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, and making PPE nearly full time in 2020.
I’m now very happy to be beginning 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 serve on the board of 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.
The name of this blog comes from an exercise in writing a six-word memoir. Mine was, “Take stale bread, make French toast.” It was a way to sum up my recurring experience of finding the materials I need to make whatever I’m longing for right in front of me, if I can only look at them the right way.