Local Charity you support: I provide resources for low income women in my community through organizations like Habitat for Humanity and MOPS.
What entertains you these days?All of Josh Garrel’s music!
What was your first handmade experience?My mother and grandmother taught me how to create at a young age. When I was around 2 years old my grandmother gave me some plastic canvas, embroidery floss and a needle. She taught me basic stitches and how to create my own designs. This instilled a love of hand embroidery that has led to a lifetime of pursuing this passion. From the time I was little I was encouraged to step out and create. This has helped shape me into the person I am today.
What would you tell your future self? Don’t be afraid to try something new. Whether it’s a design concept or material it’s worth trying.
Which do you prefer: Tacos or Pizza?Tacos! With fresh flour tortillas, chopped tomato, sour cream and sharp cheddar cheese.
Local Charity you support:Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio
What entertains you these days?Latest album I’m obsessed with is Run the Jewels newest album (RTJ4), and I’m always binging My Favorite Murder podcast episodes! AND OH MY GOD THE CROWN! Can we talk about how good that Hulu show is?!?
What was your first handmade experience?My mom was always a crafter. Whenever she started a new craft I was right there with her! My earliest memory of making handmade goods was beading with her. However, my first handmade obsession was with polymer clay, which I still adore.
What would you tell your future self? Remember you don’t know everything about the things you love. You don’t have to act like an expert!
Which do you prefer: Tacos or Pizza?Pizza with banana peppers and pineapple. Yes, I’m serious, try it! It’s sweet, salty, and delicious!
Local Charity you support: LGBT Center of Greater Cleveland
What entertains you these days? I’m reading “I’m Special” by Ryan O’Connell and I’m enjoying it as much as I did his show “Special” on Netflix. I’m also catching up on The Bold Type and The Politician.
What was your first handmade experience? I taught myself to draw, crochet, and use a bead loom years back. I couldn’t pick a craft, so I kind of taught myself a little about a lot of different mediums.
What would you tell your future self?Who cares what people think someone your age should be doing? Be silly and have fun.
Which do you prefer: Tacos or Pizza? Tacos! Any variety of beans, veggies, and cheese (but no green peppers- yuck!)
Local Charity you support: Change Today Change Tomorrow
What entertains you these days?Children of Blood and Bone/Disney Jams Playlist/Animal Crossing/Critical Role
What was your first handmade experience? It all started with getting one of those art briefcases as a kid and has been a continuous art exploration ever since. My business started with jewelry but quickly transformed into fiber goods once I became addicted to hand embroidery.
What would you tell your future self? Breathe. As someone with panic disorder, that single word has a big impact.
Which do you prefer: Tacos or Pizza?Make it a taco pizza and you have the best of both worlds!
Local Charity you support: So many! I am located in Toledo, so Toledo School for the Arts, The Arts Commission of Greater Toledo, and Mobile Meals of Greater Toledo are favorites. Recently, I have donated proceeds of sales to Black Art Futures Fund (national) and Project Row Houses (regional to Houston, but hosts artists worldwide). Also, in light of the pandemic, several months ago I used sales to buy gift cards from Sew to Speak in Columbus (love them!) and passed them out to followers who were making masks so they could order supplies.
How are your keeping busy these days? I read SO MUCH! I’m an online librarian of sorts full time and so always knowing what new books are coming out translates to devouring them. Right now I’m reading The Disaster Tourist, but faves as of late have included Speaking of Summer, The Museum of Modern Love, Frankissstein, The Revisioners, Why We Swim, Writers & Lovers, Future Home of the Living God, Everything is Horrible and Wonderful, The Ungrateful Refugee, and more. So many more. OMG this is getting long. It’s like a novel! Outside of reading, I love the game Scrabble, the artist Dessa, and though I am not as into TV as the other entertainment forms… I wouldn’t mind being invited to hang out with the cast of Schitt’s Creek or for dinner with Nadiya Hussain or anyone from Chef’s Table!
