Meet the Maker: Gerren + Morgana Lamson of Satchel & Sage
Happy Re:Make Austin week! Next up on Meet the Maker, we have Gerren and Morgana Lamson of Satchel & Sage. This Austin-based husband and wife creative team will be joining us THIS WEEKEND(!) at Re:Make (be sure to register for FREE here).
We’ve been hooked on Satchel & Sage since 2010, when Gerren and Morgana first started turning out colorfully designed printed goods and textiles. We guarantee you won’t want to leave Re:Make without snagging a few of their pieces (we’ve got our eye on this MAKE print, obviously). Read on as Gerren and Morgana fill us in on their creative process, advice for other makers (hint: let go of FOMO), and more!
First things first, tell us a little bit about yourselves.
We are both graphic designers and illustrators. Gerren is from Lafayette, LA, and Morgana is from San Antonio, TX. We moved to Austin five years ago and fell in love with the place. The community here is very encouraging and supportive to makers.
Why did you decide to start Satchel & Sage?
We wanted to collaborate on a project that would let us combine our styles and skills. We started out making prints for our friends and family, and created artwork that we wanted to decorate our own house with. The positive feedback that we received from those early experiments encouraged us to start offering our prints. Little by little, we grew that business into what is now Satchel & Sage.
In five words or less, tell us why you love to make.
Expressive, Innate, Cathartic, Utilitarian, Community
Where do you get your inspiration?
We’re inspired by our experiences in nature, beautiful color palettes, exploring different cultures through travel, vintage artwork, drawings from childhood and old books.
What does the creative process look like for you?
We occasionally get caught in what we like to call a ‘creative tornado’, which is a short season in which we produce a ton of new ideas. Afterwards, we look back at the aftermath and pick our favorite concepts to explore further. Together, we brainstorm on each idea — exploring the good or bad, in order to refine and narrow down to a final product. It’s a messy process with minimal organization, but we always end up coming out with something we love at the end.
What’s one piece of advice you’d share with other makers?
Let go of FOMO (the fear of missing out). By rushing to keep up with current trends, events, and other makers you can lose your artistic voice in the process. There are times when it’s important to hustle, but you also have to allow yourself time to recharge. We find that by occasionally taking a break from social media and the Internet in general, it creates room for us to come up with fresh ideas.
What other creative hobbies do you have?
We enjoy pottery, calligraphy, hand-lettering, playing music, gardening and cooking.
Tell us how technology has changed and supported what you do.
Technology has made it easier for customers to find our brand and products. While we love meeting our fans in real life, web technologies have made it easy to create an online community and offer our products conveniently to anyone, anywhere.
How do you think the analog world is changing as the digital world continues to boom?
We think that there’s a movement back to making things by hand as a reaction to an overly digitized society. People want to experience creating tactile art and goods that connect them to their physical life.
What’s up next for you?
We plan to expand our line of home decor with new conceptual series of artwork, and unique ways of playing with and mixing materials. We’ve also been experimenting with textiles in an effort to create new apparel and accessory products.
Have you fallen in love with Morgana and Gerren yet? Then don’t forget that they’ll be joining us at Re:Make Austin on May 3rd and 4th. Stop by Palmer Events Center from 11am-6pm to check out their home goods!
Hi, I'm Brit, the founder and CEO of Brit + Co. I'm a young mom of two, tech nerd and design-inclined lady who has a zillion hobbies and curious about... just about everything! My mission from the beginning has been to unlock women's creativity and courage to try new things so that they can find the path to their true passions.
It can be intimidating to step out on your own and build a business from the ground up. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're talking with Selfmade alum and solopreneur Colette Lawrence, the faith-based motivator and relationship builder behind The M.E.E. Movement, about ways in which women in business can find success.
B + C: How did you know M.E.E. Movement was your business to start?
The M.E.E Movement represents motivation, empowerment, and encouragement for women. It is what represents me. I did not know at first that it was my business to start, but then the thought of monetizing what I loved came to me. It scared me, however. I registered the business in July 2020 and have been slowly building my wings since.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
Thinking through and researching what the requirements are to start my business, and then asking questions of people who are in the business. Not all advice worked; however, it helped me to figure out what I needed to do and not to do.
B + C: Did you always know life coaching would be your entrepreneurial path?
(Smiles) No, I did not. I 'stumbled" on it. I knew that people were always coming to me for advice and I found that I loved having conversations with them, especially with women, young and old.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
My most valuable takeaway was the first day of training: Get out of your own way. There were a lot of great moments and important takeaways from every presenter. However, getting out of my own way, pushing past doubts, was for me my most valuable takeaway. Doing something that I had never done before took courage. If I do not focus on what is happening with me mentally then I cannot deliver to my clients successfully.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Get out of your head. You have something to offer. You have what you need to succeed so go ahead and do it.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I stay motivated by listening to music and listening to motivational speakers, and sometimes someone will just reach out and talk about the impact that I made in their life. That adds the extra juice or sauce I need to pummel through the day.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip?
Keep a diary and journal. It's the best way for me to keep organized and it also provides a source motivation as I record not only my "losses" but my wins as well.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Shirley Toliver – She motivates and empowers and makes me always want to show up.
B + C: What has receiving the Office Depot scholarship to Selfmade done to help you start or grow your business?
The scholarship was a blessing in that all the areas that were covered offered valuable information that I needed, from social media to HR. As a new business owner, I needed to know this to increase my own personal awareness in what it takes to run a successful business. The candidness of the presenters made it easy to see myself in their shoes and helped me to realize that I can also get there.
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