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!

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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

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HACKWITH DESIGN HOUSE
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Images via Knit Wit Magazine

Podcast: Maison du Soir

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 Courtney Kates Garcia, the founder of Maison du Soir, a contemporary sleepwear collection designed and made in LA. Rita talks to Courtney about launching her collection, pep talks and thought processes that get them through the day, and the idea of failing – everyday.
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NOTES FROM THE SHOW:
Maison du Soir
Sara Blakely on Failure
Big Magic
Nili Lotan Pants
Giving Keys
Girl Boss

THANK YOU TO OUR AMAZING SPONSORS:
VICTOR ATHLETICS – use code “americanedit” for 20% off your purchase! Check out THIS INTERVIEW with Victor’s co-founder and creative director!
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Thank you so much for listening! We’d also really appreciate it if you would subscribe and leave us a review in iTunes or share #whydowewehavethings with your friends or on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram! I really hate to ask for stuff like this, but here’s why it matters: the more reviews and subscriptions we get, the more likely people are to find the podcast, and then the more likely we are to be able to get rad interviewees, improve our sound, etc. Thank you!

Podcast: Mary Jo Hoffman, Still Blog

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.

Todays guest is Mary Jo Hoffman, the founder of Still Blog, a photo-a-day-blog featuring objects found in nature during daily walks. Mary Jo started her creative ritual five years ago and recently celebrated 1500 photos – and the launch of product collaborations with both Target & West Elm! Rita Talks to Mary Jo about her creative process, showing your work and putting yourself out there to accomplish your goals.

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NOTES FROM THE SHOW:
Still Blog
Mary Jo’s collection with Target
Mary Jo’s collection with West Elm
Steal Like an Artist and Show your Work by Austin Kleon
Munster Rose on WDWHT
Mary Jo’s husband, writer Steve Hoffman
Mary Jo’s favorite podcasts: Design Matters with Debbie Millman, Here’s the Thing With Alec Baldwin, The Happiness Project with Gretchen Rubin, The Good Life Project with Jonathan Fields, Ted Talk Radio, Lexicon Valley

THANK YOU TO OUR AMAZING SPONSORS:
VICTOR ATHLETICS – use code “americanedit” for 20% off your purchase! Check out this interview with Victor’s co-founder and creative director!
HACKWITH DESIGN HOUSE

Thank you so much for listening! We’d also really appreciate it if you would subscribe and leave us a review in iTunes or share #whydowewehavethings with your friends or on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram! I really hate to ask for stuff like this, but here’s why it matters: the more reviews and subscriptions we get, the more likely people are to find the podcast, and then the more likely we are to be able to get rad interviewees, improve our sound, etc. Thank you!

[images via Mary Jo Hoffman | Still Blog]

Podcast: Alexandra Sklar, The Merchant Home

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 Alexandra Sklar, the founder and merchandising director of The Merchant Home. Alexandra and Rita talk about her transition from architecture to merchandising, sources of inspiration, purposefully cultivating and supporting women within the design industry, and Alexandra’s new project, “The Year of Open.”

NOTES FROM THE SHOW:
The Merchant Home
I first met Alexandra when we toured Heath’s tile factory in the Mission!
Heidi Swanson’s shop, Quitokeeto
Lindsay Emery’s ceramic shop, Suite One Studio
The architecture enthusiast who builds his buildings out of… Legos!
Does the design industry need a women only platform to promote equality?
a conversation about female artists on Instagram
Tappan Collective’s current show, Spatially Speaking, happens to feature all female artists!
Whorehaus Studios | Katy Skelton Designs

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Thank you so much for listening! We’d also really appreciate it if you would subscribe and leave us a review in iTunes. I really hate to ask for stuff like this, but here’s why it matters: the more reviews and subscriptions we get, the more likely people are to find the podcast, and then the more likely we are to be able to get rad interviewees, improve our sound, etc. So if you take the few minutes to subscribe and review, we can provide you with even better content throughout the year!

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(images via The Merchant Home)