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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 and Simon Doonan and Shop Master Jimmy Diresta. This show is set in a serene cabin, filmed near Malibu and it was recently announced that the show is set for an upcoming Season 2!
"The best makers from around the country take on a series of handmade projects they must complete in their own unique way. As the competition goes on, the challenges become increasingly difficult, and the least successful maker is eliminated each week.
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.
The show culminates in a final craft-off between the last two makers. Taking place in a serene outdoor setting, the positivity, character and camaraderie of handmade culture shines through as the comedic hosts and judges provide encouragement, guidance and lots of laughs."— sourced from Wikipedia and NBC
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