Meet The Makers: Lena Zolotarev

Lena Zolotarev of Pixie + Thistle is a night owl, a maker, a mother of three and a second-year alum of The Makers Fest!

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  • What is one thing you would like the public to know about your business?

All of our items are meant to make people happy, whether it’s our decorative gnome fellas or functional bags, the goal is to make people happy.

  • Where do you see yourself & your craft 5 years from now?

In my little corner of the world I’d like to see my craft grow into a brick and mortar shop and studio.

  • Is your business a hobby, full-time work, or both?

It started as a part time hobby, and has grown into much more. I like to think, like many other makers, I’m a full time Mom (I have 3 kids - twins under 5, and a 13 year old. ) with a full time small business. I could definitely use more sleep.

  • What would your advice be to others looking to start something similar?

Do it! Life need to be lived, you can’t spend to much time wonder “should I.“

  • What is your favorite part about working in the creative field?

Hands down, the people! Before I started Pixie + Thistle I had always been drawn to artistan markets, I love the energy around festivals.

  • What do you think the most common misconception is about your craft?

I’m not sure, probably time. My items take a lot longer than people think.

  • What inspires your work?

One of my inspirations is color especially the color in nature, and how a coordination of colors can dictate a feeling.

  • Why did you choose to participate in The Makers Festival?

I participated in the festival last year and had a fabulous time. I brought the whole family, we camped locally, they had so much fun with the all the things the festivals had to offer.

  • What motivates you in the face of adversity?

Family. I feel a strong family unit with strong values can overcome the trial of adversity.

  • If you could choose any superpower, what would it be and why?

I wouldn’t mind some type of conjuring ability, the ability to make a thought tangible. It definitely would save me some time. Haha. That would make me more like a witch I suppose.

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