The Last Word: Mosaic Makers Collective’s Katy Sensenig Schilthuis on Showcasing Talents of 80 Texas Women Makers

“We called it a collective and Mosaic Makers because a mosaic is a bunch of beautiful broken pieces that come together to make something more beautiful.”

Katy Sensenig Schilthuis
Mosaic Makers Collective
.…on how her shop in Dallas’ Bishop Arts District has become a home for the creativity of scores of women artisans, via the Dallas Morning News.

Here's "who said what" in Dallas Innovates Every Day.If you walk into Schilthuis’ 2000-square-foot store at 8th Street and Bishop in Oak Cliff’s Bishop Arts District, you can find everything from watercolor paintings to kitchen magnets shaped like sushi to casual fashions, wall hangings, jewelry, and more. 

Katy Sensenig Schilthuis

And a sign on the wall—FEMALE DESIGNED LOCAL GOODS—tells it all.

The wares in the Mosaic Makers Collective are creations by 80 Texas women “makers”—including everyone from young mothers working at home to women who quit their day jobs for a life of creative entrepreneurship.

“It’s my dream to have people come into the store and see all these different voices,” Schilthuis told the DMN’s Maria Halkias.

‘She Makes’ podcast

Schilthuis—who also sells a line of Fresh Out of Ink greeting cards that she founded with her husband—is getting the word out about the store in more ways than one. She and the store’s social media manager, Taylor Mitchell, also co-host a podcast called “She Makes.”

Two seasons of the podcast are already available, exploring the ins and outs of starting up a business as well as “hard to talk about” topics, the DMN writes—including two makers discussing their battles with breast cancer.

From eight to 80

We profiled the Mosaic Makers Collective when it opened in 2018 with eight makers to give patrons local, handmade goods as well as a place to cultivate the community

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