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 [&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


Indieconomy

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



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