Owl + Mouse Textile Designs
Tell us about your business.We began our business with the goal of creating accessible and affordable art. With backgrounds in fiber arts, we decided to make 100% handmade clothing that everyone can enjoy. We initially began making t-shirts and clothing but have since moved into making high end accessories. Our current line includes scarves, ties, organic baby accessories, and pillows. Starting with white bolts of fabric, we hand dye with custom mixed colors, print hand drawn designs, and sew original patterns to ensure that everything we make is unique and original. Our goal is to publicize and expand our current outreach so that our products are more widely available while still maintaining our high standards for quality. Recently we have been expanding into home goods in addition to clothing.
What makes your business stand out?Mixing custom colors and hand dying our fabric in small batches ensures that our colors don’t look like those found in mass produced clothing. Printing with dye as opposed to ink makes the pattern become a part of the fabric instead of sitting on top of it. This creates a unique, vintage-like look. Making a product from beginning to end ensures that each items is completely one of a kind.
What's the best business advice you've received?The best business advice we've received is that sometimes you have to take risks that may be uncomfortable in order to grow artistically and expand your business.
Mark Your Calendar
NominationsJune 3–Aug. 29, 2014
Nominate yourself or other aspiring makers.
JudgingJune 23–Sept. 8, 2014
Judges will select finalists throughout this period.
Online VotingSept. 15–Oct. 13, 2014
Vote for your favorite American makers.
Winners AnnouncedOct. 17, 2014
2014 Award Winners and Audience Choice Winner announced.
American Made EventNov. 7–8, 2014
Join us for our annual event in New York City.