PaperishMess: An Interview with the creators on life, learning, and entrepreneurship

Have you ever been on Etsy? It’s a direct selling site that has a variety of artistic and handmade goods available. From sweaters, to perfume, to zines and jewelry. I got the lovely opportunity to speak to the founders of … Continue reading

Letter Writing, Craft Fairs, and Nerds

  Yesterday I had the wonderful opportunity of attending the Renegade Craft Fair and I connected with some great organizations and independent businesses. It’s so exciting to see that despite big business and corporations looking like they have a monopoly … Continue reading

Penpals, Snail Mail, and Zines

Recently Nerdfighteria has shown itself to being really made of awesome, it has also shown the power that the internet and individuals collaborating really have. In less than a week a Nerdfighter Penpal group was formed and people were matched … Continue reading

Going back to handmade and (mostly) ethical

I just finished watching “Handmade Nation” a documentary on Indie Craft and DIY Culture, needless to say I cannot wait for the next Renegade Craft Fair. There’s this going back to nature and anti-consumer sentiment that has been growing.  

Having something handmade, whether it be a zine, book, scarf, or craft is special. There’s a story behind every item. This is why I love and advocate fair trade practices and ethical businesses. That’s why I only partner with businesses that will use fair trade materials, organic inks, and things that will have a low negative impact on our environment.

That’s why I partnered up with Replica Chicago to make my tees, and that’s why I make zines. I like knowing the businesses and artists behind the art. After discovering the art and craft of the ethnic minority groups in Yunnan Province I was very eager to go and connect with them. Collect their stories, and have their goods available to share with others.

Hope you’re all living a BellaVie!