It’s my passion to empower more people to make and mend things for themselves. I truly believe that by being makers, we also make our lives better in just about every possible way: more connected, more sustainable, more grounded, more satisfied, more joyous.
I was lucky to grow up in a family which encourages and values craftsmanship. My mom made my most of my clothes when I was little, and bread for us, and let me have access to whatever tools and materials I could hold in my hands, especially needles and thread. My dad’s mother was a weaver and my aunt is a potter and artist, so I always thought it was totally normal to have handmade dishes and napkins for everyday use.
My life path so far has included a short time at a big university, an education of a different kind while traveling the country with my artist partner Bryan, a few experiments in making textile goods for a living, discovering a vocation for teaching, falling in love with two folk schools in a row, production sewing for tiny local companies in my hometown, and making PPE nearly full time in 2020.
I’m now happy to be in a new chapter as Education Director at Threaded Together, as well as continuing my own teaching. I live in Flagstaff, AZ, where I grew up, and also participate in Flagstaff Insight Meditation Community. I’m drawn to anything and everything which helps me feel a sense of participation and cooperation with the more-than-human world—including baking sourdough bread, swimming in the wild, meditation, dancing, time in the woods—and natural textiles of course, the closer to the source the better.