My day starts with a bit of a mom hustle, feeding two boys, getting one to school and the other back down for a nap and then hit the ground running with either a shift at the store, exercise, or checking things off my list.
I fell in love with making and selling goods when I was very young with an entrepreneurial spirit. It is a thrill to be able to call this creative passion with Leland gal a career, and without a place like Spoonflower, none of this would have happened.
When I’m in my studio/workplace, I feel accomplished. Though, none of my good ideas start there. It’s always when I least expect it…on the tennis court, in the shower, walking the dog.
Who or what influences or inspires your work and why? I am a third generation artist, so my mother and grandmother have both been lifelong inspirational leaders in my life. In terms of my work, the bountiful Leelanau County and the upper peninsula in Michigan with its breezy colorful lifestyle is the primary inspiration of Leland gal textiles.
My favorite Spoonflower designers are Andrea Whalen of domesticate, and the many others who are undercover!
I’m most proud of my projects featuring our vibrant birch prints.
If I had to wear the same thing every day, it would be a colorful shift dress and flip flops and earrings.
Lately I’ve been inspired by designs of ferns, and I have it my mind to work on a floral with ferns this winter.
Before starting a small business, I wish someone had told me to start sooner, and to contact The Small Business Development Center of Michigan.
My favorite Spoonflower textile to work with is Eco Canvas because of its vibrancy, and durability.
Photo credits to: John A. Gessner, Kelly Ruffing Photography and Anne Lang
We loved getting to know Maggie in this interview (anyone else also inspired to visit the beautiful historic waterfront area of Fishtown in Leland, Michigan!?) Until that trip, we’ll have to content ourselves with eyeing these adorable bucket bags and a few outdoor pillows, perfect to update a back porch this summer.