The Head Rebel
I'm Jill Maldonado and I design instruments of the imagination for creative kids.
You want thoughtful playthings that encourage kids to discover the power of their own creativity. You want to inspire the best in your kids and give them room to dream up and live into their own epic stories. At the same time, you understand good design and don't want to sacrifice sustainability and eco-responsibility to get it.
I understand. I wanted all those things for my kids too. That's why I started making them. And because I'm concerned about our environmental legacy, I chose reclaimed textiles to construct my designs. (EVERYTHING on this site is made from jeans & t-shirts!)
Trained as a visual artist (I have my BFA in film from NYU), and inspired by the Waldorf education my children received, I obsess over the details of my designs as I dream into the endless possibilities they hold for open-ended play.
I am extremely proud to work in partnership with Goodwill of the Berkshires. By ordering my materials from them, I'm not only able to support their job training program, but I'm also able to use nearly 1,000 pounds of imperfect clothing per year that they would not be able to sell in their retail stores.
More about Jill...
I was a college drop-out for five years before I returned to school to study film making. (Good thing, because it's where I met my husband!)
While being a college drop out, I moved all over the country studying dance and choreography. Inspired by the moments contained within the dance, I picked up photography. It was my photography portfolio that got me into film school.
My kids are now teenagers, but I'm still obsessed with giving them room to be their own creative selves - and boy howdy, they SURE are!
Everything on this site is designed and hand made by me in the beautiful Berkshire Hills of western MASS.
I make every effort to ship your order within 2 business days. If it will be longer than that, I'll notify you. If you need something ASAP, send me an email and I'll be happy to help!
Standard shipping for U.S. orders is USPS priority. I happily ship internationally!
I strive to produce the highest quality goods. If, for any reason, you're not happy with your purchase please contact me at jill(at)materialrebellion(dot)com so we can make it right!