About Autumn Wiggins

Autumn Wiggins This 2008 interview pretty much sums it up: 1. How would you describe yourself? An oddly situated performer of thought experiments 2. Do you have any anecdotes about your work (how you got started, frustrating moments, or funny stories)? At this year's Maker Faire in San Mateo, I gave a presentation on how the trend of green crafting can ultimately address the problem of consumption and waste. Dale Dougherty,the publisher of Make and Craft, later had a gift delivered to me, a staple bound book of poetry: Music Like Dirt by Frank Bidart. This is the last thing one would expect to take home from an event so focused on renegade technology. To my surprise, it was an existential reflection on the human need to make things that I now find myself going back to whenever I need some inspiration to look beyond the materials and processes of crafting. 3. What kinds of things do you do for fun? In my spare time I enjoy amateur astronomy, outdoor adventures, collecting domain names, and hanging out at coffee shops. 4. What interesting projects are you working on right now? I'm working to organize community involvement in upcycling, and have a few top-secret website projects up my sleeves! 5. Where do you live? Kids, pets, spouse, occupation? O'Fallon, IL, a suburb (and I mean a totally typical suburb) of St. Louis, MO. Rather than moving to the more culture friendly urban environment, I am staying put and annoying the heck out of Wal-Mart by throwing a massive indie craft show(Strange Folk) in their backyard. I have a husband, Doug, and two sons: a 7 year old mad scientist named Jack, and 6 year old Max, who we think is an aspiring tattoo artist since he's so fond of drawing all over himself with markers. To pay the bills, I do freelance writing, mural painting, and website design, sell my handmade crafts, teach art classes for kids, and work part -time at a local coffee shop. 6. What new idea (in or outside of your field) has excited you most recently? The concept known as "Cradle-to-Cradle" is a blueprint for sustainability that states everything we manufacture should be either biodegrable, infinitely recyclable, or intended to be upcycled. This is the basis for many of my ideas of how the crafting community can be more widely involved in solving the environmental crisis. 7. What is your favorite food/color/tool? granola/green/sewing machine!

Author Archives: Autumn Wiggins

Geppetto in Peril

December 14th, 2008 | by Autumn Wiggins

CPSIA Legislation May Put Crafters Out of Business  The CPSIA(Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008) states that even a [&hellip

Kindling for Art Fire

November 18th, 2008 | by Autumn Wiggins

I’ve spent the better part of an hour exploring a promising new website called Art Fire which, in no uncertain [&hellip

Crafty at the Polls

November 3rd, 2008 | by Autumn Wiggins

Most of us heading out to vote tomorrow are expecting long lines, and what better way to pass the time [&hellip


October 13th, 2008 | by Autumn Wiggins

It’s amazing that I know far more artists and crafters with successful microbrands or intentions of starting one than those [&hellip

Diversify Your DIY

October 8th, 2008 | by Autumn Wiggins

Or make several thousand aluminum flowers… or 250 Aluminum Can Granny Square Tote Bags… or 1000 Aluminum Can Maracas for [&hellip

Origami and a Movie

September 17th, 2008 | by Autumn Wiggins

I love those NetFlix commercials where all the different movie characters deliver themselves around the neighborhood. Maybe the fantistic voyage [&hellip

DIY at the DNC

August 28th, 2008 | by Autumn Wiggins

Are you admiring the crafty hats donned by democratic delegates at this week’s convention? They get patriot points for glitter, [&hellip

Sew Juicy

August 13th, 2008 | by Autumn Wiggins

Today, I put my little boys on the bus for their first day of school. Their backpacks were absolutely stuffed, [&hellip

Crafting at $4 a Gallon

August 10th, 2008 | by Autumn Wiggins

As the organizer of what is becoming a craft show of epic scale, I have a unique perspective of the [&hellip

Handmade for Hummingbirds

July 27th, 2008 | by Autumn Wiggins

This time of year is when hummingbirds start making an appearance in many of our gardens, but those cheap plastic feeders don't lend much ambiance. Luckily, there are many methods out there for making them yourself out of re-purposed materials

Knit That Man a Sweater

July 20th, 2008 | by Autumn Wiggins

He deserves it more than your boyfriend, and you don’t have to worry about the dreaded break-up curse. Al Gore [&hellip

Not Marijuana.

July 9th, 2008 | by Autumn Wiggins

I did not pick up this magazine at my local book store because I was half-baked and looking for a [&hellip

Strange Folk Festival 2008

June 25th, 2008 | by Autumn Wiggins

Besides filling the role of fearless leader here at CAGW, I’m the “strange girl in charge” of Strange Folk, an [&hellip

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