Makers ~ Macayla Lavender ~ Westerly

Artist’s name: Macayla Lavender
Shop name: Lyme Fighters
Twitter: @macaylalavender
Instagram: @macaylalavender

1. Tell us about your work
I created a clothing company called Lyme Fighters and the main goal is to raise awareness for Lyme Disease. Lyme Fighters is a way to show those with the disease that they are not alone! It can also be a great way to inform those who do not know about it!

2. Is there a story behind the name of your business?
Yes! I came up with the name Lyme Fighters one day while I was bedridden from my Lyme Disease. Originally, the name was just to inspire myself to keep fighting this horrible disease. Soon, the name turned into a project and eventually it became what it is today!

3. How did you come to be a professional artist/crafter/designer?
I began sketching clothing ideas and sayings for clothing while bedridden and once I was able to, I began working on them! From there, I found the right people to help me with this project and it’s been a great ride so far! I absolutely love designing and I love the whole process.

4. Where do you draw your inspiration?
For me inspiration comes from the strangest of places, it comes in waves. The beach is a great place to bring a notebook, sit down, and create!

5. What’s your favorite item to create?
I love creating them all, it’s such a fun process to create these designs and then to see them in real life. My favorite would have to be the best seller I Bite Back shirt!

6. What’s your best seller?
My best selling item is the Women’s I Bite Back Long-Sleeve Shirt! It is super comfy and I love the saying that goes with it!

7. How long have you been in Rhode Island?
I have been in Rhode Island since I was around 3 years old! So I have lived here for about 14/15 years.

8. What do you {heart} about Rhode Island?
I love being so close to the beach! There’s a quote that I love that I would like to share,
“healing comes in waves
and maybe today
the wave hits the rocks
and that’s ok,
that’s ok, darling
you are still healing
you are still healing.”
-Ijeoma Umebinyuo, be gentle with yourself

I find the beach to be a healing place and this quote is just perfect for me!

9. Favorite place to take out-of-towners?
I like to take out-of-towners to a small business called Maize ’n Manna, which has some delicious food!

10. Any advice for new/wannabe makers?
Write down your ideas and thoughts for your project, even if you think they are bad ones still write them down! You never know when you may need them.


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