are you accepting custom orders or will you remake pairs?
a: i'm so sorry right now i am not able to take on any customs, and in general i do not do any remakes. i will make pairs slightly the same, and revisit themes, but for the most part all my pairs are one of a kind! i will notify my instagram/newsletter when/if i start taking custom work again. thank you for understanding.
how do i get a pair of earrings from you?
a: right now i am posting work to my instagram and selling it through my website. sometimes there is a mad dash to get pieces! i am thinking through how to make this more fair and accessible, but at the moment this is just the way it is. pls follow my instagram to get notified of sale dates and set your alarms if you're interested in purchasing a pair!
can non indigenous people wear your earrings?
a: yes absolutely! we need people to support indigenous made rather than indigenous inspired! if for some reason a pair is not appropriate for non indigenous people i will state that, but otherwise i absolutely encourage all peoples to wear my work!
do you do repairs?
a: i will do repairs/remakes of a pair you have purchased as long as i still have the beads (if they are vintage or not accessible for me anymore we can chat about it!). i offer this at the cost of 50% of the earrings you paid for. i hope that you are able to have your pieces for as long as possible so i am happy to accommodate repairs and remakes if you lost one! i will also rehook earrings if they happen to fall off at no charge as long as you pay for the shipping.
and the toughest question..
why is your beadwork so expensive?
a: i understand my beadwork is not always accessible to all budgets. capitalism keeps us from getting what we deserve. i know there are many many places where you can buy incredibly low priced jewellery and beadwork.
i am a small business, this is my sole source of income. i have to account for a large range of expenses that come along with running a small business. i can't afford to pay myself low. i am trying to build a sustainable business and unfortunately that means my pricing needs to stay at a certain scale to get by, and live comfortably like i feel i deserve to.
on top of this, i am an indigenous woman. we are notoriously under-valued in so many ways in colonial patriarchal society. it is very hard to stand up for myself. part of decolonizing and supporting slow fashion movements is being patient, and investing in makers.
i try to keep lower priced pieces in every collection.
examples of some of the things that cost me money: this website, paypal fees, credit card fees, money conversion fees, postage, pst, gst, income tax, beads, needles, thread, gemstones, crystals, hooks, envelopes, bubble envelopes, paper, kraft paper for my earring cards, packing supplies, my phone, accountants, my computer, glasses, eye care, lighting, self care for sore wrists and a sore neck!
things that take up my time: designing, studying language, learning how to say words, learning new beading techniques, beading, untangling thread, writing out descriptions, photos, photo editing, uploading to websites, financing, accounting, social media, promotion, responding to inquiries, educating people about racism and indigenous rights, setting good boundaries for myself, packaging, walking or bussing to the post office, walking or bussing to the beading supply store.
you get the idea! this all takes time and energy, and i absolutely love to do it.
i understand that it is frustrating when you can't afford something you want and deserve, i experience this all the time too! but to me the problem isn't the person creating the thing you want, the problem is capitalism. we aren't getting paid what we deserve, and i feel you! this is what i am trying to redirect my life to, to decolonize, to value myself and my skills. i hope you understand.
i also am respecting my right to not respond to any further messages or comments that tell me i don't deserve to be paid well. because #boundaries