holland design studio
Tell us about your business.I fell in love with woodworking a week after I graduated from college. I didn't know what I wanted "to do with my life" and thought I'd maybe like to get into product design. I signed up for a 3Design class at University of Maryland and the rest is history. Before that summer in 2010, I had never used a drill before... Last summer I got a Dewalt cordless drill for my 24th birthday. My process is very hands on. Working in the wood shop or metal shop is the most important part to me. I usually get an idea at yoga or while knitting, sketch a little bit, and then get to work. Right now I use my scraps from furniture and sculpture to make jewelry. I have been saving my scraps since I started and drove them out from DC, to LA, where I live now. In the future I would like to run my own woodshop with a showroom in the front, where I make my art and products and then show and sell it in the same environment. I really enjoy having my customers involved in the process.
What makes your business stand out?I am a female woodworker in a male dominated field. My approach to woodworking is unconventional and I bring some feminine sensitivity and aesthetic to a more masculine material.
What's the best business advice you've received?Don't take everything so personally.
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
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Winners AnnouncedOct. 17, 2014
2014 Award Winners and Audience Choice Winner announced.
American Made EventNov. 7–8, 2014
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