~ Brand Meets Girl ~
It is difficult to separate SandSilkSky from the designer... who happens to be me. My lifestyle and interests are the driving force behind this brand, and so far, I am the only one working on this brand.
Confucius had said that "the woman who moves a mountain begins by carrying small stones."
I myself source all the materials, design and build the products, create the marketing, the imagery, the website, and the descriptions, and probably 97% or more of the images on my instagram account, @sandsilksky, are my own.
I also work elsewhere during the week. So this one-woman shop is only part time, but I do what I can.
That's me between the Harvest Moon and Harvest Sun dreamcatchers (Autumn 2016). Dress by Planet Blue, bracelet by Hot Rocks Jewelry.
I am an artist-- I am inspired by experience and culture, and after 15 years of helping build other people's dreams, I felt I had to break out on my own and fulfill my needs to design the brand that I couldn’t stop thinking about.
Buddha advised that "there are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting."
Every day that I get to work on SandSilkSky is a day I feel eternal gratitude, and an overwhelming sense of love. I get to channel that energy into each of my dream catchers as I build them.
A Zen Proverb states, "The only zen you find at the top of the mountain, is the zen you bring with you."
My man @seansoss and I hiking in the forest near Adirondack, New York.
I have a blast with social media. I love that my travels, including my staycations, are able to be incorporated into my brand. I love that SandSilkSky, and the featured dream catchers, were born out of a very personal experience-- in a wave of self empowerment, needing to take my life back. This risk, so far, has been worth it!
Meditation and a preference for minimalism in one’s life inspires SandSilkSky, from products to imagery. Nothing should be superfluous or ostentatious-- I want each piece to be a beautifully subtle, yet meaningful, statement in the home. I want each piece to blend in as an ornament of nature, the way a suncatcher, wind chime, or hanging plant might be. It is my hope that thinking of my brand in this way will give a greater sense of integrity towards each piece that I design.
As Lao Tzu says, "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step."
I am grateful and humble to climb the path before me. Happiness is not at the top of the mountain; the mountain is happiness. I'm going to climb on.
Me, rock climbing at Castle Rock near Big Bear, CA.