Meet our Winter Interns!
MIRIAM CUMMONS - WOODWORKING INTERN
Miriam is very excited to be a part of the WOO team! Since graduating from Goucher College with a BA in Sociology with concentrations in Social Work and Social Justice, they have been a part of what experts call "the gig economy:" the wild world of hustling, networking, collaboration, traveling, volunteerism, creating, and meeting all sorts of new folks. And while these jobs have meant contending with gendered expectations of ability, the adventure of it all has been very rewarding. Miriam is eager to keep learning and improving as a craftsperson in an environment built by and for women and non-binary folks.
SHALON EDWARDS - WOODWORKING INTERN
My friends often refer to me as the Black Martha Steward, but I prefer to go by Shalon. I will co-sign on the fact that I am creative spirit, and I love a good material transformation, whether it's flour, sugar and butter, wood and metal, fabric and thread, or just a coat of paint...I love it all.
Through personal projects and several humanitarian trips to the South to rebuild New Orleans and the surrounding areas after Hurricane Katrina, I've gained experience in building and developed an affinity for power tools. I'm here for everything WOO stands for: women and power tools, building, supporting and creating. I'm a firm believe that knowledge is never-ending, and I want to learn more and be part of an environment that gives women the open space and resources to feel that feeling you get when you step back from a completed project and think, "I did that, and it's amazing, and I'm awesome!"
TOBEY MEYERS - WOODWORKING INTERN
Tobey Myers is a queer weirdo from Baltimore, who has spent a lot of time in her life trying to figure out how things work. Through traditional academia and many magical friendships, she has cultivated a myriad of passions, including woodworking, physics, poetry, performance art, engineering, and social justice.
But more than anything else, she cares about taking care of her friends and the larger baltimore community. And for her, that begins with affordable access to spaces like WOO, where women and trans folks can come to learn and teach each other, in our own neighborhoods. In order to dismantle the institutions that work to oppress marginalized folks, we all have to share our knowledge and work together. Tobey is most excited about the opportunity to be in a supportive creative environment with other curious makers who are eager to explore, to make mistakes, and to grow together.
IVY ROSE SMITH - WOODWORKING INTERN
Ivy Rose Smith is a recent 2017 graduate from St. Mary's College of Maryland with degrees in Art and Anthropology. During her time at St. Mary's, she completed her senior project on Ecofeminism and honey bees entitled, "“Honey, I Shrunk the Respect”: an Ecofeminist approach through the creation of multimedia artwork to understanding the relationships and connections between the mistreatment of women and honey bees in Western Society to inspire social change and activism, and to provide education." Ivy also helped to complete a two year project in college with two professors in which she constructed a Tiny House from all refurbished and recycled materials.
Ivy is an extremely passionate ecofeminist who hopes to continue to explore different woodworking techniques and fine craftsmanship. Ivy also hopes to eventually go to law school with a focus in agriculture so that she can help marginalized groups who are affected by environmental injustices understand the laws that are acting against them through the creation of community art projects and spaces.
ANDY WEAVER - PR INTERN
I was very drawn to WOO's mission because I am obsessed with the idea of defying expectations. I grew up in a household of traditional gender roles. While I love that I learned to sew and cook, I wish I had been exposed to a wider variety of skills.
I've always loved creating, from stories and illustrations beginning at age 5, to poems and songs beginning in middle school. I became very interested in business when I became a restaurant owner in 2012, and dove head-first into the world of DIY business, with a big focus on social media marketing and event planning. This was a different kind of creativity, but I was driven nonetheless until selling the business in 2017.
These days I am making ends meet waiting tables and working as an Executive Assistant, in addition to my freelance work providing website setup and simple marketing materials for small businesses. I host a monthly writers' group, serve on the board of the Lauraville Business Association and occasionally perform as honey boat.
I have battled a chronic illness on and off for over a decade, and the ability to create has been one of my greatest companions. During the worst times, I have written, drawn, made cloth & felt toys,and so much more. This is another reason WOO's work speaks to me so much. Independence, resourcefulness, industry and innovation have become so important to me as I've grown up.