Tell us a little bit about yourself?
I'm Rebekka Seale, the owner of Camellia Fiber Company, a luxury yarn company based here in Nashville, Tennessee. We specialized in ethically sourced natural fibers, handspun yarn, and hand-dyed yarn using low-impact, earth friendly dyes. Our yarn is sold to knitters and weavers across the world via our online shop, as well as in our studio which is just a few blocks from Poppy and Monroe!
Do you have a favorite aspect of your job?
I love color and playing with color. Our yarn colorways change seasonally and it's exhilarating to plan the next season's palette! Right now, our Fall mood board is overflowing with color inspiration from the earthy hues of Autumn herbs and spices: sage, cloves, and rosemary flowers.
What does self-care mean to you?
My definition of self care is always evolving as I get older and learn more about what it really means to treat myself well. In my 20's, I saw self care primarily as an excuse to be indulgent for indulgence's sake, and many of those indulgences weren't so good for me. Now that I am in my 30's, self care means making healthy choices that make me feel good in the long run...getting lots of sleep, eating mindfully, riding my bike, and choosing beauty products that are gentle on my body and gentle on the Earth.
What inspired you to start your own company?
I studied studio art and painting in college and...in my heart, I am always just an artist struggling to pay my bills! The yarn company started as a side gig while I was working full-time as an illustrator. I never expected it to grow to the size it is now. And it's not huge by any means, but it allows me to be creative and also have time to explore other creative outlets as well.
•What is the biggest lesson you've learned as a Girl Boss and what encouragement can you offer an aspiring girl boss?
Understand your personality type, and work within it! Take the Enneagram personality typing test and really study your type. Seriously! Nothing has helped me in business more than this! We are all different. The same strategies don't work for everyone. Not in business, and not in life.
•It's summer! What's your current theme song?
Can't stop listening to the soundtrack from Hamilton. I know. Drama geek from way back when!
Thank you, Rebekka!