L e j l a Ž o r ž ✦ a r t i s a n
“Find a job you enjoy doing, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”
I rarely ever followed my intuition, dared to take jobs I loved or studied what I was interested in. Funny thing.
When I was younger I always enjoyed creating, dancing and entertaining people so I wanted to become an actress, a ballerina, a soldier (?!) or pathologist. Kind of random choices, I know. At the end of primary school I wished to attend Secondary School for Design and Photography in Ljubljana but my mother wasn’t a fan of that idea, saying I was too young for boarding shool in Ljubljana. There was no similar high school program in my hometown and that’s how I ended up becoming a chemical technician when I was 18. Why? My dad is working in pharmacy and, now we know, that has nothing to do with me. As my resistance for chemistry grew in high school, I never wanted to study in that field. So I studied at Faculty of Civil and Geodetic Engineering in Ljubljana and became a civil engineer by the age of 28. Why? Who knows. I don’t believe in destiny and all that ju-ju stuff, but I did meet my husband and friends for life while studying so that outweights whole situation. It took me quite a long time to finish my studies as resistance and frustrations grew also in that field, but in 2010 I finally found comfort in theater where I was acting at first and became active member later on. Since then I was always looking for ways to stay active in creative fields.
After a while I had to take ordinary, boring office job to start appreciating life, I think. And I did. When my contract expired I became active in theaters again, helped with scenographies and also got occasional job as property master. I love productive work, love the dynamics of creative world, working with amazing people and being able to spend and organise my time as I wish. In this period of life I became awared it’s most important to do what makes me truly happy and satisfied even if it meant I’ll be broke from time to time.
Crafting came very spontaneously to me, timing was perfect. I was struggling with unemployment and I had time to make a unique, special and personal gift for my friend who was pregnant – I made baby mobiles from natural materials (driftwood, wool, cotton rope and wooden beads) and that’s where the idea for (so called) wall ornaments was developed from. Simultaneously I made my Facebook page and Instagram account to present my work. Since the response was very positive and overwhelming, I continued with my work and tried to discover possibilities of rope crafts. I hesitated with online shop for a long time because I never itended to make a business out of it, but my friends talked me into it and I am more than grateful for that. I’ve learned to tie my very first macramé knot for a plant hanger and that’s how I fell in love with macramé technique. I’ve also learned few more knots and started making various products since macramé is so versatile. Whole arts and craft movement is so attractive I wanted to stay surrounded by it to emprove my skills and find my own style although I feel like I’m still learning.
I love everything this small business brought me; work itself, learning some marketing skills, getting masters degree in Instagram and WordPress, getting to meet new people, joining different communities, finding some amazing artisans who inspire me, collaborating and having control over everything I do. I’m also very proud I was able to find my place in the sun with what I do so I’ve decided to make crafting my full time “job”.