This week we introduce Alaja Frahm, a Fiber Artist living in beautiful Colorado where she handmakes notions, spins yarn, sews project bags, and designs the occasional knitting pattern. Alaja had one of her beautiful progress keepers showcased in our January Subscription Boxes.
Q: What inspired you to start your business?
A: I was inspired to start my business 6 years ago when I became a stay-at-home mom, I wanted to take that opportunity to pursue my art. Now, as a single mom working a 9-5, it has become even more important for me to keep Horse Feather Fiber Arts up and running as an example to my daughter that hard work pays off and chasing your creative dreams is more than worth it.
Q: What's behind your brand name?
A: Horse Feather was one of my childhood nicknames. I have always loved horses and it seemed like the best fitting name when I decided to rebrand back in 2020!
Q: What are some things people probably don't know about you?
A: Before I had my daughter, I worked as a horse trainer for many years. I also managed a cattle ranch where I operated heavy equipment, welded, oversaw herd health, and so much more! I hope to apply the knowledge and skills I acquired to my own future homestead some day! Bonus: I grew up in Southern California where surfing was a huge passion of mine.
Q: Do you have kids or pets?
A: I'm fortunate to have a sweet, smart, wildly funny and beautiful 6 year old daughter named River. I also have a Bassett/Blue Heeler mix named Ryder who will be 8 this year. I rescued him when he was just 7 weeks old and he has been with me through it all. We also recently welcomed a Betta fish to the family.
Q: What do you do in your spare time?
A: When I'm not knitting, spinning yarn, or making things for my shop, you can find me outdoors. I love to fish, hike and shoot my bow - often with my boyfriend who is my best friend and biggest supporter! I also enjoy riding horses, being around other animals, and doing anything water related. Photography is a major hobby of mine as well.
Q: What inspires your creativity?
A: I draw most of my inspiration from nature, though I find that the space I'm creating in is just as important. If I'm not in an environment full of natural light, good music and the things I love (objects from nature, handmade items, etc.) I find it so difficult to get in a good creative flow.
Thank you for tuning into this weeks Feature Friday post. We hope you enjoyed meeting Alaja and learning a few things about her and what she does! You can follow Alaja on Instagram and find all her work at www.horsefeatherfiberarts.com. Join us next week to meet our next maker!