1.) What is CreatedHere? (In a few sentences.)
CreatedHere is a website and print magazine dedicated to showcasing NB creatives. On the site I share features, studio visits and blog posts, and I am also growing a directory of artists and craftspeople. Our province is so diverse so I try to have a good combination of Anglophone, Francophone and Aboriginal artists. I love meeting artists and telling their stories. I want to connect a community of people who love everything handmade and local and grow an appreciation for our artists.
2.) What inspired you to start CreatedHere?
I ran into an old friend who had become a glass artist since I last saw him. I wanted to ask him a hundred questions and find out his story. That piqued my interest and got me wondering about other artists’ stories. I couldn’t find a blog or website like I was picturing so I decided to start my own!
3.) What was the hardest part about starting your own magazine?
Not really knowing what I was doing except that I wanted to do it. Starting something like this feels risky, especially when no one has ever heard of you! Also time. When you have small children, free time is a hot commodity.
4.) What is it like balancing your work life and family life?
It’s a challenge because it often feels like there isn’t enough time to go around. I have to compartmentalize. I often work in the evenings when the kids are in bed, but I do have some day time when my mom or a friend can watch them. It is definitely hard work, but I love having a creative outlet. It means that I get to meet lots of neat people at a time in my life when I would otherwise be mostly hanging out with toddlers!
5.) How long has CreatedHere existed?
The site went live in September 2014, and the first magazine was printed in Spring 2015.
6.) Where would you like to see CreatedHere in the future?
I want to see a consistent roll of stories on the site as well as a regular magazine going, with submissions from around the province. I’d love to see more variety in the content from other writers and photographers! It’s my hope that people will look to CreatedHere as a go-to resource about NB artists and a way to get connected to their creative community.
If you want to check out more on CreatedHere, check out their facebook page here.