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tn-1I print all my own designs and textiles by hand. Each one begins as cut paper, which is then burned into a screen and printed on everything I can think up. I handprint fabrics and organic clothing. I sew home wares (tea towels, cloth napkins, pillows), book bags, and plushes (menders and cubed animals.) I also use my scrap paper to make mini cut paper art to adhere to bamboo pendants. I try my best to use the most sustainable materials I can get my hands on from paper to fabrics including: eco-fills, bamboo, organic cottons, water based inks, rescued fabrics, and found paper like vintage maps and ledger paper from my mother’s garage.

tnWhat inspired you to go into the craft business, do you still have a day job? I have always had a DIY mindset. As far back as I can remember when I needed and/or wanted something my first thought was “How could I make that?” And though I also love making fine art, crafting was a never natural step for me.

I suppose I don’t have a “day job.” Fulltime I balance motherhood, fine art and crafting. And each part of my life inspires me in the other areas.

tn-2What do you like best, coming up with ideas or executing them? I don’t think I could choose. I feel like the entire process is like one fluid movement.

How do you stay inspired? I am lucky enough to work in a studio with a handful of other artist, and we always have interesting people coming through our space. And when that atmosphere doesn’t work for me I have traveling, hiking, my husband and daughters. I don’t feel like I have to find inspiration, it seems to find me.

Anything else you would like to tell us about your business? I just settled on my company name. “Bird Mafia” came from the title I gave to a set of bird prints I did this past year and has inspired the construction of the largest cubed owl I have

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