Meet the Maker – Smart + Becker

Meet Ryan-Ashley Anderson, she the founder of Smart + Becker, a Knoxville, TN bricks-and-mortar representing independent artists and makers. She is also the creator behind her jewelry collection, it is made with sustainability in mind, and her work consists mostly of hand-stitched beadwork, hand-cut salvaged leather, silk, and semi-precious stones.

Tell us about your favorite product from your collection.

My current fave is a blouse collaboration between myself and Grace Engel of Phlox. I created the shirt pattern and sew all the shirts, and she embroiders them! It’s incredibly comfortable, breezy, reversible, and one size.


What has been the most surprising aspect of starting a business?

It’s really hard keeping track of receipts and mileage! And, as a maker, I have to really be strict with myself about not spending more time creating than fulfilling the administrative needs of my business. That’s a hard thing to do. “Making” has always been my way of dealing with stress, and it’s the admin stuff that causes me stress! It takes a lot of discipline to tell myself, “No, you can’t make jewelry today. You have to do inventory instead.”


What kind of creative patterns, routines or rituals do you have?

I allow myself to start my morning slowly. I put the water on, take the dog out, brew the coffee, then sit in bed sipping while I work on business-related emails. Because I’m comfy, it doesn’t feel like work, and doing it before I leave the house helps me fully focus on my storefront during the day.


What is your dream project? If there were no restrictions on time or money what would you create?

I would travel the country, speaking to high school students as a creative mentor / motivator. I think the key to world peace is loving each other, and the key to loving each other is valuing ourselves. And I think the key to valuing ourselves lies in learning to find value in ourselves — our very hands and bodies — regardless of outside validation. Learning to make something with your hands and ‘practicing’ creativity helps create that value and self-confidence. Teens rarely get the opportunity to be vulnerable and just explore themselves and the world and I’d love to help give them permission to do that more. Learning to find value in myself through creativity really saved me and I know it could save others.

Who or what inspires you and your creative process?

My maternal grandmother Arlene Smart and now-deceased Great-grandmother, Hedwig Becker. They inspired and encouraged me and the creative habits they helped instill in me carried me through some of the toughest times in my life. It’s incredible being able to create something out of nothing — something both of them did both literally and metaphorically (especially, Hedwig as a first generation immigrant) — and the desire to lead a sustainable, creative life keeps me going.


Find Smart + Becker at the upcoming May 5th Patchwork Market at Fullsteam Brewery!

Instagram @smartandbecker

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Ryan-Ashley Anderson founder of Smart + Becker

Meet the Maker – Papermill Creative

Meet Lori Melliere & Ashley Brown, the founders of Papermill Creative, two local librarians making art celebrating North Carolina towns. Their art is vibrant watercolor designs are full of details, inviting the viewer in to explore the neighborhoods they are inspired by. They sell prints, greeting cards, and other gifts!

Who or what inspires you and your creative process?

Papermill Creative art is all about the neighborhoods and towns we’re surrounded by – so I’m inspired by the built environment I see every day. I try to capture what these places feel like right now, so I mix in historical architecture with new buildings, and famous landmarks with tiny details.

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Tell us about your favorite product from your collection.

I’m a Durhamite at heart, but I really love our downtown Raleigh design. There’s so much variety and complexity in the design. Besides, what other city would I be able to draw a state capitol building next to a hot dog restaurant next to a giant acorn?


Tell us something exciting that you have planned for Paper Mill Creative in the next year.

We’re working on getting our designs onto tote bags (recommendations for local printers welcome!), and in addition to adding some new neighborhood designs, we’re hoping to branch out and introduce some entirely new product lines.

What kind of creative patterns, routines or rituals do you have?

Before beginning a new design, we meet up for coffee or a beer and walk around the neighborhood and look at the architecture, foliage, signage – what is the unique vibe of this place? Even if it’s a place we’ve been hundreds of times before, it helps to look at the environment from the perspective of Papermill Creative, and we always notice something new and surprising!

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Name one resource that your label could not live without.

These drawings would be very difficult to do without Google Maps street view for reference!

Find Papermill Creative at the upcoming May 5th Patchwork Market at Fullsteam Brewery!


