A maker is someone who has a passion for creating something where formerly there was nothing. Making and being creative may be their full time job, a part-time hustle, or a hobby that brings them joy. Makers are woodworkers, metalworkers, artists, ceramicists, designers, carpenters, and so much more. Every week I will bring you two interviews of female and nonbinary makers of all kinds from all over the world. They will share their stories of how they got to where they are and what they do, inspiring us all to chase our creative dreams.
Wonder Women 176 - Daej of Daej Designs
Based in Toronto, founder and principle designer, Daej Hamilton started this company at 22 years old. Luxuriating in her 11th year of woodworking, her pieces reflect the timeless, mid-century, modern aesthetic. Using some of the finest woods, her work is designed and hand crafted to compliment form and function.
Wonder Women 175 - Karla Diaz
Karla is a Mexican designer and woodworker currently living in LA with her wife. Karla grew up in Mexico City and went to school for business administration. One night, she just started sketching and designing furniture and other items. She had always loved wood and how warm and cozy it is. So, she decided to find a school for woodworking. After school she shared a shop with a friend and eventually found turning. Now she turns bowls and platters, creating collections with texture and color.
Wonder Women 174 - Lacey of DIY with Lacey
Lacey is a wife, mom of 3, works full time, and now she is DIY-ing her life. During this last year, while spending so much time inside her house, she started noticing things she wanted to change or add. After diving into the school of YouTube, she dove right into the deep end of making and doing it herself for all her projects around home. Now her husband is happily adding to the "honey do list" and she is happy to continue to grow her skills.
Wonder Women 173 - Sylvie Rosenthal
Sylvie started building at age six, at the Eli Whitney Museum where she made circuses, catapults, rockets and robots. She actually started working there as well. She did receive a BFA and MFA and spent some time working with a mentor to build a couple of houses from the ground up. She has spent time as a visiting artist, teacher and researcher at many schools and universities. Currently, Sylvie maintains a studio practice making furniture on commission, production work for online sales, and sculptures.
Wonder Women 172 - Author Laura Morrison
Laura lives in the Metro Detroit area with her husband, kiddos, cats, bees, tortoise, vegetable garden, books, and (depending on the season) some monarch butterflies in various stages of development and/or some neonatal kitten fosters. She has a B.S. in applied ecology and environmental science from Michigan Technological University. Before she was a writer and stay-at-home mom, she battled invasive species and researched turtles. It was fun, but writing is better.
Wonder Women 171 - Camille Finan of Remodel Your Life
Host of Remodel Your Life Podcast, Camille Finan talks to women working in the trades and breaking down barriers in non-traditional careers. Her 35 years as a carpenter gives her a unique insight into the world of construction and design. Her goal is to inform and educate people about the wonderful opportunities of working in the trades for women and girls. She also coaches women on how to make a living from doing the work that they love to do.
Real & Inspiring
Appreciate learning about all the moms and other wonder women who create. Really appreciate that this podcast let’s all women bring their whole selves to their making discussions. These are the conversations I would imagine we have around kitchen tables across the country, and I love to hear what all those kitchen tables sound like, even when they aren’t like mine. Keep up the inspiring content, mama!
This podcast solidly stands shoulder-to-shoulder with Making It, Obey the Grain, Fitzall, Fools With Tools, Modern Maker and others in my feed. Realistic, honest, informative, witty — always worth a listen! Every maker perspective is an opportunity to strengthen and simultaneously diversify the community, and many valuable perspectives can be found here.
Looking for motivation on being a maker?
Look no further. Katie has a way to bring out the best in the people she talks with. Her voice is soothing (very important) and the people she interviews always bring out inspiration and motivation in my own making. I am constantly inspired, and have made many new connections by listening and following these extraordinary women makers. Keep on keeping on!