What was your first handmade experience? Something from my childhood that always sticks out in my mind was my dad helping me make a diorama to accompany my report on seahorses in elementary school. (Allegedly mermaids aren’t “real” (whatever?!?!), so this seemed the best and closest sea creature substitute!) That diorama was an artistic masterpiece – or so as I recall in my head – and I remember that maybe there was blue saran wrap water, some wiggly seaweed, and the seahorses were suspended with thread to look as if they were swimming. I would like to recreate this with him any day! So fun! Career wise… a class with Jane Lamanna in jewelry fabrication thanks to a scholarship from Toledo Museum of Art really kicked me into gear, and my experiences working for TSA and ACGT made me believe it was possible to call myself an artist… a thing I still don’t always have an easy time doing!
What would you tell your future self? Don’t sweat the small stuff? Which seems weird when you make JEWELRY?! But really… I am prone to anxiety and worry. It serves me in making well-made crafts as I really sweat the details for my customers, but a lot of times it gets in my way and can get a girl down! At 35… I’m still trying to figure out how to be easier on myself and those around me. Expectations are a b*tch! Also… always make time to play, and lead with love… those I am mostly good at :)!
Which do you prefer: Tacos or Pizza? Taco Pizza? Tacos AND Pizza? Why is this test so hard?! Fave tacos are alllllllll tacos, but much love for carnitas and shrimp with that simple, perfect combo of onion and cilantro. Pineapple works magic on both tacos and pizza! Pizza-wise, the more toppings the better and faves include banana peppers, olives (preferably green and black both!), and spicy Italian sausage.
Due to the continued rate of transmission and risks surrounding Covid-19 we can not in good conscious move forward with our Holiday plans at the Columbus Museum of Art. We are excited to announce a Virtual Holiday show with several opportunities to engage with our shoppers:
Supporting handmade keeps your shopping dollars in your local economy, offers sustainability and supports cottage industries. Follow us on Instagram, RSVP to our Facebook event page and sign up to our special Holiday Edition Newsletter and stay tuned for giveaways leading up to the event.
WHAT DOES THE EVENT INCLUDE FOR MAKERS?
We will host a special Holiday Show landing page on our website sorted by category.
Each Category Page will feature vendor highlights including:
A short bio
A link to take shoppers directly to your online shop
A link to your Instagram account
All day promotions throughout the weekend spread out over all of our social media channels:
Facebook: 7,106 followers, 6,872 likes
Instagram: 9,110 followers
Promotions and reminders to our newsletter subscribers
Advertising with local media and a special Facebook event page.
Promotions and education leading up to the event to share the benefits of shopping small and how folks can support makers in our community
“For every $1 spent at a small business, 67 cents stays in the community!”
Opportunities to get involved with raffle giveaways before and during the event
Black Friday / Small Business Saturday sale promotions – we will be spotlighting all makers that are hosting sales or events over this weekend.
Instagram takeovers during October and November
We are opening up applications to fill 40 new spaces to bring in new makers. 2020 Spring exhibitors who have chosen to remain a part of our event will also be joining us.
Applications close September 30th and are open to makers across the US.
There is no fee to apply If accpeted into the show by our jury, a non-refundable $150.00 fee is due by October 5th to participate.
What are you currently reading? Currently reading Nelson Mandela’s Long Walk to Freedom
What was your first handmade experience?My first show was in 2011 after from friends convinced me to apply for a table to sell some shrinky dink magnets I had drawn scientist portraits on- but I have been into drawing for as long as I can remember.
What would you tell your future self? Remember to stay present in the moment.
Local Charity you support: United Way of Central Ohio
What are you reading these days? Book series I’m loving right now is Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
What was your first handmade experience?I first learned how to knit when I was 10 or 11 from my great-grandmother. I fell in love with creating different things. I taught myself how to crochet a few years ago.
What would you tell your future self?Remember Toni Morrison- “You are your best thing”
Which do you prefer: Tacos or Pizza? Pizza- plain ol’ pepperoni