Instagram @papermillcreative

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Lori Melliere & Ashley Brown Founders of Papermill Creative

Meet the Maker – Lo & Behold Naturals

Meet Lizzie! Lizzie Chadbourne is in love with every product she makes and sells. Her passion for natural beauty grew out of an interest in crafting, an enthusiasm about herbalism, and a recognition that she could treat her body better. After years of education, experimenting, and research – and with an improving complexion – She started Lo & Behold because she knew she had something special to offer that was making people happy. Her mission for Lo & Behold is to maintain an uncommon air of fun while exceeding the highest standards of the natural care industry.

Tell us about your favorite product from your collection.

My favorite product right now is the Honeysuckle & Aloe Vera Facial Toner. Not only do I love using this product morning and night, but also I am smitten with all the fantastic customer feedback. Recently a young woman told me ” I no longer wear makeup because the toner cleared up my skin completely!”

“Sometimes I feel lost and overwhelmed but the more I understand the more excited I get!”

What has been the most surprising aspect of starting a business?

The most surprising thing for me has been enjoying the business side. I actually love understanding taxes, reading business books, and planning how to scale the company. Sometimes I feel lost and overwhelmed but the more I understand the more excited I get!

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What kind of creative patterns, routines or rituals do you have?

For me creativity comes easily, almost like an obsession. The back of my brain is always thinking about new products and ingredient combinations. In fact I often wake up at night fantasizing about ideas, I will get out of bed and write them all down in my inspiration notebook.

_W3A7828What is your dream project? If there were no restrictions on time or money what would you create?

 My dream project would be releasing way more products! I would literally make and sell every skincare item you can think of, and I hope this dream will come true eventually.

Who or what inspires you and your creative process?

All elements of nature inspire me, as well as the artwork from my friend Amy Richards Illustration that I feature on the labels. My customers also really inspire me, every product we have released since starting was inspired by my customers and everything new I plan to release is inspired by their requests as well.

Instagram @loandbeholdnaturals

Find Lizzie and Lo and Behold Naturals at the May 5th Patchwork Market at Fullsteam Brewery!

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Lizzie Chadbourne the founder of Lo & Behold Naturals

Meet the Maker – Doora

Tell us a little about yourself and how you started Doora?

Doora as a business began when I was looking for an occupational challenge. I have a PhD in sociology and have always worked on questions regarding arts and economic development but after ten years in academia on four continents, I was curious to see what it would mean to practice what I had preached.



Tell us something exciting that you have planned for your line in the next year. 

2017 was all about building my own physical space. 2018 will be about building my online space.

“My clay work is inspired by textiles”

How did you come up with the concept of your design?

My clay work is inspired by textiles. They are part of my heritage: every woman in my family knitted, stitched, sewed… and I had learned it all by kindergarten. Vintage textiles tell stories, they connect us to our past, they ground us and that’s what I want my ceramics to do, too.


How do you keep your creative spark/ What keeps you fascinated?

I mostly do one-of-a-kind work hence every piece is always an experiment, a new material, a new story waiting to be told.


Where is your favorite place in Durham?

I love urban environments. Mornings at the Durham hotel rooftop are very special.

Shop Doora at the upcoming February 3rd Patchwork Market at Fullsteam Brewery and follow Doora on Instagram and facebook! Learn more about Doora and where else you can purchase at

Doreen Jakob Founder of Doora
Doreen Jakob Founder of Doora


Meet the Maker – Calvander Company


Tell us a little about yourself and how you started Calvander Company?

I always had a passion for creating things and revitalizing old treasures, so I’m thrilled to have the chance to fully explore it now. After graduating from UNC-Chapel Hill in May of 2016 I dove right into making. I had all these visions built up of things I’d wanted to make but hadn’t had the time. Having just finished up a studio art ceramics course before graduation, I had a new passion for wheel thrown pottery and was fortunate enough to inherit a wheel and studio space from a close friend. That’s when the idea for the company started to emerge!

“Learning is one of the best forms of fuel for my creativity”

Who or what inspires you and your creative process?

I’m constantly inspired by music. I always have music playing in the studio, and as I discover new artists I’m motivated and inspired by the unfamiliar sounds. Unfamiliarity helps to keep my mind bustling with new ideas. Understanding more about a complicated subject, taking into account a new mindset, or simply listening to people’s experiences that have been much different from mine all work to inspire me. Learning is one of the best forms of fuel for my creativity.


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What kind of creative patterns, routines or rituals do you have?

I’m a night owl and tend to feel more inspiration when most people are winding down, so I if I can’t be at my studio I like to take that solitary time to log everything I’m feeling inspired by and sketch out new visions for products. Textures, patterns, and color schemes are all examples of elements I include in these sketches and collages, which function as helpful tools for wrangling fresh inspirations into fully formed product designs.

