MEET ERIN FROM JOYFUL FUNK
This Month’s Feature Artist Spotlight!
Erin Funk, owner of Joyful Funk Home Decor.
Wife and mother of two, Erin spent her first 10 years after college in the nursing field specializing, for most of that time, in high-risk obstetrics and labor and delivery. About a year ago she decided to focus on being a stay at home mom, taking advantage of the opportunity to be home with her young children. She also took this opportunity to pursue her passion of finding old furniture and giving it new life. Joyful Funk was born from her amazing talent to turn something old and ordinary into something new and extraordinary! Her shabby chic style restored furniture pieces are in high demand in the Denver area.
Q: What inspired Joyful Funk?
A: When our second child was 6 months old we moved into our dream house, which at the time was a fixer upper. My dad helped us with a lot of the basic things like painting and repairs. I shadowed him and learned a lot of the basics. At first I was terrified of using power tools but after some time, necessity encouraged me to figure them out. My husband travels for his job so I am often home with the kids. With all of the projects around the house sitting undone, it was either learn to use the tools or deal with half done projects all the time. It didn’t take long before I became hooked! Being able to start and finish a project completely on my own was addicting! I began to notice furniture pieces on the side of the road that were left for the trash collectors. I would start imagining all of the possible ways I could fix those pieces up and soon I began stopping to grab them and take them home. I would fix them up while my husband was traveling and the kids were sleeping. At first I used the pieces to decorate our home but then I started running out of places to put them. I tried my hand at selling a few of them and it didn’t take long before I was turning a profit through my ads on Craigslist and by posting finished pieces on Facebook. I have found a niche and a deep passion to see old and unwanted things become beautiful and new again. It is very empowering. I decided to turn my hobby into a business when I opened an Etsy shop and did my first craft fair. I needed a tax license anyway, so I made it official.
Q: Have you had to overcome any obstacles as you pursue your passion?
A: A year and a half ago I was diagnosed with Major Depression that most likely started during my second pregnancy and turned into Postpartum Depression that I didn’t understand or recognize until my life and marriage was falling apart. My depression didn’t exhibit itself as lethargy or lack of motivation so I didn’t have a clue how deeply I was struggling. My husband has fought for me and stuck by my side through some incredibly difficult times and our marriage is deeper and stronger than it has ever been before. I finally sought help and was diagnosed. We have a great counsellor now that we travel an hour each way to see and by the grace of God, professional help, medication and a man who has walked with me through it all, I am on the path to recovery. I am not the same woman that I once was. My faith has changed my fear and anger into joy and recognition of the blessings in my life. I know this passion and desire to see furniture change is an extension of my own life. Knowing that I am accepted as I am, even in my brokenness. I have the love of friends, family, an amazing husband and my God. I know that I am being made new and that even in my brokenness I am beautiful. It’s funny how the days that I wake up feeling like doing nothing usually end up being the most productive and fulfilling because those are the days that I have to stop and remind myself of all of the potential around and inside of me and draw strength from my faith. Taking the time to recognize the love and blessings that I am surrounded by fills me with an energy that nothing else can. As I work on a project I feel better and more energized through the time I spend with a paintbrush or tool in my hand giving something a new purpose and a second chance!
Check out the entire interview with Erin in the latest issue of Skin Deep Exposures Magazine here >> Issue #7
Find Erin on her Joyful Funk Facebook page to connect, check out her portfolio and stay up to date on her latest projects.
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