Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT DOES ECO-CONSCIOUS MEAN?
While being a 100% sustainable designer is a current goal, as a small business I cannot currently fulfill some of those requirements. However, Maker & Mineral uses sustainable materials whenever possible, which means sourcing locally and using recycled or deadstock fabrics. 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 being eco-consscious is a commitment to doing the best I can in being considerate of the planet 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 never 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). Dryers are the death of most nice things, so please never put a Maker & Mineral piece in the dryer.
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 is the reason my business exists in the first place. 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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