The Northern Market caught our eye because of its beautiful yet functional minimalist line of handmade home goods and market bags. Owner, Lindsey Zinno, founded The Northern Market as a teenager. As a young entrepreneur and Environmental Sciences major, Lindsey applies environmental consciousness to her products and everyday life. Every piece by The Northern Market is a unique One-of-a-Kind item! This Cincinnatian is putting the city on the map by being featured in shops around the world! We are thrilled that The Northern Market will be featured at our Ohio Explored Holiday Maker Mart!
Tell us about your business.
My name is Lindsey Zinno, and I own The Northern Market. The Northern Market is a home and lifestyle goods shop for the modern home and individual. We strive to provide environmentally-conscious fiber art sewn out of cotton rope.
What drew you to your craft?
I have been sewing since a very young age, I grew up with great influences of my mom and her sisters teaching me to sew. I can say that I've always been drawn to sewing, but my true connection to fiber art didn't begin until I was about 15 when I learned to make batiks. (Batiks are a traditional wax-resist fabric dying technique to make complex patterns and even paintings.) During that time, I was taught to make baskets out of clothesline. Which brought me to where I am today.
What is your favorite thing you have ever made?
My naturally-dyed, yellow backpack.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
This is such a hard question! Because I'm graduating college in the summer, and I am not grown up yet. I am at such a crossroads with this. I can see myself being a shop owner of curated goods, a studio teacher, having an environmental job, or even getting more into product photography and interiors. I am just going to let everything take its course and feel out what I should do when the time comes. When I was a child I wanted to be a chef or a marine biologist.
What is your creative process?
When I'm working to create new designs, the first question I ask myself is can I make this with one continuous piece of rope. One of my most important elements of my work is continuity. I will work on sketches and sample shapes. I measure out rope so I can know how much I will need in the future to replicate, but mostly it's all in my head. Then, I start constructing the piece. Using my sewing machine, I sew each piece of rope together, building the walls of the vessel, tagging, trimming, and photographing.
What advice would you give yourself 10 years ago?
Well, considering I was 10-years-old ten years ago, I would tell myself to keep doing what I'm doing, to stay creative, active, and to try everything my heart desired.
Why is it important to support local artists & makers?
I love this question! Supporting local artists is sustainable. By purchasing a piece made by a local artist, you are supporting her/his craft, time, passion, community, economy within your community, and the environment. Most local sales are done in person, which eliminates excess carbon emissions from shipping. When you are buying local, you aren't just buying from a brand, you are buying from a face, a friend, a parent, a human who values your opinion and support.
Why do you love doing what you do?
I love running The Northern Market because I get to make something that I am proud of everyday. It isn't very common that you can center your job around creating something with your hands each day. I am proud to say that I am proud of my work and the time and energy I've put into this business.
What advice do you have for other women who want to start their own businesses?
First off, do it! Don't be afraid to fail or take risks. Be confident, manage your time well, and stay consistent with your vision for your brand. Don't hold back, and don't be left wondering what it would be like if you never tried.
What is your favorite thing about Exploring Ohio?
Ohio is beautiful. Our community is filled with kind, loving people who love to lift each other up and support local businesses and artisans.
Meet The Northern Market at our Ohio Explored Holiday Maker Mart!