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Tye Jiles SagMoon Paper Co

Updated: Apr 3, 2022

This Creative Corner is Tye Jiles of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, owner, and operator of Sagmoon Paper CO. Tye is a fantastic artist and poet, and I would never have found her if it wasn't for Tik Tok.

I love following creatives on every platform because I am inspired by the beauty they put into the world. I happen to see her work, and I stopped, clicked her profile, and started to scroll her profile. When I say I had to double back a few times, I did just that. I was amazed.

I started a small conversation and asked if she would like to be featured as a Creative Corner; she said yes!!! I am so excited to feature her, and really she doesn't need any hype from me; she is one BADASS woman!!!

I love Tye's vibe and cool demeanor. She is very talented, and her art is featured in

BuzzFeed:26 Black Artists That'll Help You Start Your Own Art Collection.

Bobby/Berk: 16 Black-Owned Etsy Shops Bobby Is Shopping.

Blackboard Magazine: How to rethink your interiors while supporting Black businesses.

Estys: Editors' Picks Black- owned Etsy Shops

Moxiskates: Support Black Creatives

She has created book a of her poetry called: Revealing Layers: The Shell of a Woman. Please go check out her work so you can understand why she is a big deal.

Now let's get into a bit of Tye and her interview with Obsidian People.

Can you tell me a bit about your business path?

I've always known entrepreneurship was the path I wanted to go in because I grew up seeing it. My grandparents owned a clothing store, and I remember loving it! We went to conventions, festivals, and I learned how to shop wholesale because they included me in everything. Many entrepreneurs were in my family, so having that visual inspiration was monumental in my taking this path. It was a natural transition for me.

What is the mission of your business?

To create art that means something to people. To continue to show us as beautiful human beings. I think black people are just so beautiful. Our whole essence is just a vibe. I love how we are, and of course, we have flaws, but at our core, we are the epitome of love. Our culture is so dope, and I want to continue to create art that showcases who we are. That is my ultimate goal. Creating art in this way will allow me to contribute even more to causes that uplift us and make a change in our community.

What inspired your business?

My love for creativity is what inspired my business. I have always been doing something creative. I made wearable art jewelry out of resin, and that was my first business venture in 2012, but some unforeseen things happened, and I had to put that to the side. I miss doing that; it was very soothing. To be honest, art was secondary for me. I was writing first. It is my passion as well. My initial goal was to create art for greeting cards and write the words/poetry for the interior of the cards. I am selling some now, but they are blank inside.

I have a new collection coming out for those shortly. I opened an Etsy store in 2016, but it just sat there because I wasn't sure what direction I wanted to go. At the start of 2020, I was determined to do my art somehow. I needed an iPad, and I really couldn't afford it at the time, but I kept speaking it. I wrote it down in my journal daily in 2019. I got my iPad in March 2020, and late one night in June, I tweeted some of the art I was making in light of everything that was going on with the movement and woke up to people asking where they could buy it.

I got retweets from some viral people, and it was just insane. I was shocked! I purposely did it at night because I was afra