October 29, 2015
I come from a family of makers and was encouraged to make from a young age. My sister, who is also a maker and artist, is my biggest support and inspiration. I think its important to feel connected to your community and environment and that physically making objects, preforming and perfecting a craft, can ground you in a way, not only in space, but also to an earned sense of value in the world.
When/Why did you start working in this particular craft/field?
I used to sew a lot, but when I was in university, I had a very long commute. So I taught myself to knit so that I could make in transit. I started making jewelry recently as a way to expand past knitwear (which is also my other day job). I’ve recently been interested in natural dye processes and incorporating that into my work.
What do you think sets your designs apart from others?
I am attracted to clean, minimal aesthetics and am interested in helping to create simple wardrobe and home additions that will add to your life and last throughout the years. Some of the items that I make come in multiples, but items like the rugs are each truly unique and are built organically with no set pattern, so in buying one you know that you are the only person who has that design.
How does the city you live in influence your work?
I’m originally from the Pacific Northwest and moved to Brooklyn 6 years. Where I am from and where I am now have great influences on what I make and how I make it. Growing up in Oregon gave me an appreciation for craft and process and the time and space to create. Being in Brooklyn gives me the energy of the city and the opportunity for a diverse range of inspirations. I find it a constant challenge to live slowly in a fast place, but its that contrast that drives me to make. It requires an extra bit of intention.
What valuable experience/knowledge did you have before starting your business?
I worked in non-profit for a number of years when I was younger and that definitely taught me how to accomplish a lot with a small budget and a lot of effort. Then through working in the fashion industry, I realized that I love working with my hands, and how much I need as a person, to make, not just design.
What made you take this leap into being your own boss?
I think I’ve always been my own boss – even when working for someone else. Right now I also have full time day job, I do live in NYC – it’s quite expensive. But I can’t help it, I’m not satisfied by the singularity most jobs offer – so I spend most of the rest of my time creating a work place that matches my interests and challenges me.
What are some inspirations for your work?
I am inspired by simple shapes and forms, by sculpture and architecture, foliage and cacti, and by nature’s color palette. If you want to follow along, check out my pinterest @studiofaden
What are some tips or suggestions you’d like to offer to fellow makers?
I’m not sure if I’m far enough along to be handing out advice – but I’ll tell you, I have been doing this a long while and although it’s not always been the breadwinner, it’s always made me happy.