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Worcester Wares

Jessica Walsh

Worcester, MA
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What type of Artist/Maker are you?

Photographer and Silk-screener

How did you get started making/designing/etc?

I have been fascinated with photography since a very young age and can remember running around with my polaroid camera when I was 8 or 9 years old. Still my favorite camera. I continued photographing through the years and started selling and showing my work in 2009. I designed a greeting card line called "Faux-laroids" and sold them online and in Worcester's very own CC Lowell. Silkscreening began in 2014 when I asked a friend to teach me so I could make a Worcester tote bag for myself, which quickly became making tote bags for others and eventually t-shirts and a store. I've been silkscreening ever since.

How long have you been selling your art/designing/etc?

Since 2009

Is making art a full time gig for you or a side hustle?

Full time gig :)

Why are you a maker? What drives you to continue making?

I love working with my hands and find great satisfaction in the process of seeing an idea becoming an item that people then connect with in a meaningful way. My father was a carpenter and furniture builder and I remember being fascinated at a very young age watching him work. He crafted items that became a part of peoples lives. That is so meaningful and weighty and I've always wanted to emulate that in some way. Working with my hands is in my genes and I’m happiest when I’m covered in ink silkscreening and creating items for the store.

What is your favorite thing that you've created and sold at Worcester Wares?

Its a toss up between the "I Love Worcester" pins that started it all and the Worcester 1722 design that became the first shirt I ever sold and continue to sell today. I love them both so, so much.

Do you make/sell other products that aren't sold at Worcester Wares? If so, tell us about what you make.

I still photograph for fun and occasionally put a piece in a show but mostly I've transitioned to all Worcester Wares all the time.