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I'm a Maker Because...with Ryan Savin

Ryan Savin, Little King Goods - Maker Miniviews series. These interviews are quick and to-the-point, check it out.

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Miniviews series - No. 41 with Ryan Savin

You’ve landed on the fourty-first installment of the Maker Miniviews (mini, two question interviews) series. Learn more about these maker interviews and view a list of all Miniviews.

Ryan Savin is a leather worker, family man, photographer, maker, and business owner. His attention to detail really shines through in his work and he always ensures fair trade, sustainable, and ethical sourcing of his materials.

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I'm a Maker Because...

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What inspires you to keep making things?

"The feeling of creating something with my own two hands from start to finish is like no other. To be able to see a design come to life over various stages is like putting pouring fuel on a fire. Working not only with physical or tangible mediums but being able to photograph and design different concepts on the computer is so incredible.

I love the process of not only making a product, but growing a brand - making one coherent product from start to finish. I love the challenges and I love the rewards."

What one piece of advice would you give to other makers?

"Keep at it. Never take failure as a closed door. If we don’t fail we aren’t trying. We can only fail if we don’t try. That being said, failing is only failing if we don’t learn something from it. We don’t obtain perfection, we merely chase it."

"Never take failure as a closed door. If we don’t fail we aren’t trying..." — Ryan Savin

This advice is so relevant not only to making things, but to life, in general. We will fail. This provides an opportunity to be vulnerable, to be self-aware, and to take lessons away from these times. Real growth, real progress is made then.

Follow Ryan Savin’s work: Ryan Savin websiteInstagram profile.


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"...failing is only failing if we don’t learn something from it. We don’t obtain perfection, we merely chase it..." - Ryan Savin
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