Miniviews series - No. 15 with Matt Pierce
You’ve landed on the fifteenth installment of the Maker Miniviews series called “I’m a Maker Because…” The structure of this maker series is that Scott Mathson, Makerviews asks different makers two questions. That’s it, two questions. These text, maker interviews are quick and to-the-point, all while providing insight from a wide variety of truly talented individuals!
As makers, we all need to support each other in getting out there and making things. With that, brevity is key. That’s why I’ve taken a two-question approach in this series. Check out this interview with Matt Pierce of Wood&Faulk.
I'm a Maker Because...
Matt Pierce interview
What inspires you to keep making things?
"I’m inspired by utility most of the time – that is typically the spark. I can create and problem solve best when there’s a need to be fulfilled. This works great in the bag/accessory world. If I need to carry these X things, how would I do that effectively? After the established problem, I let the inspiration flow in... by taking a walk, listening to records, flipping through my library, talking to friends, eating a good meal, or any combination of those things.
If I’m in the workshop, maybe it’s just about grabbing some canvas and getting on a sewing machine and using that as a ‘sketch’ session."
What one piece of advice would you give to other, budding makers?
"Only one, huh? I’ve done so many things wrong or not-quite-right over there years! If I had to choose one piece of advice, it’s try to stay as lean and scrappy as when you started.
Don’t over-estimate your growth projections... stay lean until you are forced to take the next move up. By working lean all the way up, you’ll have a greater sling-shot effect when you do get that wider audience."
Matt Pierce, of Wood&Faulk is creating timeless waxed canvas and leather goods. The aesthetic and design behind the products reminds me of Scandinavian design or mid century modern pieces, but translated into things like bags, wallets, and so much more.
"Don’t over-estimate your growth projections... stay lean until you are forced to take the next move up." — Matt Pierce
The chosen company/brand name references Woodrow Avenue and Faulkner Street – two roads in Wichita, Kansas where founder, Matt Pierce, honed his skills as a designer, builder and tinkerer.
Thank you all for reading this article, now get out there and make things!