meet your maker // jetpacks & jasmine
Meet Your Maker for the month of June, Tamara Shryock. She is a lady of many talents. She hand crafts some of our most fun items in store. From flower crowns, to felt magnets & pillows and our personal favorite.. Plushidermy wall mounts. Her colorful creativity is inspired by pop culture, TV shows and movies. Her IG says she's probably one of the most boring people you'll ever meet. We say the opposite. Tamara's energy could inspire anyone to start crafting ASAP! She is a blast to be around. Her products definitely embody her personality. We are so thankful for the opportunity to carry Tamara's lively creations in our store.
What is your process? Think about it, make it, take it apart, make it again, cut it, sew it, start over, and victory!
Where are you from? South Side OKC
What inspires you? Mainly pop culture, movies and TV shows that I love. I always try to create things that I would want to buy. I spend a fair amount of time on Instagram looking at all the random photos and am inspired by a large number of different artists.
How did you get started? I started off with photography, I did mainly pinup photography and got a calendar I made in Blue 7 from there it has snowballed into hand sewn finger puppet sets to the variety of items I currently make.
How old were you when you started selling your handmade items locally? I want to say early twenties.
What are your goals for the future? To dominate my markets and add new stores outside of the OKC market.
How much time a week do you spend with your craft? Crafting is my full time job now so definitely over 40 hrs, I work 7 days a week but take more than an hour lunch :)
Any advice for other crafters or those looking to become makers in the future? Don't stop! When you find that one thing you're really good at keep at it! Keep trying different methods or crafts until you find the thing you are good at. So many people give up. Don't ever give up!
What do you do in your spare time? Aqua Zumba, turning into a cat lady and obsessing over Disneyland.
What tunes can you not stop listening to? I made this sweet 90s pop station on Pandora that I kick out all my jams to when I'm fitnessing.