“Right now my favorite product from my collection is a series of monochromatic matte glaze vases in my ceramic line”

Tell us about your favorite product from your collection.

Right now my favorite product from my collection is a series of monochromatic matte glaze vases in my ceramic line. I’ve only just started to acquire the skill to throw taller pieces so I’m proud of these larger vessels. My experimentation with glaze techniques using different values of matte glazes has started to become a signature look for me which is what I’ve been working toward for over a year now.

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Where is on of your favorite places in Durham?

One of my favorite places in Durham is the suspension bridge at Eno River State Park. I’ve always been attracted to the combination of industrial and natural. The simple graphic lines of the planks and cables contrasted by the beautifully chaotic foliage and organic landscape is really inspiring to me.

Shop Calvander Company on Etsy and at the January Patchwork Market at Fullsteam Brewery and follow on Instagram @calvanderco and Facebook @CalvanderCompany

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Kara Thornton Founder of Calvander Company


Meet the Maker – Find Your Glo

Meet Lindsay and Christie! They are the makers behind Find Your Glow. They create scented soy candles in inspiring and unique scents that connect you to feelings of positivity!

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Tell us a little about yourself and how you started Find Your Glo? We started out with the desire to create handmade gifts from the heart for our close friends during the holidays. We had so much fun and our candles were so well received by friends and family that we wanted to expand our affordable creations to a greater audience. In thinking about how strongly our emotions and memories are tied to our sense of smell, we wanted to create five unique and inspiring scents that connect you to feelings of positivity. Thus, Find Your Glo was born. Find Your Glo features five scents: Glo Calm, Glo Creative, Glo Happy, Glo R & R, and Glo Energize, each created to invoke the titled emotion. Our candles are made locally right in Christie’s kitchen.

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“There are no toxins, carcinogens, or pollutants which means it’s less likely to trigger allergies.”

Name one resource that your label could not live without. Soy wax. We love using soy wax at Find Your Glo due to it’s many benefits. Soy wax burns cleaner than paraffin wax. There are no toxins, carcinogens, or pollutants which means it’s less likely to trigger allergies. Soy wax candles also burn longer which means you get more time to enjoy your Find Your Glo candles!


“We love attending markets and meeting local artisans and gain energy from the creative community around us.”

Who inspires you and your creative process? We both consider ourselves crafty so being surrounded by each other and artists in this area is really motivating.  We love attending markets and meeting local artisans and gain energy from the creative community around us.


Tell us about your favorite product from your collection. Lindsay: I share the crowd favorite, which is our Glo Creative scent. I love the fresh, unique scent. Christie: Although I am partial to Glo Creative as well, I really enjoy the process of  playing with seasonal scents.  Our upcoming Summer scent is amazing!

Purchase Find Your Glo Candles on Etsy or at the upcoming January 6th Patchwork Market at Fullsteam Brewery

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Lindsay and Christie Founders of Find Your Glo

Meet the Maker – Soak Extracts

Meet Chris from Soak Extracts! Chris became interested in extracts due to his own love for baking; he loves creating unique baked goods for quality times spent with friends and family. He began to wonder what he could use other than vanilla and almond extracts, and Soak Extracts was born. He began with Rose, Lavender, Hibiscus, and Chai Extracts, and keeps adding more flavors!

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1. Tell us a little about yourself and how you started Soak Extracts?

I’ve been making my extracts now for almost a year. I became interested in extracts due to my own love for baking; I love creating unique baked goods for quality times spent with friends and family. Previously, I used vanilla and almond extracts almost exclusively, but I began to wonder what else I could extract and then bake with…and that’s when Soak Extracts was born. One day, I realized a Chai cupcake would be delicious, only to find that Chai Extract, which would be an essential ingredient in such a cupcake, didn’t exist. This was my starting extract (and remains my best seller!); Rose, Hibiscus, and Lavender soon followed.

This began my journey to extract these ingredients at a sufficiently strong herb-to-solvent ratio. After many months of trials and taste tests (and I’m not really complaining about all the baked goods and frostings I’ve “had” to make!), I was able to make my extracts be as strong as a typical vanilla extract. This was important to me so that customers wouldn’t use upwards of half a bottle of extract with every recipe, dish or mixed drink, and so that the recipes wouldn’t be jeopardized by a higher-than-expected liquid content.

