry pieces. It was addicting and fun. So just come in, don’t worry too much about creating a perfect project at the beginning, and just TRY.