#meetthemaker: Patricia Fonseca of Tap Tap SF
To countdown to our two-part holiday show, we’re kicking off a new #meetthemaker series to get to know our DIY Night makers and artists a little bit better. If you haven’t already, RSVP for our DIY Night on Friday, December 1st and stop by Patricia and Merril’s booth to collage your own holiday card!
What you put on your skin and body is just as important as what you put in it. That’s where Patricia of Tap Tap SF comes in. A zero waste, 100% natural skincare line, Tap Tap makes it easy to pamper yourself while helping out the planet. Read on to learn more about Patricia’s vision for Tap Tap, how she started her business, and the story behind that parrot logo.
Tell us a bit about your journey as a maker. When/why did you create your company and where do you see it in the next 2 years?
“I’m originally from Costa Rica, where I grew up loving nature and living by the “Pura Vida” mantra. While living in San Francisco, I became even more aware of the importance of using all natural beauty products when I was pregnant with my first child. Around the same time, I discovered the Zero Waste Movement and began transitioning into that lifestyle. I started making my own skin care products and with each batch I had enough left over to give away to my close friends. They loved them! I then decided to open an Etsy shop and see where that journey could lead. In honor of my daughter, I named the company Tap Tap, which was what my she would say as a baby when pointing up to birds in the sky. I’m particularly fond of the famous wild parrots of San Francisco, which remind me of tropical Costa Rica and have inspired the logo of the label.”
“My vision for Tap Tap is that it grows into a well known zero waste, 100% natural skin care line. I believe in products that promote healthy skin and a healthy planet. I hope that my products help others easily lead a zero waste lifestyle while also providing high quality, clean products that make your skin feel pampered and cared for.”
What inspires you?
“It amazes me how one single person or a small grass-roots movement can make such a difference. Today a single act or idea can spread quickly and impact so many lives. That is way I believe that what I do can make a difference, how ever small it may be.”
What’s your favorite gift to give during the holiday season and why?
“I love gifting my skin care products because they are made with so much dedication. I really put my heart into them. My current favorites are the natural deodorants because natural deodorants that actually work as so hard to find, and the Regenerative Facial Oil because it feels so luxurious. Generally I gift handmade items like these or experiences, such as a bread making class or a latte art class!”
What’s the best gift you’ve ever received?
“I’m a hopeless romantic at heart, so spontaneous flowers always make me feel special.”
What is your favorite part of participating in markets and meeting your clients face to face?
“There’s a wonderful synergy between the maker/vendor and the customer because I love to hear what they are searching for and can receive immediate input. I get to learn about what matters to them and try to reflect on that as I grow and evolve the shop. I feel incredibly fulfilled when they try my products and say how wonderful they feel or smell. I also learn so much from other vendors and have made some great friends.”
When you’re not crafting away, where can we find you?
“I’m a landscape architect and work at a large firm with very talented designers, engineers and architects. Sustainable design is rooted in my professional practice and I try to address these issues in all aspects of my professional and personal life.”
Show us where you work!
“I’m fortunate to have enough space at home to make my Tap Tap products. I’m currently on maternity leave and it’s wonderful to be able to be home and be creative while still have bonding time with our second baby.”
Any advice for first time vendors??
“Use this opportunity to connect to your customers. There’s so much to learn and share from each other!”