Charise Steyn - Olive & Arrow Design

When I met Charise, it was as though we had been friends forever. Her bubbly personality and creativeness make her a force to be reckoned with. She’s not just a ‘thing maker’; she’s amazing.

  • Tell me a bit about yourself: I am a self taught graphic designer (or thing maker as I like to call myself). We are blessed to call Hermanus our home. I am a wife and a mom of two. We are a very close family and love spending all of our time in each other's faces, haha. Being a mom takes priority over everything else but I am happy to say that I get to make my he(art) part of the journey.

  • Where did your business idea / business opportunity come from I've always been artistic so I've become everybody's ‘go to girl’ when it comes to anything creative. After my daughter's birth someone I didn't know asked me to do a birthday invitation for them and that got me thinking. I slowly started adding all my work on Facebook (more as a portfolio for myself) and everything grew from there.

  • How do you juggle mom life and your business In the beginning I stayed up most nights trying to juggle mom life and my business but I have finally found somewhat of a balance. Entrepreneur in the morning, mom in the afternoon and wife at night.

  • What do you do to relax? I drink coffee with friends ;) hahaha

  • If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go? Do I have to pick one? I would love to travel Europe.

  • What advice would you give to other moms wanting to venture out on a business idea / opportunity: Just do it, start small and with what you are comfortable with and grow from there.

  • What is your best “mom moment” I am so in love with my children, I love that I get to spend so much time with them. 

  • Where can people follow you / social media accounts? 

Facebook & Instagram: @oliveandarrowcreative