My name is Paige and I like to make stuff.
Why do I Make Stuff?
I can’t remember exactly when I started making things – I’ve kind of always done it. From crazy crayon doodles to little paper animals, homemade claymation videos to swords made from rulers and duct tape, I’ve always found ways to take what I saw in my head and make it into reality. Simply imagining has never been enough for me – I want to hold my visions in my hands.
I am Cherokee Indian. When I was born, my grandmother had a dream that she was holding a baby in her arms when a little red bird came in and landed on her shoulder. She gave me the name RedBird as a baby and it’s been part of my name for as long as I can remember! My Indigenous heritage has always been very important to me and I do my best to carry it into all of my endeavors.
I started making props professionally in 2014 under the name “RedBird Props,” and continued taking commissions and making everything from foam anime swords to Satyr hooves until the end of 2018, at which point I changed the direction of my business. Making things had become a chore and a source of stress. My ambition and creativity was gone, and I wanted to turn away from it completely. I began working for Punished Props Academy – the people who taught me almost everything I know about prop and costume making – full time at the beginning of 2018. Through them I also learned the value of making things you’re passionate about and creating your own definition of success.
After changing my name to “RedBird Makes,” my focus has shifted to making for the sake of making, something I haven’t really taken the time to do. I’m inspired to create things I want or am excited about, or to learn a cool new process, and I want to share the journey with others who enjoy the process of creating things. I will do my best to share photos, video, and write-ups about all the things I make in the hopes that someone will learn, be inspired, and try their own hand at making something they’re passionate about! Sometimes I’ll make something I enjoy a lot, so I’ll make a few and offer them for sale in my shop!
Thanks for joining me on this journey, I can’t wait to see what we make together!