"If your nerve deny you, go above your nerve." - Emily Dickinson
"Keep with the doing. Keep with the making. It is a privilege." - Liza Lou
A BACKGROUND BIT
Growing up in a household of 4 girls, you can imagine the crafting that went on for school projects or just out of boredom. Especially between me and my twin sister, Annie. I can say from early on, I always enjoyed working with my hands and creating things from a bundle of materials. When I was 15, I got my first job at a local bead shop in Houston where I learned the basics of jewelry making. From there, I worked various jobs from managing a retail boutique and taking on tasks of a paralegal at a law firm. It was there I knew, or thought I did, that I was going to be a lawyer. I studied and received a Bachelors in Political Science from the University of Houston in December of 2013. One day, in the mix of plans I had made for myself, I figured out that being a lawyer, in fact, is not what I wanted to be. I wanted to be creative - to work without bounds or limits and the one thing I knew how to make was jewelry. So, I took that vision and ran with it. I was always told growing up to have visions and goals for myself. That in those visions, I could make a plan and execute those goals from dreams to real life. Thats when Made In Rye was born. After a year of making jewelry, I learned the trade of leatherwork and have found a true love for turning such a beautiful, timeless, raw material into whatever my mind imagines.
LIVING IN "RYE"
The brand name, Made In Rye, came about after thinking about the life I wanted to live. After reading The Catcher In The Rye for the third time, because lets face it, who actually payed attention during literature class in high school? I know I didn't. Something Holden said really stuck with me - when he was talking about being the catcher in the rye and protecting the thousands of kids playing in the field of rye. For me, Rye is made up place in my mind that somewhat resembles an adult playground for those that want to be free. A place that anyone can have and go to. A place where rules, bounds, and limits don't exist. Ultimately, being able to go to my studio, day in and day out, is me living in a field of rye.
Every product at Made In Rye is forged by a single pair of hands. For me, there is this therapeutic feeling and sense of purpose I get from making something with my hands.
Thank you for reading about my story, and the reasons and beliefs behind Made In Rye. I hope you too can one day let yourself "wander through rye". Until then, don't stop dreaming.