Join Us! Mohawk Maker Event with Mac Papers in Jacksonville, FL

Mohawk has taken pride in the art of papermaking for nearly a century. Generations of fine papermakers have honed their craft in our mills in upstate New York, so we are endlessly inspired by the artistry of others and we’re proud to support and be a part of a growing maker movement.

As we support the maker community through the Mohawk Maker Campaign, we’re pleased to host a special event tonight with Mac Papers in Jacksonville, FL to celebrate Jacksonville’s thriving maker community.  The event is being held at Jacksonville’s Aardwolf Taproom & Brewery.

Allow us to introduce the fine makers who are participating in our event this evening:

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Carrie Martin of Corduroy Clay

Carrie Martin of discovered a passion for pottery while in high school.  “Once we started doing 3D work, I was hooked.  I use to haul 25lb bags of Georgia Red clay home with me on the school bus (with a good uphill walk to get home) so I could make things at night.  Once I started driving myself to school, I came in early and worked solo in our kiln room.”

Carrie was always encouraged to make by her teachers and family.   “I’m still dear friends with my art teacher of that time and wouldn’t be here today without her.  My parents too… they let me make a mess everywhere, and I mean everywhere. Making is important to me because it’s simply who I am.  I’ve had days where I’m tired, or really upset about something, but I force myself into the studio anyways and once I’m there, and the clay is squishing between my fingers, I’m happy again.  I just feel like it’s what I’m supposed to be doing.”

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Brittany Alphonso of Banana Bread Baby

Brittany Alphonso has been passionate about making her own designs since childhood. “When I became a stay at home mother of two beautiful girls I picked up sewing once again as just a hobby. It  started with one simple dress , which quickly turned to five, than a dozen. Before I knew it I was selling my dresses at our local farmers market and showing designs at local runway shows.”

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“The American Made movement is so very important to our community and nation. I buy all my fabrics from USA made by small businesses. My items are made by myself and a team of seamstresses from my community. I am helping my community and that feels so good. I believe in this country and the hardworking people that live here. This is why American Makers are so very important to me.”

FreshJax will also have a presence at the event with samples of their gourmet hot sauces, seasoned salts and organic snacks.  Launching three new hot sauces, the company is on a mission to encourage healthy eating through handcrafted, all natural products.

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Aardwolf Taproom and Brewery

We’re pretty sure that craft brewed beer qualifies the folks at Aardwolf Taproom and Brewery as official makers, and it’s the hottest new spot in town – so it was a natural fit as the venue for our Jacksonville Maker Event.

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We hope you’ll support the local makers of Jacksonville and within your own community.

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