Maker Spotlight: A&M Accessories

redherringjeff   August 23, 2016   Comments Off on Maker Spotlight: A&M Accessories

a_and_m_accessories_2Art 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 Marcia of A&M Accessories 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”

Twenty-seven years ago I made my wedding veil and it all just clicked.

Tell us about your work space.

I have a studio behind my home in rural Missouri where magic happens.

Tell us a little about what you make and why.

I make clothing and accessories. Colors and fibers inspire me.

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Why handmade?

Anyone can go to a big box store to buy “stuff”. Long ago handmade items held commitment and love. I believe people are back to seeing the value in that once again.

Are there any materials that you have used in your products that you think may be unexpected?

People are always surprised to see vintage items incorporated into my bags.

What personality trait do you possess that you think helps you the most as a professional crafter?

I’m a little weird, and I embrace it!

What do you think differentiates crafting from other types of business?

In any business you give bits of yourself, however, in crafting you give yourself and your creativity.

What do you enjoy most about selling your handmade goods?

Meeting the people is the most wonderful part of selling my work. Seeing people get excited about an item they buy for themselves or as a gift for a loved one makes me smile.

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Where do you hope to be in 5 years? 10?

My husband and I hope to be able to retire within the next 10 years and would love to travel and do shows farther away from home.

You can see more of Marcia’s amazing work in her etsy shop at www.etsy.com/shop/marciamenendez or stop by and talk her in person at Art on the Rivers on August 27!