About The Maker
Where did you grow up?
I am a Native Oregonian. I was born and raised in a country suburb called Aumsville, which is a hop-skip-and-jump from Portland, OR. I married the love of my life. He was quite literally the boy next door and my hunky high school sweetheart. We grew up in a more simple time where kids played outdoors, created mud soup with sticks, leaves and dirt, made hemp bracelets with handmade beads, wrote postcards to pin-pals, spent hours chatting on the phone trying to arrange a group movie date with friends.
Living in the country we always had a never-ending rotation of projects that I was “encouraged” to work on—from baking/cooking/sewing with my mom. Building/texturing/painting/woodworking with my dad. As a parent of two beautiful children of my own I can now appreciate my parents work ethic and the patience it requires to instill these values into the next generation. My parents always told me “You can do whatever you want to as long as you work hard and never give up. You have a gift and you need to share it.” They have continually encouraged me to pursue my passion of creating beautiful things that add to the story of our lives.
What is being a creative maker to you?
As Maker I am constantly challenging myself to learn new things. I have spent countless hours trying different techniques or alterations on every medium I could find. Clay, wood, cloth, ropes, metals, paints, paper trying to narrow them down to just one medium. Creating is often times the way I ground myself. To clear my mind and just be in the present. I have yet to narrow down my trade offerings to one medium but I’m currently on the rope slinging adventure of macrame.
What inspires you?
I draw inspiration from traditional domestic crafts, textures in nature and wild things. I enjoy exploring my local community for other inspiring makers. I am so incredibly blessed to live a stones throw from the amazing city of Portland, Oregon where art and culture thrums in our veins.