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Lindsay ObermeyerLindsay Obermeyer, LBO Studio and Enjolive

What is your mafia nickname?

Mad Hatter

What is your craft?

Knitting, needle felting, beadwork and embroidery with a dash of crochet.

Why do you do your craft?

I make, therefore I am.

What are you sources of inspiration?

Mother Nature – flowers, cell structures, light refraction.  My family.   The Victoria and Albert Museum.   Architecture.   Candy.

What is your favorite Chicago haunt?

Any coffee shop with excellent pastries, closely followed by the Cultural Center, and libraries.

What is your favorite beverage?

Morning – coffee.  Afternoon – Earl Grey tea.  Evening – Pinot noir.  In-between – Chicago tap water (without ice).

Where do you buy your favorite beverage?

Trader Joe’s and Argo Tea.

How did you come up with your business name?

LBO Studio – my initials.  Enjolive – French (first and third person, present tense) for embellish or to make life better.  The first name is used with my artwork and the second for my design work.

What is its significance?

LBO is sorta obvious, n’est-ce pas?  As for Enjolive, it’s French.  Need I explain more? I like that folks have to ask how to pronounce it.  It keeps me practicing the language.  Besides, it looks like a mish mash of Enjoy + Live or Enjoy + Olive.  Olives are one of my favorite food groups.

What is your weapon of choice?

Needles – knitting needles, bead embroidery needles, felting needles….

What would you be doing otherwise?

Living in France eating chocolate, cheese, and olives.  Oh okay, you might also find me in London at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Do you have any advice for crafters?

Be true to yourself.  You have to love what you make, because if you don’t, your customers sure won’t.

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As we’re sure you know, the web is flooded with advice and how-to’s for starting, maintaining and expanding your business.  Here are just a few of our favorites.

Smaller Box

An invaluable resource for everything you ever wanted to know about running your indie business. Topics covered include marketing, publicity, wholesaling, customer service, advertising, business development, web design and so much more.

Etsy’s Seller Handbook

Etsy’s own guide to selling handmade.  Obviously geared toward success on their site, but has valuable information for any seller.

Crafting an MBA

Business school for crafters!

Duct Tape Marketing

Duct Tape Marketing is all about simple, effective, and cheap marketing for your business.  While the book is very useful, the blog is also a fabulous resource!

Entrepreneur

Lots of great information on getting your business started from non-crafty types.

TED

Free and inspirational talks from professionals from all walks of life.  Some are business related and most really just get you inspired and ready to go!

Summit of Awesome

Annual conference aimed at handcrafted business folks with tons of lectures, and workshops that run the gambit of what running a crafty business entails.

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Rebeca MojicaRebeca Mojica (formerly Blue Buddha Boutique)

What is your mafia nickname?

Links

What is your craft?

Chainmaille (mostly jewelry but also sculpture and accessories)

Why do you do your craft?

Because I’m addicted. Um, I mean, because it is fun, and extremely gratifying to create something with my own two hands.

What are your sources of inspiration?

Geometry, fractals, high fashion

What is your favorite Chicago haunt?

Anyplace with good sushi.

What is your favorite beverage?

Water

Where do you buy your favorite beverage?

The tap, baby!!!

What is your weapon of choice?

My mind.

What would you be doing otherwise?

Nonprofit public relations and development, or teaching English in a foreign country

Do you have any advice for other crafters?

As Harold Thurman Whitman said, “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”

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Welcome to the website of the Chicago Craft Mafia. We are a group of Chicago crafters in and around Chicago, and are the hosts of the annual DIY Trunk show, Craft Racket, and other events. To learn more about our members, hover over the images at the left. To learn more about us or to see upcoming events, check out the Events page in the menu.

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