We had the good fortune of connecting with Tiff Marchand and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tiff, how does your business help the community?
My business has morphed over the years, at first it was to create horror art for folks like me who love the genre and wanted something truly original for their walls to enjoy.
Over the years I have fallen in love with the Maker Community and created multiple podcast to connect the community with each other and share their stories.
My passion continues in the community with the Social Media Management I do for Workbench Con, Haven and Saburrtooth. There I am featuring makers and artist in the community who are creating beautiful pieces and connecting them with other creators.
What I am most proud of is the work I am beginning to do in the world of children on the spectrum. I am creating a brand new product lined geared to making tools that will help make parents life a little easier and way more attractive. Both of my kids are on the spectrum and I know how hard it is to get the tools you need to help your children.
You either have to build them yourself or find someone to make it for you but they are never attractive and don’t last long without being damaged. My goal is to change that.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I have been drawing since I was a child, I never get sick of it, it calls to me as it’s my therapy. I went to school for Fine Art and Graphic design so I have always mixed digital art with fine art. I love bold lines, bright colors or high contrast. My work is geared toward the horror community and movie lovers of the 80’s/90’s.
For the last twenty years I have worked in Advertising and Marketing during the day, which is sadly not very creative. So at night I would make art to express myself and make some extra money. I started wood carving after my kids where born as a way to get out of the house at night and be creative.
Once I started sharing my work on Instagram I started building a community of other makers and artist. I soon realized that if I worked hard enough I could transform my life and switch out of an industry I disliked and be a creator full time.
It’s been six long, exhausting years of moonlighting and pivoting the way I run my business. At first I was carving signs for the events I was attending and doing Customs. So the art started to get stale and borning to me, then my husband asked me to make some pieces for him. When I started making pop culture pieces with bold and bright colors I found the passion again and dived into that world.
I stopped making customs, and starting a one year long sticker club where a carved 12 amazing pieces in which my patrons picked the theme. At the same time I started my first Podcast, Behind the Maker podcast.
Recently I started hosting events and Social Media Management, making that pivot has allowed me to quit my day job and move into content creation full time.
I’m now starting a new product line for kids on the spectrum and taking on more clients as their Social Media Manager.
I have two new podcast Maker Conversations and one for Saburrtooth called Carver Conversations where I get to talk to some of the most talented people each week.
It has not been easy, and there where many pivots but it’s been totally worth it.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I don’t go out too much these days but if someone was visiting I’d take them on day trips to fun places like Newport, RI, Boston or New York.
To be honest I don’t do anything in my city, I much rather walk around Northampton and grab some food then spend a night in the Cirty.
The best place to hangout would be on my deck or in my shop having some fun, that’s a thing about being a maker, all of our toys are at home.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My shoutout goes to the Maker Community! There are so many people I chat with on Instagram who have helped shape my ways of thinking and helped me grow. Every question I have had has always been answered with a smile and great conversation.
This community as a whole is just plan amazing. I do want to give a special acknowledgement to Lindsay from Wood Brain for all her coaching on approaching brands. It truly gave me the courage to go after what I wanted and make the deals necessary for me to go full time with my business.
Most of all a huge shoutout to my husband for stepping up like crazy to bring the kids to their sports and Karate so I could work at night in order to transition my career to the next level.