Welcome to my latest series, Girl Power Fridays! I started this series as a way to showcase the awesome and talented women I admire and want to give a place to share their stories, whether it be a businesswoman, artist, musician, or just a badass lady.
For my first installment, I talked to Rebecca of The Evergreen Burrow. I first saw Rebecca’s art on display at this year’s MomoCon & immediately wanted to spend all my money.
The Evergreen Burrow is a “fabulous world of handmade geekery, where you can let your nerdy flag fly to your heart’s content. We strive for an eco-conscious approach and a friendly atmosphere where people of all fandoms and ages can find something for their taste and budget.” My favorite item I purchased was The Babe with the Power patch that is pictured below. It’s going to look amazing on my feminism themed denim jacket this fall.
Q1: How long have you been creating jewelry & your other merchandise? What got you started?
I have been making stuff for as long as I remember! I’ve always been crafty but the first project I remember being proud of was my ‘babushka barbie’- I made an outfit, kerchief and all when I was 6 or 7.
I’ve been doing cons on and off for about 6 years- pretty seriously for the last 3. I was dragged to my first anime con by some college friends and I haven’t been able to look back since.
Q2: Where do you draw your inspiration for your art?
I love geek culture- the inclusiveness, the attention to detail, the absolute enthusiasm and joy people have about the things they’re passionate about. I’ve always loved books and reading, and I’ve recently gotten into more video games. I try to merge those interests with the need to be a little subtle about fandoms.
I strive for the kind of geeky art that is in itself a sort of undercover code, a secret language between fans that is, objectively, just really pretty.
Q3: If you have one, what is your favorite piece that you’ve ever done?
I’m pretty darn proud of my “Do no harm but take no shit” banner pendants- they were a challenge to design and I went through so many rough drafts, bad sketches, and cups of coffee before I settled on their current iteration.
Q4: What advice do you have for other women looking to break into owning their own small business and/or the traditionally male dominated “nerd culture”?
Support each other. There’s enough room for all of us, and it can be real rough out there. Find your support networks- build them if you have to- but find your people and hang on.
This goes for all creatives- we do our best work when we support and promote each other, when we feel safe enough to take a leap, when feedback is honest and helpful but not cruel.
Headed to Dragon*Con? Be sure to stop by The Evergreen Burrow’s booth at Dealer’s Hall and buy some stuff!