So excited to have you at FELIZ this fall. Thank you for visiting us all the way from Aspen. We are big fans of your store! Could you share with us the story of how Maker & Place came to be?
Maker has already lived many lives in it’s short life. While in university I was looking for a way for the crafts person to really engage with their audience, and for their audiences to be introduced to the process and the labor that goes into handcrafted work. In it’s first form, Maker offered customer-facing, open air studios inside it’s retail space...which offered customers and makers the chance to interact during both the creation and consumption process. Due to expensive rents in Aspen, we found that it wasn’t very sustainable due to our high-market location. We’ve since transitioned to a really tight selection of products we’ve sourced from our favorite makers, and we now act as a concierge and storyteller on behalf of our craftsmen and their products. On our shop walls we have portraits of our makers, small blurbs about who they are and how the product came to be.
How would you describe the Maker & Place style and who might be your shopper?
I often think of our shopper as a mother, but that doesn’t mean to have to be a mom to shop with us (haha!)... rather someone who is interested in nourishment, themselves and others. We strongly believe that objects made by hand carry a weight and energy that is nourishing and transformative. That being said... I’m definitely inspired by “wabi-sabi” but further, objects made from natural materials. Our true nature as beings is to be one with nature, if the objects in our life can get us closer to that truth, we’re doing something right. Within that, we’re drawn to beauty. Simple, functional, and beautiful.
What do you hope customers take away from their shopping experience at Maker & Place?
That our objects and our environments can truly transform us as beings, help us grow, inspire us, and nurture us.
You are a designer yourself, studying textiles at the Chelsea College of Art and Design in London. How does your background in art influence how you select for your store?
My design education was such a blessing giving me insight into process, as well as design standards. We truly only work with makers whose production is made entirely by them or overseen entirely by them. Studying at Chelsea also gave me a pretty developed sense of the difference between art and design, and we try very hard to stay on the side of design. The research and development stages of production always show in the final product, and we’re interested in offering products that have been poured over at every stage of being.
What’s one piece of advice you’d offer to folks looking to shop with more intention?
Support small businesses with transparent visions and missions. Ask questions as you shop! Any companies that aren’t fully transparent and versed on where their products are coming from are bad news.
Maker and Place is a mother-daughter duo. What has working closely with a family member taught you about your relationship and/or your creative capacities?
Wow, what a lesson in sharing and realizing that your mom knows a lot more than you do. No matter how confident or competent I think I may be, she’s already done this. Not literally, but her experience is so expansive it seems there’s nothing she hasn’t seen, and her wisdom is our rock in our working relationship. She’s incredibly generous when it comes to giving me curatorial direction. She trusts in my style and my choices as she guides the ship.
And to get to know you a bit better...
Where is home for you? Aspen! My heart also has a second home in London.
Astrological sign: Pisces
Last great travel destination? Berlin
Where do you find inspiration away from the computer? Dreaming and building with my my playmate and husband, Kevin.
What would we find you doing on a Sunday afternoon in Aspen? If I’m honest, working. If I’m optimistic, snowshoeing with our pup.