THE MAKER : SAMANTHA IVES
the BACK BACK story
The CREATIVE gene seems to have missed a few generations in my family. My whole childhood, only my grandmother could understand my constant need to make. She taught me to latch hook, knit, crochet, and hand sew. My hands were constantly moving...making making making.
In high school I started a t-shirt business called A Certain Kind of Oblivious (destined to fail because of my complete lack of entrepreneurial acumen) that got me thinking about what I wanted for my future. In a family of doctors, aka non creative types, I knew by the age of 14 that I wanted to pursue my own creativity and I knew I wanted to start my own work environment.
In college, where I majored in studio art and media studies, I left my business behind. But my mind constantly floated back to fibers and textiles. I made soft sculpture: knit, crochet, or sewn pieces defying the separation of "THE ARTS" and "CRAFT." I also wrote a thesis about women learning language and using their voices through stitch. I graduated feeling empowered to make again. It has taken time, but now I am ready. Here is MAKER & MINERAL.
the NOW story
My goal with Maker & Mineral is to produce sustainable, hand-crafted, and well-crafted home wears, accessories, and clothing for the modern person who wants to buck fast fashion and temporary trends.
How I do it:
- I strive to use recycled materials from creative reuse centers or from my own home whenever possible, which helps make the pieces entirely unique
- I shop local (aka I try to source my materials from the San Francisco/ Bay Area or California on the whole)
- I use remnant or deadstock fabrics
- And most importantly I pattern, print, design, sew, stitch, and more generally MAKE all of the products myself here in San Francisco.
I also seek to evoke ideas of nature within all of my work. Using abstracted rock, floral, vegetable motifs, I want to hopefully remind people of our own small connections with natural world and push for sustainability.