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I was born in Red Bank, NJ, but I guess you could say I’m an army brat. I have lived all over the US, as well as in South Korea and in Canada. Moving around a lot did have an upside: I’ve met some really great people and experienced some remarkable cultures. My little family and I have now settled down in an old farming town north of Salt Lake City, Utah.

My business started with me brainstorming, trying to figure out how I could stay home and raise my daughter myself. My first idea was making wrap-style baby carriers. I had made one for myself, and everywhere I went, people would ask me where I got it.

To appeal to a wider audience, I wanted to make some hip, affordable baby clothes like the ones I wanted for my daughter. I named my line beanchild, after my little bean. I had looked for clothes that were as interesting as she was, but the…

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  • Female
  • Born on January 12
  • Joined September 17, 2007

Favorite materials

silkscreen, ink, dye, fabric, textile paint

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About

I was born in Red Bank, NJ, but I guess you could say I’m an army brat. I have lived all over the US, as well as in South Korea and in Canada. Moving around a lot did have an upside: I’ve met some really great people and experienced some remarkable cultures. My little family and I have now settled down in an old farming town north of Salt Lake City, Utah.

My business started with me brainstorming, trying to figure out how I could stay home and raise my daughter myself. My first idea was making wrap-style baby carriers. I had made one for myself, and everywhere I went, people would ask me where I got it.

To appeal to a wider audience, I wanted to make some hip, affordable baby clothes like the ones I wanted for my daughter. I named my line beanchild, after my little bean. I had looked for clothes that were as interesting as she was, but the only things I was finding were out of my price range.

I taught myself to screen print. I use no machinery, just a knee, a foot, and my muscles to press the ink through the screen. In the meantime, I’ve grown comfortable with my little routine, so I continue to do it that way. I also stretch all my own screens.

Thefullspectrum appeals to the widest audience of all. It evolved from customers’ responses to the beanchild line. People would order things for their babies, and would comment about wanting one in their size. I played on the idea and went up a few sizes and started making adult-sized clothing. it has really caught on. It’s also a line that allows me to stretch my creative boundaries; I might get ideas for prints from nature, or from industry, or from my grandmother’s curio cabinet. It leaves things open for me to create whatever comes to mind, as random as it may seem. Thefullspectrum encompasses all of that for me.

All my prints are inspired by my surroundings, by things that are visually or texturally interesting.

I like that my look is unique. I make original, creative things that I would like to wear or use. Coming up for me is a line of funky kitchen accessories and decorative pillows, all handmade by yours truly!

I love selling on Etsy. I really enjoy making things with my hands like I did when I a kid, and now here I am doing it as a living, and the best thing is that I can stay at home with my family.

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