Ruth Rau

Ruth Rau

My grandmother taught me to knit when I was six. My mother taught me to use a sewing machine when I was twelve and a made the most ill-fitting blue corduroy jumper dress known to man. I was hooked.

I sewed so much that I was given my own sewing machine for my 18th birthday. I was one of two architecture students who had a sewing machine and a laptop on my desk at college.

I pursued a career in architecture, unsure of how to make a living sewing without becoming a fashion designer (um… no). I loved it, every minute of designing and dreaming and talking with clients and watching thoughts from my head come to life in the real world. Then I had a baby.

Suddenly, my priorities shifted. Dramatically. Yet I found that the urge to design was still strong. I started making toys for my baby. Then for friends and strangers.

Designing and making toys satisfies a deep ache in my heart. Creating developmentally appropriate little pieces of art for children to explore is a dream come true.

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