"They say that having limited funds makes you more resourceful. I am not sure if that is the case, but my immigrant parents taught me that something handmade is something from the heart and does not have to be expensive. This was good, as I learned how to make art from things people would toss away."
Barbara Bitar ~ Owner/Artisan @ BDesigns
I INVITE YOU TO VISIT MY SHOP!
We are huge fans of Barbara's handcrafted items! Her creativity & attention to detail really make her work stand out. If you are on the hunt for something unique, BDesigns is definitely a spot worth checking out!
- Kiel & Ana / Spots On The FOX
Tell us a little about your business!
I am an artisan that loves taking concepts and creating either something new, or upcycling/giving new life to a favorite outfit.
- Memory and T-Shirt quilts, runners, pillows and more
- Quilted jackets and accessories, mobility bags for walkers and wheelchairs
- Masks, towels, Eco towels
- Baby quilts, kitchen and bath towels, bibs and more
- Art coasters and custom wall quilts
- Tie bottle holders, vests and outfits' upcycled clothing
- Shawlminas, infinity scarves and one of a kind women's clothing
- Custom made costume (no gold) jewelry
- Jewelry repairs and restringing available
I work with other collaborators as well to commemorate memories with our items or yours. Ask about custom work!
How long have you been doing business in town?
I have been doing art and crafts for over 30 years in the Chicagoland area.
What attracted you to the line of work you’re in, and how did you get started?
They say that having limited funds makes you more resourceful. I am not sure if that is the case, but my immigrant parents taught me that something handmade is something from the heart and does not have to be expensive. This was good, as I learned how to make art from things people would toss away.
As a child, I loved drawing, sewing, knitting and crocheting. As a teen, I graduated to beads, metals and jewelry making. As a teen, I started doing local art and craft fairs to help save for college.
Making and selling jewelry and small sculptures paid for part of my college education. I do not have a formal art education but rather learned from my parents and others by observing or experimenting and do not use patterns unless needed.
As life progressed, I went into the corporate world but retained a foot in the artistic one to nourish my soul. Now, I am embracing that side of my life and am moving forward in a creative realm!
If you had to sum up your business mission to a stranger, what would it be?
Creative & Useful Artistic Works
What’s the biggest challenge or most difficult moment you’ve faced in your business?
My biggest challenge is in working with new media and transforming my concepts into something that is useful, artistic and pleasing to the buyer or recipient.
What’s the most satisfying part of your business?
I love to see the clients expression when they see the finished piece. Sometimes, I am not that lucky to see it in person, but often I get a thank you note from the recipient or even a call. I love to make happy clients!
How would you say your business distinguishes itself from the others?
I provide hands on interaction and experience with the client. If it is a unique clothing design or upcycle that requires fittings, or a quilt from clothing and more of a loved one. I translate client ideas and concepts into finished artistic works.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given when it comes to success?
If you never try, you will never know.
Are there any new projects or endeavors you’re working on that you’re extra excited about? If so, what details can you share and what makes it so exciting?
Yes! I have partnered with a friend at 2 local brick and mortar locations - the Painted Tree in Naperville and Kildeer, IL. It allows me to showcase some of my pieces to local clients.
Do you have any events coming up in your community?
Yes, you can find us at the Painted Tree in Naperville and Kildeer/Lake Zurich, on Spots On The FOX, Etsy, and at the Festival of Arts & Craft Show held at the Lake County Fairgrounds October 1-3, 2021 and November 26-28, 2021.
How can the community discover your business?
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This story is contributed by a Spots On The FOX Vendor & the views expressed are the author's own.