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Makers' Mantras

Makers' Mantras

New York Maker Meera Lee Patel's Joan of Arc "I Am Not Afraid" Art Print. $25 (shipping included). Click here to purchase.

We say "so long" to July, our self-proclaimed "Maker Month", with some wise words from our New York makers.

We asked them for their mantra quotes, the inspiring ones that pick them up or keep them going. Enjoy! 


“Your spark can become a flame and change everything.”
- E.D. Nixon
Melissa Kelly, Be in the Moment

 

“Hail to the skillful cunning hand, Hail to the cultured mind, Contending for the world’s command, Here let them be combined."
- Norwegian metalsmith, Mr. Bardsen, childhood teacher of Rabbit Goody
Rabbit Goody, Thistle Hill Weavers

 

“I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul.”
- William Ernest Henley, from “Invictus”
Madeline Lanciani, Duane Park Patisserie

 

"Everyone in the world knows something that you don't. So it's possible to learn something new from everyone you meet."
- the late Robert Delgaudio, mentor of Tim Jones
Tim Jones, Stissing Designs

 

“I’ve known a great many troubles but most of them never happened.”
- Mark Twain

 

"It always seems impossible until it's done.”
- Nelson Mandela
Prangchat Sathianthammawit (Deedee), W.B. Thamm

 

“Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work.”
- Chuck Close
Catherine LaPointe Vollmer, LaPointe Illustration

 

"I am not afraid. I was born to do this."
- Joan of Arc

 

"Trust that you'll be guided to the right place, the right people, the right circumstances. And when it is right, it will flow effortlessly.”
- Lisa Miller
Lisa Miller, The Foal Project

 

"What's inspires me? My baby inspires me every day, her smile, seeing my little girl growing and learning new things.”
- Anna Enilina
Anna Enilina, Millie Handmade

 

"Fortune favors the prepared mind."
- Louis Pasteur.
Catherine M. Zadeh, Zadeh

 

Never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never-in nothing, great or small, large or petty ― never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense.”
- Winston Churchill
Claire Marin, Catskill Provisions

 

“And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
- Marianne Williamson
Emily Spray, Chickpea Kid


“It is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all."
- Laura Ingalls Wilder
Mike Cobb, Crown Maple


“Enthusiasm is the yeast that makes your hopes shine to the stars. Enthusiasm is the sparkle in your eyes, the swing in your gait. The grip of your hand, the irresistible surge of will and energy to execute your ideas."
- Henry Ford
Scott Ketchum, Sfoglini


“Art theories have no meaning for me, beauty has. This is all my philosophy. I do not attempt to be original or different."
- Lucie Rie
Micòl Hernandez, Micòl Ceramics


“Often when you think you're at the end of something, you're at the beginning of something else.” 
- Fred Rogers
David ArmstrongArmstrong's All Natural