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What A Long, Strange, Trip It's Been.

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What A Long, Strange, Trip It's Been.

Wow it's been a minute! I haven't posted here since last February. Kids, I'll be honest. 2019 has not been gentle with us. This has not been a particularly kind year. We were financially gutted by our move to Portland which meant that Cap needed to be in Los Angeles and back to work pretty much immediately after our move. I started (and then quit) a very high-stress job across the river in Vancouver. Depression and extreme anxiety were pretty much my constant companions in the first half of the year. We lost my father-in-law to a miserable and prolonged illness...

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It's a precious little world and it's all we've got.

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It's a precious little world and it's all we've got.

I've been giving some hard thought to how Maia & Rainwood is going to be going forward, given everything that is happening globally with climate change and the environment. Mining is really hard on the planet but that’s where my metals and gemstones come from. So many of the things that I use - beads, glass, gems - they have a huge cost in terms of carbon footprint and ecological damage. My aim, going forward, is to reduce my consumption of new things and to focus on incorporating more reclaimed, recycled, and repurposed things into my designs. Do I think...

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No more "listening and learning" please, we need to step up.

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No more "listening and learning" please, we need to step up.

I was reading/watching my Instagram story feed this afternoon and saw someone say something to the effect of, "Listening and Learning is the new Thoughts and Prayers." It was in regards to the current discussions about racism in the fiber and fashion world, making our community more inclusive, and addressing the underlying bias and lack of representation within the knitting and slow fashion communities. I mean, that's barely even a nutshell, it's about so much more and it's been going on for almost two full months now, so there's a lot of content. Anyway, I saw that comment in someone's story (I...

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Stuff, tacos and self-care.

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Stuff, tacos and self-care.

I was talking to a friend today and she asked how I was doing. I started to say "oh, fine." as you do, but other words spilled out instead. Shitty. Sad. Depressed. Isolated. Anxious, having panic attacks. Hadn’t been out of the house in 3 days. Agoraphobia in full swing. As yet (today) unshowered, unfed, uncombed, unmedicated. Guilty about not being in the studio. No motivation. No spark. Skies are grey and the rain seems never-ending. The holidays are over and spring seems like a long way off.  Can I just say, it’s nice to have friends who will hold...

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Let's get this Portland party started.

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Let's get this Portland party started.

The studio is unpacked. I've got my business newly filed with the state of Oregon, my license sorted with the City of Portland, and can legally start operating again! The organization process is finally giving way to the mental room I need to make new stuff. It's been a little slow, happening in fits and starts, but I've begun to spend some time at the bench dreaming up new goodies for the shop in the last few days. To prod myself into more actual making, I'll be doing a little shop update on the 20th of January. That's the Sunday after...

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