InterviewErika Alpern

Stephanie del Monte x La Loba del Monte

InterviewErika Alpern
Stephanie del Monte x La Loba del Monte

A series that spotlights the inspiring women who are building inspiring things. 

La Loba del Monte is a project created by Stephanie del Monte. Finding inspiration from her current home, the American West and the Viennese Art Nouveau movement, Jugendstil, Stephanie creates unique handcrafted objects. She is currently exploring pieces with wood, hand-dyed cotton rope, and natural wool. Follow her on Instagram to see more of her beautiful work. 

Why did you start your studio?

Creating art is so satisfying to me and fills me with so much happiness and playful wonder for the world. I started La Loba del Monte because I wanted to give my desires and visions a platform to exist, and take on form in real life. I wanted to see what would happen if I put my doubts aside (or at-least decide to not listen to them), and instead live a life that feels like an expression of my authentic self.

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What was your most exciting day as a founder? What happened? Why was it the best?

There have been a lot of exciting moments so far, but one that stands out is me officially announcing my website. Making my dreams and aspirations public felt like a big and scary step at the time, but I like to think that if something doesn’t scare you, it's probably not worthwhile anyways. I feel proud of myself that I was and still am pushing the boundaries of what I feel comfortable with; I believe that's when growth happens.

What is your biggest struggle in the hustle? (Be honest!)

My biggest challenge so far has been pricing my work. I am just now starting to feel like the price point actually reflects the energy and resources I put into each piece.

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What is the item on your to do list that you wish you never had to do?

I wish I never had to clean up after myself! I can be pretty messy, especially when I am starting a new project.

If there was a brand/marketing/PR genie that would hand you one achievement, what would it be?

I would wish for a genie to strategically generate business from boutiques, interior designers, galleries, art collectors, etc. I am trying to be more strategic and business oriented but I still have a lot to learn.

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What is your favorite Instagram feed right now?

I would have to say my best friend @helenmichelsen! Watching her create this beautiful world through her art really gave me the courage I needed to follow my own dreams. Thanks Helen!

What is an article you read / podcast you listened to recently that felt like the writer/host was in your brain?

I recently found an interview that Issue Magazine did on my favorite artist Elena Stonake. Her words really resonated with me, especially what she said about fearlessness and mystery:

“In fearlessness, you enter the void of mystery with an open heart and a sense of wonder. I love the unknown; in the unknown there are no rules to bind you. In mystery there is magic, a potential for infinite possibility. My door will always be open for mystery because that’s where the greatest freedom lies.”

http://issuemagazine.com/elena-stonaker/2/#/

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Let's end on a non-work note! Favorite place you have ever been?

India! I will be forever thankful for everything I learned about myself while traveling in India. At that time I was dealing with so much anxiety and depression, and India was the catalyst I needed to do a lot of healing work. It was an eye and heart opening experience, and I would not be the same without it.

CEO & Founder of Tactile