How did you start in the Handmade community?
I have spent most of my life working on some sort of art or craft project. I learned to knit as a child, but didn’t revisit the craft until much later when I wanted to create some unique beanies for myself to wear. I started an Etsy shop about 5 years ago, which was a nice outlet and motivation to make more inventory, but I didn’t get into the local scene until a few years ago when I got called off the wait list for a big holiday market. Being able to vend at an event like that and getting so much great feedback motivated me to get my Etsy shop up and running for real and participate as much as possible in local events. Being able to interact with other makers as a part of the amazing community here has been so rewarding and enjoyable!
What or who inspires you?
Growing up in a family of crafts people and artists, it almost just seemed like a way of life to be working on art projects or making something. I draw a lot of inspiration from family members who have been successful with small handmade and artisan businesses. It motivates me to keep at it knowing that it is possible to live a more simple life and support a family while pursuing a craft I love. It also inspires me to see how each family member has honed their crafts through the years. There is always something more to learn and a new level of perfection to strive for. I also find a lot of inspiration in my surroundings here in Colorado. If I’m not knitting, I’m usually outside exploring a new trail, camping or driving around discovering new places with my family. My cozy knitwear is so perfect for keeping warm while on outdoor adventures and I enjoy making products that are useful as well as beautiful.
What makes your work unique and truly your own?
I have personally created all the patterns I use and have even come up with a couple of my own stitches through many hours of experimentation and trial and error. One thing that I think makes my work stand out from the crowd is my use of colors. I really enjoy picking color combinations for each piece or working on groups of pieces with fun color relationships. I also love to use bold striping, color blocking and textures which makes my products really fun to wear. Thousands of hand knit stitches go into each individual product made and in this way, I feel that each piece is completely unique in its own way.
What can we expect to see from you at Jackalope?
Tons of super cozy chunky knits! I bring an array of colorful beanies and pom pom hats in all sizes for babies, kids and adults along with a selection of smaller accessories like headbands and boot cuffs. I will also have a variety of scarves in many colors from small cowls to large double loop infinity styles.
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