A conversation with Craft Industry Alliance’s Abby Glassenberg
This week Vickie spoke with Abby Glassenberg from her Massachusetts studio. Abby is a writer, activist, and the force behind the home sewing blog and plushie pattern company, While She Naps. She’s also the the co-founder, along with Kristin Link, of the Craft Industry Alliance, a trade association for craft industry professionals serving makers, designers, suppliers, and pro bloggers.
Abby and Vickie talked about the humility that the motherhood experience can sometimes bestow up us, her choice to veer from the path that her formal, advanced degree from Harvard laid out for her to instead go rogue and become a creative entrepreneur, and her passion for advocating for the fair treatment and livable wages of those of us in the craft industry.
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Abby Glassenberg is the author of While She Naps — a blog about the home sewing industry and creative entrepreneurship with a focus on craft publishing, fabric manufacturing, feminism, and social justice. I’m a sewing pattern designer, craft book author, writer and teacher.
In 2005 she started While She Naps to record her work in the studio making dolls and toys. As her designs became more professional and grew in popularity, she turned her passion for designing and sewing stuffed animals into a thriving business. Today, she writes craft books, licenses her designs to national companies, sells her sewing patterns and ebooks, has a podcast, and teaches sewing and business practices.
Abby grew up in Potomac, Maryland and went to Johns Hopkins University undergrad where she got a degree in History. Then she joined Teach For America and taught middle school in the Mississippi Delta for two years.
She has a master’s degree in education from Harvard and taught middle school social studies in Newton, Massachusetts before becoming a textile artist and the mother of three girls.
Abby’s also the co-founder and of Craft Industry Alliance, a trade association for craft industry professionals serving makers, designers, suppliers, and pro bloggers. They publish a twice monthly professionally written digital journal and our members have access to secure online forums and resource library.
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Produced by: Vickie Howell
Edited & Mixed by: Dave Campbell
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