Meet the Maker Month: Ashley of Willow & Ash Designs
I'm a woodworker, mom, and military spouse. I've always been creative, but that part of me drifted as I became an adult. Thankfully Pinterest inspired me to try using some power tools and a whole new love joined my life haha. Building and making help remind me that I'm capable of so many things.
How did you get started? My husband is in the military and used to be away for work a lot... One time he left for just the right amount of time for me to find his circular saw... The rest is history.
Who inspires you? My kids, mainly. They'll grow up always seeing a mom who builds and creates. There's magic in that.
Where did you learn your skills? Mainly other Instagram and youtube woodworking accounts. For my main way to create, which is my scroll saw, I learned quite a bit from Oak and Feather
What does being a Maker mean to you? It means using my own experiences, skills, and knowledge to create something completely unique for someone. It’s a privilege to be able to do that. Being a maker means being a forever student in your field and there's no better feeling than that.
What motivates you to create? Making things for my family is so fulfilling. They're my test subjects but watching their reactions is incomparable.
What is your favorite thing you've created and why? I built a large cabinet for a friend once. It was my biggest challenge, even to this day. There was a lot of problem-solving and soul that went into it. I'd love to try and recreate it with the skills I have now!
Tell us about your first sale I first sold some hexagon shelves when I first started taking woodworking seriously. I will never forget that excitement and rush!
What is your dream project? I'd love to be trusted to make a logo for a company. That would be amazing!
Do you accept commissions? Yes!
What type of art do you like to consume? I'm obsessed with oil paintings and acrylic pours. Watching them create is very visually appealing to me.
Describe your creative process I do my best running after bedtime. When my brain refuses to turn off.
Describe your latest project I'm making a sign for a close friend that will involve my first drawn silhouettes which should be fun! I love trying new things to help my craft.
How do you know when you've finished a project?
That's a hard one. As a perfectionist, I'm always finding something to fix or correct, but usually when my anxiety goes from a 7 to a 3 😅