posted on: November 19, 2015
posted on: November 11, 2015
I love this look by Maryam Nassir Zadeh found on Vogue. It inspired me to put together a little Everything Golden layering ensemble.
posted on: November 9, 2015
We had a product featured in the latest issue of Anthology Magazine, what an honor! And what’s even better, this issue is all about forward thinking. They chose to feature our Handmade Indigo Shoulder Pouch for the thoughtful use of re-purposed materials, classic utilitarian design and subtle beauty.
posted on: November 8, 2015
(Photo by: Pam Omohundro)
I recently did an interview with Danielle of A Life in the Season. You can read the full interview here. I’ve pulled out a few of my favorite questions that really helped me define how I feel about my work and life.
Who most inspires you?
These days I’m really inspired by warrior mothers, who are active in their work/community while raising conscious, loving beings. My friends inspire me daily and constantly remind me of who I am and what I’m capable of. My husband inspires me to think more critically. He’s a physicist and our first year of dating was the only year in college I did well, I got a 4.0 in fact! Since then, he has been a huge part of helping me take my lofty dreams and turn them into practical realities. I also respect people who have a raw, honest and artful web presence. There is a lot of fluff out there so it’s always refreshing when people embrace the dark along with the light. So, I guess I’m infinitely inspired by my community of friends, family and fellow designers.
Are you influenced by the arts and crafts movement?
Sure am. I think building small economies is very important work for our generation. In a world of mass produced goods and corrupt corporations, our culture and spirit is suffering. What we do for work should feed our souls. That said, it’s really hard. Honestly, I haven’t figure out how to make a decent salary with my shop. I’m only two years in, so I have faith that I can, yet I admit I have days when I just want to throw in the towel.
Do you enjoy reaching out to fellow designers for products?
Yes, that’s a big part of what started me on this path. When I started my blog back in 2010, I sought out and shared the work of makers/designers work I admired and over the years it helped me define my own aesthetic and inspired me to create my own designs/brand. Naturally, I have incorporated some of those makers that I so admire into the shop today.
Which other cultures inspire you?
I’m really inspired by Native American and other indigenous cultures. I’ve always been drawn to graphic, tribal designs and patterns and I love all the symbolism and spiritual undertones. I also appreciate a more earth centered way of being and creating.
What are your most cherished clothing items?
My most cherished items are very personal to me, like a scarf that was my mother’s. I feel so protected when I wear it. Or, a vest that my dad found for me at a flea market — a style so perfect for me, it makes me feel understood and loved. Right now, I’m wearing this ring I made that reminds me how far I’ve come, yet keeps me humble with its understated design.
What moment has pleased you most while founding Everything golden?
When my daughter points at something and says, “mama made that.” I started this company shortly after I found out I was pregnant. This shop has always been a dream of mine and I called Ember the fire in my belly. I wanted to create a work situation that would allow me to do what I love and also watch my daughter grow. It’s moments like those that make me realize how everything I’m doing is influencing my daughter. My parents were craftspeople and instilled in me a creative spirit and it’s an absolute joy to be able to pass that along to Ember.
posted on: October 16, 2015
First off, I need to thank my dearest Bethany for introducing me to Sally Mann and her book, “Hold Still”. This book touched me deeply and I loved every minute of it. The part that I related to the most was her depiction of raising kids while also living out her art. She seems to manage to reach the depths of her potential, while simultaneously raising her children and weaving them into her in art in the most raw and beautiful way. She describes it so well… “Seldom, but memorably, there are times when my vision, even my hand, seems guided by, well, let’s say a muse. There is at that time an almost mystical rightness about the image: about the way the light is enfolding, the [kids'] eyes have taken on an almost frightening intensity, the way there is sudden, almost outer-space-like quiet….These moments nurture me through the reemergence into quotidian…through the bill paying and the laundry and the shopping for soccer shoes, although I am finding that I am becoming increasingly distant, like I am somehow living full time in those moments. ” — I can fully relate to the dance, balancing my work with those tender moments with Ember.
