We had the good fortune of connecting with Alison Morris and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alison, what’s the most important thing you’ve done for your children?
Ooh, good question. I think the most important impact that I have made is to not stop dreaming and go after what you want. Growing up my father instilled in us to “find a need, fill a need”. I have adapted that concept to how I raise my children. When I started my business, I was teaching and wore stud earrings all the time. I wanted to wear larger and more visible earrings, but they were so heavy and gave me headaches towards the end of the day. This is when I found beautiful leathers that I could cut and make earrings. I have made it my mission to stay with lightweight materials so everyone can enjoy them. I have two boys that want to be engineers and are always taking things apart and rebuilding them. Every day they come up with small ideas on how to improve on something in our house. I feel that my husband and I have impacted them in a way that they find answers by working towards them. We typically don’t GIVE them answers, we help them FIND answers.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I have a BA in Studio Art, with a Specialization in Photography. That said, I have a background in many types of mediums. Assembling different mediums and textures is something that sets me apart from other designers. I also love customizing orders because my ultimate goal is to make products that people love to wear. Just two, short years ago, I finally realized what I wanted to do when I grew up. And now, I have found my passion! I love working with my hands and creating beautiful pieces for others to enjoy.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If a good friend were visiting Dallas, Clyde Warren Park would be our first stop (assuming it was a gorgeous day!) The park has such a laid back and family-friendly atmosphere. Next, we’d head out for Mexican food because you just can’t beat Tex Mex! At some point, we’d venture out to Six Flags. Lastly, we’d leave the kids at home to close out our tour with a train ride into Dallas and Elm St. for a fabulous dinner and festive nightlife.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to give a shoutout to so many people who have helped me throughout this journey. Some of whom are in, what we like to call, our “mom squad.” This squad is made up of some amazing women who build up and encourage one another. We never really have any animosity between us. We truly are there to help each other, in any way possible. These women have given me the confidence to push on. I am a small, single person operation. So, I realize that when other small businesses give me a chance, it’s a big deal. For example, Cynthia Dearnberger, of Flourish Flowers and Gifts, (Old Town Lewisville) was the first to give me a shot. This has been an amazing friendship, and I love working with her! Also, The Boho Market is now online, and I’ve had the opportunity to expand my business there. I love this new initiative where many are supporting small businesses by shopping local. It warms my heart to see communities rallying together during this crazy time.