Meet the Maker:
WHO ARE YOU, WHERE ARE YOU FROM, & WHAT DO YOU DO?
My name is Griffin Nelson and I’m a transplant to the Augusta area. I grew up in Texas and after studying art history in college and moving to the CSRA I fell in love with the history of the area and the antiques that were everywhere. Little did I know they would eventually encourage me to start a business and influence every item in my shop.
DESCRIBE YOUR PROCESS.
Everything I make is inspired by the past. I like to incorporate as many pieces of history as I can by repurposing fabrics and utilizing antique imagery whenever possible. Often times a material or pattern itself inspires the product!
WHAT INSPIRES YOU?
I love stories! When you look at a antique quilt that may be falling apart, you know it has been imbued with lots of stories – each piece of fabric came from the scraps of an old dress or sewing project, and then the quilt was made by hand and then used to keep someone else warm. By taking something old and giving it new life by turning it into something new and useful, we honor the stories and hard work of those who came before us
FUN FACT ABOUT YOU.
I’m a born and bread Texan but I’ve lived in 3 countries outside the US!
FAVORITE THING ABOUT DOWNTOWN AUGUSTA.
There’s so much potential! Augusta has grown exponentially since I moved here and all of the beautiful old buildings downtown are either being filled up with new businesses or have the potential to house more. It’s provided an environment for all sorts of creative collaborations, bringing the old and the new of Augusta together.
WHY DO YOU LOVE TO DESIGN, CREATE + MAKE?
Reusing old materials and imagery makes me feel like I am both honoring the past and helping to recycle materials that otherwise wouldn’t have a purpose.
WHAT IS ONE PIECE OF ADVICE YOU WOULD SHARE WITH OTHER ARTISTS + MAKERS?
Decided early on if you want to make your art a business. There’s nothing wrong with having it just be a creative outlet. But know that when you decide to make a business out of it, you have to be willing to commit and some days it will feel more like work and less like art. That drive often leads to more possible connections with other artists and more creative potential so it’s worth it, but you’ve got to be willing to work for it.