Maker Spotlight: Moosemingo

redherringjeff   August 16, 2016   Comments Off on Maker Spotlight: Moosemingo

moosemingo_1Art 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 Angela and Meagan of Moosemingo to chat about her work, being a maker, inspiration, and goals. Join us as we meet our makers!

Once upon a time, a question was asked…

How do you get a Moosemingo out of a friendship?

Angela was raised in Alaska, where the Moose are!
Meagan was raised in Florida, where the Flamingos are!

Viola! A Moosemingo! The merging of two creative minds to make wonderful, whimsical items filled with color and happiness!

And They All Lived Happily Ever After!

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How did you get into making things?

We were born 😂

Tell us about your work space.

We work out of our home studios

What inspires you?

Upcycle,recycle,vintage handmade

Why handmade?

Its our nature to create

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

Bicycle tire innertubes, leather shop scraps, plastic grocery bags

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

Enjoying ourselves and expressing that to clients

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What do you enjoy most about selling your handmade goods?

Making people happy through art

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

always making!

You can see more of Angela and Meagan’s amazing work in their StoreEnvy shop at www.moosemingo.com or stop by and talk her in person at Art on the Rivers on August 27!

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Maker Spotlight: Ghost Cat Studios

redherringjeff   August 15, 2016   Comments Off on Maker Spotlight: Ghost Cat Studios

ghost_cat_studios_1Art 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 Ceramic artist Kayla of Ghost Cat Studios 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 took a wheelthrowing class at Krueger Pottery one summer and fell in love with the process and art form. I studied at Webster University and took at least one ceramics class every semester, and continued making pottery after graduating.

Where does your making happen?

I have a studio in Maplewood at (and I’m also the manager of) Studio: art Coop, a space for artist studios and local retail. I have an electric wheel and an electric kiln for firing, although I also dabble in handbuilding ceramics and other kinds of firing when the opportunity arises (raku, woodfire).

What inspires you?

Firstly, I enjoy the actual process of wheelthrowing very much- it’s relaxing and challenging at the same time. As for aesthetics and the exact products I make, I like to supply people with handmade art that they can use in everyday life. It’s also great when there’s a story behind an object that you can share while using it.

Why handmade?

ghost_cat_studios_2Support your local artists! We are very hardworking, self-motivated people who are at the same time creative and business-minded. The things we make are all part of the cycle of our community, speaking economically as well as socially, creatively, and influentially. Making my own art, products, and business has engaged so many facets of my life and personality that might not have been able to flourish under other circumstances. Creativity and art in general is also a great way to relieve stress and live a happier life!

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

Not on a regular basis, but I did have a project in college where I used food that is typically served in a bowl, and threw a bowl out of that food (think butter, cream cheese).

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

Creative thinking, which helps solve problems, especially when there might not be someone around to help out or brainstorm with.

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

It’s definitely more individualized than so called “corporate jobs.” Your own strengths and weaknesses have much more of an effect, almost immediately, on every aspect of the business. You spend more time alone, which can be good and bad. You can also socialize more while still talking about business and even while making your craft.

What do you enjoy most about selling your handmade goods?

ghost_cat_studios_3I really enjoy knowig where my products will end up, and a lot of the time I get to hear the reason for a purchase, whether a customer wants a personalized piece as a gift, or even if we just have a quick discussion of their taste in art and what drew them to my product specifically. The best thing, though, is seeing my ceramics in use: some people send me photos or post photos online of their family using a mug or a bowl; other times I’ll go to a friend’s house and see my used dishes in the sink or clean and ready in the cabinet.

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

I can’t even begin to answer that!

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

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Maker Spotlight: Irie Elements

redherringjeff   August 14, 2016   Comments Off on Maker Spotlight: Irie Elements

irie_elements_1Art 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 Kara Hayes of Irie Elements 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 started making jewerly at a very young age junior in high school.

Where does your making happen?

My work space is in my South City basement studio.

What inspires you?