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“I have received invaluable insight from other vendors, artists, and makers that have freely given their wisdom to me”

2. Name one resource that your label could not live without.

This business is under one year old, and business, entrepreneurship, and sales are all not a part of my past work history or studies. Like, not in any way! I have received invaluable insight from other vendors, artists, and makers that have freely given their wisdom to me. I am so grateful for their insights, ideas and recommendations, without which I wouldn’t have made half the progress I’ve achieved this year.

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3. Who or what inspires you and your creative process?

I draw a lot of inspiration from other vendors, particularly those who create unique fragrances, such as candle makers and those who create natural lip balms, lotions, etc. Their product combinations help me brainstorm about what flavors could make an excellent extract.

“I’ve made lavender sugar cookies, lavender meringues, and lavender brownies; each one has delighted customers”

4. Tell us about your favorite product from your collection.

My current favorite is my Lavender Extract, not because it is my favorite flavor in general, but because it has yielded such fun and compelling responses from my customers. I always bring sample baked goods that feature my extracts to every show I participate in, and none brings more skepticism and, after a sample good is tasted, delight than my Lavender Extract. I’ve made lavender sugar cookies, lavender meringues, and lavender brownies; each one has delighted customers. Lavender Extract is my favorite product because it brings people a small moment of joy such as that.

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5. Tell us something exciting that you have planned Soak Extracts in the next year.

I’m very happy with the variety of unique flavors I created in 2017, ranging from floral tones like Rose and Hibiscus to more spiced flavors like Chai, Mulled Cider and Gingerbread. In 2018, I’m looking forward to expanding to new flavors like Rosemary, Hazelnut, Almond, Lemongrass, and Honeysuckle. It’s these flavors, and their potential in baked goods, coffee lattes, teas, and mixed drinks that excites me as I think about what 2018 might bring for Soak Extracts.

Follow Soak Extracts on FACEBOOK  AND INSTAGRAM

Purchase  Soak Extracts at the January 6th Patchwork Market at Fullsteam Brewery or online at Soak Extracts on Etsy!

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Chris Julien founder of Soak Extracts

Meet the Photographer

We are so excited to be working with Jill, of Jill Powell Photography! She will have a demonstration table set up at the Summer Patchwork Market Sunday, August 13th 12-5P at the Durham Armory. Read below to learn more about Jill and her business! Don’t forget to sign up for a chance to win a $250 gift certificate!

Link to Email Signup with $250 Giveaway Info:

Instagram @jillpowellphoto

Jill Powell Photography

Photo by Alaina Barth Photography

Tell us a little about yourself and how you started Jill Powell Photography?

With a 10-year career in marketing and graphic design and a master’s degree in digital media strategy, one thing I’m certain of is that strong photography is a key component of a creative business’ success. Over the last couple years, I’ve been inspired to study, practice, and specialize in brand and product photography because I find it plays to two of my strengths: art and analysis. It’s a 50/50 split of left brain and right brain activity.

My mother is an artist, and I’ve enjoyed supporting her career my whole life. I usually find artists and makers to be the people I get along with best. Starting a brand and product photography studio – and DIY photo workshops! – to serve the local creative community is a natural extension of what I know and love. I look forward to collaborating with interesting people to create standout photography for their brands!

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Name one resource your brand could not live without.

For my clients, Canva ( and its little cousin, Canva Photo Editor ( are incredibly simple, easier-to-learn versions of professional graphic design and photo editing programs. Canva tools don’t require any software to use, and they are FREE!

With Canva tools, I can educate my clients on how to crank out graphics and text overlays using an image I created. I can walk them through what to do when Etsy tells them they need a cover photo with a 4:1 aspect ratio! When it’s this easy to spin off graphics, clients really start to see the value in having a collection of brand photos to work with.

Where is your favorite place in Durham?

I really cherish The Scrap Exchange. I walk in there and it feels like home. I don’t literally mean that my home has piles of randomness stacked to the ceiling, but I come from a family of practical folks who find joy in taking what might have been trash and using it to solve a problem. I’ve made so many one-of-a-kind backdrops and props out of bizarre, inexpensive odds and ends from the Scrap Exchange!

When I’m checking out, I always look around and wonder, “What motivated that person to come in here? What are they going to make or fix?” The creative energy in that space is very uplifting!

Tell us something exciting that you have planned for Jill Powell Photography in the next year.

This year I will launch my DIY photography workshops – I’m so excited about helping people resolve some of the frustrations and inefficiencies that are common in DIY photo shoots.