I appreciated how she revealed her process; spending hours upon hours, persevering through nature’s elements, requiring infinite patience from her subjects and taking many good but not great photos before finally capturing that elusive image. I find this comforting because I feel I do this in my work, I create a lot of so-so work before I finally land on something that doesn’t make me revolt. While wading through this process I tend to think that one day, it’s all going to “come together” —like I’ll finally reach the ultimate, whatever that is. She describes this phenomenon… “For me artistic leaps forward are not accompanied by thunderclaps of recognition. In truth, they aren’t even usually great leaps. They are tentative toe testings accompanied by an ever-present whisper of doubt.” This is encouraging and reminds me to trust in the subtle shifts and ever evolving nature of my work.
Finally, she digs into her ancestry in such a brave way, unearthing the good as well as the bad and embracing it all. I sadly know nothing about my ancestry and feel it’s a necessary step to discovering my truest self. This book has inspired me to dig bravely.
Have any of you read this book? Any thoughts?
posted on: October 14, 2015
posted on: October 9, 2015
So, I want to talk about social media. I’m feeling really strange about it all. I find that I get so addicted to Instagram that I can’t even make myself step away for a day. I post and delete things constantly, feeling unsure of myself. Who cares?! And I can’t help but get caught up with the vanity of presenting the best image of myself, myself also being my brand which I’m trying to build and building that requires getting more and more followers. Will it never be enough? I’m realizing that I need to practice being present with my business — enjoying where I’m at in the process instead of constantly focusing on where I want to be, or comparing myself to others. I also think often about my daughter growing up in this new world. Middle school is awkward enough without Facebook. Still, there are things I love about social media, the way you can organically grow your brand without obnoxious advertising and how inspired I get from seeing other mamas, makers and small business owners orchestrate their lives. Even so, I think I need to push the reset button, probably wander into the woods – that’ll do it!
posted on: October 7, 2015
Today I asked my daughter if she wanted to go for a hike and she looks outside, thinks for a minute and says, ” I want to see the moose. Moose is outside. ” She says this as if the moose is part of our family and this brings me immense joy, because the moose is part of our family. We are all one. One of the reasons I love this place so much and feel so connected to the land is because of the presence of wildlife, and the powerful energy provided by large predators such as wolves, bears and wild cats. It’s a humbling presence, one that reminds of us our place in the circle of life. This poem by Linda Hogan, sums up my mediation for the day…
Not So Very Long Ago
This valley was occupied by wolves
it is said.
It was at the table.
I was drinking coffee,
drinking dark, dark coffee,
thinking of those wolves
that lived in this valley
and I do not lie when I tell you
I had dreamed of them the night before,
stealthy as they are,
moving slowly like ghosts,
they with first title to this land
of many titles.
I was with my friends
drinking the coffee and we ate some bread
in this place where the blue birds nest,
the place where wolves lived
not so very long ago.
Some men came to this place, they say,
and they never came out.
They killed the wolves
and then turned from their human flesh
into water, into thin air, into something
waiting for rain to fall
and when it did, they sank into the ground,
all because they killed the wolves
so beautiful beyond the shallows of the river
where I sit alone now
with a glass of wine before me,
the coffee all gone
In this place that was the land
the leaves of trees
rustle in the breeze
and soon it is early morning
and I am still sitting and find myself
in a place so suddenly different
in all its animal silence.
- Linda Hogan from her book Dark. Sweet.
posted on: October 6, 2015
An old friend of my mom’s recently wrote a comment about my shop that was the best compliment I could receive. She said that it reminded her Carol (my mom, who passed away 15 years ago). She is my main muse and I am always channeling her when I create or find things. My mother in law, who often accompanies me on buying trips, once said that I must have started developing my sense of style while in my mother’s womb. It’s so true and expressing this style plays an important role in keeping the connection with my mother alive. These moments of connection are the strongest when I feel things coming together, during a photo shoot, presenting at the flea market, or just a moment of deep awareness and gratitude while in the studio. I hope I can continue to practice and deepen this expression through my work for years to come.
posted on: September 25, 2015
This Sunday, you’ll find me sipping mimosas and playing dress-up and trading goods with some of my very favorite people, people who pour their souls into what they do. If you’re in Bozeman, you seriously don’t want to miss out on the next Flea. If you’re not here, don’t fret, you can always score these vintage + handmade goods in the shop.