You love jewelry as well as throwing on a backpack to head into the woods.
People call you a daydreamer, free-spirited, and a nomad.
You live your life to impact others in positive ways, support your local artists + community, and want to teach your children how to respect the Earth.
Well, friend, I am just as passionate about those ideas as you are!
Together, WE ARE the change we wish to see in the world.
When I decided to start Wind + The Wanderer, I wanted to create a business that gave me the flexibility to combine all of passions: creating art, being an entrepreneur, supporting girls' outdoor and science programs, and using as many re-purposed + recycled materials in my jewelry and packaging as I could.
I had to try all of the mediums growing up, but I especially loved creating something I could use. In third grade, I created my first pair of earrings, and even though I didn't have my ears pierced yet, I made them for my friends and sported the clip on versions myself.
As I got older and left for college in Oregon, my path turned towards studying Earth and Environmental Science. After I graduated, not having much of a plan (other than to save the planet...), I realized that teaching was going to be my next step. I loved working with kids, and even though I didn't start off teaching science, I landed in the next best position: teaching in Special Education.
My daughter came along while I was teaching sixth and seventh grade science. Going back to work was a tough proposition, so I decided at the end of the school year to resign and stay at home with my little one. During nap times and down times, I took online classes to do mixed media painting. I needed a creative outlet to balance my full immersion into "baby land". I needed to find my artistic flow without too much thinking, as I had little brain power from being sleep deprived.
Mixed media painting was my jam! It was my emotional release from being a cooped up mom and the absence of a career (at the moment) that I needed. But it wasn't going to be my business...every time I thought of selling and marketing my paintings, my inspiration would dry up.
One day, the idea of combining all of my passions came together...and Wind + The Wanderer was born. I could paint on leather, use my silversmithing skills, combine my love for the Southwest art + leather colors of the Northwest, while funding valuable programs getting girls outside and being low impact on the Earth! I want it all damn it!
Thank you so much for coming along on this crazy journey! I hope to personally meet you someday!