This last Monday (07/20/2020) my guest was Adella Colvin. Adella joined me from her home in Grovetown, GA. Adella’s pronouns are she and her.
This interview lasted an hour and thirty minutes. We had a dynamic conversation and we talked about a lot of things.
We talking about Adella's family and her career. We talked about her culture shock... moving from New York to rural Georgia. We talked about how she got into the fiber arts world through her neighbor while her husband, Jimmy, was away in Afghanistan.
We talked about how Adella got into dyeing and how she eventually made a business out of her passion for color and texture. We talked about the rebranding of her company using her daughter's name and why she did so.
Adella shared some of her stories of racism. She shared her thoughts about where we are going in the fiber arts industry and in our country. She expressed her happiness that more people of color are getting into the fiber arts world.
Of course, Adella and I talked about a lot more than these highlights (above)... so I encourage you all to listen to the show. I think you'll really enjoy it.
Adella Colvin's Biography: LolaBean Yarn Co. (formerly Adella’s Crochet Cottage) began 5 years ago with a single stitch; that quickly turned into a thousand stitches as Adella contemplated on what she would do to pass time while her husband was away in Afghanistan.
Adella first learned to crochet and knitting soon followed. She became obsessed with all of the different colors, textures and compositions of the different yarns she came across. One day, she came across a Youtube video of someone dyeing yarn, and she thought to herself… “Hey I should try this!” So she did. Dyeing came very naturally to Adella and she was encouraged by her friends and family to start her own business and sell her hand dyed creations. The rest is history.
After the birth of her daughter, Adella realized that she had much more to live for and be grateful about. She decided to rebrand her company in honor of her little princess, in hopes that one day she would be able to pass something down to her daughter and keep the legacy alive. As a woman of color, Adella wants to show her daughter, and hopefully inspire others, that they can achieve success regardless of the circumstances.
Adella looks forward to growing and expanding her brand, not only for her daughter, but for the future generation of independent fiber artists
Here are the resource links to some of the things we talked about on the show...
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