American Made Since 2007

Christine SharpCrowe & Thom Crowe

Tulsa, Oklahoma
weather&noise weds beauty and function to create heirloom quality kitchen textiles + homewares as well as artwork + bookmarks. Linen enthusiasts.

Tell us about your business.

"Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful." This William Morris quote is the philosophy that drives weather&noise. Christine’s journey as a maker began at the hem of her grandmother’s apron. In childhood, making was synonymous with quality time. From those lessons and cherished moments, Christine has built a career and lifestyle out of blending modern life with traditional craftsmanship and ideals. weather&noise was born in 2007 while Christine was pursuing her degree in Interior Architecture & Design. She took a printmaking elective and discovered a passion for textiles and the process of silkscreening. She knew immediately that she wanted to build her livelihood around creating well made, designer home goods, blending her educational background in interior design and her newfound love of printmaking. The weather&noise line includes linen tea towels and kitchen textiles, as well as artwork, bookmarks, + other functional objects.

What makes your business stand out?

weather&noise tea towels are designed and made with the intent to foster the American tradition of gathering in the kitchen. These moments, whether with family or entertaining friends, offer more than physical nourishment, but also create timeless memories. Special moments of talking over kneaded dough or simmering ingredients are enduring and our heirloom linen towels enhance + evoke that special environment. Each linen tea towel that leaves our studio is designed and illustrated by Christine, hand printed, dried in the sweet Oklahoma air, and folded and packaged with real human hands; all at an accessible price, enriching the customer experience while practicing ethical manufacturing and using ecofriendly inks. Our linens are designed to fit in any space, from a farmhouse kitchen to an urban apartment. Tea towels are often given as housewarming or hostess gifts, and our linens come packaged in brown paper sleeves and ready for gift giving.

What's the best business advice you've received?

We have learned from so many talented folks in the maker movement. The best piece of advice we’ve heard is to tell your story. The American made movement is rooted in the idea that consumers want to connect with makers, growers, + designers that are creating the products that become tangible pieces of their daily lives. The best way to find that connection is to share your story. Also… Be authentic. Be intentional. Be ethical. Together with husband Thom, Christine has not only built weather&noise, selling in stores and exhibiting at indie craft shows nationwide, but they plan Indie Emporium, an annual event celebrating and showcasing makers and DIY life and are founders of make:Tulsa, a group that cultivates the Tulsa maker community. They host Tulsa's annual Swap O Rama Rama and Etsy Craft Party. Thom & Christine are also owners/shopkeeps of two retail stores called MADE selling carefully curated handmade goods from makers they’ve met through their travels.

Mark Your Calendar

  • Nominations
    June 3–Aug. 29, 2014

    Nominate yourself or other aspiring makers.

  • Judging
    June 23–Sept. 9, 2014

    Judges will select finalists throughout this period.

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  • Online Voting
    Sept. 15–Oct. 13, 2014

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  • Winners Announced
    Oct. 17, 2014

    2014 Award Winners and Audience Choice Winner announced.

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  • American Made Event
    Nov. 7–8, 2014

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