Feature Friday Presents:
Made in Mogotes!
“I am from Upstate New York, traveled to London, and moved to Colombia where I now live. I was a journalism and marketing major that found a passion in making jewelry. Some of my likes are: emerging myself in other cultures, wearing dresses over jeans, colourful things, the smell of used bookshops, autumn leaves, photography, tea at all times of the day, street art, eating food from around the world, finding cool stuff in markets, spontaneity, chocolate sheet cake, bubble baths and dislikes: screaming children, beer, watching TV (besides Shameless), waiting in line, cold showers, monotony, feeling stuck in one place, tea that has licorice in it.” – Stephanie Sadler – Owner of Made in Mogotes.
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What got you interested in crafting?
My whole family is creative and I’ve always had a desire to make things. My grandma used to give my brother and I “art classes” when we were kids – snowflake cutouts, masks, crayon-shaving suncatchers. From there, I got into scrapbooking, pencil drawing people from photographs and then my own photography. When I moved to Colombia earlier this year, my visa didn’t allow me to have a job. I took a class (in Spanish which I am still learning) working with a plant called guadua which grows in the area. It’s similar to bamboo. The class was for five weeks and they taught us how to make mugs, jewelry boxes, candle holders. When the class ended, I thought, why not try to make jewelry from the same material? So I taught myself and got addicted.
What has been your favorite project to make and why?
So far, my “Travel Texture Series”. I decoupage magazine images onto the guadua cut outs I’ve made. This particular collection is all photography from various travel magazines – a section of a purple wall in Peru, the orange striped shawl of a nomad in Ethiopia, a group of love padlocks hanging on a bridge in Germany, a view of the Northern Lights from Iceland… I love to travel and learn about other cultures, so I’ve had a great time digging through the magazines and it’s sparked my wanderlust like crazy.
What’s the secret behind your Etsy name?
My shop name is Made in Mogotes, which does what it says on the tin. I sell stuff that’s made here in this little Colombian village of 3,000 people, an hour drive from any other form of civilization. It’s not easy to find on a map. The jewelry is made by me, some other guadua pieces by another artisan and some cool handbags by a couple local woman. They make the bags from a plant called fique. The whole process is really interesting. There’s some photos on my blog – madeinmogotes.wordpress.com – if you’re interested. But the name simply came from the location where I’ve found myself living after falling in love with a Colombian guy when I was working in London for a few years.
If you could open up a shop in your town, what would you call it and what would it be like?
I would like to open a shop, but I don’t think this Colombian village is the right place for it. Maybe London or San Francisco. Not sure what I would call it, but it would be a cozy place full of all my favorite things. You could order tea or coffee, sit on comfy couches, use free wireless. There would be a bookshop in one area full of cultural fiction and travel and fashion magazines. There would be another area where I would sell the stuff I sell in my Etsy shop – the jewelry and bags and home decor. I would also love to design underwear sometime in the future. The walls of the shop would be colourful and there would be plenty of street and travel photography on the walls. Fun indie music from different countries playing. At night, candles.
What’s the most challenging thing you have made?
I think getting used to using power tools was the biggest challenge, and working with small pieces that needed straight holes put through them. Guadua is easy to break so I had to learn how to handle it properly. The most challenging piece is probably yet to come, but probably the first jewelry box I made. It was white with roses on top and made entirely out of guadua, nails included.
What are some of your goals that you hope to achieve in the next year?
Open a proper business, work on marketing, get my jewelry into some shops in the States and London, make this into something I can live on and come up with some new designs and ideas.
What inspires you to be crafty?
Loads of stuff. A good cup of tea and a clear mind. Compliments on what I’ve already made. My boyfriend who likes to help me cut pieces for the jewelry and makes a lot of good suggestions. He spends tons of time working with me and he’s very supportive. Shopping. Magazines. And everything on my awesome inspiration blog:littleobservationistscrapbook.com
What is your best quality when it comes to your crafts?
I think knowing what I like personally and making jewelry I would wear. Nothing will please everyone, but there’s bound to be someone out there who loves something if I love it myself. By focusing this way, it keeps me passionate about my work.
If you could have one thing to help your store, what would it be?
The big secret to selling a lot of stuff!
**Please note the bird feeders are made by Stephanie’s father**
Thanks for stopping by! If you haven’t already – check out her shop here: MadeinMogotes