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Check Out Liz Palmer’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Liz Palmer.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
I first started experimenting with resin just over two years ago. I’ve always been a creative person, but I was at a point in my life where I was feeling very stagnant and quite unsure of what was next for me and my story. To be completely honest, resin itself was born of boredom! My friend group was starting to settle down a little- marriage, kids, etc., and I didn’t see myself following that path- at least not for a REALLY long time, if ever. I wasn’t looking for a passion necessarily, but just for something fun to do for myself that would keep me busy when I didn’t have the most jam-packed social calendar. I came across resin art on Pinterest, and after doing some (several weeks’ worth of) research, I decided to try it out! I posted my creations on Instagram, and it’s been two years now that I haven’t gone a single week without at least one request for a custom charcuterie board, wall art or some other fun project! With most things I attempt, I’m a controlling perfectionist, and resin literally doesn’t allow for that due to its free-flowing nature, so it’s been a great exercise in fun and freedom for me.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
To be totally honest, my worst struggles have come from within. I truly believe that anyone can learn just about anything if they’re willing to ask for help, stay diligent, and give themselves time and grace to do it. Obstacles that come up from a technical sense don’t shake me, and I believe that every setback or challenge is an opportunity to learn. However, what I do struggle with is patience, perfectionism and comparison. I get really burnt out and down on myself and my talents when I try to force things to happen or force growth when it’s not the right time. It’s been really valuable for me to amplify my creator side and allow my business sense and skills to grow with time. The creating comes naturally- the Instagram algorithms and marketing myself are hard for me to stay focused on and positive about when I see some creators with hundreds of thousands of “followers,” and I feel like I can barely get off the ground with social media. The funny thing about that though is the followers I have are SO wonderful, engaged, fun, and they sure as sh*t keep me busy! So I’ve had to try to unwind some of the belief that the number of followers on social media somehow equates to success when really, that’s just not the truth for me. I’d rather have 1,000 followers who love my art and purchase my creations than 100,000 who only follow for the pretty pictures, BUT remembering to take that pressure off myself trips me up on a regular basis! I’m working on it.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
By day, I’m an operations recruiter in corporate dentistry. By evenings and weekends, I’m a resin artist. Over the last two years, I’ve been willing to give just about anything resin a shot, but am now currently downsizing my offerings to allow me to focus on what I LOVE- this includes custom charcuterie boards, wall art, pressed flower preservation and crystal-infused champagne flutes. To be honest, I don’t know what it is that sets me apart other than the knowing that no two artists are the same, and just being me is what makes me unique. I know there are other, better resin artists out there, but I value making connections with my clients and truly infusing my soul into the work I create for them. I like to have fun, and although I often take things WAY too seriously, I think my little community would say we have a good time interacting! I’m truly most proud of the terrifying things I’ve done. One of those terrifying things was a 5’x5′ wall installation, and I remember physically shaking when I finished pouring the topcoat! It was SO big and SO much material. It felt like so much was on the line! I feel that a lot when it comes to wall art- people are asking to install these things right on the wall for anyone to see, and that’s intimidating. I’m most proud of continuing to quite literally “pour” my heart into this work and meet myself on the other side of my fear.

How do you think about luck?
WELL, luck is tricky. I think “luck” is just right place/time/circumstance and that I create my own luck. My brother used to complain to my mom that I had a golden horseshoe up my a** because everything always seemed to land in my lap. And a lot of times, it does! I truly believe that everything is always working out for me, even if I can’t see that in the moment, and that attitude tends to lend to things just magically working out one way or another- even if it’s years in the making.

A few years before starting Lola + Rose Emporium, I had tried my hand at entrepreneurship with a sales and marketing company. I had failed miserably. I was ruined financially, emotionally, even physically, I looked like a different person. It took me YEARS to recover from that blow, and I truly didn’t believe I was cut out for entrepreneurship, even though I had LOVED every minute of that failing dumpster fire business. Now, it’s easy to look back and see that all the hard skills I learned were valuable, they were just being applied to the wrong business for me. The universe destroyed it for me because my ego would never have allowed me to walk away otherwise. When the spark lit to try again with my art, I knew how to go about starting a business because I’d done it before, and I now had the space to see that it wasn’t I who had failed previously, the model I was attempting to fit my business into was failing. Had I not had that HORRIBLE prior business experience, I’d never be where I am now. But I don’t see it as luck- I see it as refusing to believe that there’s any other option but to succeed as long as I’m learning every day and being true to myself.

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