Made in Lowell
Tell us about your business.I've made & sold things at craft shows & flea markets since I was a teenager. The internet has allowed me to do this worldwide! Now I make things full time. I have a studio in an old textile mill where I make each of my thoughtfully designed items one at a time with care. I needle felt, wet felt, crochet, & knit wool to make brooches, cozies, bowls and coasters, ornaments, and jewelry. My most-loved items are my solid wool pincushions which I sculpt with felting needles. I sell my products in my studio, at craft shows, & in shops &galleries, as well as in my Etsy shop. I also host a TV show on local access where I interview makers about the challenges and triumphs of running a small creative business. I love to learn new techniques whether or not I incorporate the new skills into my business. But I plan to continue working with wool, polymer clay, paper goods, & will soon add hand-sewn items which incorporate vintage textiles & embroidery to my offerings. Thank you!
What makes your business stand out?Every maker infuses their work with their own creativity, I am no different. My work is influenced by color trends, popular imagery, sure, but these items I create could only come from my hands. My aesthetics are recognizable, my brand is clean, elegant, with a touch of whimsy. People return to buy my work over and over because of my very high quality craftsmanship & a modern look that still contains a hint of nostalgia.
What's the best business advice you've received?The moment that made the biggest impression on me was actually when I was teaching Martha my project on The Martha Stewart Show in 2010. She was so calm & collected even as a few things went wrong for her in the segment. I realized that to let things go a little awry and not be totally thrown off by it but to keep moving forward was the lesson I needed to understand most. It inspired me to try hosting my own TV show even though I had to overcome terrible stage fright. Not everything will go right all the time, even (especially?) on live TV but the key is to remember you are a professional & keep going. The same is true in business. Trust in yourself, persevere! Move on. All crucial to running a business on your own. Thanks, Martha!
Mark Your Calendar
NominationsJune 3–Aug. 29, 2014
Nominate yourself or other aspiring makers.
JudgingJune 23–Sept. 9, 2014
Judges will select finalists throughout this period.Meet the judges
Online VotingSept. 15–Oct. 13, 2014
Vote for your favorite American makers.See the finalists
Winners AnnouncedOct. 17, 2014
2014 Award Winners and Audience Choice Winner announced.See past Award Winners
American Made EventNov. 7–8, 2014
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