Mother nature. I would never think to put so many color combinations and textures together in a single piece of jewelry if I wasn’t inspired my all of the colors and textures in nature around us.

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Why handmade?

I have always enjoyed creating.

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

Cremation ashes

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

I have a very sharp memory. This helps me recreate things and also helps build strong relationships with my customers.

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

There is a part of yourself incorporated into each creation.

What do you enjoy most about selling your handmade goods?

Connection with people

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

I hope to be selling more through online resources and also traveling farther to do more shows and make connections with more people.

 

Maker Spotlight: Geek Nest

redherringjeff   July 14, 2016   Comments Off on Maker Spotlight: Geek Nest

geek_nest_1We’re so excited to be partnering with the Saint Louis Science Center for this year’s Bright Ideas Expo. What a great opportunity to meet the Saint Louis Creative Community as well as tell our individual maker stories in person. Artist, Carrie Heyen of Geek Nest will be one of our featured crafters for the day, and she’ll be on the main floor Dino Overlook showing off her Pop Culture themed candles and talking about being a creative professional in the Saint Louis Community. We caught up with her the other day to ask a few questions about her work, her inspiration, plans for the future and advice to new makers. Come and meet our makers!

What’s your “Real” Job?

I’m a substance abuse counselor, I have a Master of Arts in Psychology

Where does making happen?

My home, usually while watching Doctor Who or Star Trek

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What’s the next big idea?

I’m really hoping to start making cat toys soon.

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What’s your greatest strength?

My ambition and passion.

Be sure to stop by and say hi to Carrie at the Bright Ideas Expo at the Saint Louis Science Center on Saturday, July 16 from 10:00-4:00!

Maker Spotlight: Desktop Dunkies

redherringjeff   July 14, 2016   Comments Off on Maker Spotlight: Desktop Dunkies

desktop_dunkies_1We’re so excited to be partnering with the Saint Louis Science Center for this year’s Bright Ideas Expo. What a great opportunity to meet the Saint Louis Creative Community as well as tell our individual maker stories in person. Artist, Adam Bertels of Desktop Dunkies will be one of our featured crafters for the day, and he’ll be Upstairs on the second floor by the Maker Space showing off his papercraft creations and talking about being a creative professional in the Saint Louis Community. We caught up with him the other day to ask a few questions about his work, his inspiration, plans for the future and advice to new makers. Come and meet our makers!

Tell us about your first maker moment

I have been crafting and creating since I was a little boy, around the age of 7 or so I created a KISS coloring book.

What’s your “Real” Job?

I’m a graphic designer / illustrator / creative director in the st. louis area

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Where does making happen?

in beautiful Shaw

What’s your “origin story”?

Born and raised in South St. Louis, I’ve always wanted to do things differently. I enjoy the challenge of taking ideas and making the unique. Creating is in my blood and it drives me everyday.

What do you do when you’re not feeling inspired?

I take walks in Tower Grove with my wife and new born son, Ren. I like to cook to help refocus my creative energy. Putting yourself into everything you do

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What’s your favorite tool?

my mind

What’s the next big idea?

PINWHEEL SHREDDIES!

What’s your greatest strength?

creative ideas

Any advice for new makers?

KEEP CREATING. KEEP TRYING. WORK EVERYDAY.

Be sure to stop by and say hi to Adam at the Bright Ideas Expo at the Saint Louis Science Center on Saturday, July 16 from 10:00-4:00!

Maker Spotlight: Type 22

redherringjeff   July 13, 2016   Comments Off on Maker Spotlight: Type 22

type22_1We’re so excited to be partnering with the Saint Louis Science Center for this year’s Bright Ideas Expo. What a great opportunity to meet the Saint Louis Creative Community as well as tell our individual maker stories in person. Artist, Lisa Moeller of Type 22 will be one of our featured crafters for the day, and she’ll be on the main floor by the Life Science Lab showing off her wonderful jewelry made of upcycled letter press letters. and talking about being a creative professional in the Saint Louis Community. We caught up with her the other day to ask a few questions about her work, her inspiration, tools, and origin story. Come and meet our makers!

