What inspired the name of your business?
The name came very naturally as we are sisters.
What is the story behind why you started your business?
Both us have been painting for most of our lives. We often paint together on weekends. We had also been making personal cards for birthdays and special occasions. One day we were painting watercolour plants and just had an idea of buying some watercolour blank cards and see if people would be interested in buying them. We started it out at a local artisan market and people loved the cards.
We decided to take the next step and expand by reaching out to stores that support local artists. We didn’t have any expectations as this was very new to us. Each time someone buys or likes our art is like a big hug for us.
What is the dream that you wish to fund through your business?
To expand our brand and be able to share our style, what we love and are passionate about through our art.
What are you most proud of about your business?
Something that started out as a thought and an idea came into fruition. Through the process we had to step out of our comfort zones and be ready to face criticism. We had to trust in ourselves, each other and our art. Although this is a business, it is also so much more than that for us.
How have you grown as a person as a result of your business?
We have both grown in different ways. Each of has different fears and internal comforts we had to overcome. We have become closer and rely on each other's strengths to carry us through each process.
What difference does your art make in your life, and your family’s life?
Art is a very big part of our immediate family. It’s a way for us to spend time together, support each other and grow and learn.
If you could say one thing to the person that buys and/or enjoys your art, what would it be?
We read this quote and find it fits so perfect for any artist out there: "When you buy something from an artist you’re buying more than an object. You’re buying hundreds of hours of errors and experimentations. You’re buying years of frustration and moments of pure joy. You’re not buying just one thing, you’re buying a piece of a heart, a piece of a soul...a small piece of someone else’s life.”
Why do you love being a part of Giving Gifts?
We really appreciate being a part of a store that supports and is involved with local artists. We love the store and all the products it represents!
Why we love having Two Sisters at Giving Gifts:
Tandis and Tara's work is cheerful, pretty and fits perfectly within the store! Their cards are funny and appeal to several different people, not just plant fans. We also really enjoy featuring their larger prints as they add a bit of greenery to the space where we can't put real plants! See some of their cards here and be sure to come in the shop if you live in Vancouver to check out more of their work.