Interview of Tess Rouvray by Freya Bennett
Hey Tess, How are you?
I’m great thank you! I’m relaxing on my couch under my cat and watching The Mindy Project, so cannot complain.
Where do you call home?
Melbourne, Australia (though I grew up in Albury – a regional city on the border of New South Wales and Victoria).
Tell us a bit about yourself:
I’m 29, I’ve spent the last (almost) 10 years designing and making Swarovski crystal wedding jewellery, I also work with at risk 5-12 year olds, and co-founded and run a support group for women and gender non-conforming people who experience mental illness. I like to drink all the tea, hula hoop terribly, sing terribly, cuddle all the animals, watch all the Disney and re-read Harry Potter forever. And in my spare time I make flower crowns!
Now, tell us a bit about your new business, terrestrial:
It’s all about flowers! I design and make flower crowns which can either be purchased ready-made or made to order. I’ve also been experimenting with some baby headbands and buttonhole pieces.
And I occasionally run group workshops where everyone can make their own flower crown.
What was the inspiration behind this little business?
It was all a bit of an accident to be honest!
I had made a couple here and there, and run a workshop for Ramona’s Volume 2 Launch in December as a fun activity for guests to partake in… and it became a thing! And when it’s something you really enjoy doing – you do your best to find as many opportunities to do it as possible!
What has the feedback been so far?
The feedback has been wonderful so far! And it’s so nice that I’m getting more and more customers who aren’t just my friends, so that’s when you know you’re probably not doing a terrible job!
How do you self-promote?
I share my Facebook and Instagram accounts on my personal Facebook page and in other Facebook communities I’m part of. And I wear my crowns at every opportunity. That helps a lot.
How long does it take you to make each crown?
It depends entirely on the piece! Sometimes the pieces or the colour scheme you’re working with just work seamlessly and it might take half an hour to 40 minutes. Then other times I have this vision in my head I’m trying to make a reality and nothing is working so I try pretty much every combination of materials until I’m satisfied. Then it can be a couple of hours.
What kind of weird and wonderful things can people ask for?
I’ve made a piece for an Alice in Wonderland Mad Hatter’s Tea Party where I filled a teeny glass bottle with purple ‘potion’ and attached a teeny silver key to it to tie into Alice in wonderland which was fun. And a friend of mine wanted a piece that had a unicorn in it – so I made that happen.
Basically, hit me with your weird and wonderful ideas and I’ll do my best to make them happen!
Where can we see more of your stuff?
My Facebook page:
How can we order these amazing crowns?
By sending a private message to my Facebook page (it’s more reliable than the Instagram DMs) or emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org