10 Local Makers to Support This International Women’s Day

In honor of the holiday, consider buying from one of these female-owned businesses.

1. Cedar + Spruce Studios


Molly Jackson, the woman behind Cedar + Spruce Studios, started making stained glass creations in 2015. She designs, cuts, grinds, foil wraps and solders each colorful piece of art herself. She announces her shop updates on her Instagram (@cedarandspruce.studios), and she sells her pieces online. She’ll also be at the Walkers Point Makers Market and Bar Hop on March 13 from noon until 5 p.m.

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Jodyann Morgan’s candles are nothing short of works of art. Her hand-poured soy candles celebrate the human form and are designed from a gender-neutral perspective, according to her website. Candles from this Black and queer-owned business can be purchased online. Follow CTOAN on Instagram at (@ctoan.co).

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3. Dusty Pete’s


Milwaukeeans and friends Darcy “Dusty” and Jackie “Pete” started Dusty Pete’s together, creating laser cut goods and accessories. Their creations are inspired by pop culture and their own lives, like these Midwest inspired “ope” heart earrings. You can shop online and find them on Instagram (@dustypetes) to keep up with their in-person pop ups.

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4. Jennifer Froh Jewelry


Milwaukee-based metalsmith Jennifer Froh is an alumnus of UW-Milwaukee, and she creates intricate but minimal silver jewelry. Every piece is bent, cut, soldered and brushed by hand, making each piece unique. Jewelry can be purchased online, and you can follow Froh’s work on Instagram (@jennifer_froh).

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5. J. Riley


Crochet designer J.Riley makes and sells colorful crochet earrings, like these best-selling Loop-D-Loop earrings made with acrylic yarn. You can purchase her earrings online and follow her on Instagram (@iamjriley) to keep up with her crochet designs and style inspiration.

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6. Just Bee Designs


Brandi Lynch decided to create her own bracelets one afternoon and she fell in love. From there she started Just Bee Designs to sell her beaded creations. The bracelets are made with intentional stone choices, like this bracelet made with tiger’s eye, a stone of protection that can bring good luck to the wearer. You can shop Just Bee Designs online.

7. Milwaukee Maker


Cary Riding is from South Milwaukee, and she hand makes woven fabric bags with colorful designs. There are tote bags, handbags and wristlets available in many different patterns on her Etsy. You can also find her on Instagram (@milwaukee_maker).

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8. MKE Quilting Co


Katelyn Warner is a local quilt maker who makes t-shirts with quilt patches, quilted pillows, scrunchies, face masks and more. Shop her creations on Etsy or head over to her Instagram (@mkequiltingco) to keep up with her pop ups and additional creations.

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9. Rivet + Bezel


Drew, owner and creator of Rivet + Bezel, creates one-of-a-kind resin earrings with unique designs, like these pressed flower earrings that are currently available on her Instagram (@rivetandbezel). She sells her earrings on Instagram, Facebook and at local events. The next in-person event she will be at is the 414flea on May 22.

10. T for Textile


Taina Espinoza is a macramé and textiles artist and the woman behind T for Textile. She makes fiber art and jewelry, and she does consulting for women artists and entrepreneurs. You can shop her handmade creations on her website or on her Instagram (@tfortextile).

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Brianna Schubert is the associate digital editor and writes about art, culture and more at Milwaukee Magazine. When she’s not writing/editing, she’s likely reading (follow her book reviews on Instagram at @read_with_bee), cooking or listening to Taylor Swift.