Susan Murphy makes Jawnaments! Read on to learn about the origins of these Philly – and beyond – themed ornaments. We chat with her extensively about her process and inspiration on this week’s podcast.
I make hyper-local Christmas ornaments that feature iconic and much-loved foods and places in Philly and other cities!
I started making Jawnaments for neighbors and Fishtown residents but have since expanded to selling to anyone who loves Philly or their hometown! We have customers from all over the US!!!
I make all Jawnaments at Nextfab locations in Kensington and South Philly. I operate a small studio there as well.
I started making Jawnaments in December 2017 (but have been a maker for most of my years).
I have been a maker of all sorts of things for most of my life. Starting with hand-sewn Halloween costumes in high school to earrings and jewelry while commuting via train from Baltimore to DC… and most recently — custom handbags (in the 2000s). I am also very crafty around my house!
Someone was searching for an Arctic Splash ornament on the Fishtown Facebook page… five days before Xmas in 2017. Since none existed, I figured I would make one from scratch—and I offered a small quantity for sale . That’s how Jawnaments started! Now I offer over 60 styles and sell via Etsy, my website and pop-up locations in Philly!
I am amazed by the woodworkers at Nextfab. I’ve seen folks make everything from drums to furniture to gift items and even a boat! The commitment, patience and detail orientation is amazing.
I plan to keep expanding the Jawnaments collection to other cities while working my day job (I teach undergraduate business classes at the University of Delaware)!
How has technology made your “making” easier or more efficient?
I received a wonderful, handwritten letter from a Jawnaments customer in 2019. He wrote about how Jawnaments made him laugh and how he enjoyed the reactions he received from friends and family when they saw his Christmas tree. That made me realize that even a little ornament can create happiness for folks. To know I had a hand in that means a lot.
I am always looking for ideas for Jawnaments and welcome all suggestions! Just contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Find the Philly Maker Faire podcast is on your favorite streaming service today! https://anchor.fm/phillymakerfaire/episodes/Susan-Murphy-Jawnaments-e1925mi