I'm Marissa Barrett, accessories maker, social entrepreneur, counselor, and Nashville native. I design outdoor goods for compassionate, adventurous women who want to create a healthy, sustainable lifestyle.
Forgiveness and second chances are important to me. I don't believe that our past defines us. That's why a portion of profits supports mental health counseling in Nashville.
It's my goal to empower women to find rest, healing, community, and self reliance through both traditional forms of therapy and connection to the outdoors.
Nashville's my home town. After graduating college in California, I had to come back- I love it here! Nashville is such a beautiful place, where heritage meets creativity and people come together to inspire and serve one another.
I've studied apparel construction and have a BA in Psychology and an M.Ed in Counseling. Like you, I care about how the goods I buy were made and about who made them. When you support Novel Creature, you can make a difference knowing that your goods were made ethically and that your purchase supports a greater cause.
Since starting online in 2011, Novel Creature has been sold in 5 stores in Tennessee and featured in Southern Living, Nashville Lifestyles, and on the Nashville Mom Blog. I've participated in several festivals and craft shows including Nashvember, raising money to help victims of sex trafficking. In 2014 and 2016 I hosted a festival with local vendors, musicians, food trucks, and a local brewery to raise money for the same nonprofit that I support through sales.
To connect with other women for local adventures and service opportunities, request to join our facebook group here: Novel Creature Group
On my days off you can find me with my husband Chris and dog Tobias at our local nature and wildlife reserve, Radnor Lake, after we shop at the farmer's market or at the Crag, our local climbing gym. I'm a big fan of Americana music (especially Chris's band Bearheart), but in the car and my studio can frequently be caught blasting Beyonce. I walked down the aisle to an acoustic version of Halo!