what I do and where I do it
August 12, 2010, 4:46 am
Filed under: diy business, dolls, making!, studio


I’ve been receiving questions about where I work, how I work, and what I actually do…

Tonight seemed like a good night to start explaining.

I’m 23 and I graduated from Denison University with a BFA in studio art about a year ago. In addition to being a bookmaker, I am also a maker of paintings, videos, sounds, installations, performances, and more. I’m still getting acquainted with the world outside of school, and am trying to develop some kind of consistent artistic practice. I’ve been a little distracted though. Without deadlines, papers, exams, and critiques floating over my head, I’m spending more time cooking, walking, squeezing Ki (my boy), and trying to manage a small publishing company. I’ve fallen hard for vegetables, fruit, and chocolate. I’ve become friends with lots of young farmers. I’ve talked and thought and listened and thought and thought and thought and thought. Once my whole body is full of life and thoughts and sparks of light- (my whole body! every finger and every toe!)- once my whole body is full of ideas… then, POP! I’ll make some stuff.

I made the original version of Garlic-Onion-Beet-Spinach-Mango-Carrot-Grapefruit Juice when I was still in school. I didn’t intend to make more than one copy, or to sell it. I love children’s books and wanted to make my own. I wanted to raise questions about eating animals. I wanted to make something free and funny and a little wild. When I finally finished the book, people seemed to like it, so I thought that maybe I’d make more someday.

After I graduated, I moved to Nashville. I had an interview for a job that I didn’t really want. At all. So instead of going to the interview, I cried and then decided I’d make books instead! I would edit the book. I would decide what to call my publishing company. I would find someone to print and bind the books. I would find out how to pay that someone. I would order proofs. I would wait for proofs. I would try CMYK and RGB color. I would make a website. A blog. A facebook page. A twitter? (I don’t really like twitter, but I’ll at least try). I would sew more dolls. I would make buttons. Magnets. I would order business cards, mailers, packaging. I would calculate shipping. Things would go right. Things would go wrong. I would be excited, doubtful, motivated, passionate, frustrated, overwhelmed, proud. Ki would help me out when I needed it.

Now that things are in place, I’m having so much fun sharing the book with you!  I hope people laugh when they read it. I hope they think about the questions in the book- raise more questions- and talk about them. I have been hurting for animals for a long time, so it feels good to make something fun and to celebrate non-violence. It’s fresh and interesting learning new things about business, and meeting others who are working for non-violence in their own creative/mindful ways.

These days I am processing orders, sewing dolls, making buttons and magnets, and spending lots of time spreading the word! If you like what you see on the ThoraThinks website, please tell your friends. I am so thankful for all the word-of-mouth help I can get!

I do all of these things from this little studio in our house:
(notice the book-filled boxes that line my walls)

…that’s the gist. Questions and comments welcome. More to come soon!

Enjoy your day,


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