We had the good fortune of connecting with Vanessa Arango and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Vanessa, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Ana and I are both risk takers, and I am no sure if that is the way we were wired but more so the way life pushed us to be. We are both Latinas and growing up both of our mothers were single mothers, they took the chance of coming to the US to provide us with a better future. We have both been taking risks for a long time, trusting the process and having faith that even in the darkest of times there is always a light. When creating Things by Amelie, we took our savings and embarked on this new adventure without much of a thought but just the sole desire to be able to have our own business and and the opportunity to bring a bit of our Colombian culture and art to the States.
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.
Things by Amelie is a result of a lot of will power, innovation and creativity. Ana has always been very resourceful and curious. I, on the other hand have always had a passion and love for art. I have always loved to create things and bring them to live, Since moving back to Colombia I have been fascinated by the Miyuki weaving and all local aircraft. Both of this things let us to creating Things by Amelie.
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We are both grateful to our mothers whom have always given the best of them for us to succeed. The have been there for us every step of the way and have always been number one cheerleaders. They have shown us love, dedication and hard work.
Vanessa Arango and Ana Maria Betancourt Founders of Things by Amelie