When Alaire Harris decided she wanted to be a Maker, she committed herself wholeheartedly to her craft. She watched endless YouTube videos, spent hours at the library and taught herself the basic techniques of metalsmithing. This determination likely stems from her childhood, when her mother had a never-ending rotation of projects to work on—from sewing to building to painting. Alaire learned how to channel her creativity from her mother, who was always a huge source of inspiration. “My mother has always believed in me—when at times I didn’t believe in me.” Today, Alaire also thinks the most important thing you can do as a Maker is to form your own vision. Once you do, don’t overthink it. “Let your creativity lead you the rest of the way,” she says.