Rather than learning product photography in a generic way, I want teach students techniques and setups that work for their wares in particular. For example, if you make knitted hats, you don’t need to learn techniques for avoiding shiny reflections like a metalsmith does. I plan to teach in very small groups, 2-3 students at a time.

Students bring their own camera or smartphone, and I guide each person in experimenting with my wide inventory of backdrops and props in different natural and studio lighting setups to find solutions they can successfully recreate at home. I want students to get inspired by playing around with different ways to shoot their work, and leave with photography know-how that will benefit them for years to come.

Meet the Illustrator – Evan McIntrye

Meet Evan McIntrye of Evan McIntrye Illustration! Evan is the illustrator  behind the Summer Patchwork Market Tote Bag! Read on to find out more about Evan and his life in Durham, NC.

Tell us a little about yourself and how you started Evan McIntyre Illustration?Originally from Florida, my wife and I moved to Greensboro, NC to pursue her master’s degree. While there, I finished my schooling with a teaching degree, but quickly decided I did not want to do that, so I pursued my artistic side. I have always done some sort of art whether that be photography, oil painting, or mixed media. Drawing was something that I always began with and would do in any setting. I remember wanting to be an animator when I grew up (still working on that), so my mother would support that interest by giving me “how to draw” books. My wife got a job in the Research Triangle, and we loved Durham, so we moved here. I worked in a call center and would spend most of my time between calls drawing. I had a large whiteboard that I would update seasonally and randomly with new drawings. My desk was on the main drag through the office, so people began to expect new whiteboard illustrations. I became a bit known around the office, so much so that team leaders would often grant me paid time to draw each team’s logos on their statistics whiteboard. People started asking for tattoo art, portraits, etc. and I started charging people for my time. I then was asked to teach art during the summer at NCMA in Raleigh for the kid’s art camps. I took this opportunity to leave the call center behind and start a life of illustration. Along with our two dogs and a cat, we have a one year old. Currently, I’m the stay-at-home-dad and working on keeping this illustrating thing going. 


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I have to give credit to Laura Ritchie and The Carrack for introducing me to so many amazing artists and the community when I first arrived in Durham. Also, working at Scratch in downtown Durham has given me many opportunities to further reach the community and gain collaborative and freelance work (I miss working there). One other place in town is The Mothership which has been a consistent source of meeting people that are excited and encouraging of the arts in Durham, both the people that work there and customers that come through the shop (I work Monday evenings, come stop by!). 


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What kind of creative patterns, routines or rituals do you have?I’m all over the place, really. Three years ago when I started this, I looked like a turtle on its back. Now, I still look like a turtle on it’s back, but I seem to get things done. I’m definitely more organized with somewhat of a routine, but I have a long way to go. The past couple months I’ve been researching methods for creating a good routine and I’ve been mildly successful. One method that works for me is at night before I sleep, write a list of what I need done the next day. Then, I write letters next to each task with ‘A’ for must be finished today, ‘B’ for I’d like it to be done, but not critical, and ‘C’ this can wait. I write these physically on a notepad and then cross them off when finished. Yeah, it’s pretty basic but the act of doing that seems to really help. It’s like a little victory or achievement. I’m a pretty big gamer and in video games, there are so many quests with items that are checked off when finished or collected. That could be why this method resonates with me. 

Other than that, I pretty much just stare at a blank piece of paper for awhile, panic, then start drawing something. Eventually, I start to gain traction and I get on a roll. I also spend time looking at a good amount of reference photos and other illustrator’s work. Initially, I had this notion of being as original as possible and quickly realized nothing is truly original, we just put our spin on things that influence us. Having that mindset has really freed me to draw more, as weird as it sounds. 

Tell us about one of your favorite illustration from your own collection? I really love how my Doom commissioned piece came out. There’s so much detail and I really think I nailed the colors. Everything seems to work so well together. Also, the process was really enjoyable. I played through the game to get a good feel for the subject matter, and would often pause the game to get reference screen shots.


Tell us about your favorite illustrations from other artist? 

How do you keep your creative spark/ What keeps you fascinated?Looking back at old sketchbooks and cringing a bit, but amazed at how far I’ve come as an illustrator in only a couple years. It gives me hope to keep going and see how much better I’m going to be (both in illustrative style and running a small business).

