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Slow Wares

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the time it takes for a product to be created from its raw state, whatever that may be.

indigo alpaca
This machine knit scarf, began it’s life as first a warm fluffy coat on an Alpaca, then as fleece spun into the yarn seen here on the left. It has touched many lives before finding it’s way to it’s permanent home.

Before I began to make items for sale and had a “real” job, I had no idea the length of time it takes to create the things that we use in everyday life.  If I needed something I could just go to the shops and buy whatever I needed, and I could buy it for very little money. And I still can. But I don’t want to. I don’t want to go and buy something that has been mass produced and then sold for less than $20. I imagine many many hands have touched that item, and how can it have been produced for so little and a profit still be made? It doesnt make sense that it could have been; not without corners being cut, and somebody not receiving adequate payment for their work.

So I try to buy handmade items where I can, or items that have been produced ethically, and I particularly enjoy buying work that has been made locally.

All my work is produced slowly. I buy my supplies in as close to a raw state as I can manage. Everything I sell began it’s life in an undyed, neutral state.  It takes time for it to become the finished item that I sell. Sometimes a very long time, depending on what it is.

madder
Yarns dyed with Madder root. Madder in particular needs to be tended carefully while dyeing to ensure vibrant results.

I kind of like that about it. Everything I make is crafted individually, or very close to individually.

It’s nice to work this way. I get to enjoy whatever I create while I create it. I shape it, and it shapes me.

mixedbowls-1
Indigo Shibori Bowls. Once flat blank canvas. In their raw state, they start out as cotton plants.

I’ll slowly be adding the time it takes for an item to be made to my store descriptions. I think it’s nice to know how something was made, and be given the opportunity to be mindful of its humble beginnings.

 

 

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