Equal parts technical brilliance and imagination, with just a dash of magic
Meet the talent behind Brookland Workshop
Amanda Frayer is the CEO and Lead Designer of Brookland Workshop, LLC. She has a BA in Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin, and a MFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Her early career was spent working with Consumer Reports advocacy division. During those 8 years, she honed her design skills. Eventually, she went into business for herself, bringing her talents to other non-profits, small businesses, b-corps, and startups. (See clients.) Projects have included illustration, layout, websites, advertisements, art builds, and infographics. Pro bono, she manages a website for her neighborhood civic association, offers graphic design to her local farm, illustrates and designs materials for the DC statehood movement.
Perpetually curious about how things work, Amanda picks up new skills like loose change. She tends a huge urban garden, and is active with her local farm. She is a fierce advocate for native pollinator gardens, urban homesteading, and slowing down to smell the milkweed. Sometimes she’s behind a desk, but more often you’d find her tinkering in her workshop, learning to weld, read tarot, or brew beer.
In 2018, she started a second business, Mayapple Soaps with a community-minded ethos. Just as we all need access to healthy local food, we also deserve chemical-free skin products with wholesome, regionally-grown ingredients. Many corporate organic brands are not as good for the environment or our bodies as assumed. Some contain harmful chemicals, palm oil, and synthetic fragrances. This green-washing is deeply troubling to those who care about health and the natural world.
Mayapple Soaps are traditional cold-process soap and skincare products that are free of parabens, sodium lauryl sulfate (or similar), petroleum products, synthetic colors and fragrances. Amanda’s recipes feature botanicals grown right in her Brookland garden, with goat milk raised sustainably in nearby Loudoun County, Virginia. They are produced in small batches in a solar-powered kitchen, wrapped lovingly with compostable papers, then bike-delivered to DC customers. You can find Mayapple Soaps at local markets, in CSA shares, or by ordering online. Nurture wild beauty with your next bar of soap.