Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT DOES SUSTAINABLE DESIGN MEAN?
Maker & Mineral uses locally sourced and recycled materials whenever possible. For example, I buy zippers, canvas, some fabric, display materials, and rubber stamps pads from a creative re-use center in San Francisco. I also save all my tiny fabric scraps to turn the pieces into fluff for pillows and cushions. I even try to use recycled paper and newspaper to draft my flat patterns whenever feasible. To me sustainable design is a commitment to being eco-conscious in all of my design practices.
WAIT, WHAT IS A CREATIVE RE-USE CENTER?
Because each They are these amazing places that re-sell discarded or unwanted materials such as fabric, picture frames, paper products, marble, National Geographic, and even electronics. I go to SCRAP here in San Francisco as much as once a week to find materials. And the place never ceases to surprise me. Check ou this link to find a creative re-use center near you: Reuse Alliance
CAN I BUY MULTIPLES OF THE EXACT SAME ITEM?
Because each item is hand printed in a way to reduce waste, no two pieces will ever be identical, thus making every piece entirely unique and personal. I do, however, print and sew in multiples, so items will be similar, but not exactly the same.
DO YOU DO WHOLESALE?
Yes, for more information email firstname.lastname@example.org
How do you suggest washing a Maker & Mineral product?
A lot of care goes into the making of each garment, therefore I suggest giving each piece that same care later on. For optimal long lasting results, hand wash each item in cold water with gentle, pH neutral, soap and hang to dry. Or if you prefer to machine wash, make sure to wash the garments inside out in cold water on the gentle cycle to preserve the print (and again hang or lay flat to dry).
Where do you draw inspiration from?
My biggest source of inspiration is Marimekko, not that I plan to copy the iconic Finnish Designs in any way, but Marimekko drives me to create innovative new design based in graphic imagery and color. I would love to someday be a very small version of Marimekko here in San Francisco. Other than that, I draw inspiration from nature and sustainable design practices. My own graphic sensibility is very tied to natural abstract forms like rocks, facial features and plants.
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