Artists ~ Cynthia Falco ~ Chepachet

Artist’s name: Cynthia Falco
Shop name: Sew Much Moxie
Facebook: Sew Much Moxie

1. Tell us about your work: 
My work is home-sewn items for babies, children and accessories for the home.

2. Is there a story behind the name of your business? 
The story behind my shop name is that it is named for my beloved chocolate lab named "Moxie". When I decided to try and make and sell my products, I wanted to add Moxie in the name because she was always at my side and curled up under my feel while I was sewing . Unfortunately, we lost her about a month after we decided on the name for my shop.

3. How did you come to be a professional artist/crafter/designer? 
I taught myself to sew when I was about 12 years old. My mom's friend had opened up a small fabric store back then, and we went to see the store. I asked my mom if I could get a pattern and some fabric, and she allowed me to. I made a dress for myself, and I have been sewing for myself and my kids since then. I now have three grandchildren that I sew for, and that is when I decided to start my own business.

4. Where do you draw your inspiration? 
I draw my inspiration from my two daughters-in-law. My grandchildren are 2 years old, 9 months, and 4 months old. I like to make my items based on their needs for their children.

5. What’s your favorite item to create? 
I love making baby items, but my absolute favorite item to make is my crescent-shaped characters. I make crescent-shaped Santa, witches and scarecrows.

6. What’s your best seller? 
So far, my best seller has to be my car seat blanket. It is an item that is not readily available in stores.

7. How long have you been in Rhode Island? 
I have been living in RI since I was six years old.

8. What do you {heart} about Rhode Island? 
The best thing about RI for me is the fact that we can drive from the country in northern RI down to the beaches in southern RI in one hour. It's the best of both worlds.

9. Favorite place to take out-of-towners? 
I would take out-of-towners to Newport.

10. Any advice for new/wannabe makers? 
I am still a new maker myself, but so far the lesson I have learned is that success is not going to happen overnight. If I want to be successful, I have to stick to it and keep trying, not give up. I have been doing this for a little less than a year now.


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