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Featured Seller: Mignonne Handmade

Feb 13, 2012

by mignonnehandmade

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Tell us a bit about yourself.
Well, being a mom is a big part of who I am these days. I have two children, Emma (5) and Milo (8 months). They are my main priority, and I consider myself so lucky to be able to be home every day with them; these years go by so fast. My husband Aaron is super supportive of Mignonne Handmade.

What would be the title of your memoir? Why?
I honestly don’t know how to answer this question, so my husband thinks it should be One Woman’s Obsession With France: The Jenn Wood Story. Haha!

Where does your inspiration come from?
So many places. Sometimes I see a color, shape or general style that inspires me. Sometimes it’s a time period or work or art that I like, and it evolves from there.

What does handmade mean to you?
Something that is made by a person with love and care. It can never quite be duplicated, making each piece its own. For as long as I can remember, I’ve always had the tendency to pick one of those things that is not like the other.

Who has been most influential in your craft?
I think my craft has evolved through contact, inspiration and encouragement from all the people in my life.

When did you know you were an artist/maker?
As a kid I was always obsessed with art, drawing, sculpting – making anything, really – and that passion only grew as I got older. I remember having a sketchbook when I was about 13 or so, filled with sketches of shoe designs. My shoe obsession continues to this day.

How would you describe your creative process?
I think creating something really good is in the doing. Sometimes I end up just sitting down and making something, anything, and it evolves into what I want it to be in the end. Also visual stimulation (films, art, fashion) is very important.

If you could peek inside the studio of any artist, designer or craftsman (dead or alive), who would it be?
Since fashion is a major artistic interest for me, I think it would be amazing to visit the studios of famous French clothing and millinery designers through the ages. I know that’s cheating, but I really have a hard time picking just one of anything.

What handmade possession do you most cherish?
Probably stuff my daughter has made for me. I know it’s corny, but it’s really true. I just love her adorable drawings and paintings of our family. Also, I do love the handmade woodwork table my husband made for me.

How do you get out of your creative ruts?
Again, just sitting down and tinkering, looking at things that inspire me. Having someone to bounce ideas off is great. This past year, Mackenzie Goodman came to work for me and bacame an assistant designer. She is amazingly good at what she does, and I can always count on an honest opinion from her when I’m working on new collections.

Where would you like to be in ten years?
Everyone who knows me is going to laugh when they read this, because they know what I’m about to say. I really would love to live in Europe someday, specifically France. My husband is really into the idea too, so he got me Rosetta Stone in French for Christmas. He would like to live in Germany, so I told him we could compromise and live in the Alsace region of France, which borders Germany. They speak both French and German there. I would also love to still be creating; my goal is for Mignonne Handmade to evolve with me.

