I grew up in a small Waldo County town on the Penobscot River. My favorite thing to do as a kid was to sew alongside my mother on an old White machine in our tiny basement craft room. When I moved out of my parent’s house, I continued to truck a sewing machine around to every dingy apartment I moved into, often setting it up on my bed when there wasn’t room for a table. My mother, a gifted seamstress, continues to meticulously check over every project I complete.
Along with sewing, I remember riding to school on the back of my father’s ’83 Harley Sportster. I went on to get my first bike at 25, a ’99 CRF150, which I used to build my confidence in the dirt of Downeast Maine. Today I ride a ’80 Honda CM400T and a '09 BMW F650GS.
After years of self-teaching, I attended a vocational school in New Jersey -- where I was the only female student in the entire school -- and specialized in auto trimming.
My love for motorcycles and sewing comes together in Maven, my one-woman custom upholstery business. I am proud to have built my 250-square foot shop in Washington County or "Downeast" Maine, USA. As a lover of the natural world, I strive to be as sustainable as possible in my business practices — creating as little waste as possible, using American-made products and supporting local artisans and suppliers, instead of the big-box enterprises, whenever I can. My goal is to run the Maven shop off of solar power, 100%, by 2018. The majority of waste that I produce -- foam, vinyl, leather scraps, etc. -- is donated to Goodwill. They shred it it up and use it within their own products.
When I'm not working in the upholstery shop, I'm working as a freelance writer. You can read my essays and articles on emmathieme.com.