How would you describe your business?
I make macrame wall hangings, plant hangers, and other goods inspired by the natural beauty of the Central Coast. I specialize in creating modern, organic pieces that can be integrated into all styles and spaces.
How did you get into your trade?
On a young and newly-married type of budget, I wanted to make a wall hanging to for our quirky Los Osos apartment. I found some driftwood at nearby Montaña de Oro, picked up some yarn at a thrift store, and made my first piece. It was super simple, but I loved how organic it looked. I made a bunch more before deciding I wanted to step it up a notch—maybe learn some macrame knots and integrate those into the wall hangings. I hopped on YouTube (as one does) and fell into a rabbit-hole watching video after video as I learned the basic techniques. As I spent hours practicing the knots, experimenting with different projects and creating new designs, I fell in love with macrame. I find it pretty magical that all you need is a piece of driftwood, some rope and your own two hands to make something beautiful.
Working as a maker on the Central Coast can be hard, expensive, and risky. Why do you do it?
I'm convinced that the Central Coast is one of the best places in California to be a maker. The community here is incredible—people are intentional about shopping small and supporting local creatives. From consumers to shop owners to fellow makers, it feels like everyone you meet is on your team. On top of that, I find most of my inspiration from the natural beauty of the Central Coast itself. Between the coastline, the rollings hills, and the vineyards, there's so much to ground myself in creatively. I'm so proud and grateful to live on the Central Coast, and I want that to shine through my business.