Wayne: I noted you are quoted in the Petaluma Star that Petaluma is a magnet for creative people?
Jess: Yes, I think that Petaluma draws creative people. There is an ease about this town. It’s a good place to put dreams in to action.
Jess: I loved the downtown area. I could tell it was going to be a great place to raise kids.
Wayne: What do you think Petaluma has to offer which creates that attraction?
Jess: I think Petaluma has that perfect balance of creative people willing to put hard work into making things happen.
Wayne: Can you share how you are active in other ways in our community?
Jess: Before I started my business, I was very active in my kids’ school. Now, I’m so busy with work. What I concentrate on now is a yearly COTs donation. We make a doll for every child staying at COTs over the holidays. Generally between 75-100 dolls.
Wayne: When you first started making dolls describe the process you went through to get the materials for your dolls?
Jess: The dolls began with a group of my cashmere sweaters being washed and shrunk. Then I also had a very large collection of antique textiles. The combination inspired me to create dolls!