I’ve been a maker ever since I can remember.
I grew up in a VERY unusual way - in the middle of the Mojave desert, with no electricity or running water. We used candles and oil lamps for lighting, and drew our water from a well. We even had a windmill.
With no modern entertainment, my brother, sister and I instead cultivated many hobbies to amuse ourselves - reading lots of books, making up games, practicing all kinds of art, and sewing. I learned to sew on an antique treadle sewing machine. If we wanted something, we made it. My mother made our book cases out of reclaimed wood. If something broke, we improvised or tried to fix it.
Not to mention, in the middle of 80 acres of unimproved desert, I was in daily contact with nature in all her wild glory.
This unusual upbringing instilled in me a deep curiosity, endless patience for learning skills, and an obsessive love of creating things.
My early love of sewing turned into a lifestyle when I apprenticed to a bespoke fashion business in my 20’s and learned professional garment construction and pattern making. Ever since then, I’ve made a large part of my daily wardrobe.
I get excited about learning new techniques and sharing my skills and knowledge with others. It's so exciting to see someone get the spark that comes from creating. I especially love empowering people to make and do for themselves - in life and in business!
One of my favorite things to do is chat with my friends about their lives, businesses, and design problems and help them find solutions that fit. I hope that I can be a friendly and useful resource for you too, here on Making Something Rad!