I’ve been a fan of (mainly vintage) macrame for awhile now. It wasn’t until I recently discovered Jennifer Walsh’s macrame necklaces, that I had a better appreciation of the craft. Jennifer designs under her brand- Emerge, and not only creates wearable macrame art, but also skirts, and other earrings that are crafted from leather and such.
Like myself, Jennifer has seen her fair share of not fitting into society. She grew up as an outcast, and feeling as though she was never heard or seen. That belief led her to start creating, which helped to process her feelings and get her energy out.
After high school, she realized that she no longer cared about other people thought; even into her 20s and 30s, she’d make her own clothing or shop a thrift stores and re-make clothing she had found. She just wanted to try to be heard, but without having to say a word.
Throughout Jennifer’s creative lifestyle, she would always see things in terms of- Can I wear that? What can I put on my body? While taking a macrame class last fall, she realized that even that could be wearable. When she got home, she figured out how to make a necklace; soon after, it became 100 necklaces, and so on.
It wasn’t until after her mother passed away, that she really got that “push” to start her own business. She made the leap and launched her separate business Instagram account. Soon after launching, she started to see a positive response for her necklaces and other designs.
Since then, her business has grown, and her work can be found at local Phoenix boutiques: Founder’s Grove, Poor Little Rich Girl Boutiques (both locations), Botanica at The Farm at South Mountain, and The Modern Monarch.
“I want to also inspire women to be your own person. It’s ok to not be like everyone else. Be weird… Be funky…Who cares!” – Jennifer Walsh
You can check out her Instagram to see more examples of her necklaces, skirts, and other jewelry.