Meet the Maker: Wanett Clyde
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posted 5 years ago

This week, we're turning our attention to our awesomely talented Kollabora members. Please meet Wanett Clyde. She has inspired us to no end with her ever growing body of projects. Indeed, she makes making look effortless. Enjoy! 

Hi! I'm, Wanett aka SownBrooklyn. My DIY weapons of choice are my sewing machine and serger. I've driven MILES on those pedals! I've also been known to wield sticks, hooks and string. But the call of garment sewing is the strongest at the moment. When I'm looking for inspiration I head to my Google Reader feed or Pinterest, both are JAM packed with bloggers I love. My children are also a great well to draw from. They have all inherited my urge to make which is so amazing to see!

My grandmother was a fantastic seamstress and a prolific crocheter. She could churn out king sized granny square blankets with ease. She taught me to crochet when I was very young and allowed me to kidnap, and abuse, her classic Kenmore machine when the sewing bug took hold. I owe all my crafty talents, and tendency to hoard, to her.

If I ever stop creating you’ll find me curled into a sad little ball. Making things is my primary means of stress relief. Redirecting my energy towards a task allows me to zone out and I am a person in great need of zoning out.  Blogging and playing on my iPhone help with that, too. My favorite app was Instagram, but it has rapidly become Twitter. I've found so many cool things through its users. 

As a great lover of movies (undergrad film major) and books (current library worker), I have a well supplied go-to list. The movie that can pull me from any slump, ANY, is The Big Lebowski.  Just thinking of it can make me smile and snort. As for books, get yourself any from the Georgia Nicolson series for shits and giggles.

My favorite artist is Frida Kahlo. My love stems from a combination of her unapologetic comfort in her skin, self confidence and the way she uses her pain and displays her vulnerability through her art. I also love dancers/choreographer/actors/artist Carmen de Lavallade and Geoffrey Holder. Their body of work is so inspiring!

My favorite thing about making is the sense of accomplishment I feel. Regardless of success or failure, I did it or at least tried. I have a fearlessness in making that does not come so easy in the rest of my life.

To me, DIY means life. Do as much as you can, yourself. And in as many areas of your life as possible. That's why I'm excited about the Maker movement/revolution. Because it's no longer a movement. It's a way of life. Make your own dinner. Or clothing. Build a table. Or some shelves. And those who can't make, support those who've made making their livelihood.

This year I plan to continue working on being the kind of person I want to be. A person who I can keep feeling proud of. A person who reaches her goals and then sets more. A person who makes things and shares things and has fun. A person who tries to be a good mom, wife, sister, friend, employee. And the kind who forgives herself when she falls short.

Thank you Wanett, we can't wait to see what you make next!

[photos courtesy of Wanett Clyde]

Discussion 11

  • Kazz commented 5 years ago

    You're awesome Nettie, just loved reading all about you. Very inspiring lady you are. Keep up the great work.

  • SownBrooklyn commented 5 years ago

    Thank you all sooooo much!!

  • TheMissLinds commented 5 years ago

    Wanett you are the jam! Your projects and photos are always amazing - keep it up, girl!

  • CraftsbyCarrol,LLC commented 5 years ago

    Hello Wanett.  You are talented and gifted from on high.  And let's not forget your loving grandmother for she played a very big part in this as well.  Keep up the good work.  And what ever you do, don't stop creating!  P.S. Love the DOLL!!

  • Vicki Muise commented 5 years ago

    I haven't spent much time over here on kollabora yet, but you've pulled me in!  Great profile. 

  • Ginger commented 5 years ago

    Awesome interview!  I really admire your style, your creativity, and your drive!  Can't wait to see what you make next!

  • Hélène commented 5 years ago

    Netttttie! Really nice to read about you! I love your weapons of peace!XX

  • devviepuu commented 5 years ago

    i really continue to be inspired by your drive to "keep working" on your goals.  keep it up, nettie, i'll be cheering for you :-)

  • SownBrooklyn commented 5 years ago

    Thank you both!!

  • Ojolly commented 5 years ago

    What an inspiration!

  • House of Pinheiro commented 5 years ago

    Yeahh Nettie, I love your style girl x

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