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Tell us about your first maker moment

I’ve been drawing, designing and making since I was a kid. It is hard to think of exactly when my first maker moment was. I’ve always enjoyed creating.

What’s your “Real” Job?

I am a graphic designer.

Where does making happen?

At home in my office, the kitchen, the family room or anywhere I can find some space.

type22_2What’s your “origin story”?

The origin story of Type22 began when my husband ran across some crates full of vintage letterpress blocks at an old metal shop. He knew that I loved letterpress blocks since I was a graphic designer and called me to let me know. I told him to buy them all up! I would figure out what to do with them later, I just couldn’t let them pass by. In the end I decided that making them in to necklaces and keychains would be a fun way to reuse these vintage blocks. And that is what we have been doing since.

What do you do when you’re not feeling inspired?

When I’m not feeling inspired I like to put on some good music and start surfing the web for great design sites. I especially like looking at hand lettering and watching creative how-to-videos to learn new skills in drawing, design, hand lettering and much more than I can fill in here.

What’s your favorite tool?

A pencil.

Be sure to stop by and say hi to Lisa at the Bright Ideas Expo at the Saint Louis Science Center on Saturday, July 16 from 10:00-4:00!

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Maker Spotlight: Starsprinkle Supercollider

redherringjeff   July 13, 2016   Comments Off on Maker Spotlight: Starsprinkle Supercollider

starsprinkle_supercollider_4We’re so excited to be partnering with the Saint Louis Science Center for this year’s Bright Ideas Expo. What a great opportunity to meet the Saint Louis Creative Community as well as tell our individual maker stories in person. Artists, Cecily and Joshua Allen of Starsprinkle Supercollider will be one of our featured crafters for the day, and they’ll be on the Main Floor Dino Overlook, showing off their hand-cut jewelry, and fantastical illustrations while talking about being  creative professionals. We caught up with them the other day to ask a few questions about their work, their inspiration, plans for the future and advice to new makers. Come and meet our makers!

Where does making happen?

We used to have one room of our house designated as a studio, but we recently moved into a new place that has it’s own outbuilding perfect for a work space.

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What’s your “origin story”?

Cecily and Joshua Allen happened upon one another while fumbling through life. They joined forces and after years of trying to bolster creative endeavors, decided to form Starsprinkle Supercollider.

starsprinkle_supercollider_2What’s your favorite tool?

Cecily: My jeweler’s saw. It is the tool I use the most and feel most comfortable with. I can make the tiny nuances of my designs come to life with that miniscule saw blade.

Joshua: My wacom tablet. I was never able to adequately navigate my impatience with traditional art until I found my digital medium. The wacom is really the best way to do that.

What’s your greatest strength?

Cecily: My colorful demeanor and childlike sensibility.

Joshua: My versatility.

Be sure to stop by and say hi to the Allens at the Bright Ideas Expo at the Saint Louis Science Center on Saturday, July 16 from 10:00-4:00!

Maker Spotlight: Riley Construction

redherringjeff   July 12, 2016   Comments Off on Maker Spotlight: Riley Construction

riley_construction_1We’re so excited to be partnering with the Saint Louis Science Center for this year’s Bright Ideas Expo. What a great opportunity to meet the Saint Louis Creative Community as well as tell our individual maker stories in person. Artist, April Tate of Riley Construction will be one of our featured crafters for the day, and she’ll be downstairs on the Lower Level showing off her wonderful hand made rag dolls, and talking about being a creative professional in the Saint Louis Community. We caught up with her the other day to ask a few questions about her work, her inspiration, plans for the future and advice to new makers. Come and meet our makers!

Tell us about your first maker moment

I can’t remember not making. I designed my own Strawberry Shortcake characters and made my own magazine. I remember very badly wanting a venue in which to sell my art, but we lived in the country . This is all pre-internet, mind you.

What’s your “Real” Job?

I worked in an office for many years. Now I am a part-time temp and full-time artist.

