We Heart Handmade: The InkPAD Shop

Before The InkPAD Shop became her additional job to motherhood, Carla Giesbrecht-Wat had no idea she would grow to love designing and screen printing empowering messages onto graphic tees for other moms and their families.

In the latest edition of We Heart Handmade, Carla talks creativity, community and more.

What sparked your decision and motivated you to start becoming a maker?

I decided to stay home with my two young children and wanted a creative outlet from the chaos that being a stay-at-home mom can be.

What do you love most about what you make and being a maker?

I love being able to work with my hands and interact with the design, fabric, and ink.

What’s the most difficult part about what you make?

Sitting in my basement flash drying each article of clothing for hours (curing the ink under an industrial heat element). It’s just one of the jobs that has to be done.

How does your product connect with your customer/community?

I try and create designs that resonate with women and their families and provide an alternative to big box store designs that can be largely gendered or promote low self-esteem.

We Heart Handmade is a weekly profile featuring the best artisans Manitoba has to offer. For more on The InkPAD Shop and the local makers’ scene, visit www.madehereforyou.com



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