Today we’d like to introduce you to Rosanna and Eric Vorel.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
Rosanna: Ever After Enchanted is a co-creation between my husband, Eric and me. We love working with our hands, being creative, and finding new ways to live fulfilling lives, which are ever-changing as we grow! We work together to live a more intentional life, make healthier choices, and make creativity a priority.
Eric is currently in a band, has a full-time job, and makes our Barnwood décor–we love the natural and rustic touch that barn wood brings to a space. As for me, I’ve dealt with skin issues throughout most of my life and have tried many products in an attempt to fix them. I starting using natural products and changing my habits many years ago, which led to my passion for creating my own skincare. I love working with essential oils, herbs, and butters–I also love what these have done for my skin. Creating this business has been a dream of mine. As a young mom with a full-time job, I put it off for some time, but I’m so happy I had the courage to start.
Eric and I love supporting other makers and artists: there’s a special energy when someone pours their heart and soul into something. If you’re not doing something you love, we would love to inspire you to try something new and share your magic with the world!
We have two children. Ethan is 20 and studying at Northwestern University, and our little guy, Logan, is seven. We love going camping in our RV and look forward to more trips spent exploring nature and life.
Please tell us about your art.
Our art comes in many different forms. I would say it’s any way we express ourselves using our talents and passions. Right now, that is through music, woodworking, and creating skincare. Music can touch someone’s life and help them to feel supported and know that they’re not alone; it can be uplifting.
As for the skincare, bath products, and candles: we think it’s so important for everyone to slow down and take care of themselves. It is especially helpful when feeling overwhelmed. That’s the perfect time to take a salt bath, light a candle, and do some self-care. The earth is filled with so many gifts and we love to use those to make something special. Herbs, essential oils, salts, and butters are all part of our products. We think nothing can heal or uplift like these natural ingredients.
Turning old barn wood into a beautiful piece of art that someone can hang inside their home is also something we share a passion for. Our signature pieces are Barnwood that we hand cut into hearts. We can then burn a family name or an inspirational saying–something that represents love and puts a smile on someone’s face when they look at it. It’s taking something old that has character and beauty and making it new with a special message. The thought of someone falling in love for the first time, having their first kiss or family dinner, or attending a wedding in an old barn-this is where we draw our inspiration for our Barnwood decor. Most of our Barnwood is sourced from local farmers, spanning in age from 50 to 100 years old. There is a story in each board-a conversation, friendship, and history that finds its way from the sun-weathered wood into your space from our imagination.
What do you think is the biggest challenge facing artists today?
Our biggest challenges are financial, in general. More specifically, our society isn’t necessarily set up to support artists. It can be hard to make time to be creative even though it is so important. If you’re consumed with other work, it can be difficult to find time and energy to put into your art. So, often people end up doing something they feel they have to do instead of doing what they love to do. We love to support and connect with other artists and we know each person has unique gifts to offer this world.
Financial challenges can be a huge obstacle. For us, it is helpful to have jobs so that we are able to support our family and to relieve the pressure of needing to rely on our art to pay our bills. Someday we hope to transition to working on music and our creative business full time. My advice would be to create as much as you can. It can be a little bit every day, but the small steps add up. Make creativity a priority and enjoy the process!
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
Our work can be found on our Etsy website or at local markets. We also travel and do shows outside of the Chicago area. Eric’s album with TLB can be found on Spotify and through their website or catch him at live shows across the country.
- Website: www.everafterenchanted.com
- Phone: 630-461-5662
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/everafterenchanted
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/everafterenchanteddecor
- Twitter: twitter.com/EverAfter1111
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