Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT DOES SUSTAINABLE DESIGN MEAN?
Maker & Mineral uses locally sourced or recycled materials whenever possible. For example, I have my pillow forms manufactured here in the Bay Area. And I buy my zippers, linen, canvas, and other odds and ends at a creative reuse center in the San Francisco. I even try to use recycled paper and newspaper to draft my patterns whenever feasible. Sustainable design is a commitment to being eco-conscious in all of my design practices.
WAIT, WHAT IS A CREATIVE RE-USE CENTER?
They are these amazing places that re-sell discarded or unwanted materials such as fabric, hardware, picture frames, paper products, marble, National Geographic, and even electronics. I go to SCRAP as much as once a week to find materials and supplies for my studio, and the place never ceases to surprise me with something. Check out 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 Finish 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 scale version of Marimekko here in San Francsico. Other than that, I draw inspiration from nature and sustainable design practices. My own graphic sensibility is very tied to natural abstract forms (aka I am obsessed with rocks).
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