Meet the Vendor: Moxie & Oliver
Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Caitlin, and I’m the leather lady. For the last ten years, my work and play time has been spent creating heirloom-quality leather goods. I started my business because I wanted to create accessories – bags, wallets, belts, etc., – that were both beautiful and would withstand the test of time. Vegetable tanned leather was the natural choice since I could apply permanent pattern and color, and it lasts forever. Once I started working with it, I became quickly hooked and working with leather became my passion and my career.
In my off-hours, I’m mother to two wonderful human children, and four furbabies (two dogs, two cats). And I have a husband, too, to help me keep the chaos under control. I’m a Seattle native who loves all seasons equally – I enjoy gardening in the spring, summer and fall, and the dark, rainy, winter days give me a wonderful excuse to stay inside and create things, and decorate the house. You can find my shop here.
What’s the latest thing you’ve been working on?
Recently I have been working on making leather bangles. These are pretty exciting because they incorporate some new leathercraft techniques to harden them. I feel as though I have entered an entirely new realm here, and am very excited to share it (and explore it more!).
A few of my other recent projects are Mason Jar Lanterns, which I love. These little straps convert a standard pint-size mason jar into a lantern, hanging vase, or hanging organizer. They’re adorable, versatile, and totally unique. You could even put them around canned goods for holiday giving, or fill them with your own, handmade, candles!
Any new exciting news you’d like to share with our readers?
I just finished writing a book, which has been an amazing experience. It will be published in Summer 2015 by F + W Media and will be a step-by-step tutorial teaching readers how to create their own artfully distinguished leather goods. To go along with my book, I am creating a line of leathercraft kits, and will have the first few available at the show this winter!
Is this a full-time business for you?
It is! I worked as a paralegal in law firms (personal injury) until my daughter was born four years ago. I was laid off of my paralegal job, and with a new baby and a growing business, going back to a real job just never worked. Now I have two employees and am hiring a third. I think I probably make a better employer than an employee, anyway, since I get to do something I love every day. Being a full-time artist is an amazing gift, and it allows me to spend more time with my kids, which is the best part of all.
What’s your favorite item that you sell?
My favorite item changes daily, but I think the Mason Jar Lanterns might win. I made 120 of them for my stepfather’s wedding earlier this year and he used them as wedding favors and as table decor. I was actually really excited to be able to take a few of them home – it seems so silly, because I easily could have made myself a few extra, or kept the ones that I was going to take, but there was something about being a recipient of these sweet favors that was so special. The wedding was an outdoor wedding on Vashon, so when it was time for everyone to go home it was dark. The guests took the lanterns and created a little candlelight parade down the street as they were leaving.