Many of you may know me as the founder and owner of Indygo Junction and may wonder, how did she get into this business? So here’s the story. I was lucky enough to grow up immersed in the sewing and crafting business, as my mother owned a creative arts shop in West Des Moines, Iowa. Even in high school I knew the direction my life would take – running my own Teddy Bear business. After graduating from the University of Kansas (Go Hawks!) with a degree in art and design, I knew I wanted to make craft and art my life’s work and founded Indygo Junction, a fabric arts publishing company, to showcase the talent of leading sewing and craft designers. Over the years I have teamed up with innovative artists to publish over 1000 pattern titles and write over 80 books.
A Home Economics teacher, my mother not only introduced me to sewing at a young age she also passed on her collector gene, bringing me to local flea markets, tag sales and antique shops. She instilled a life-long love of the hunt for vintage treasures. Over time, I amassed a vast collection of sewing and fashion related ephemera, books and magazines, as well as textiles including quilts and embroidery. I am now selling and sharing my some of favorite finds through my website’s Vintage Marketplace and blog, look for Free Image Fridays.
One of the aspects of my business life that I have genuinely come to treasure is the entrepreneurial piece of what I do. I have, along with my talented staff, had tremendous good fortune – and a little luck – identifying dozens of designers whose work is simply exceptional. Over the years, we’ve licensed their work, given them a marketplace at IndygoJunction.com and featured them at trade shows.
With almost 25 years experience as a serial entrepreneur, I enjoy lecturing on my journey as well as mentoring those interested in business in the creative arts industry. My personal passion beyond product development and marketing for my businesses, is photography. I love to capture images in nature that reflect beauty, and particularly those that inspire design and pattern.
I am also blessed to be a wife and mother. I live in Kansas City, where my businesses are based, and raise a middle and high schooler with my husband, Bob. Like you, I find it a challenge to balance family, work and friends, but the juggling act is much easier when you work around beautiful things, doing what you love.
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