Local Talent: Tanvi of The Excessary Shop
The Rochester area is home to a great deal of talented artisans. Today, I'd like to introduce you to Tanvi of The Excessary Store on 1000 Markets.
Let's sit down for a Q & A.
Q: When you did you start your business?
A: I first started Excessary in 2004. I originally paired up with a friend and classmate from undergrad who made beautiful ceramic cups and mugs. She used to do large craft shows in the area and when she saw my earrings, she told me I should share the booth with her. I thought it was a great idea and this way I would get to see if people other then my family actually liked my work or not. I guess they did so I never stopped making :)
Q: What inspires you?
In all honesty, I see a lot of junk in big box stores.I walk past the displays and I am just appalled that anyone would want to pay $$$ for junk! (Apart from what I have on 1k markets, I make my own furniture and some clothing too). When I see all that, I am inspired to create better things that hold meaning, that hold some value and I would want my client/buyer to know exactly what they are buying, how it was made and to know me personally. THAT would make so much of a stronger connection and make the purchase that much more meaningful.
That aside, other talented designers and artists work, beautiful magazine layouts, the Fall season colors and my family inspire me to create art everyday.
Q: What do you adore most about living in our part of NY?
Firstly, I came to WNY in 2001 from Dubai. It was a very difficult move for me leaving behind all my family and friends. But I felt very much at home here. There is a very strong sense of community in Upstate NY and I felt at ease with the people I was getting to know.
Also the seasons are just amazing. The Fall colors- again my favorite.
Q: What does the handmade movement mean to you as not just a seller, but as a consumer?
To me, its the start of a new wave of craft- something people really need to embrace. I think slowly people are becoming more conscious of labor issues -- where material comes from -- how things are made, who makes it. They're thinking about where their dollars are spent, about buying local.
I personally like to know where my food comes from and I try to apply the same principal curiosity to other things I buy. There is something very personal when you buy handmade.
Q: Tell us a bit about your life outside of Excessary.
I am a returning grad student so I spend quite a lot of time on my MFA thesis when I'm not crafting. My husband and I love to hike so we explore the WNY area as much as possible with our dog Indiana.
AND I LOVE to cook- Iron Chef is my favorite show. If I wasn't crafting, I'd probably be in the food industry. I'm currently working on a food blog- should be up in a few weeks :)
Thank you, Tanvi, for letting us get to know you more!