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About Maker

Creating successful paths for your craft.

Our Goal

To help each person create a successful path for their craft, based on a sound and complete understanding and alignment of their dreams, needs, product offering and customers.

Do you ever wish there had been just one business class at art school? Are you facing more questions than answers related to your craft business? Jacqueline Sava did. Fast forward 15 years, Sava, post BFA and MBA, now leads workshops designed for craftspeople, designers and creative types, about transitioning from maker to making a living. “From maker to making a living” is a blog and workshop series designed to guide craftspeople through the process of understanding, designing and building their business. Led by maker and award winning business leader Jacqueline Sava, attendees will be guided through a series of lectures, exercises and activities focused around the development of their own business. At the end of the workshop series, each craftsperson will have a custom plan to transition from where they are, to where they want to be, successfully balancing personal craft philosophy with the realities of marketing, selling and profiting from business. Visit the blog for tutorials, business tips, maker profiles and more. Workshop participants will have access to Insider Information, which is a resource for additional information, in-depth spreadsheets and online resources.

About Jacqueline

Maker to Making a Living - Jacqueline SaveJacqueline Sava has a passion for combining business and creativity to create profitable, market driven products. Her values of innovation, education, creativity and community drive both her business (Soak Wash Inc.) and her personal endeavors (quilting, crafting, rowing, teaching). When not working on her business, Sava teaches Design Strategy, lectures on business development and entrepreneurship and is a passionate crafter, knitting and creating quilts. Her major accomplishments include a distinguished selection of awards such as VIRTU, Canada’s design award, OWIT Women Exporter of the Year, TBDC Youth Entrepreneur of the Year and the 2015 Business Innovation Award from US based ‘National Needle Arts Association’.

Sava holds an MBA in marketing and strategic management from Schulich School of Business at York University and a BFA in industrial design from Rhode Island School of Design. As the Director of Possibilities at Soak Wash Inc., Jacqueline loves travelling and sharing her products and experiences with her customers around the world. Her flagship product Soak is modern laundry care. It’s perfect for washing your laciest lingerie, softest sweaters, swimwear, workout wear, quilts and all the delicates you care about most. Designed and made in Canada, Soak is the best, easiest to use, most deliciously scented no-rinse laundry product anywhere. Sava has been an active member of Craft Ontario since 1996. She is also on the Board of Directors of the National Needle Arts Association.