Revelstoke Reflections: SICK CHICK finds ways to connect through crisis

'We enjoy maintaining relationships with other artists, business owners, community members and we try our best to find new ways of supporting each other.'


Revelstoke Reflections:
connecting through creativity

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Last month changed everybody’s lives a lot. Normally most of us would have been saying goodbye to skiing at RMR last weekend and welcoming the upcoming farmers markets. All of us would be playing outside together and enjoying the spring.

But due to COVID-19, everything is different this year.

Are you curious, how local creative businesses are doing? What are they working on? Everyone tries his best to deal with current situation. It is great to watch how people are thinking out of a box. They are using their creativity in presenting themselves and finding new ways to connect with their audience. We asked a few artists behind well known local brands, what are their nowadays strategies and feelings.

Their answers will lead you into their studios, gardens and lives. Our first in this series is SICK CHICK Design.

SICK CHICK Design Jewelry by Marie Konecna & Zuzana Hovancova

How does it feel to run a small creative business?

It’s great! The whole idea of running your own business gives you freedom. You are your own boss. You can take a day off every powder day, and you can move your office to Lake Revelstoke any sunny day. Working as partners means we can share all the great moments as well as the less entertaining ones. Secret Santa is more fun in a bigger collective, what is the reason we keep our other jobs too. Of course, we are affected by the current situation with coronavirus, along with other small business owners all around the world, but this circus also brought good things into our days. It requires people to start thinking out of the box. We enjoy maintaining relationships with other artists, business owners, community members and we try our best to find new ways of supporting each other.

How does it feel to run a small creative business? Are you affected by current situation?

Once you are in, you can never stop the creative process. For us it means we keep working on new jewelry designs. Colours we are using are influenced by spring sunny days and awaking nature. Recently we created a set of wooden hearts, which we hung around town. They should remind people of Revelstoke that they are loved. We want to give our customers a luxury of wearing unique piece of jewelry — that’s why we start with publishing “Collections” on our web page. On a biweekly basis, this project will bring a set of earrings, necklaces, brooches or even hair pins, connected by theme or colour tones. The first release has a title “Spring rainbows.” At the same time we are working on our project for Luna Art Festival, woohoo!

What are you working on at this moment? Are you working on any special projects or new collection?

You can find the (previously mentioned) fresh collection on our website, where we run an e-shop as well. News from our lives are usually published on Instagram @be_sick_chick and FB @besickchick. The Revelstoke farmers markets try to prepare an online version of themselves with virtual vendors and their shops. This is interesting way how to deal with this situation and we are just stoked!

Do you like springtime? Would you like to share your secret tips what to do with this special amount of free time most of us got?

We sure love spring. Especially here in the mountains and valleys of B.C. Zuzi got a puppy and he is great addition to our team and also the best excuse for being outside every day. As days are getting warmer and longer, our paddle boards are starting inflate themselves so we have to take them for sail or two on the Revelstoke dam. Marie’ s checking the Trail Forks app two times a day since March with a hope that more bike trails are opened already. She’s stoked! Spring camping with special fresh smell and white peaks around us is the best finish of our busy days too.

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