Local Makers

Local Makers: Jennifer Griffin of Jennifer Griffin Studios

I can't think of a better maker to be present on the 28th! It's also Reformation's Harry Potter celebration. YAY! I love the many ways Jennifer brings imagination and story to life. I'm always blown away by her work. Read on below to see what I mean!

What do you make?

I'm a costume and costume accessory designer, mixed media artist, themed wedding designer, and conceptual art photographer.

How did you get started making?

Years ago, after my first child was born I started designing hair accessories, costumes, fabric toys, bow ties and flat caps for my kids. That led into creating for other people and thus my shop opened.

What does your average day look like?

Since my kids are still at home and young, I spend most of my day "momming." But when they get to bed, or during school hours, I get my journal out to look at the ideas I've jotted down to start a new project. Or if I have custom orders I work on those. Then there is the customer service portion of the business. I spend lots of time in communication with my customers to be sure I am giving them the best quality and the best of my creativity.

What inspires you to keep making work? 

If I am in a rut, I try to step away and go for a walk in the woods. Recently though, I have been very stagnate and a walk in the woods didn't cut it. So, I spent 2 weeks in Scotland and I think it changed my entire creative level. My inspiration comes from nature and my cultural heritage, and the Scottish country side and forests were the culmination of both of those inspirations.

What is the hardest lesson you learned through your business/creative process?

Not being supported by one's circle is hard. I think this was the hardest thing for me to deal with. In art, regardless of medium, an artist puts a bit of their soul into their work. When the art is then rejected, it is hard to not take it personal. It feels as if it is a personal rejection.

What's the best part about doing what you do?

There are two things that I love about what I do. The first, making my customers feel like they are the unique and beautiful creatures they are. Especially brides. Most of the custom work I do is for themed weddings or hand fasting ceremonies. It's such an honor to be apart of something so special, but even more, knowing that the bride & groom fell like they are really in the fairytale they created. Making their romance come to life in a tangible way. The second is the personal satisfaction from creating in this world, the things from the world in my head. I have loads of ideas and designs in my head, being able to create those in real life is quite satisfying.

What are you working on now?

I am actually working on a collaboration with a few other artists. However, it is hush hush right now, so we will have to just wait and see when the project is done. It will be epic. That's all I can really say about it. But just for Jenifer Griffin Studios, I am working on a few photo shoots for the fall based on a fan fiction of the 1980's movie Labyrinth with David Bowie, and another shoot based on the original tales of the Brother's Grimm. So, a little on the dark side. With both of these, I get to create new characters or create my concept of old ones, and their costumes. Very exciting for me. All of which will be available for purchase after the shoots, which will be before Halloween. If you follow my social media, you can be looking for these costumes by the end of September, 2018. They are one of a kind so get them when they are released because chances are, they won't be available again.

View Jennifer's work on her site, Instagram, and Facebook! And don't forget to swing by the Maker's Mash this Saturday from 5-8 to shop her work in person!

Local Makers: Buffie Diaz of Digs N Rose

Meet Buffie Diaz, local weaver, yogi, all around wonderful person! I am so excited to hang with her this weekend at the Maker's Mash

 Local Makers: Buffie Diaz of Digs N Rose

What do you make?

weavings and natural fiber art

How did you get started making?

I was inspired by a sweet Fiber Artist named Natasha out of Hinckley, IL. She sheers her own sheep, dyes her own wool roving AND creates beautiful masterpieces. She offers workshops and classes. I started with wet felting, it felt so good to FEEL the art I was creating. Then, needle felting became serious art therapy for me. Then, my amazing wood-working hubby made me a loom so I could play with weaving and I fell in love! It feels so good to let the fibers flow from my fingertips into a beautiful piece of art.

What does your average day look like?

I have four kids (including 7 month old twins), so my days are pretty full and my days flow at a different pace than they used to when I was younger, childless and trotting around the globe. Most days I invest into my kids, my yoga students, and making yummy, healthy foods for my family (and me...I'm a foodie). I don't get to my fiber fun as often as I'd like, but I like to set small goals, like "today I am going to warp the loom" or "weave for 15 minutes."

 Local Makers: Buffie Diaz of Digs N Rose

What inspires you to keep making work? Where do you go / what do you do to shake out of a creative rut.

N A T U R E. If I feel like I don't know where to go next with a piece, I just go outside and look at bark or mushrooms or any other small, overlooked part of the forest and become amazed at the overwhelming intricacy and incredible life that is all around us. I usually grab a stick or something that speaks to me and weave it in. I like messy, free flowing, inspired art. So, it works.

What is the hardest lesson you learned through your business/creative process?

Sounds cliche, but the journey is the destination. Instead of seeking to finish a piece, I've learned to slow down, feel, and understand that presence is the goal, not the finished product.

What's the best part about making what you make?

Getting to feel the fibers in my fingertips, feeling the energy of the wool. Also, letting that creative spark (that we so often keep quite) flow freely - feels so great to be alive.

What are you working on now?

A giant weaving, my first circle loom weaving, two smaller frame weavings, and some felted natural soaps.

Local Makers: Brandon Woodhead of Wyld Hair

I met Brandon at Reformation, so it's kind of perfect that he will be joining us this Saturday at the Mash! Beard oil, the stuff smells so good! Sometimes I use just a bit on the ends of my hair. Can't let Dusty bask in this stuff alone! :) Read on to hear a bit of Brandon's story and be sure to join us at the Mash at Reformation, Saturday from 5-8!

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What do you make?

Beard Oil and Hair Care products

How did you get started making?

After trying to grow a beard for No Shave November and not making it past the 3 week mark, I wanted to find something that helped the itch and was reasonably priced.

What does your average day look like?

When I work on Wyld Hair, my average day is a little bit of everything from chemist to aroma connoisseur.

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What inspires you to keep making? 

For me getting outdoors gets me creative again. Whether it be hiking, camping, or simply helping cleanup a local park.

What is the hardest lesson you learned through your business/creative process?

Not everything you make is a success, but everything is a learning opportunity.

What's the best part about doing what you do?

I love helping people take care of themselves - doing something they normally wouldn't do for themselves.

Keep up with Brandon on Instagram, Facebook and his site