Art on the Rivers is coming to Frontier Park in historic Saint Charles on August 27. While we’re really excited to be hosting this event in conjunction with the Greenway Network and Race for the Rivers, it’s out makers, artists, and crafters that make the whole thing possible for us. Shows like this give us the opportunity to talk to the public about our individual makers stories, and also to show that there are artists living and working in the community and making a living from making things by hand. We’re thrilled to be working with each of these exciting artists, and look forward to introducing them all to you!
Today, we caught up with Rachel of RooSpot Art to chat about her work, being a maker, inspiration, and goals. Join us as we meet our makers!
Tell us about your first “Maker Moment”
I’ve been making things for as long as I can remember! Everyone always used to get handmade gifts from me, and they still do!
Where does your making happen?
I generally make a mess while I’m crafting but I try to keep it contained in one or 2 areas of my house. I screen print in my basement and I sew wherever I feel like watching TV!
What inspires you?
I like to make things that are a little bit quirky, but are still useful. For example, I designed my lunch bags to be functional but have designs that you may not see on a typical lunch bag, like a retro turntable. I like to think that my products can appeal to anyone from a middle aged dad to their teenaged daughter.
Every piece is unique. It’s pretty difficult (at least for me) to produce things that are exactly alike. So handmade allows a person to have something that no one else has.
What personality trait do you possess that you think helps you the most as a professional crafter?
Everyone always tells me that I’m quiet, but maybe I’m just drawing inspiration from my surroundings!
What do you think differentiates crafting from other types of business?
Crafting evolves a lot over time. Your ideas, process, materials, design etc change as you realize what works and what doesn’t.
What do you enjoy most about selling your handmade goods?
I think it’s pretty cool that someone wants to take something home that I made. I also like seeing people’s reaction to my products.
Where do you hope to be in 5 years? 10?
Hopefully still working on my crafting business. I have ideas to take either my lunch bags or t-shirts to the next level. I also really want a retro camper to sell my stuff out of. Maybe in 10 years!