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Bespoke hair vine,  ceramic and brass #1500
Bespoke hair vine, ceramic and brass #1500
mignonnehandmade
$330.00 USD
Seashell hairpins, #1806
Seashell hairpins, #1806
mignonnehandmade
$35.00 USD
Tropez hoops, #1638
Tropez hoops, #1638
mignonnehandmade
$88.00 USD
7 flower hoops #1636
7 flower hoops #1636
mignonnehandmade
$82.00 USD
Bespoke comb, large  #1511
Bespoke comb, large #1511
mignonnehandmade
$191.00 USD
Bespoke hair pin sets, #1512
Bespoke hair pin sets, #1512
mignonnehandmade
$22.00 USD
Bespoke hoop earrings, #1517
Bespoke hoop earrings, #1517
mignonnehandmade
$90.00 USD
Bespoke ear cuff, large #1509
Bespoke ear cuff, large #1509
mignonnehandmade
$88.00 USD
Bespoke comb, medium #1504
Bespoke comb, medium #1504
mignonnehandmade
$167.00 USD
Bespoke crown, large, ceramic and brass #1501
Bespoke crown, large, ceramic and brass #1501
mignonnehandmade
$330.00 USD
Bespoke comb, small  #1502
Bespoke comb, small #1502
mignonnehandmade
$89.00 USD
Sweet daisy wreath earrings, #1619
Sweet daisy wreath earrings, #1619
mignonnehandmade
$54.00 USD
Theodora crown, #1602
Theodora crown, #1602
mignonnehandmade
$186.00 USD
Daisy comb, #1400
Daisy comb, #1400
mignonnehandmade
$65.00 USD
Les étoiles hairpins SET of 3, #1404
Les étoiles hairpins SET of 3, #1404
mignonnehandmade
$32.00 USD
Corrine flower hairpin- SET of 5 #1305
Corrine flower hairpin- SET of 5 #1305
mignonnehandmade
$132.00 USD
Au Printemps comb #1304
Au Printemps comb #1304
mignonnehandmade
$153.00 USD
6 flower daisy chain ear cuff, #1621
6 flower daisy chain ear cuff, #1621
mignonnehandmade
$71.00 USD
Large étoile pins, #1615
Large étoile pins, #1615
mignonnehandmade
$45.00 USD
Marie Aude flower hairpins, SET of 3 #1313
Marie Aude flower hairpins, SET of 3 #1313
mignonnehandmade
$168.00 USD
Orchid hairpin SET of 3, #1320
Orchid hairpin SET of 3, #1320
mignonnehandmade
$32.00 USD
Amalia cuff, #1727
Amalia cuff, #1727
mignonnehandmade
$38.00 USD
Mod daisy pins, large set of 3, #1606
Mod daisy pins, large set of 3, #1606
mignonnehandmade
$78.00 USD
Bespoke comb, miniature #1506
Bespoke comb, miniature #1506
mignonnehandmade
$47.00 USD
Miniature mod daisy comb, #1605
Miniature mod daisy comb, #1605
mignonnehandmade
$70.00 USD
Bespoke crown, small #1505
Bespoke crown, small #1505
mignonnehandmade
$285.00 USD
Maia headband, style 500
Maia headband, style 500
mignonnehandmade
$165.00 USD
Demetre crown, #1611
Demetre crown, #1611
mignonnehandmade
$258.00 USD
Rowan convertible necklace/headpiece, #1617
Rowan convertible necklace/headpiece, #1617
mignonnehandmade
$138.00 USD
Augustina flower vine, style #1103
Augustina flower vine, style #1103
mignonnehandmade
$270.00 USD
Les Coquettes tiny flower pins SET of 3, #1318
Les Coquettes tiny flower pins SET of 3, #1318
mignonnehandmade
$30.00 USD
Isolde circlet, #1613
Isolde circlet, #1613
mignonnehandmade
$240.00 USD
Tulle drop veil, #1014
Tulle drop veil, #1014
mignonnehandmade
$108.00 USD
bespoke earrings, #1507
bespoke earrings, #1507
mignonnehandmade
$46.00 USD
single layer tulle veil comb #1013
single layer tulle veil comb #1013
mignonnehandmade
$73.00 USD
Daisy pins, #1401
Daisy pins, #1401
mignonnehandmade
$38.00 USD
Rosa crown, style #1101
Rosa crown, style #1101
mignonnehandmade
$295.00 USD
Flower wreath earrings, #1701
Flower wreath earrings, #1701
mignonnehandmade
$51.00 USD
Alaïs headpiece, #1610
Alaïs headpiece, #1610
mignonnehandmade
$228.00 USD
Zola headband, #1603
Zola headband, #1603
mignonnehandmade
$74.00 USD
Le Fleuriste double band headpiece, #1314
Le Fleuriste double band headpiece, #1314
mignonnehandmade
$360.00 USD
Zinnia crown #1307
Zinnia crown #1307
mignonnehandmade
$228.00 USD
Corrine flower hairpin, large size #1305a
Corrine flower hairpin, large size #1305a
mignonnehandmade
$30.00 USD
single layer english net veil comb #1001
single layer english net veil comb #1001
mignonnehandmade
$98.00 USD
Rosamund pins,  #1300
Rosamund pins, #1300
mignonnehandmade
$70.00 USD
Fernande comb, #1414
Fernande comb, #1414
mignonnehandmade
$165.00 USD
Flower wreath earrings with howlite centers, #1702
Flower wreath earrings with howlite centers, #1702
mignonnehandmade
$48.00 USD
18in french netting bandeau style veil #1009
18in french netting bandeau style veil #1009
mignonnehandmade
$54.00 USD
tulle half birdcage veil comb #1004
tulle half birdcage veil comb #1004
mignonnehandmade
$40.00 USD
English net square cut drop veil, #1105
English net square cut drop veil, #1105
mignonnehandmade
$168.00 USD
Double layer English net blusher veil, #1110
Double layer English net blusher veil, #1110
mignonnehandmade
$150.00 USD
Sweet daisy drop earrings, #1620
Sweet daisy drop earrings, #1620
mignonnehandmade
$42.00 USD
Petronilla crown, #1600
Petronilla crown, #1600
mignonnehandmade
$162.00 USD
English net juliet cap veil with rhinestone accents #1006
English net juliet cap veil with rhinestone accents #1006
mignonnehandmade
$152.00 USD
Chantilly lace trimmed Juliet cap veil in Imported English net #1008
Chantilly lace trimmed Juliet cap veil in Imported English net #1008
mignonnehandmade
$174.00 USD
tulle juliet cap veil #1007
tulle juliet cap veil #1007
mignonnehandmade
$96.00 USD
9 in french netting bandeau style veil #1010
9 in french netting bandeau style veil #1010
mignonnehandmade
$48.00 USD
bespoke tassel earrings, #1513
bespoke tassel earrings, #1513
mignonnehandmade
$78.00 USD
La Marguerite comb, #1308
La Marguerite comb, #1308
mignonnehandmade
$198.00 USD
Bespoke stick pin, #1516
Bespoke stick pin, #1516
mignonnehandmade
$52.00 USD

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