Meet the Makers is a series of posts dedicated to featuring local artists in Davidson, NC and the surrounding area. We will also feature Regional and unique fiber artist. The next Maker in our series is Julie Cashin. She is the owner of Buttonjar Studio, located in Davidson. Julie makes the most beautiful project bags for all your crafting needs. Her Instagram tagline says it all:
Maker of beautiful bags.
I was first formally introduced to Julie when Lauren and I showed up at Cheers To Ewe. Julie and Ladianne were very busy and we felt bad just showing up like that, but they were gracious and took time to talk to us. I have watched Julie many times when she was part of the Cheers To Ewe Show.
Julie has ventured out on her own after 20 years in the knitting industry, but she hasn’t gone far. She is making project bags for knitting, and I can honestly say I want them all. In fact, I don’t know if I could choose just one.
As crafters who need a bag for Every. Single. Project. We can’t get enough of these beautiful bags.
We were fortunate to have her answer some questions for us. We hope you enjoy them. I can’t wait to carry her project bags once we have our shop!
Who are you as a craftsperson?
As a little girl visiting my grandparents in Cincinnati, my grandmother would give me her button jar, needles, thread and scraps of fabric to keep me occupied and out of her hair. I would sort, count and sew those buttons for hours at her kitchen table.
Creating has always been at the forefront of my life, sewing, knitting, decorating, gardening, cooking all fulfill that need to create.
On weekend mornings when my parents wanted to sleep in, mom would place my craft box in my room which contained construction paper, glue, crayons, and scissors. this was my signal to let them snooze and keep myself occupied.
Tell us about your business/craft.
Buttonjar Studio has evolved over the years. After 20 years in the knitting industry and with my 60th birthday on my doorstep, I felt it was time to take a leap into a new arena. I decided to combine my love of fabric and my love of sewing to produce a line of project bags for the knitting world using beautiful cottons, linen and leather.
How are you motivated, what inspires you?
Color, texture, flowers, nature, fashion, history all play a part in my creative process.
What are your passions? (Does not have to be related to your craft or art)
First and foremost I am a mom, a wife, a sister and daughter. My family and my friends are my universe. I am a strong believer in the power of family and friendship.
What do you find the most frustrating or difficult in your creative process?
My greatest obstacle is the business end. I am not a business person at all, I am the creative force so to have to handle the business end of a business is a real challenge for me!
How do you overcome that challenge?
Fortunately my husband has a mind for business and encourages me to use my resources. Someone out there has the answer to your question and we find people are generally very happy to help.
What is your favorite tool, or the one crafters tool you couldn’t live without?
Hands down that would be Bea my 25 year old Bernina sewing machine! She is steadfast and sews through anything!
Is there a piece you’re most proud of? Why?
That’s like asking a mother to choose her favorite child! I love them all! It makes me so happy to ship a bag off to a good home and know that it will be loved and treasured!