February 27, 2023

Meet the Member: Salem Stones

by Arielle Kaplan

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Interviewee: Rachel Stevens (she/her)


In your words… Tell us about your organization, business, initiative.

I create intricate, hand-painted mandala stones and other decor items.


Tell us a bit about you and why you do what you do? Share your passions for your business, initiative, organization.

Dotting is something I picked up to help me to wind down after a long day, something to keep my focus when the world is swirling around me, and it just so happens I can create something beautiful in the process.


What role do you think your business plays in supporting a more creative community? OR your community in general. (Bonus! Why do you think a more creative community is important?)

Salem is such an expressive place and everyone has their niche. This is mine. It’s so easy to be overly-critical of your own work, but in a community, others can help point out its beauty and help to lift it up.


What was the last book you read OR What was the last video you watched that made an impact on you?

Five Days at Memorial (show)


What’s the one thing people would be surprised to learn about you our your business?

My first exposure to mandala painting was actually as the canvas! A friend was giving a workshop on body painting and she asked me to demo.


What is Creative Collective?

Creative Collective is a group of economic development strategists, small business supporters, activation specialists, and believers in the importance of the creative workforce. We foster growth, sustainability, and scalability for small businesses, creative thinkers, organizations, entrepreneurs, and innovators. Learn more and join Creative Collective at www.creativecollectivema.com/join


Salem Stones

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Intricate, hand-painted mandala stones by Rachel