Who are you and what do you do?
Hello! I am Bayoush Mengesha and I am the owner and operator of Devi Arts Collective. Devi Arts Collective is an ethical lifestyle brand that collaborates with artisans around the world.
Why do you do what you do?
I do what I do because I love art, connecting and empowering women. I love to travel and have met some amazing artisan's along the way. Devi Arts Collective allows me to be a creative artisan myself, while collaborating with the talented artisans I work with that cut the gemstones for the jewellery I make and weave the fabric I use in my designs.
When did you start and how has your business changed over time?
Devi Arts Collective started in 2014. Over the past two years, we have expaned our offerings to include jewellery, home decor and fashion forward accessories that feature ethical handmade raw materials. Keep checking back. We have some lovely things instore for you.
How do you like to work and what does your workspace look like?
I love my studio space. I have been fortunate enough to have a space I work in that is my own. I have personalized with my favorite things.
What inspires you in your art?
Nature, my travels and my loved ones are what inspires me.
What is one thing you love?
My passion in life is travelling and connecting with people around the world. I belive in the human spirit and connection. It's the most inspiring thing to me.
What is your favourite piece you create and why?
Right now I am very much into the orbit ring's I am making. I love the design and the versatility of the pieces.
What is one thing you need in order to be successful at what you do?
What has helped me is being organized and writing everything down in my planner/notebook. The more organized I am the more productive I can be.
What do you like being part of Giving Gifts & Company?
I love being part of meticioulsy currated collection of artisans. I met Lisa when I first was first starting out. She has been a great supporter of Devi Arts Collective.
Words of advice to other artists entrepreneurs?
Keep an open mind and follow your own voice. Don't be afraid to be unique.
I love Bayoush's entire line! From her jewelry to her clutches and bags, there is really something for everyone. My absolute favourite pair of earrings (the ones I am wearing while I write this) are gold and clear beads made by Bayoush. I saw them the day she first brought them into the store and left wearing them that same day. The Devi Arts Collective Line is a bit boho and a bit ethnic and all around awesome! Stop by the store to see each piece in person, or shop some of her collection online here.