Tuesday, March 11, 2014

We Make Portland Awesome: MarshMueller

"We make Portland awesome" is a twice-monthly series. I’m interested building our community of artists by helping us all find out more about each other.
This week: Holly of MarshMueller

Who are you?
My name is Holly Marsh, but I go by MarshMueller. Marsh is my married name, Mueller is my maiden name. Together, they form an awesomeness that sounds like marshmallow. My husband and I didn't realize the power of our last names combined until we were already two years into our marriage...and too cheap to go through with a name change. So it became my business name.

What do you make?
I make pretty + practical items for mamas + babies. My biz name may sound like marshmallow, but my products are anything but fluffy. When preparing for the arrival of our baby, my husband and I bought everything on "The List," only to find the cutest items were not used, and the ugliest items were used a TON. I wanted my most-used items to be cute, dammit! So here we are.

Besides making things, what do you do?
Besides being the Jill-of-all-trades to all things MarshMueller, I have an adorable 2.5-year old son, an amazingly supportive and hilarious husband, and a full-time job as the Buyer for Cotton Fabric at Fabric Depot. Also two Pomeranians and a cat. And a crapton of lint rollers.

What inspires you?
I'm inspired by just about everything- but my son and husband tend to spark the idea. I develop and test my own patterns until they're just right, and then choosing fabric is the next best thing. Most of my items have been driven by the fact that items I needed were ugly or nonexistent. Case in point: my son is potty trained now and carrying around the oh-so chic clear plastic case for his fold-up potty seat whilst at Timbers matches was not gonna fly. So I developed a waterproof case that is more discreet and is something my husband doesn't mind carrying around.

Where can your work be found?
My work can be found on Etsy, at Crafty Wonderland, Hooray Haroo (Sellwood), and The Crafty Fox (Forest Grove).

What do you love about Portland?
As a (*cough* transplant *cough*) resident of Portland, I take pride in where I live, work, and love, and many people here have the same mentality. It's special; there's not a lot of places where people wear their love for their city on their sleeve like we do. I just hope the media finds another "cool" place to write top ten lists about before everyone  really discovers just how awesome Portland is and decides to...jump ship and move here...like I...did. Ah, crap.

Make sure you check out MarshMueller's Etsy shop and website. Thanks for sharing, Holly!
And if you'd like to read more We Make Portland Awesome interviews, you can check out the full collection HERE.


1 comment:

  1. Hurrah for MarshMueller! I have been eyeballing the PDX bridges fabric for ages without a good application for them... absolutely love them for your products!


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