Podcast: Mary MacGill

Have you ever wondered about the people who made your favorite mug, shirt or chair? In Why Do We Have Things? Rita Mehta of The American Edit and Erin Husted of Hackwith Design House interview the independent designers, artists, small business owners and creatives behind our favorite things.

Today’s guest is Mary MacGill, an incredible jewelry designer who makes her entire collection by hand in her studio in New York. Mary and Rita talk about the insight that led her to find a new way to make jewelry, the places and art that inspire her collection, and about finding different ways to be creative as your business grows.

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NOTES FROM THE SHOW:
Mary MacGill Jewelry
Mary’s Hand Cuff (one of my favorite pieces of jewelry!)
Pace MacGill Gallery
MOMA
Art forum
Black Crane
No. 6 Clogs
Ulla Johnson on growing a business by starting small
Man Repeller on Isabel Marant’s “Comeback”
Clic Gallery
Nili Lotan
Robert Frank and June Leaf

Thank you to WRIGHT for sponsoring this episode of the podcast and bringing me to New York to celebrate NYCxDESIGN! Please use code “theamericanedit” for 15% off your purchase from www.wrightbedding.com

Images via Mary MacGill Jewelry

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Podcast: Dan Hauber, WRIGHT Bedding

Have you ever wondered about the people who made your favorite mug, shirt or chair? In Why Do We Have Things?, Rita Mehta of The American Edit and Erin Husted of Hackwith Design House interview the independent designers, artists, small business owners and creatives behind our favorite things.

Today’s guest is Dan Hauber, the founder of Wright Bedding, a design driven company that focuses on making the best possible mattresses, pillows and bedding right here in America. Dan and Rita talk all about the process that went into launching WRIGHT – from the initial idea to the moment he knew he had to quit his job and focus on WRIGHT full time, to the 27 iterations and the jawbone testing that led to Wright’s first mattress, to the decision to build a product that is as beautiful as it is functional.
wright w1.27 mattress

NOTES FROM THE SHOW:
Wright bedding
the details and process of making the W1.27 mattress
Typically… design had been “a vertical stripe in the chain of events” in a product’s delivery; at Apple, it became “a long horizontal stripe, where design is part of every conversation.”
Modernica Case Study Bed

“If you are insanely devoted to making something better and to building it the right way, finding the right materials, the right production techniques, the right testing process and the right everything else. If you put the time and effort in to create something better, people will realize that, and people will connect with that.

Thank you to WRIGHT for sponsoring the podcast and bringing me to New York to celebrate NYCxDESIGN! I’ll be at THE SHOWROOM IN SOHO Thursday – Saturday and we’ll be recording some fun episodes of Why Do We Have Things? (including a bonus episode going up this week!) If you are in New York, please stop by, I’d love to meet you! If you aren’t in town, use code “theamericanedit” for 15% off your purchase!

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Podcast: Kelli Murray of Rylee & Cru & Sam Larson of Lone Flag

Have you ever wondered about the people who made your favorite mug, shirt or chair? In Why Do We Have Things?, Rita Mehta of The American Edit and Erin Husted of Hackwith Design House interview the independent designers, artists, small business owners and creatives behind our favorite things.

Today’s guests are Kelli Murray of Rylee & Cru and Sam Larson of Lone Flag, Other Sons, and Hold. Erin, Kelli, and Sam talk about building separate businesses as a married couple, creating the best product by focusing on the value as opposed to (just) the ethics, the actual process that goes into making products and growing a business, and, why we should all shop a little bit more like our dads.

lone flag sam larson

“Whatever it is you do, work hard and hold it with an open hand, not a clenched fist.”

NOTES FROM THE SHOW:
Kelli Murray
Rylee & Cru
Lone Flag
Other Sons
Norden Goods
Sam’s Reads: Entrepreneur Magazine, Monocle, Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS:
Victor Athletics – take 20% off your purchase with code “americanedit”
Wilson & Willy’s

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Podcast, Zinzi Edmundson, Knit Wit Magazine

Have you ever wondered about the people who made your favorite mug, shirt or chair? In Why Do We Have Things?, Rita Mehta of The American Edit and Erin Husted of Hackwith Design House interview the independent designers, artists, small business owners and creatives behind our favorite things.

Today’s guest is Zinzi Edmundson, the editor of Knit Wit Magazine, a print magazine that celebrates the dynamic world of contemporary fiber arts and craft. Rita & Zinzi talk about the process of starting a print magazine, the current crafting movement, and the feminism in the textile arts world. Issue 4 comes out May 1!

Folk Fibers Feature_Shot by Josh Goleman
Maura Ambrose of Folk Fibers in Issue 4, photograph by Josh Goleman

NOTES FROM THE SHOW:
Knit Wit Magazine
Remedy Quarterly, a kickstarter Zinzi backed
The Man Repeller Round Table with Mary Norris, New Yorker Comma Queen and query proofreader
Following blog, a look at how people live and express themselves online and in social media
Alden Amos, the helicopter mechanic who crafted spinning wheels
Janelle Pietrzak’s collaborations with Anthropologie
Meredith Metcalf’s ceramics
Knitwit on the Woolful Podcast
Jungmaven hemp t-shirts
String, Felt, Thread: The Hierarchy of Art & Craft in American Art

THANK YOU TO OUR AMAZING SPONSORS:
HACKWITH DESIGN HOUSE
APPOINTED
Interested in sponsoring? Please contact podcast@theamericanedit.com.

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Images via Knit Wit Magazine