Featured Maker: Muddy’s Stuff

One local maker, Mary Ellen Hoffman, will be presenting her creations called “Muddy’s Stuff” at this year’s Shreveport Mini Maker Faire. Given that people call her “Muddy,” she figured that was a good name for her unique and colorful sewing projects she creates from recycltshirt-bagsed T-shirts. Why does she use this medium? “Everybody has old T-shirts,” she says.

Hoffman uses her sewing as a creative outlet, and the funds she raises from her projects go toward a local non-profit, A Place That Warms the Heart. By participating in the faire, she hopes to bring attention to the local group, which provides grief support services in a caring and compassionate environment.  For more information, you can visit their website at http://www.aplacethatwarmstheheart.com.

Tell us a little bit about yourself and your interest in making.

“I am a life-long Louisiana resident and Shreveporter primarily. My interests are in making things out of available items such as T-shirts, and I love people, laughter, and my home.”

What will you be making at this year’s Shreveport Mini Maker Faire?

“I make and sew items out of recycled T-shirts and scrap materials. I’ve made various kinds of bags, shoulder bags and purslets, if you will. I’ve got wine bottle covers, scarves, and coozies or beverage holders to keep your bottle from sweating in your hand.”

Why is making important to you?

“It is really therapeutic for me to sit at my sewing machine anwine-bottle-holderd make things. I guess it is the art part of me coming out. It’s important to me to be doing something productive rather than sitting now that I’m retired.”

If you had an unlimited budget, what project would you make?

“I can’t even imagine having an unlimited budget. I’d probably make more quilts. But I can’t even grasp the need to have an unlimited budget in my realm.”

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