How did you get your start in the handmade community?
I started a jewelry business called Wasabi back in 1992. I had always loved Jewelry and took classes in high school and college. I wanted to have my own business from an early age and loved fashion. After working in Retail and manufacturing I took a leap. With the support of my new husband and sister, I took some jewelry making classes and started Wasabi as a fashion freshwater pearl line. I continue to work with a few stores but focus on representing handmade artists at Hömage now.
What/Who is your biggest inspiration?
My mom! She would be considered a stay at home mother, but she was a creative go-getter and super active. She always had us doing some kind of project in Campfire Girls or for fun and was a part of the crafting community where she always killed it at boutiques! She also inspired me to give back through volunteering and was named Woman of the Year by our local newspaper!
Tell us a few favorites of yours (animal, tv show, weekend activity, food etc)?
Totally a cat person. Meow! Love Project Runway’s incredible creativity, plus I can also relate to the pressure because of my jewelry business where “one day you’re in and the next day you’re out." It’s so important to stay innovative!
What do you love most about the handmade movement?
Personal connection, in life, is one of the most important things to our well-being. Being able to work with people who are so passionate about what they do and communicate that to our customers, in person, gives us a chance to have an impact on the public. The ability and value in touching and feeling handmade products reminds us that we are human and connected in some way. Slow Shopping, instead of internet shopping, is like Slow Coffee. It’s so much more satisfying!
What is the most important feature in an artists application for you?
Originality, quality and a well rounded presentation.
What are you looking forward to the most in joining the jury panel with Jackalope?
The opportunity to influence the market choices and to provide feedback to emerging artists, if that is possible.