ABOUT MAKER'S MOVEMENT
We celebrate creativity and craft.
Our mission is to offer a platform for artists and makers to share their work and stories, and to continue fostering healthy and honest dialogue through diverse mediums. Our online community continues to flourish as a source of inspiration, and as a hub for creatives to connect over shared values and experiences. We independently publish a bi-annual print publication, Maker’s Magazine, with each issue unpacking a different theme through creative expression.
We hope to offer a space where unsung stories that feel “too small” have room to breathe. We value storytelling, creativity, honesty, kindness and respect.
Through our journey with Maker’s Movement, we continue to contemplate:
How can we use our creative voices and mediums to unpack the complex human experience?
about the founder & founding
Samantha Shaw, Founder & Editor
I'm Sam, the lady behind Maker’s Movement! I’m a twenty-something year-old who’s passionate about handmade, design and storytelling. Simply said, but discovering what I wanted to spend my time pursuing has been a journey. I’ve always been one for projects — several on-the-go, a couple in the to-do list phase, and countless sitting on the back burners. It wasn’t until I started Maker’s Movement that I really poured all of me into a single project.
After experimenting with many mediums over the years, December 2014 finally led me to the founding of Maker’s Movement. At the time, I was selling jewellery and other bits on Etsy and at local markets, and found simple joy in sharing my creative experiments, small bizz insights, and daily wanderings on Instagram. I started to connect with tons of like-minded creatives in a capacity I had never imagined. Moved by the talent I was discovering daily, I wanted to find a way to showcase these amazing artists and makers — and with that, Maker’s Movement was born!
What started simply as an Instagram feed to promote and celebrate the work of my fellow creatives, has since flourished into a vibrant online platform and bi-annual print publication, Maker’s Magazine. The growth has been extremely organic and rewarding. In hindsight, when I began this project I hadn’t a clue what an undertaking it would be! Maker’s Movement has become an outlet to practice my own creativity and passions, challenging me as a self-taught business owner, editor, creative director and designer. I continue to learn and grow alongside Maker's Movement, and will keep seeking out new ways to better this platform and community.
Thank you to all that continue to ride along, and a warm welcome to the new!
Walter Cabal, Writer & Content Specialist
In January 2017 Walter led a series of interviews called “Conversations with Creatives on Re-Developing a Vision Through Melancholy” for Maker’s Movement, and continues to specialize in foraging with artisans, designers, and craftspeople through the depth of their stories.
Walter currently lives within walking distance from the Arts District in Pomona, CA with his wife Alicia. It’s here in the urban Los Angeles County landscape where he experiments daily with living and working at a slower pace intentionally positioning himself toward a more integrated life rhythm. He takes cues from the lifestyle of monks utilizing the long silences in designing and crafting as a way of contemplative spiritual development, viewing it as a way to re-dignify ordinary manual labor to have transcendent meaning.
Walter enjoys reading poetry from old Hebrew Scriptures, Mary Oliver, T.S. Elliot, Issa, and frequently engages in long silences during the day as a spiritual practice, developing a "listening ear for God" through living in very unimpressive and "ordinary" simplicity.
Walter is also part of a small team working with the City of Riverside, CA that is attempting to develop a sustainable and affordable living community for individuals who are housing vulnerable or experiencing homelessness.
Walter earned his BA in Philosophy from the University of California, Riverside. He is also the founder, product designer and craftsperson for Cabal Crafted.