Making A Maker introduces us to the eight talented Makers from across the country who were hand-picked to get crafty on NBC's new show "Making It," hosted by Amy Poehler & Nick Offerman. "Making It" celebrates the creativity and craftiness in all of us, and in this new digital series, we take a deep dive into each of these special Makers' lives. We’ll learn more about who they are, what inspires them creatively, where their love for making things originated, and unexpected insights into their passions, failures and successes as they embark on the creative challenge of a lifetime. "Making It" airs every Tuesday behind "America’s Got Talent," beginning July 31st at 10pm ET / 9pm CT.
AMBER KEMP-GERSTEL (Age 37, Miami, FL): A clinical psychologist by training, Kemp-Gerstel grew up in a single-parent home that focused on the importance of higher education and a traditional career path. After taking a huge risk and leaving her career as a psychologist, Kemp-Gerstel dove into crafting with the support of her husband and son. She is now a full-time blogger and shares fun creative content with her followers.
BILLY KHEEL (Age 43, Los Angeles, CA): A Massachusetts native, Kheel attended boarding school and then moved on to Wesleyan University, where he played sports and pursued his love of art. Kheel spent time in New York before moving to Los Angeles, where he met his wife. Now a full-time artist and visiting art teacher at schools across the city, his focus of appliqué and felt is very different from other mediums in the competition and sets his work apart.
JEFFERY RUDELL (Age 54, New York, NY): Rudell grew up in the Midwest, where his father worked at a paper mill and kept him well-supplied with cardboard, foil and tissue. Today he is known for the extraordinary paper props he creates for clients such as Tiffany & Co., Unilever, New York Botanical Gardens and a wide range of print and online publications. He's also a nationally known storyteller and a contributor to the Moth Radio Hour.
JEMMA OLSON (Age 60, Rockwall, TX): A self-proclaimed heartfelt crafter, mother of eight and grandmother of 16, Olson comes from a generation of crafters who made things out of necessity as opposed to beauty. She imparts that same tradition to her grandkids while teaching them the beauty of making things by hand. Not the stereotypical grandmother by any means, Olson spends time with her younger family members to stay in the know of all things pop culture
JOANNA GICK (Age 37, Chandler, AZ): Co-owner of J & J Design Group, Gick is a creative and energetic mother of two, wife and sought-after interior designer whose projects have been featured in HGTV magazine, Better Homes & Gardens, People, The Wall Street Journal, Fit Pregnancy and more. Gick's love for interior design was fueled by her early love for crafting. She especially loves to create custom kids' rooms.
KHIEM NGUYEN (Age 28, Austin, TX): Inspired by midcentury modern and Japanese design, Nguyen is a true craftsman. His passion for crafting began with photography and led to him becoming an open major in art school so he could "get (his) hands into everything." After college, Nguyen and his fiancée moved to Austin, where they began A & K Woodworking & Design, specializing in furniture and wood crafts.
NICOLE SWEENEY (Age 31, San Francisco, CA): With a background in dance and professional education in architecture, Sweeney's work is a confluence of her life experience and artistic vision. Having dabbled in nearly every medium, from reusing paper coffee filters to welding steel, she has found her true passion in working with wood. Sweeney recently departed her full-time position as a display coordinator at Anthropologie to pursue her passion and establish herself as an artist.
ROBERT MAHAR (Age 46, Los Angeles, CA): A Midwest native, Mahar's creativity developed from a childhood filled with library books and public television. Mahar is now an artist and designer who teaches imaginative do-it-yourself projects and is at the helm of a craft-driven collection for Knock Knock. His style is informed by an education in studio arts and art history, and 20-plus years of work in creative fields, including 13 years as an appraiser of modern and contemporary art.