Above: Here I am (second from right) teaching tapestry crochet to two sisters in a rural town in Morocco while their friend (in blue) stops by to bring us water and see what’s going on.
My name is Emily Lindberg. Previously, I wrote on the blog Emily and Jon in Morocco.
And now, a brief history…
I grew up in the small town of Port Clinton located right on Lake Erie in Ohio. It’s a beautiful area and will always be dear to my heart. Growing up, I was fortunate to be surrounded by a large extended family, many of whom are resourceful, innovative, and crafty. At an early age I wanted to be an inventor.
After high school I enrolled at the Cleveland Institute of Art, spent five wonderfully inspiring years there, and graduated with a BFA in Fiber and Material studies in the spring of 2005.
Every summer during college I would return to my home town to work, which lead me to apply at Kaman’s Art Shoppes. In 2002 I became a caricature artist and worked at the local amusement park as such every summer and fall until September, 2008. It was through my job with Kaman’s that I met my husband, Jon, who was also a caricature artist at the time.
Jon and I were married in September of 2007 and shortly after decided to apply to the United States Peace Corps. The application process took about a year. On our one year wedding anniversary we traveled to Morocco to begin our 27 month service as Small Business Development volunteers.
In Morocco I worked closely with a women’s cooperative called Al Falah. My primary project was to help the co-op with product development and encourage them to participate in craft fairs.
After returning to the U.S. in December, 2010, Jon and I decided that it was time to “settle down.” We decided that a good place to do that was Lakewood, Ohio. We moved to Lakewood in January, 2011. Now that we’re here I want to start making things on a regular basis and I want to share what I make. I want to find other people like me, both in Lakewood and beyond.