Meet the Maker: April Scarduzio
I'm thrilled to be introducing to you today our newest maker at The Safari Collective and the first maker of our worn products. April is the owner of Abrahamsson Co., a handmade goods shop run by her and her fiance, Mark. The moment I saw her gorgeous knit products, I knew they would be the perfect way to kickstart our worn collection here at TSC. They are so cozy, well-made and wonderful for the chilly season ahead. Oh, and great for holiday gifts!
Read on below to learn more about the maker behind our Crochet Knit Turban Headbands. You'll love her, as I do. She's a dog person, too, and well, we all know how my dogs have my heart.
Your name? April Scarduzio
Location? Long Island, NY
Occupation? Designer & Maker
Please describe yourself, your business, and the story of how your business came about.
I’ve been bit of a creative gal my whole life. I used to sell my drawings when I was in grade school and made my first magazine when I was 10. It was only natural that I would go off to design school in New York City for graphic design. Once in my senior year and working on my thesis, I felt this deep need to connect more with working with my hands. I focused on learning new crafts and exploring new inspiration outlets. This led me to teach myself how to knit and crochet which I ended up picking up very quickly and I absolutely loved it!
My now fiance Mark also felt a desire to create tactilely so we decided to join forces and collaborated on ideas for products he could make out of wood and I made knitwear and jewelry. I always felt like I had this particular simple aesthetic and taste so I had a hard time finding accessories that fit this. As we started creating our own pieces, we found that others loved them as well!
What are you working on right now?
I’m currently trying to stay on track with my holiday orders for Abrahamsson Co. while also trying to get my freelance design work into a steady and manageable flow.
Please describe your workspace.
My main workspace is mine and Mark’s apartment. I kind of find what ever spot suites me for the day and settle in! Whether it be the kitchen table, the couch, or the living room floor.
Mark also owns an embroidery and screen printing business—we joke that we can probably make anything—so I’ll also head over to the shop to work for a change of scenery or if we’re having a production day for our wood pieces.
Please share a little bit about your creative process.
For the most part, I feel my creative process is relatively random and organic. When I create new products for the shop, the inspiration usually strikes from almost anything, it could be a particular color I find in a vintage cloth pattern or the funky burl growing on the side of a tree. Mostly I try to create with the mission to create something that is timeless and functional.
How do you begin your mornings?
My mornings usually begin between 7–8 with a cup of tea or coffee. While I make and eat breakfast, I usually try to catch up on social media and read any articles to stay up to date in this crazy world.
What does a typical day look like for you?
My days vary always. Depending on my schedule and deadlines some days I’ll have a knitting marathon and others will be filled with design work and writing emails. I’m not much of a routine person so having something different to do each day is what keeps it interesting for me!
What inspires you on the daily?
I think what has been inspiring me daily lately is reading about what other creatives and entrepreneurs are doing. I love reading about what unique and inspiring projects people are working on. It’s what pushes me to continue coming up with new projects for myself. The world is really welcoming makers and the importance of creativity so it’s amazing to see it all evolve daily!
Where do you hope your business is ten years down the road?
Wow, ten years! By that time I would see myself as stay at home mother that has grown Abrahamsson Co. into this wonderful handmade hub of products made by myself and by others. I’m really open to the idea of collaborating with other makers and sharing their stories.
I also have this dream of having a homestead with Mark where we’d have goats and chickens and a luscious garden. Oh and dogs. Lots of dogs.