We had the good fortune of connecting with Kristin Bowser and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kristin, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I’ve been a bit of a serial DIY-er for as long as I can remember, but nothing has ever really “stuck” so to speak. Over the years, I’ve been told, “Oh you should start a business selling” this or that, and I had never really put much credence into the thought. However, during the pandemic, like so many others, I found quite a bit of “inside time” on my hands. So I decided to start making resin jewelry! For a while it was just a hobby where I’d post on Instagram; overtime, however, people actually began asking me if I could make them custom earrings and trays, and thus, Magically Mundane Resin Creations was officially born!
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I think there are a few things that set me apart from others, and not all of them are internal characteristics. That said, the first thing I’m grateful for in my art life is my support system. Somehow the universe blessed me with amazingly supportive family, friends, and even acquaintances who have all jumped on board to help spread the word about the art I create.
Secondly, I’m a perfectionist. It’s not something I’m really proud because perfectionism can be a double-edged sword when it comes to making progress and learning from mistakes. But I never want to create something and sell it if I would not wear it myself. I’m naturally a very loud person, whether it be talking, laughing, the clothes I wear, my hair color, or the art I create. So when I’m making jewelry, I want my products to be unique, special, and indicative of me as a person. One day, I want someone to see a pair of earrings and go, “Oh those must be by Magically Mundane.”
All that said, I’ve had a pretty interesting time learning to curb my perfectionism because, to be frank, resin is a really difficult medium to work with. There have been so many times where I’ve just wanted to trash everything and never make a piece again due to a piece turning out ugly or messy. But one thing I’ve learned is akin to the adage “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” I’m always surprised that when I post my supposed “flops,” people say they love those pieces! And that’s one thing I love about handmade art–everything is unique and flawed and original, just like every human is.
The name “Magically Mundane” is kind of how I envision life. We as humans might have to trudge through the day-to-day, and it’s easy to lose sight of the beauty that can be found in life. So by making these beautiful, fun little earrings, I hope to add a little bit of magic into the mundanity of life!
In terms of my brand itself, I want people to know how much love and effort I put into each thing I make. I also want to help people understand that every single time someone shares, comments, or buys a piece, it truly is a tiny miracle. There have been times during this pandemic that I was worried I wouldn’t be able to pay a doctor bill or something like that. And then someone purchases a pair of earrings, and suddenly I have twenty more dollars to go towards just living–these things really add up! I started doing resin to help curb my depression and anxiety. Resin is a slow, cathartic process that really aligns with my vision of bettering my mental health–it’s a slow, sometimes scary process (epoxy resin is actually really hazardous when it is curing), but in the end something really beautiful is born.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I’d definitely have to go to East Atlanta Village and Little 5 Points. The area has everything, from a diverse cultural experience, great food, music venues. So I’d start the day with brunch on the rooftop porch at Corner Tavern with bottomless mimosas. From there, I’d take them to Criminal Records to browse old and new music and graphic novels. If we can’t find what we want there, we’d head to the other record store in Little 5, Wax’n’Facts, and then probably browse the awesome vintage at Psycho Sisters.
After that, I’d head to East Atlanta Village to check out my fav thrifty shop, Kaboodle. Hopefully the Argosy weekend market would be happening, so we’d catch some of the awesome creators and vendors who set up shop in the Argosy beer garden every other weekend! I’d probably stop in Argosy for a plancha burger, french fries with ranch, and some awesome local beers before hitting a show at The Earl. So many amazing bands go through The Earl, it’s almost unreal. Then, of course, after the show, I’d go hand at my favorite spot, Flatiron just right down the road from The Earl and get a Miller High Life.
I know you said week-long itinerary, but this is my ideal day in Atlanta. For the rest of the week, I’d do a lot of the same. Hit local shows at places like 529 and The Masquerade. And I’d probably spend a lot of time hopping parks in Atlanta and picnicking in Oakland Cemetery.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d love to shoutout my amazing therapist and, essentially, life coach, Dr. Tequilla Hill. She has always encouraged me to follow my passions even when I’m afraid or lacking confidence. She has helped me navigate this crazy life journey for three years, and I’m so thankful for her support!
The photo of me with the tray is by Caity from Cryptid Creatives.