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Maker interview with Jemma Olson
Having recognized the passion, drive, and pure enjoyment of making things that each Making It contestant illustrates, Makerviews is excited to have the chance to highlight, feature, and share insights from each contestant. This Making It series gives a deeper look into these makers’ lives. The format: Makerviews asks these talented individuals two questions. That’s it, two questions. Learn more about this series.
Jemma Olson is a talented and heartfelt maker, gardener, cook, Mother, and Grandma. Growing up in Idaho, she started crafting at a young age, learning to sew, weave, and farm from her family and neighbors. Jemma now works, blogs, and makes things from her home in Colorado.
Check out this interview with Jemma Olson, maker from NBC’s Making It.
Making It Interview...
with Jemma Olson
What inspires you to keep making things?
"I have been driven artistically from a very young age and the mediums I use vary throughout the seasons. My parents are the original Makers. My Dad made some of his own tools and Mom made most of my clothes and of course quilts and pillowcases too. As an adult I am driven to create daily by the colorful world around me and the intense pleasure I receive from sharing the joy of creating with my family, friends and through intimate workshops. When you create, you create an everlasting story and that story carries on throughout generations. Of course, I love to sell my items too and you can find me on Etsy!"
What one piece of advice would you give to other makers?
"Stay true to yourself, your talent, technique, design and heart. Trends come and go and let those trends inspire you, don’t be a stick-in-the mud. However, make what resonates with you and you’ll be successful one way or another. Remember time passes anyway so do what you love!"
"Stay true to yourself, your talent, technique, design and heart." — Jemma Olson
Thank you all for reading this interview - get out there and make things!
Next up on Making It series:
Making It Interview...with Amber Kemp-Gertsel
Amber Kemp-Gertsel, maker and contestant on NBC's Making It. Interview series highlighting makers who share their advice and why they make.
More about NBC's Making It:
Presented, produced, and hosted by Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman with judges Dayna Isom Johnson, Simon Doonan, and featuring other guests. Season 1 was set in a serene cabin near Malibu, Season 2 premiered during 2019's Holiday Season, and Season 3 started airing on NBC on June 24, 2021.
"In this six-episode competition, eight of the most talented makers from across the country will take on a variety of handmade projects with the hopes of impressing Poehler, Offerman, and judges. Poehler and Offerman both share a love and passion of craftsmanship, albeit from different perspectives. Poehler is a self-proclaimed crafting novice who has long harbored a secret appreciation for those who can imagine and execute incredible things by hand. Offerman is a New York Times best-selling author in the woodworking space and is well known for his love for making a variety of objects himself.
Every show will revolve around a central theme that draws inspiration from hugely popular, nationwide trends in crafting and DIY, which the whole family can enjoy.
Each episode of the competition will consist of two projects that allow the makers to demonstrate their specialized talent, while sharing skilled insights and touching personal stories. First, the "faster-craft" round will be a timed challenge that will test their ability to not only work quickly but imaginatively as well. Next, the makers will move to the "master craft collection," a one-of-a-kind themed challenge in which the competitors will need to use their expertise and get inventive in order to assemble a winning craft that fits the theme of that week.
Blending the atmosphere of a serene outdoor setting and innovative cinematography designed to showcase the beautiful craftsmanship at work, this friendly competition will focus on the character and camaraderie of the crafting community and through it all, Amy and Nick will provide heartfelt encouragement, guidance and plenty of laughs."— sourced from NBC's Making It
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