Makers Journal was created by Rusty and Ingrid Kinnunen, of Rusty and Ingrid Creative Company of Rockport, Massachusetts to celebrate the community of creative entrepreneurs in New England and beyond.
Welcome to our blog!
We love the challenge and creative possibilities of starting a new project, and we are excited to share this adventure with you. Over the past six years as we have built our business, Rusty and Ingrid Creative Company, we have gotten to know a lot of amazing people of the creative small business community in New England. We have found a thriving and cooperative group of entrepreneurs who are paving their own paths with creativity and hard work. These Makers are creating exciting new brands, creating jobs, and making their communities a better place to live. Over the years, we have shared each other's success and struggles; and along the way, we have learned a lot about what it means to be artists and a business in community with others.
We started this journal as a home for this creative community. We are committing our own time and resources to bring you a true insider view into the Maker scene that we know and love. We are not sponsored or partnered with any of the brands that we feature on the blog. We are just trying to bring you an honest view of our community, and we hope that you find it engaging and worthwhile. We hope that you discover some new brands, learn from our mistakes, and take pride in the creativity around you. We plan to have consistent, original content by us, our staff and hand-picked contributors; and this includes the photography, which we are excited to share. As we go, we will be rolling out new content to inspire you to be more "Creative" (interviews, tutorials); to help you with your "Work" (business articles, advice, resources), and to share "Life" with you (work-life balance, events, shopping guides, New England interest). Check back regularly, follow us on your favorite social media channels, and we'd love for you to sign up for our email newsletter for monthly notices of what's new on the blog.
Practically, Makers Journal is a side project of Rusty and Ingrid Creative Company, so if you like what you see here, feel free to check out our day job.
Rusty and Ingrid Kinnunen
Rusty and Ingrid Kinnunen are an artist couple who founded Rusty and Ingrid Creative Company in 2012. They live and work in Rockport, Massachusetts with their two children Leif and Willa.
Emma is a freelance writer and editor. Currently, she lives in Lowell, Massachusetts with her husband Jeff, and daughter Clementine.
Sara teaches design and business at MassArt and Simmons University with a focus on creative entrepreneurship. Sara draws on her prior work in start-ups and the arts to help launch the next generation of makers, designers, and creative business owners.