About Us


Every artist has their tools of the trade, painters have brushes, knitters have needles and yarn, stitchers have needles, thread, and fabric and every artist will tell you the tools of their trade can be expensive, especially when you're just starting out. Make & Mend was born out of a desire to change that narrative. If you've been wanting to try a new medium, expand a practice, or find a new creative outlet, we are here to help open that door.

Established in 2017 by Somerville artist, Emily Tirella, Make & Mend works to remove the financial barriers to creation by offering gently used art supplies at an accessible rate for all artists- veterans and first-timers alike. Like any great work of art, our shop has moved through many forms. Make & Mend was once a brick and mortar space but in March 2020 we said good-bye to our tiny shop and we have now moved to a fully digital platform, based out of the Joy Street Studios, serving the makers of the Boston artist community and beyond!

Our Team:
Emily Tirella
Owner + Founder

Our Shop Helpers

Takes photos, drives around + delivers your orders

Packs your orders with love

Helps prep our shop launches from home

Our Mission 

  • To collect and redistribute unwanted art supplies.
  • To take the intimidation out of trying new things.
  • To grow community through vulnerable creativity.
  • The reduce the amount of waste that goes into the art making process.
  • To repair, mend, or fix something before getting rid of it.


As our business grows, we rely on consistent and regular income to be able to plan for the future.  Rather than crowdsource a large amount of money at once, we're crossing our fingers that you believe in us enough to support us regularly!

For as low as $5 a month, you can support Make & Mend and also get really cool stuff in your mailbox!  We're commissioning local and far away artists to design exclusive merch for our Patreon peeps so sign up now to take advantage of the benefits and support your favorite small business!

Click here to check out our Patreon!


Got questions?
Send us an email at hello@makeandmendshop.com or fill out the form below and someone will get back to you!
Please be sure to check out our shipping policy and other FAQ at the bottom of our website.