Where does making happen?

First, my head, then paper, then my work room, which used to be a dining room.

What’s your “origin story”?

riley_construction_4I come from a long line of people who make things by hand. My grandparents were Depression-era people who had no choice but to make what they needed. Both of my grandmothers sewed and made their childrens’ clothing; I loved watching them sew when I would visit. I always wanted to design toys, before I even knew that was a job a regular person could have. As I got older, I moved to fine art and studied that instead. I was lucky to discover the handmade movement in the early 2000’s (pre-Etsy!) and made and sold handmade accessories. When my son was born, I started thinking about making toys and just jumped right in. I named my business after my family’s small construction business (Riley Construction) because what I do is like what they do, but on a different scale. We both believe in high quality craftsmanship and beauty.

What do you do when you’re not feeling inspired?

Take a breather, clean, try to clear away the physical clutter first.

What’s your favorite tool?

Scissors.

What’s the next big idea?

Illustrated poetry.

What’s your greatest strength?

Imagination, silliness. I also consider myself resilient and hardworking.

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Any advice for new makers?

Distinguish yourself with your own voice. Producing trendy pieces to make a buck doesn’t cut it anymore.

Be sure to stop by and say hi to April at the Bright Ideas Expo at the Saint Louis Science Center on Saturday, July 16 from 10:00-4:00!

Maker Spotlight: Sadly Harmless

redherringjeff   July 12, 2016   Comments Off on Maker Spotlight: Sadly Harmless

sadly_harmless_2We’re so excited to be partnering with the Saint Louis Science Center for this year’s Bright Ideas Expo. What a great opportunity to meet the Saint Louis Creative Community as well as tell our individual maker stories in person. Artist, Sally Harless of Sadly Harmless will be one of our featured crafters for the day, and she’ll be on the main level on Dino Overlook showing off her Animal Illustrations and talking about being a creative professional in the Saint Louis Community. We caught up with her the other day to ask a few questions about her work, her inspiration, plans for the future and advice to new makers. Come and meet our makers!

What’s your “Real” Job?

This is it!

Where does making happen?

I have a lovely studio in a co-working building on Cherokee called Nebula

What’s your “origin story”?

sadly_harmless_1I have been drawing and making things my entire life! I went to school at Indiana University where I earned a BFA in printmaking, but also took every single drawing class that was offered. After graduating, I didn’t really know what to do. I worked at an art supply store and as a studio assistant for awhile, and sold some of my drawings here and there on Etsy. Then I got laid off, which was sort of a blessing in disguise. I signed up for a local craft show shortly after that and actually sold stuff! It was then that I realized that I could make a living off of my art. I’ve since done craft shows all over the Midwest, have had gallery shows, have sold my work in stores all over the country, and have a thriving Etsy shop!

What do you do when you’re not feeling inspired?

I look at a lot of art or I’ll go on a really long walk and listen to music. Long walks are where I do my best thinking.

Any advice for new makers?

sadly_harmless_4Make stuff that you’re excited about. Keep learning and practicing. It’s so easy to get discouraged when you’re not happy with how things turn out, or if you aren’t selling much. For a lot of people, it’s a slow process, and I think the slowness is really important. Give yourself time and room to grow. If you’re excited about what you’re doing, and if you stick with it, it’s going to be amazing.

Be sure to stop by and say hi to Sally at the Bright Ideas Expo at the Saint Louis Science Center on Saturday, July 16 from 10:00-4:00!

Maker Spotlight: Red Herring Illustration

redherringjeff   July 11, 2016   Comments Off on Maker Spotlight: Red Herring Illustration

red_herring_04We’re so excited to be partnering with the Saint Louis Science Center for this year’s Bright Ideas Expo. What a great opportunity to meet the Saint Louis Creative Community as well as tell our individual maker stories in person. Artist, Jeffrey Johnson of Red Herring Illustration will be one of our featured crafters for the day, and he’ll be on the main floor by the Life Science Lab showing off his illustrations and talking about being a creative professional in the Saint Louis Community. We caught up with him the other day to ask a few questions about his work, his inspiration, plans for the future and advice to new makers. Come and meet our makers!

