Kristi Quill is the owner and operator of Barn Owl Primitives, a typography art studio. She founded BOP in 2009, starting the business from her dining room. It began as a hobby to earn a little extra money but soon grew into a flourishing business.
Her first design was a decoupage snowman that people snatched up during the Christmas season. Very quickly demand grew due the creativity and quality of her work. As a result she began to develop other wall decor products and soon had enough to open a store an Etsy.com in 2010. In addition to being a very creative artist, she’s also a savvy marketer. As a means to expose her new business and develop a brand presence she learned how to effectively engage consumers through social media. Her Facebook audience has grown to nearly 55K followers and Instagram following is 22K. Through these platforms, Barn Owl Primitives garnered the attention of some of the most popular mom-centered blogs around the country including 30 Handmade Days, Little Miss Momma, and Tatertots and Jello, further cultivating the success and demand associated with BOP.
Digital renderings of Kristi's work have been licensed and sold in many larger interior design and home stores such as HomeGoods, TJ Maxx, Hobby Lobby, Cost Plus World Market, Walmart, and Target. She has sold nearly 9,000 handmade signs and roughly 100K prints have been sold in big box retailers.
In May, 2014 her husband stepped down from an executive position at a very successful internet business to partner with her to grow Barn OwlPrimitives. They launched a new web site in December (www.barnowlprimitives.com) where Kristi and husband plan to continue to expand the business with new product offerings. The future is bright for BOP.