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“Learn to get back up when you fall,” says Sana Saqlain, Founder, Peach N Lime

Sana Saqlain, Founder, Peach N Lime talks about her business and its vision in this exclusive interview with MOIWrites

1. What is the idea behind Peach n Lime?

“Peach N Lime” was born with the idea of making quality art and craft products affordable to all. It envisions at providing easy crafting solutions and to help others learn the hobby of art. It also inspires youngsters to be creative because we strongly believe that there is an artist, as well as a crafter, in everyone.

2. What products does it offer?

Peach N Lime offers handmade paper products including greeting cards, albums, stationery items, and scrapbooks. It also has hand painted and embellished canvases as well as watercolor paintings. We are also working on a few huge products that are to be launched in a couple of months. Insha Allah

3. What has been your learning experience as an entrepreneur?

Running a business no matter how small is NOT easy! It is a road full of bumps and detours. You need a full-on focus and the ability to take risks. You need to get up every single time you fall down as I believe you cannot succeed if you don’t fail.

4. What were your challenges and how did you tackle them?

Challenges! They have been far too many to count! I have been crafting and painting for over two decades, but Peach N Lime started in 2016, while I was living in Riyadh. The exposure for women is a major issue there and women there are not as independent as in Pakistan. I had to take help from my husband who assisted me with the exhibitions, shows, and deliveries.  Due to some unexpected circumstances, I also had to put on hold the business when it was at its peak and move to Ivory Coast. The unavailability of craft supplies and super expensive courier services and no target audience plus language and a cultural barrier made it very difficult to continue. During that time, I worked on my watercolors and now I have a Facebook group “The Watercolor Café Pakistan” which focuses on learning and sharing the art of watercolors.

5. How can one place an order?

You can always place an order by dropping a private message on my page. For expensive orders, there is an email sent to you with all the points and terms mentioned. I also hold exhibitions, so you can always drop by and purchase from there. Event announcements are made on all the related pages on Facebook and Instagram.

6. Where do you see yourself five years down the road?

I am a dreamer and then a doer. I have huge plans for Peach N Lime. This is my baby that I really want to grow up to be one-of-kind solutions providing company for art and crafts. I want the products to be user-friendly and affordable for all.

7. Your message for the youth of Pakistan

Believe in your dreams! Believe you can do it. The sky should never be your limit when there is a whole universe to explore! Take risks, for without them you’ll never be able to know your strength. Learn to get back up when you fall, because that’s how you gain resilience. You as the youth of Pakistan have immense potential and talent, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise!

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“You will go places when you combine your passion and belief with fierceness!” says Muneeza Khan, Owner, The Vintage Nerd

Muneeza Khan, an artist by passion and heart talks to MOIWrites in this exclusive interview. She is Owner of The Vintage Nerd that lets her express her innate thoughts in the most creative and colorful manner.

1. What inspires you to create art?

Everything that surrounds us, created by the most supreme artist inspires me. The sea inspires my seascapes, the beautiful landscapes around the world inspire my nature studies and the feeling of creating something from a single dot to a design inspires me because of its unknown, magical result. So, I would definitely say my inspiration is a lot of different things all together as one.

2. What type of art have you been creating?

I paint seascapes, landscapes as well as make mandalas and zen art. My product line includes hand-painted magnets and miniature paintings but I also do customized art for clients looking for paintings for their spaces. I’ve also ventured into digital art. I’m a self-taught digital artist as well. I make digital art and then as per the client’s requirement I get it printed for them, on t-shirts, laptop sleeve covers, cushion covers etc. So my arts both manual and digital.

3. What is the story behind the name, “The Vintage Nerd”?

The story behind the name ‘The Vintage Nerd’ is short and sweet. These are basically two words that I associate myself with. I love all things vintage and I’ve always been a complete nerd so put them together and you’ve got a brand by me based on who I am and what I like. It’s very personal to me.

THE VINTAGE NERD is my brainchild and my Art brand that is all about my original, one-of-a-kind art and design work. I’m a mandala artist as well as a seascape and landscape painter with a degree and gold medal in textile print design and visual arts from the Department of Visual Studies, University of Karachi. The Vintage Nerd was born on April 29, 2016, out of the soul inspiration of sharing my art, my happiness with anyone to everyone who I come across. To me, art has always been a constant journey of learning and growing as an individual. My journey as The Vintage Nerd is on-going and filled with colors and the smell of paints designs with innovative beauty and unlimited experimentation to endless new creations!

4. How will you define Muneeza Khan?

I would say that she’s an artist with a vintage gypsy soul and a Mermaid’s heart. She loves to laugh and live life to its fullest potential because she knows that it is temporary and deserves to be experienced to its utmost potential. She’s hella strong because she’s faced some mighty storms and has survived through them and she’s in love with art, so much that it fills her heart with endless happiness.

5. What challenges do women entrepreneurs face in our society?

There are many challenges that come with the domain. Establishing yourself in your field is never really that easy. The biggest challenge is that most people don’t take home-based businesses seriously. Since it’s a home-based business so marketing is a hassle at times. And thirdly since it’s a home-based business, buyers usually haggle on the price as though it’s a sabzi ka thaila (a roadside vegetable vendor) and not a proper business. These are the top three problems that I personally feel occur a lot. But then problems vary from business to business. This is just from an artist’s perspective.

6. Do you think art is being given its due share in Pakistan?

No, it’s not. I think much like every other field if you’ve got contacts you might get ahead in this field but if you don’t, then galleries don’t give you a chance and finding your place is extremely difficult. Since I have a brand based on art I can also add that people want art for free, if it’s free it’s great but mostly no one wants to pay for a painting. So the art scene is pretty down here.

7. Your advice to the youth of Pakistan?

Recognize whatever your passion is and believe in it and be fierce in making it a reality. You will go places when you join your Passion and belief with fierceness! Good luck.