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.
As I said, I’m an artist and designer. I’ve been an artist since I could pick up a pencil, and I attended the Art Institute of Colorado and learned graphic design. Even though I was raised with no computer, I took digital design and artwork like a fish to water. I now work as a visual designer.
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 for art, design, and sewing, and I love teaching them to others. For years I’ve taught my friends to sew and mend clothing when I could, and coached them on design strategies and art techniques.
Making Something Rad is a bigger, better way for me to help spread the creative knowledge and add to the growing community of creative makers!
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