By the time she was 11, Katie had a dream: to make a rug out of acrylic.
Katie had to be taught how to sew acrylic fabric.
The rug was one of the first of its kind to be made in Canada, but its origins lay in the US, where the original idea came from.
Since then, thousands of pieces of acrylic have been created by many Canadian designers, and the industry has been growing exponentially.
“I don’t know if it’s something that we’re going to be able to do forever,” says Katie, who is now 21 and living in Vancouver.
“But it’s really interesting to see how quickly things can happen in a country that has a very strong industry.”
As Canada is known for its large number of artists, there are many people who have done incredible work with acrylic.
But there is also a large gap between the artisans and the public.
This means that there are no rules or guidelines for how to make acrylic, which is why there are so many styles and variations.
And because it is made of acrylic, there’s no way to tell what color it is until it’s finished.
So when it comes to buying acrylic, it can be confusing and expensive.
But for Katie, the answer was simple: it was a waste of money.
“You could go buy a bag of acrylic from Walmart for $100,” she says.
“It’s just so expensive, and I don’t have the time to do a lot of it.”
That’s why she was looking for a better solution.
“There are so much options out there.
There are so few acrylic products out there, and they’re all so expensive,” she explains.
“When you look at the acrylic industry, it’s the most important sector in the economy.
It makes the economy go.
So if there’s someone who is going to make this for me, it makes a big difference.”
Katie, a junior at Carleton University, decided to start her own acrylic business.
She and her sister were inspired by their aunt’s love of the craft and began to design their own pieces.
The goal was to create something that they could wear on their shoulders, and it’s also something that can be used to decorate a room or office.
So Katie began researching and found a company that made acrylics.
She contacted them and they offered to build her the pieces.
“They built my first piece for me and it was beautiful,” she said.
“After that, they went through everything they could find and bought more and more.
It was amazing.”
For Katie, her inspiration comes from her aunt’s passion for the craft.
“The craft, the love of it, and then to just get to the point where I could make something that I could wear,” she continues.
Katie is currently working on her first acrylic rug, which she has called “Aqua Flooring.”
She hopes that one day it will be a part of the fabric in her office.
Katie says that acrylics can also be used for other projects.
“If you need something to cover something up, it works really well for that,” she explained.
“My aunt’s obsession with acrylic was really important to me.
So it’s a really cool way to go into that.”
Katie hopes to expand her business.
“One of the biggest challenges I had in my first company was that it was kind of a hobby, and so I was doing things for my own pleasure and not thinking about the long-term,” she recalls.
“So if I can start a company and make money, that would be really awesome.”
In addition to the acrylic, Katie is also working on a bamboo carpet, which will eventually be used in a new building.
“We are in a really competitive industry and we need to be making money.
I just want to make sure that I’m making a lot to give to people, and that’s what my business is all about,” she added.
But she is hopeful that her passion for acrylic will help her grow her business, even if it doesn’t necessarily lead to more profit.
“Once you learn how to do acrylic, you can really do anything,” she stresses.
“Just do what you love, and you’ll get results.
So I definitely hope that acrylic will become more and much more popular, because it can create a lot more money for a family.”