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Celebrating Maker Moms!

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Celebrating Maker Moms!

Academy Of Handmade

This Mother's Day we are celebrating a few of our members who are maker moms! Read on to learn a bit more about them and to support them. :) If you're a maker mom, let us know in the comments and how you'll be celebrating this year.

Raegen Knight of Raegen Knight Jewelry        

Q: Tell us about yourself and what you do!
A:
I went to art school in Boston, MA and Sydney, Australia, but I never thought I could make a living as an artist. I worked in art museums quite happily until my first son was born. I took some time off and now I'm reinventing myself as an artisan jeweler. I love the wisdom and courage that comes with age.    

Q: What it's like being a parent and maker and how do these identities tie together in your life?
A: 
Since the beginning, I've had fun making things with my kids. I love to see how their interests change as they grow and, now that they're older, they come up with projects on their own. They love to skateboard and surf, so we recently made shibori beach blankets and painted custom designs on their skate decks.     

Q: How will you be celebrating Mother's Day this year?
A:
 We'll be at the beach!

 


 

Wendy Vitzthum of Av Jorden        

Q: Tell us about yourself and what you do!
A:
Hello! I'm Wendy and I live in Colorado. I am the owner and creator of Av Jorden where I hand make natural skincare products from scratch using only the good stuff. My journey in this crazy world of running a small business developed when I became serious about the products I was using on my body. After struggling for years with health issues, I wanted to be sure I was doing everything I could to rid my body of any "nasties" as I like to call them. I began making deodorant and lip balm at first. When my husband saw how much I enjoyed creating products, he encouraged me to try other items and start a business. It has been a wild and crazy ride but I wouldn't trade it for a thing.    

Q: What it's like being a parent and maker and how do these identities tie together in your life?
A: Being a parent is so similar to running a business. Both "jobs" require a lot of patience, a lot of time, a lot of resourcefulness, a lot of crazy emotions, and a lot of support. I am the time manager for the schedules in our household as well as how and when things are run in my business. I plan my families daily activities as well as what tasks need to be done every day with Av Jorden. I create projects and arrange adventures for my family to spend time together. I also create new products and look for places where I can meet customers and build a connection with them. Everything I do as a mother for my children, I do in a similar way for my business because it is like my child.    

Q: How will you be celebrating Mother's Day this year?
A: 
Mother's Day is always a day spent relaxing because we are usually always on the go. I also never have to cook on Mother's Day which I always look forward to. Ha! Mainly, it's just about spending time with my family and enjoying each others company.


 

TeDi Jansen of Small Acre Farm        

Q: Tell us about yourself and what you do!
A:
My name is TeDi. Besides being a mom and partner I'm the Chief Shepherdess and maker on our farm. We raise small herds of dairy goats and fiber sheep. Two and a half years ago I lost my corporate job and decided it was a sign that I needed to make the farm my business full time. I make a lines of goat milk bath and body products, natural lamb nary solutions and have just launched a new and separately branded fiber products starting with hand spun and woven scarves.     

Q: What it's like being a parent and maker and how do these identities tie together in your life?
A:
 I love being available for my kids. Even though my kids are older (15 and 18) it's really nice to have that flexibility although sometimes it means me working through the weekend of missing out in the summer when I do farmers markets. It's all a balance.     

Q: How will you be celebrating Mother's Day this year?
A: 
I'll be recovering from a big show the day before and preparing to teach a soap making class the next week. 


 

Nina Flebbe of Ninotchka Goods        

Q: Tell us about yourself and what you do!
A:
Hi, I am a jeweler named Nina Flebbe from Long Beach, CA. The name Ninotchka is a childhood nickname given to me by an uncle. I had always wanted to take metal smith classes and finally the opportunity came and I did it. From those first classes on, I never looked back.     

Q: What it's like being a parent and maker and how do these identies tie together in your life?
A:
 Making jewelry from home is a great way for me to be a stay at home mom. I can work after my daughter goes to sleep and still spend the days with her. Mia is only 3 years old and she thinks helping with mailing labels and packing up order for shipping is fun!    

Q: How will you be celebrating Mother's Day this year?
A: 
My husband, mother, daughter and I will all be getting out of town for a quiet lake getaway!