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Creative South: Moss & Marsh

This interview with Candace Brodmann of Moss & Marsh originally appeared in the Winter 2016 issue of Paprika Southern. Since the time of that interview, Candace has moved the Moss & Marsh headquarters to an expanded studio location where she now produces her screen prints in-house. She has added three new prints to her line, including the most recently launched early this year, her Monstera print, and she plans to release an Oysters print this spring. Additionally, there is a home collection in the works, set to to debut June 1. The Moss & Marsh product line is now carried by 24 retailers, spanning geography from Georgia to Alaska, and this summer Candace plans to showcase Moss & Marsh at Americas Mart in Atlanta for the first time. In addition to her own tireless work and dedication, Candace also cites the countless relationships she’s built with other makers and creatives in the community as a vital part of growing a handmade business. Moss & Marsh will celebrate its third anniversary this April.

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Moss & Marsh

Owner: Candace Brodmann, Savannah, GA

Written by Ageda Machuca / Photographed by Siobhan Egan

“It would be great if we had this.” A common phrase both Candace Brodmann and her husband would say often during their first year of parenthood. Like most first-time parents, parenthood brought on many new challenges and sometimes, Candace says, “you [just] figure things out.” 

That is exactly what Candace did. She would head to her sewing room and sew up essential must-have items that she found were necessary for any parent. Eventually this practice led to an assortment of eleven products that would begin her journey as a mom-preneur.

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Candace, Founder and Creative Director of Moss & Marsh, graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in textiles, giving her the foundation that she needed to begin her multi-functional, baby product collection.

From sewing, designing, and printing each product on her own, this mom-preneur has kept the ball going and still manages to juggle all roles. This labor of love process is what gives Moss & Marsh the handmade quality appeal that her customers have come to appreciate with each item. She saw a niche in the community and began product testing at baby showers and with each piece of feedback she would refine her products.

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It’s no wonder that her passion and drive has led to the success of her business. She enjoys what she is doing and is excited to be able to share these functional products with other moms. Although her business just took off in April, website sales have more than doubled in the following months. She shares, “It's really cool how God isn't giving me too much. It's not growing outside my means and that's exciting and I can handle it.” 

Although life as a businesswoman has been filled with sacrifices and challenges, Candace gets excited with every order she receives and it means a lot to her to know that “someone [she doesn’t] know supports [her business].” As for what the future holds, she envisions herself in her own home studio that will employ other stay-at-home moms and possible room for a toddler and even a maternity line. In the end, her goal for Moss and Marsh is to be the go-to business for functional baby products that will make parenting life easier. 

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Creative South: Daughter Handwovens

In each issue of Paprika Southern we feature three creatives living and working in the South in our Creative South section. This section is dedicated to highlighting both emerging and established makers, artists, and entrepreneurs who are doing innovative and exciting things in the South.

This article about the creator of Daughter Handwovens, Alexandra Forby, was originally published in the print edition of Paprika Southern Spring 2018. To see the article in print, along with an exploration of the photographic legacy of southern photographer Jack Leigh, our tips on how to begin a lifelong art collection, a spring brunch menu with recipes, and much more, order a back issue of the Spring 2018 issue of Paprika Southern.

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Daughter Handwovens

Written by Bevin Valentine Jalbert / Photographed by Siobhan Egan

In Alexandra Forby’s Savannah studio, strands of cotton and linen are woven together in intricate patterns to form throw pillows, tea towels, and other handwoven goods. The sound of the 36-inch, four-shaft loom that Alexandra operates resounds in organized cacophony and the process is surprisingly physical.

Weaving is an ancient art, and Alexandra, owner of Daughter Handwovens, loves the tradition it represents.

“So much of this is based in awesome references to weaving in the Bible,” she explains, “and women who work with their hands…Proverbs 31 is a woman who considers a field and buys it. She’s progressing her home. She’s making all of the things for her home.”

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Proverbs 31 also serves as the inspiration for the name of her business. After graduating from Savannah College of Art and Design in 2013 with a BFA in painting, Alexandra, who had always dabbled in fibers art, eventually found her way to weaving, starting Daughter Handwovens in 2016. Though the business is young her work has been well-received at craft fairs and on Etsy, and over the 2017 holiday season she sold every scarf she made.

The hand-weaving process requires patience. It takes two days to set up the loom for a project. Though she can do multiple pieces once the loom is set up, a scarf, for example, takes about four hours to weave.

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The ancient nature of weaving, as well as its tradition as a women’s craft, both appeal to Alexandra.

“I’ve always loved the idea of passing down useful things, like textiles, and how textiles really capture the feeling of the era.

Earthy, muted tones are a signature of Daughter Handwovens, and Alexandra positions her products as heirloom-quality goods. While the aesthetic of pieces reflects current trends, these handmade products are part of a long legacy. Alexandra relates a story of being asked by a Viking re-enactor to create authentic Viking belts. To fulfill the commission she researched patterns appropriate to the era and taught herself to weave using weaving cards, tools that would have been made of stone or wood in ancient times.

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The current popularity of the handmade marketplace has been a boon to Alexandra’s business, allowing her to price her work according to its value.

“The world today is more appreciative of handmade goods,” she says.

The potential for self-sufficiency of weaving is also important to Daughter Handwovens. Alexandra works primarily with cotton and linen, both plant-based fibers, which allows her work to be vegan-friendly and free of allergens. She is teaching herself to spin her own cotton, and eventually wants to dye the fibers herself, with the goal of taking cotton from the plant to the finished product, allowing them to be completely sustainable.

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