the person/maker/artist behind the scenes here, and daughter and granddaughter to Velma & Louise.
I grew up in Upstate New York, loving the mountains, rivers, trees, fields, and freedom of the natural world. I'm now based in Brooklyn, New York, surrounded by all the crazy wonder that it is.
I am inspired by the natural world, and the unique & delicate nature of driftwood, which I collect myself when I am Upstate.
Your driftwood is gathered by hand on the Mohawk River in Upstate New York. In each trip I also make an effort to keep the river beautiful by collecting any bits of litter I come across while out, and disposing of it properly.
All lettering is original and completely done by hand, in multiple layers.
Velma & Louise is named for my grandmother and mother, respectively. Those two women are huge parts of shaping my life, my aesthetics, and my love of making things by hand.
I trained as a dancer from early on, and I've found that the lettering styles I gravitate towards capture a sense of movement, as well as the lively imperfections that prove someones presence.
I use found, reclaimed, recycled and sustainable materials whenever possible, both in the creation of the work itself and packaging surrounding it.
After a thorough drying, each piece is cleaned, scraped, sanded, and burnished by hand to ensure a smooth and vibrant tone and surface.
No harsh chemicals or varnishes are used, only hand tools. The driftwood is both raw and refined, and ready for your home.
Thank you for shopping small & supporting handmade!