Brook Perdigon: Turning a Creative Passion Into a Thriving Business
Today With Brook Perdigon:
Welcome to A Well-Designed Business. Today I am joined by Brook Perdigon, artist, designer, and owner of Brook Perdigon Textiles (BPT). Brook emailed me describing her transition from creative artist, to creative business owner. She explains there is an artist identity and a business owner identity. And how do we navigate that? Well Brook and I discuss all of her aha moments along her seven years in a creative business, along with the different approaches she took to those stubborn recurring challenges. Enjoy!
Pick It Apart
[3:20] Brook starts off with how she learned the hard way the difference between the two business identities; artist and business owner.
[22:53] Brook gives multiple ways you can reach a customer when one way doesn’t work.
[40:10] Brook talks about Design Social Popups and how they’ve been beneficial in her business.
LuAnn Nigara and Brook Perdigon’s Ah-Ha Moments
“The creative mind always finds a way.” – Brook Perdigon
“Having a goal with a timeline makes it real.” – LuAnn Nigara
“My responsibility is to not only design a product, but also a functioning business that’s profitable and can pay my employees.” – Brook Perdigon
“As my business grows each year, my challenges evolve.” – Brook Perdigon
More About Brook Perdigon:
Artist and designer Brook Perdigon founded her company in 2015. Informed by history, culture, creativity and craft, Brook Perdigon Textiles (BPT) has quickly grown from a small business to a global brand with showrooms across the United States as well as in the U.K., Canada, and Australia. In addition to textile collections, BPT offers wallpaper, custom fine art, and thoughtful industry collaborations. BPT has been featured in The World of Interiors, LUXE Magazine, House & Garden, C Magazine, Country Living, The New York Times, Modern Luxury and other leading design publications. Collections thread art, history and culture through the lens of modern making. Antique textiles inform Brook’s drawings and sketches, resulting in a process and practice that embraces imperfection and celebrates the human hand. Many fabrics are hand-screened on Belgian linen, and each product embodies an individual, idiosyncratic voice. A graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, Brook began her career as an independent artist creating custom textile collections for interior designers in Los Angeles, New York, and Paris. She went on to work as a senior designer for Tai Ping Carpets, designing textiles for high-profile clients and prestigious projects worldwide. She founded BPT, in part, to cultivate and support artists, women and fellow small business owners in her community. Many of her fabrics are printed in Los Angeles, and she regularly collaborates with local artists—a partnership with TARP, for example, led to the creation of a painted pool and dance performance inspired by her Ituri design. Brook currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Michael, their children, Mallory and Tanner.
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