Have you heard of the Academy of Handmade Awards? It’s a local group that takes time each year to acknowledge great work being done in the maker community, with a special focus on makers in Southern California. The nominees cover lots of categories: they honor retail shops with a focus on handmade offerings, like Cotton & Flax stockist Rare Device, craft book publishers and authors like Yellow Owl Workshop, as well as favorite individual makers like PF Candle Co., A Question of Eagles, and Melanie Abrantes (pictured above).
I was so surprised and honored to find out that the Academy of Handmade have chosen me to receive a Master Maker award at their awards show on March 7th! You can read my interview with the leaders of the Academy on their blog, where I talk about how I’ve grown Cotton & Flax over the last few years.
I’m excited to attend the ceremony on March 7th, let me know in the comments if you’re planning to be there, too!