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February 22, 2017

Edgy Art Rings True for Artist and Audience

Lewd Linens entrepreneur Jesse Stone of Springfield, Missouri

Jesse Stone of Springfield, Missouri loves old-fashioned things: hand-stitching, hand-crafting, living off the land. Her favorite projects were sewing dirty words onto various linens. When her husband left the family two years ago, naturally, Jesse was in shock, not knowing how she would support the family. When a friend suggested selling her towels and adding art prints to her inventory, Lewd Linens was born.

Time and money became her immediate obstacles. “I have to work three jobs to support the family while I build a business,” shares Jesse. “Sewing and producing art while making time for my son is a huge challenge.” Social media, scaling a business, conversations with attorneys and business connections almost paralyze her because it’s a new level of success she hasn’t been exposed too. “I’m learning as I go.”

Jesse is also grateful to friends who are willing to give as much advices as they have. 1 Million Cups in Springfield has also been an asset to her growth. “I gained a business partner from my presentation, silent investors and other potential opportunities from the experience,” says Jesse of her 1 Million Cups presentation.

Over the last two years, the best part of Jesse’s entrepreneurial experience was gaining validation. “The positive feedback came at a time when I needed it most. The business is well-received and I’m gaining a new set of friends.”

While Jesse has been experimenting with her art for 20 years, hand-stitching dirty words is the art form that feels most true to self. From her own experience, Jesse advises, “What feels clearest and most energizing to you will also energize your audience and they will respond.”

With the success of their Kickstarter program, Jesse is publishing an adult coloring book called A Saucy Sampler and is expanding her houseware and apparel line for 2017. She invites everyone to follow her adventures on Facebook.

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Post provided by Kris Edens, a copywriting and blogging resource for small business. She resides in Festus, Missouri and enjoys networking, writing and the entrepreneurial community.

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