The Ambassador Series: Lindsey Zinno
Hi Lindsey! Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I'm a 20-year-old artist, student, and business owner living in Cincinnati. I am studying environmental sciences and professional writing at the University of Cincinnati. Beyond my studies, I run and own The Northern Market, a sustainable home and lifestyle accessories shop, where I sew and make multifunctional fiber art out of cotton rope. I am a pianist, rock climber, and vegan.
When did you begin working with fibers and realize that creating art and products was something that you wanted to do?
I began working with fibers at a very young age. I come from a linage of talented fiber artists. My mother, aunts, and grandmother all taught and inspired me to create different mediums of fiber art. It wasn't until I was 15 that I knew I wanted to begin a business out of it.
You started The Northern Market at 17! What made you want to start a business then and what support did you have starting off?
My support system from my family and friends helped make The Northern Market possible from the beginning. I have always been very driven to take a different route than normal college students, and starting a business was a great start to that journey. I started out making baskets for friends and family, strengthening my craft and establishing my style and brand. From then, I began selling products on Etsy, my independent website, in retail stores, and now my own brick-and-mortar pop-up shop in Cincinnati.
How do you manage your time between running a business/going to school/having a life?
That is a very good question… I enjoy learning, but sometimes school can get in the way of my business. I knew that if I didn’t take any time off (i.e. no summer breaks. etc.), I could finish school early and focus on my other responsibilities. I will be graduating college in just three years, and I could not be more excited to move on from that chapter. So, I guess for that question, I put a lot on my plate, make myself a little crazy sometimes, but it pays off. I have a rule that now that I don’t let myself sew in my studio after sundown. I will wake up early and sew, but I don’t work well late at night. It is never good to rush when you are making. This rule helps me balance work and having a life outside of the studio.
What creative women do you find inspiring?
There are so many women that inspire me for so many different reasons. The first is Elizabeth Pape, for building up her brand (Elizabeth Suzann) into what it is today. Second, Megan Strasser (Fern) for having an amazing storefront and following in College Hill—a developing area in Cincinnati—while being a mother, maintaining her family and social life, and being transparent through that complicated balance. I am also inspired by Nancy Zeiman, who I had the pleasure of working with recording Sewing With Nancy on PBS, was the pioneer of women business owners in the fiber industry, recording 910 episodes for PBS, including numerous episodes while fighting cancer and sadly just passed away in November after her cancer metastasized. Lastly, my mother and my aunt for running their own independent sewing and fiber companies, they have been a true inspiration to me from a very young age. I have always been surrounded by independent, powerful women.
What makes you passionate about the work you do?
Making pieces for The Northern Market has become an amazing opportunity to be a part of the businesses bringing back slow production/slow fashion. High quality, handmade products are not found in a factory. I am passionate about having a business centered on that ideology, the environment, and creating something I am proud of.
Why did you want to become a Glossary ambassador?
I love supporting businesses ran by women. The Glossary allows people, like me, to find these amazing businesses and spread them around the world. It has truly become a movement, and I could not be more excited to help grow The Glossary into an amazing, universal platform it has the potential to become.
What are some of your favorite places in Cincinnati?
I mostly reside in Northside, with my favorite places there being Happy Chicks Bakery, a badass vegan bakery ran by women, Spring Grove Cemetery, and Sidewinder. In the rest of Cincinnati, I love Swoon on Vine St, Iris Cafe on Main St, and Mt. Storm Park.