Each product I create starts simply with pen, paper, and a hand-drawn sketch. I never start my drawing process with a product in mind; I let myself work freely and look beyond the final piece for my inspiration.

I pull my inspiration most often from nature, travel, and storytelling. I spend time drawing from my garden right outside my back door, and in the winter from a cherished collection of vintage botanical books. I love hiking tree lined trails and exploring new cities. I love cooking, markets, and trying new foods. I cherish storytelling through objects passed from generation to generation, shared family recipes, and letter writing. I see all of these pieces swirled together in the artwork and designs I sketch.

Working by hand, I revise my sketches and play with composition using layers of tracing paper. This technique allows me to naturally move shapes and features around to form my designs. After sometimes close to 50 hand-drawn sketches I will eventually move to the computer to finalize the design and prepare it for printing. 

Once the design is complete, I research papers, fabrics, and materials, which whenever possible, are sourced within the USA. I test my products with attention to craftsmanship, quality, and durability before they are added to my line. I finish each product with environmentally friendly or minimal packaging. This matches the sustainable papers, fabrics and other materials I use in my process.

Whether experimenting with design, or testing a new material, I am constantly making sure my products are beautiful, thoughtful, and meant to last. As you enjoy them for yourself or share them with a loved one, I want to thank you for supporting Hazelmade.

I would love to hear from you, email me (info@shopHazelmade.com) for more questions on my process or simply to say hello!