Meet Kim Pace, the curator of Covet Atelier, an online shop featuring makers from North and South Carolina. This Q&A-style interview reveals the passions and business savvy behind her blossoming business.
Taking a break from the regularly scheduled recipes and travel stories to bring back my interview series, Dream Jobs. This is where I interview ladies who are doing awesome, creative things. I love these interviews — I find them so inspiring!
Today I’m re-introducing you to Kim Pace, the curator of Covet Atelier, an online shop featuring makers from North and South Carolina. Her site has a ton of beautiful handmade goods for both him and her, ranging from jewelry to housewares to stocking stuffers. (Just saying.)
Covet also just launched a new subscription box called Covet Curate, which highlights Carolina-made products each month. Each one is a work of beauty and I hope there’s one under my tree this year!
Kim is a good friend of mine, and it has been so exciting to witness her business unfolding. I love seeing my friends succeed at the things they love to do. Her love for the handmade is really strong and contagious. Hope you enjoy reading about what goes on behind the scenes! // susannah
1. How would you describe Covet Atelier?
Simply put, Covet Atelier is a curated online shop focusing on makers & artisans within the Carolinas.
My desire is to highlight & focus on the New South, artisanal heritage in the Carolinian maker community.
2. What were you doing before Covet Atelier? What inspired you to change paths?
I am still working full time at my “other” life. I am a college-level English instructor, and I’ve been in the classroom for 10 years.
Maybe one day soon I will be solely focused on Covet, but for now, I am allowing that growth & progress to be organic. I do find that both areas influence each other quite a bit. My first love as a child was story telling and language, and I still find myself seeking out and wanting to tell the narrative of a handmade life in the curation of Covet’s shop/makers.
3. When ideas are scarce, where do you turn for creative inspiration?
Space. I find that when I am lacking inspiration it is often because I haven’t given myself enough time to dream or escape. Taking the time to step away from it all is important to me and my process. I never get satisfying work done when I just throw myself into the work and go, go, go non-stop. I need time to step back, breathe, look again, and not force the muse. As I said before, my first love was always the magical, deeply transformative world of story telling, so reading is a nice reprieve. I also love taking long walks and always feel re-charged after a weekend away of not working.
Read the rest of my Q+A with Kim Pace of Covet Atelier!