FOLLOW FRIDAY #1: Dash of Curiosity!
Updated: May 14
Every Friday I've decided to start doing some 'Follow Friday' features, in which I'm going to be featuring some other fellow independent businesses that I absolutely love! Today's feature is our FIRST Follow Friday, and I'm super excited to be working with the lovely Dash of Curiosity!
Dash of Curiosity is a Yorkshire based independent business that creates anatomical and botanical 3D printed Home Decor and Curiosities. I remember stumbling upon her Instagram page a couple of months into running Nox Caelo and I fell in love with absolutely everything! Myself and my Boyfriend are currently looking for our own little flat, so you bet we're filling it with her Hanging Skull Planters! (Check them out here...)
I sent some questions over to the lovely Michelle to find a little bit more about her business and here's what she had to say:
What made you want to start your own business?
I had become obsessed with the idea of owning my own skull planter and couldn’t find a small one on the internet, so I badgered my husband into 3D printing me one (he had bought a 3d printer in mid 2019 to experiment with). Suddenly I realised that If I wanted one of these other people must too.
What are your main influences when creating for Dash of Curiosity?
The human body, I am a medical photographer by day so the body inspires me as well as looking back at the history of anatomy and medicine.
What's your process when making ideas come to life? How are they made?
3D printing is trial and error, in the beginning stages we start by designing a product in specialist software and then preforming a series of test prints. We use an eco plastic which is corn starch based, this means that the prints also have to be tested for longevity. Testing also occurs in the form of different colours, sometimes we find that a product works well in one colour but not in another. These test prints eventually become the final product. I photograph the products and they then make there way on to Etsy and our alternative stockiest Happy Emo.
What are you most looking forward to as an Independent Business when things start to go back to normal?
Once things return to normal, we are looking forward to the postage system world wide getting back to some normality. Sometimes our raw materials are delayed as well as postage of products to our customers. Also Halloween. We have lots planned for Halloween including a special release.
If you could recommend five other Independent Businesses to the readers, who would they be and why?
I have made some lovely friends in the last few months and I can’t wait to meet more independent business owners.
Alien Artistries - Sarah over at Alien Artistries was opposite at my first ever craft fair. She merges space, aliens and skeletons into beautiful painting and jewellery. I adore her skeleton moon print.
Bodies and Botanics - Emily merges botanical drawings along with the body and produces unique art works. She is open for commissions and I have a one-off drawing that is framed in our bedroom.
Little Drop in the Ocean - Kathryn runs an organic kids ware brand which has super adorable kids clothes and accessories.
Pops and Pearl - Meg is a lovely soul and makes one of a kind jewellery with beautiful gem stones. I haven’t purchased yet but there are so many items on my Wishlist.
Happy Emo - Laura invited us to be a premium creator on Happy Emo, a small marketplace for all things quirky and different. We love been part of the community there along with other awesome creators.
Does anything else inspire your work, i.e music, film, etc?
I adore halloween, but I hate horror films with a passion, I am such a wuss, give me a Disney Halloween any day. I love to travel and going to Mexico for Day of the Dead Celebrations is on my bucket list.
Quarantine Album / Film recommendations for the readers?
I'm going to show my geekiness but a series that is a must watch is Torchwood. A spin off series of Dr Who that aired 2006-2011. All the episodes are on the BBC iPlayer so free to watch in the UK.
Click here to find Dash of Curiosity via their Instagram / Facebook here and also, please don't forget to check out all of the sick products they have listed on their Etsy page! https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/DashOfCuriosity Their products are so unique and different and they truly deserve nothing but success! I love 'em! Plus, I'm SO excited to see what they have in-store for their Halloween launch!