Being a product based business is hard for me for many reasons, but one of the main reasons is that I have a very hard time putting more “stuff” into our already over-stuffed world. We have a lot already, don’t we? So why would I add more to the pile? Honestly, I struggle with this answer all the time. I want to create beautiful things that can be used by you daily. I want to continue the art of weaving, and I want to educate people on the weaving process. I also believe that creating is needed. That we need to make and do and create as much as we need to run and move and stretch. I don’t want to be adding more “stuff” to your house. I want to add beautiful handmade goods that have a story and have meaning. I want to add something that will remind you to exercise your creativity. I want to add something that you know how and where it was made.
As a product based business, I also want to encourage mindful consumption. I worry about my pieces. What will people do with them when they’re sick of them? Will they fill the landfill? Will they end up in the donation pile? I don’t know, and I can’t control this (although it is something I worry about a lot). So I want to encourage you to think hard before you buy. Is this something that you’ve been wanting for a long time? Is it something you have saved for? Mindful consumption is about thinking and knowing what you’re buying. It’s saving and buying one scarf for the season instead of seven. It’s asking yourself, do I really need this. Mindful consumption is being mindful about where you spend your money and how you spend your money. It’s not impulse buying. It’s not over consuming. It’s not buying something just because it's on sale or just because it's a good deal. It’s thinking hard about what you’re buying and why.
So yes, of course I want you to buy my pieces. I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t. But I want you to love them. To connect with them. To connect with me and my story. I want them to be something special to you, and not just another thing you buy. These are handmade pieces that I pour my heart and soul into. I want you to feel empowered by that. I want you to love what you purchased for years to come.
Thank you for being here, for supporting me, and for being thoughtful about what and how you buy :)