Tell us about your first maker moment.

I have really vivid memories of drawing many tentacled Octopi or Star Wars pictures at the kitchen table when I was a kid. Also looking through my mom’s old Childcraft book for crafts to make. There were often cardboard boxes around full of computer print out paper that you could use to make drawings several sheets long. My first real “Maker Moment” that I remember was kind of a mix of these things when I built a diorama of Cloud City out of cut paper, a cardboard box, cotton balls, and toilet paper rolls.

What’s your “real” job?

I feel so blessed to be able to do what I love and still feed the kids. I’m a full time artist and maker, but I also do graphic design, organize events and shows with Craft Monster, write for blogs, draw comics, and teach at the local community college. Not all at the same time, though. My life is split between a bunch of different projects, but they all roll up into one pretty awesome whole.

Where does your making happen?

The bulk of my making happens in my basement studio, but I’ve also been known to work in the library, coffee shops, or at the park. It’s pretty amazing that I’m really not tied down to one spot, and I get to experience art with a wide variety of people on pretty much a daily basis.

What’s your origin story?

red_herring_02When I was in high school, I wanted nothing more than to be a Muppeteer. Actually, more accurately, I wanted to work in the Creature shop, building puppets and monsters. Even then there was a sort of unacknowledged part of me that was really happiest when making things. Going into community college after high school, illustration seemed like the best path towards working in visual effects, by my second year though I’d switched to studio art with an emphasis in printmaking. I’m not sure about this, but I imagine that most artists have a similarly circuitous route to where they are today. As we add experiences to our lives our direction gets nudged this way and that.

What do you do when you’re not feeling inspired?

I have a lot of strategies for dealing with lack of inspiration. I like to walk while I listen to books on tape. Washing the dishes or mowing the lawn allows my mind to wander and often capture stray ideas. I have a collection of index cards with ideas that I can pull from if I need them, or doing “photo-a-day” challenges on instagram often gives a springboard to actually start working. The thing is, creating takes a lot of effort. It really is work that takes picking up the pencil and putting down lines. There’s a quote about work and inspiration from Neil Gaiman that goes something like

“If you’re only going to write when you’re inspired, you may be a fairly decent poet, but you will never be a novelist – because you’re going to have to make your word count today, and those words aren’t going to wait for you, whether you’re inspired or not. So you have to write when you’re not “inspired.”… And the weird thing is that six months later, or a year later, you’re going to look back and you’re not going to remember which scenes you wrote when you were inspired and which scenes you wrote because they had to be written.”

What’s your favorite tool?

I love working in my sketchbook with ball point pen. There’s something about being able to see every line, every mistake, and every success that I find very appealing. While I use pretty much anything handy to draw with, the Zebra F-701 is my favorite pen because it has a nice weight and the tip doesn’t get all clogged up and leave blobs of ink on my paper.

red_herring_03What’s your next big idea?

Oh man, I’ve got a lot of things in the pipeline. I’m working on a coloring/activity book that focuses on learning to draw. I’m really excited about some new screen print ideas that are sort of re-exploring themes that I’ve worked on my whole life, but through a new lens. Then there’s a bunch of Craft Monster events that are in one stage or another of planning and development. It’s really an exciting time to be an independent artist and maker!

What’s your greatest strength?

I have passion and curiosity by the bucket full. I love to explore new ideas and share them with my close friends, and then with the world.

Any advice for new makers?

Find your tribe, and be a contributing member of it. Being willing to participate with the larger community of like-minded people in an honest, and helpful way will open the door for more opportunities than almost anything else. People want to share their stories with each other, and being a part of that narrative fabric makes the whole experience richer for everybody.

Be sure to stop by and say hi to Jeffrey at the Bright Ideas Expo at the Saint Louis Science Center on Saturday, July 16 from 10:00-4:00!