We had the good fortune of connecting with Domonique Bouldrick and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Domonique, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
Since I was a child I’ve always been a tinkerer, taking apart my toys to figure how they work. Around middle school, I discovered I could draw, my grandmother bought me a sketchbook and a drawing by numbers book, and I was hooked. This eventually led to me auditioning and getting into Design & Architecture Sr. High in Miami, Fl. a small magnet school in the heart of the Miami Design District. While enrolled I pursued the area of Architecture but ultimately graduated from college with a BS in Industrial Engineering. Fast forward to 2013, I’d purchased my first home and there was a spot that I wanted to put a bar but most available for purchase were out of my budget. My solution was finding some DIY plans on Pinterest to build a bar to suit my needs. I headed to Home Depot to purchase all the materials I needed and a few tools and within a few days, I’d built a whole bar in my home! I was hooked, working with my hands to create something from scratch was soo fulfilling. I slowly converted my 2 car garage into a small woodshop, spending almost every free moment I had in there creating. In 2017, after I’d honed my skills a bit and made a few items (tables, bookshelves, etc.) for friends I formed my first woodworking business “Cut Couture Woodworks”. In 2020, I rebranded my business to “Bouldrick Creative House” due to me not wanting to limit myself to just custom woodworking, and be all-encompassing to all the mediums I have the interest to create in. At the moment these mediums include photography, woodworking, epoxy resin, and I also have some metalwork aspirations once I’m able to learn to weld. In short, I pursued a creative business, because it allows me to express myself without words and leave something impactful behind; being one of a few black women makers. I hope to inspire more women to pursue creating with their hands.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Bouldrick Creative House specializes in handcrafting modern home decor items spanning original photography prints, custom art framing, and specialty serve-ware (coasters, cutting boards, serving trays, etc). I am a self-taught woodworker and photographer, learning mostly from YouTube, Instagram, and taking a class here and there to expand my skillset. I overcome most challenges by leaning on my industrial engineering and consulting background, both of which provided me with the tools and mental stamina to take a big problem and break it down into solvable pieces. It’s also provided me with the discipline needed to keep going when projects get tough or when things I make don’t quite turn out as I intended. When there is something I want to learn or a problem I want to solve almost nothing will stop my pursuit. My brand embodies me, a tenacious, creative, black girl in constant pursuit of always learning and trying new things. What I’m most proud of is being able to create and share unique one of kind pieces of functional art in hopes that it will inspire another little black girl to pursue creating with her hands.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
So, no joke my house, pun intended lol. Before the pandemic, my husband and I are both avid entertainers and love to have people over to our home for drinks, games, food, and good conversations. A weekend at our house would include some of the best BBQ ribs you’ve ever had which are prepared by my husband Alex or @the_SlabGuy as he goes by on social media. We created the rib rub blend we use and have fine-tuned the recipe over the past 8 years. Dare I say you won’t need any sauce for these ribs! You can get your hands on our BOûLD Ass Seasoning Co. Rib Rub on our website www.bouldrubs.com we launch on 5/28! For the rest of the day, we may get into a game of spades or an intense game of monopoly, or hang by the fire pit in our backyard enjoying the laughs and libations.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would like to dedicate this to my grandmother and mother for always supporting and never putting a damper on my creative outlets. Also, to my husband and close friends that are my biggest cheerleaders and supporters of me realizing the full potential of my artistic capability
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