I am convinced that role models can help us achieve our own wishes and goals. That’s why I launched the series “conscious creatives telling their stories”. Here I would like to introduce you again and again to people who are consciously and creatively shaping their lives.
Today I present you my interview with Ania Grzeszek. I got to know her digitally as part of the preparations for the “Back to the wool” retreat in autumn last year and was delighted that someone really has the same claim as me. It was important to me, if there should be goodie bags for the retreat participants, that these were produced sustainably and naturally. All this I found in Ania’s brand KALIKO. And in addition a wonderful person, which I really would like to meet in real life. 😉
Dear Ania, …
… you produce hand-dyed textile products with your company KALIKO in elaborate handicraft. Was it always clear to you that you wanted to do this professionally?
I’ve known since I was very young that I want to work creatively. I decided to study architecture and worked as an architect for 5 years. The study was great, the work is not so. Architecture is more of an office job and not a really creative profession.
I needed a balance and that’s why I taught myself weaving in the summer of 2015. For my tapestries I wanted to dye my own wool and so my adventure with plant dyeing started. I shared my tricks on Instagram, and over time, this has developed into a separate company.
… could you grow up in a parental home that has been very conscious about life? Which aspect of your education had the most lasting effect on you?
My parents have always put a lot of emphasis on education and have always expected me to give 100%. That’s why I’m very ambitious, but also demanding. It was also hard for me to leave my full-time job. Self-employment was not the preferred scenario for my parents; a successful person should work on what one has studied.
But I decided against it and hoped that it was the right way. And since I always want to give a 100% and like to continue learning, it’s a great challenge. And challenges are still fun!
“We all want our lives to be meaningful, we want to live for what we believe in.”
… who and what inspires you?
I find inspiration everywhere: in nature, in small everyday moments, in myself, in other strong women. I can easily get excited about little things. But above all, my work inspires me. Each experiment leads to new thoughts and ideas. You have to be creative to stay creative.
… at some point, every person who deliberately deals with life will come to the question of what he/she can do with his actions to the world and to people. Have you ever asked yourself this question?
Yes, I started with the question in my work. When I founded Kaliko the topic was very important for me. I just discovered Fair Fashion, I became aware of the environmental issues.
What I discovered:
I want my work to have 3 main purposes. The purpose for myself – that I have a reason to get up with enthusiasm every morning. The purpose for my clients – that they find a sustainable alternative. The purpose for the community – that my work supports a movement that promotes sustainable trends.
We all want our lives to be meaningful, we want to live for what we believe in. I believe in business that respects the people and the planet. And that is my compass.
… in what form do like-minded people matter to you? Are you well off talking about the topics that move you deeply, or do you prefer to spend your time silently doing it?
Kaliko started as an Instagram profile. On Instagram, I discovered a community of like-minded people. Before that, I did not believe that my dream could come true. None of my friends shared my interests. Only online did I find support from people with similar values. Without this support I would not have dared to start this adventure!
… what does it mean for you to live a “creative life”?
For me, to be creative means to keep learning. The more you know, the more you get inspired. The nicest thing about my job is that it does not stop. It keeps evolving, and takes me with it. No two days are alike and I can only guess what the future holds.
I only know one thing: it never gets boring.
Copyright Pictures: Ania Grzeszek