My background is in financial analysis and reporting, with a focus on strategic thinking. During my years in Boston and New York City, I worked for several world-class corporate, professional and financial services organizations, usually in a financial analysis and reporting capacity. It was hard sometimes, because in the investment world at that time, a woman seen as a “maker” wasn’t always taken as seriously. The general impression was that knitting, canning, sewing were all things that women had left behind for their education and a serious career. I squirreled my projects away in my purse and would find a place (far from my office) to knit if I left my desk for lunch, and kept my online presence as a “maker” very discreet.
Over time I found it harder and harder to keep the “making” in my life separate from my life’s work, and I struggled for ways to balance the two. I switched my career focus from large-scale financial services to helping small, family-owned businesses that made, built, or fixed things. I wrote a stitch dictionary, and dabbled with designing the sweaters in my head. I spent several years actually learning how to knit sweaters well. Sweaters that are not only knitting projects, but are clothes as well.
Sometime in all of this Amy Herzog and I started to have many, many conversations about all of these important things. About women and body image and the impact our clothing has on the way we feel about ourselves. And about what we as makers can do about that. Earlier this year we joined together to work on that in a serious way.
And now I get to bring all the parts of me to my life’s work, in a way I never thought possible until it actually happened. I write about all these things, and more, here.