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Check Out Stephanie Persichitti’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Stephanie Persichitti.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
In 2017, I started an Instagram page for my string art. I was trying to find other creatives on the platform so that we could learn and grow together. After about a year of trying to grow my small surrounding community, I decided to make the Makers of Maryland Instagram page on a whim. I didn’t know what I was going to do with it, all I knew was I would just start it and see where it went.

I was being lead then to grow this community to be of service to others in the Maryland creative community. Since the start of the page, we have given hundreds of creatives a platform to show their creativity, ask for help, grow, & find smaller communities within. We have given the opportunity of a retail location to nearly 100 Makers with our Pop Up Shops and our goal is to continue to grow and offer this and much more to others.

My personal goal is to facilitate growth in any and all forms. I want Makers of Maryland to serve as inspiration & act as a jumping off point for anyone who may need it. We bring community, support, & inclusivity into all things we do.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Yes & No. People ask me how I have made this community and I do not have a concise answer. The answer oftentimes is, “I just did it!” because I did. I worked every day to create a community and just kept following my intuition- the universe was truly leading me to my purpose of serving others… If I struggled, it was within myself. I was always wondering who I was to be offering this to so many other talented people…imposter syndrome? But I am here and constantly working through that to tell anyone who will listen that I am here to help in any way that I can. 2020 set us back but in retrospect, it catapulted us into something better.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I started Stephanie Strings in 2017, creating one of a kind string art pieces. I have since pivoted to working on bigger, custom pieces as to allow myself to work on Makers of Maryland but I am a creative person at heart and cannot let go of that true expression of creativity. Over the pandemic, I started a candle company, Carb Candle, which I am proud to say has taken off since then and yet another way I can keep myself grounded in my own creativity. 2020 paved the way for a lot of folks to come into their creative being and it let me do a lot of personal work to be able to come back to that creative part of myself and to be able to do that for others.

What’s next?
I am currently laying the foundation with my team to support artists in other states and nationwide. We have big plans for more retail locations, more virtual opportunities, and more in person locations.

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Image Credits
First photo, me sitting on a table @ the Pop Up Shop in White Marsh – @chesapeakecharmphoto Last photo, group on a roof top deck – @capturesbyjustine

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