As much as I hate keeping up with social media, it’s a great tool for showing the world my work and getting feedback. Also, seeing that other people’s work helps them succeed encourages me to continue when I have those unavoidable (and not too frequent, thankfully) days of artist self-loathing and insecurity. 


Tell us something exciting that you have planned for Evan McIntyre Illustration in the next year?I have an illustrated book that will be coming out later this year that was written by a friend. It’s a lot of fun and I’m getting really close to finishing. I hope to have it done by the fall 2017. Otherwise, look for me at local markets and zine fests. 


Where is your favorite place in Durham? It’s impossible to pick one place, so I’ll name a few. I really love my neighborhood in Walltown close to Club and Broad. I often walk around the area up to 9th street and frequent Monuts, Elmo’s, and Cosmic Cantina. It’s quiet, friendly neighbors all around, and the Duke’s east campus offers a great loop to run and walk around. Other than that, my go to bar is the Accordion Club, where you can see a mural by me in the bathroom. This place truly has the best selection of drinks in town with cheap Narragansett all the way to custom cocktails. Oh, and they make hot dogs and Frito pie! Lastly, a barcade called Quarterhorse just opened in Durham and I’ve yet to go but cannot wait and by the looks of it, I think I’m going to enjoy that establishment.

Meet the Maker – Wilson Matsuo

Young Achiever: Wilson Matsuo (Class of 2020 Green Hope High School)

This Article Originally Appeared in Preston Life Magazine

Photographs by Laura Ann Photography

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In early 2016, Wilson started a charitable business, LovedByWilson, to raise money for the One Simple Wish foundation (a national non-profit granting wishes to children in foster care through local community providers). Wilson’s business sells handmade hand and string bags thru and at local craft fairs and farmers markets. To date, LovedByWilson has sold hundreds of bags, raising over four thousand dollars (100% going directly to One Simple Wish).

The idea for LovedByWilson originated from the charitable work he had been helping his mother with since attending elementary school at Green Hope Elementary. For years Wilson’s mother, Amy Matsuo, has been collecting linen and fabric donations that she makes into bags, quilting tops and dresses that were given away to charity. She told Wilson that the quilts and dresses were being sent to multiple nonprofits and that the bags were being sent to the nonprofit One Simple Wish who give the bags to foster children. Wilson realized that, in addition to giving the bags to One Simple Wish, he could provide financial support for the nonprofit by selling “LOVED” bags and donating the money raised directly to One Simple Wish.

Wilson manages LoveByWilson out of his Preston Village home. His repurposed bonus room is both his office, where he created an Excel accounting spreadsheet to manage inventory and sales, and warehouse, where he stores inventory and processes orders for shipping. 100% of the proceeds from each sale are donated to One Simple Wish because LovedByWilson has no overhead – all fabric used for the bags is donated and his mother/grandmother sew & string the bags, and volunteers have offered to help whenever there is high demand.


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For each bag purchased, he also donates a bag to a child in foster care. To date, Wilson has sold the bags online and at local craft and farmer’s market events and hopes to expand his service business in the coming years.

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At One Simple Wish’s headquarters in Trenton, NJ, Wilson’s “LOVED” bags are used both as totes for children who shop in the nonprofit’s clothing closet and also for those who are removed from their current residence, some in cases of high abuse and/or neglect. Removals are often made with little to no warning so Wilson’s “LOVED” bags are frequently filled with what the children may need by way of toiletries and clothing. Without these bags, many children would simply be given a trash bag for their belongings.

The money raised by LovedByWilson also helps the 400,000+ children who reside in foster care by contributing to the funds needed to fill their simple wishes. One Simple Wish is a unique non-profit that connects donors with the wishes posted by social service community providers for the children they support. Wishes can range from Legos to sneakers to laptops. It is not the nature of the wish though, it’s the knowledge that there is someone out there that cares, the hope that comes with the wish that truly has the potential to change a life.

So in addition to the money raised for wishes so far, Wilson’s goals don’t stop there. He hopes to connect individual donors and companies to One Simple Wish and help establish One Simple Wish clubs in schools. Wilson is hoping that the community gets inspired to work together and give.

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Here are just a few ways Wilson would like you to get involved in helping kids in foster care:

  1. Buy a bag online (
  2. Ask your company to donate a laptop to include with the bag.
  3. Get your club, team or school to buy bags or help sell the bags.
  4. Host a fundraising event for One Simple Wish.

When Wilson is asked why someone should help. His answer is quite simple, “Why wouldn’t you?”

Please contact Wilson at if you’d like to get involved.