Episode 1 with Margo Tantau |
Ruth starts her new podcast series by sitting down to chat with her friend and fellow Vashon Island resident Margo Tantau (@mtantau) of Tantau Studio and the lovely @windowsillchats podcast. They talk about their shared appreciation for the island’s culture of reuse and recycling, as well as the joys of having access to local foods via roadside farmstands. As concepts of mindful consuming are explored, Margo shares candidly about some of her past design project experiences and how they may have fallen on the opposite side of sustainability — lessons that grew her and led her to be even more keenly focused on the environmental impact of her work now. In Margo’s words, “Because I’ve had so much to do with thousands of products that have been put out into the world, I think about it even more. It’s really hard to design something with both a material and a use that feels exploited or of limited-use.” Other topics include simple and attainable adjustments to buying behavior, the ripple effects that can be made within the paper supply chains in relationship to ones approach to shipping, questions to ask when buying online, and kind considerations to make when it is time for giving gifts.
Margo blends her passion for art, design and the people who create it, with an understanding of specialty retailing, manufacturing, and the challenges of being an independent artist. Her love of possibility has taken her on an adventuresome creative path. Margo has had her own magical retail, wholesale and manufacturing businesses, and has also held creative leadership roles at the corporate level. She has always kept one foot in her own studio as well, as Margo's passion is to help artists, entrepreneurs, and creative companies develop brand presence, grow their business, and shine in the creative space. Her own podcast, @windowsillchats, is a welcome place to listen in and learn from others that the creative road we are all on is full of twists, turns, and true potential.