Holly Hagen / Creative Capes
Hometown: Elkridge, MD
Empowering kids through art has been my life-long passion, so it was only a matter of time before my creative ideas and personal drive lead me to developing Creative Capes in 2010. The idea for Creative Capes™ was sparked by a visit from my nephew Max, who was 3 at the time. He wore a plain red cape with a cardboard mask. He lived in them, filled with empowerment and eager to save anyone in sight. I realized that something as simple as a cape has the power to positively effect a child’s self image. With that inspiration, I pulled out my sewing machine, I refined my ideas and developed a line of personalized satin capes and accessories. I featured the child's first initial on their cape, teaching them they are unique. Watching children burst with pride, self-esteem and happiness when they slipped on their own custom cape and accessories made me realize how impactful a cape could be. It brings me great joy to help kids realize their inner strengths, encourage active play, good citizenship and stimulate their imaginations.
In addition to online sales I travel with my husband (trusty sidekick) up and down the East coast to exhibit at approximately 25 juried craft shows annually. It is a wonderful opportunity to interact with families and see the instant transformation when the kids look in the mirror. Their reaction is priceless, warms my heart every time and is the reason I do what I do.