Meet The Makers: Molly Cahill

Molly Cahill of Molly AuContraire is an introverted extrovert, mother of two, vegan taxidermist and three year Makers Alum!

  • What is one thing you would like the public to know about your business?

Every scrap of leather and fabric I use is either thrifted or reclaimed. My work is small batch as a result, but it is one of my goals to keep unwanted (but valuable) materials out of landfills.

  • Where do you see yourself & your craft 5 years from now?

My goal is to grow my handmade business into a household sustaining wholesale business that allows me the freedom to cherry pick shows I enjoy the most (like Makers Fest!). My craft is ever evolving with what crosses my path, so I don’t doubt there will be new designs and materials cycling in as I keep growing and sorting out what discarded items can be made new again.

  • Is your business a hobby, full-time work, or both?

My business is a part time job, I also work part time as a visual designer for Ten Thousand Villages (a fair trade company).

  • What would your advice be to others looking to start something similar?

Strive to find your own look. Keep practicing until it flows into everything you make.

  • What is your favorite part about working in the creative field?

I really love process. Taking something useless or damaged and treating it, painting it, turning it on it’s head and making it into something of value is so exciting.

  • What do you think the most common misconception is about your craft?

“I could make that.” Is something I think a lot of makers hear regularly (when they think you’re not listening). But, just because someone can reason how it may be done, doesn’t mean that it is as easy as it looks.

  • What inspires your work?

Time spent in large cities, with art, or by large lakes, with coffee. Also thrift shopping, looking through my stash, mending vintage clothing and boring lectures (perfect for sketching and brainstorming).

  • Why did you choose to participate in The Makers Festival?

I really enjoy getting away from Central PA, the culture at the Makers Festival is completely different and refreshing! It is a fascinating, very well curated show, absolutely my favorite one to explore.

  • What motivates you in the face of adversity?

Knowing that people are depending on me. I don’t want to let my people down, and that always helps me push through.

  • If you could choose any superpower, what would it be and why?

Super speed! That way I could do all of the things as well as have an abundance of time left over to learn some new skills and keep up with my children, who seem to already possess the power of super speed.


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