SALEM — One night when Georgia Wrenn was sitting on the steps of Old Town Hall eating cookies with her dad, an idea struck.
“I thought of me as a vampire,” said Wrenn, who later drew a vampire girl with jet black hair like her own. The design is now featured on a small enamel pin sold through her own apparel and souvenir brand, Georgia Made This.
Since the fall of 2017 the 7-year-old has been selling her themed pins, stickers, patches and T-shirts through Sully’s Brand, a sports brand apparel company in Peabody founded by her father, Chris Wrenn.
“What I like most is that I get to draw and work with my dad to put my drawings on something new,” Georgia said.
Georgia’s dad says she’s been drawing ever since she could hold a crayon. He suggested putting her designs on clothing, and ordered more than 70 T-shirts with a limited-edition illustration of a ghost, skull and jack-o’-lantern.
The father-daughter team then headed down to his pop-up shop on Artists’ Row in Salem and sold her designs from an old lemonade stand he had built when she was 2.
“She ended up crushing it,” said her dad, saying the shirts attracted both tourists and locals.
By hosting fundraisers with her line of products, they have raised nearly $5,000 for local organizations like the domestic violence agency HAWC, the Salem YMCA and Georgia's elementary school, the Saltonstall School.
To kick off Pride Month, Georgia created a collection of rainbow pins, patches and stickers. “We thought a rainbow would be good for Pride Month,” said Georgia, who turns 8 in July.
The rainbow items are being sold throughout the summer at Roost & Company in Salem and online at Sully’s Brand, and all proceeds benefit the North Shore Alliance of GLBTQ Youth (nAGLY).
Steve Harrington, nAGLY's executive director, called Georgia's designs adorable. “I’ve seen them all over town,” he said.
Harrington met Georgia through her mother, Elisabeth Nash Wrenn, who is the senior manager of educational programming at HAWC.
“She’s an amazing 7-year-old,” he said.
In between school, playing softball and drawing, Georgia volunteers at My Brother’s Table in Lynn, where her aunt works. The soup kitchen recently presented Georgia with its Youth Volunteer Award.
To help raise money for nAGLY, Wrenn recently sold her rainbow pride pins during a pop-up event at Goodnight Fatty and during the Salem Arts Festival.
“I like to make drawings so others will like them too,” she said.
As for now, she plans on making her favorite vampire girl pin into a shirt and has a few ideas in mind for a drawing of Frankenstein.
“The best part is that I get to draw and make art that is really special,” she said. “And other people will get to see it.”
Staff writer Alyse Diamantides can be reached at 978-338-2660 or firstname.lastname@example.org.