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    #withthesehands - Rebecca Schick

    #withthesehands - Rebecca Schick

    Our #withthesehands campaign celebrates the analog in a digital world, reminding us to honor the handmade.

    Our newest sales director Rebecca Schick has a passion for sewing. What else could be more hands-on then creating with thread, needles, fabric, and pins? We sat down with her recently to discuss the merits of the handmade.

     

    Why is it important for us to use our hands?

    I feel that our hands are one of the most understated, profound, & integral catalysts for human connection. We are soothed, we are nourished, we are provided for, we communicate, we learn and in kind are taught by our collective hands. Our hands carry us through our lives and worlds, in countless ways and forms. Our hands literally touch, whether directly or indirectly almost every aspect of many different modalities of existence in some way and the impact is immeasurable, insurmountable, often overlooked, and extends a reach that surpasses what we know of time itself. Hands are directly related to our evolution, from the very beginnings of our civilization to current. Our hands are a story. I look at mine knowing that I’ve rarely squandered their utility. They are muscular, and slightly chubby, covered in wrinkles, already with scratches and scars. I keep my mind aware of the distance they have carried me. Especially now, I am reminded with reverence of the power in our hands.

     

    What is the role your hands play in sewing?

    It would prove very difficult to sew without hands, although I'm sure it's possible. Whether I am measuring, cutting, pinning, placing, threading, stitching - even in the conceptual phase when drafting a pattern, or sketching - the hands are involved. I’ve even started to practice writing and tasking in the non-dominant hand in hopes that I can extend the life of my work.

    What kind of sewing do you love and are you working on anything new?

    I really loved the hand sewing I did while working for Heidi Johnson, "The Wedding DeTailor." We were involved with a varied and constant flow of high-end bridal gown alterations, which were costly & delicate. It was a tremendous responsibility to take such great care & skill towards something so special and although it was cautious, it felt like very peaceful meditative work. The pandemic put an end to the wedding season, so I was afforded plenty of time to work on personal pursuits. I began to make face masks inspired by one created by a very talented friend and artist Dominique Ellermeier, and the desire to help protect my friends and family. I thought I could take my couture skills and apply the functionality of face masks to create something lighthearted to brighten up the mood during these times. Ever since, I have been crafting bizarre and eccentric pieces of PPE couture for the brave souls who wear them.

     

    What is your life’s philosophy?

    Laugh as much as you can. Dance like no one is watching and every chance you get. Love deeply. Eat well. Have fun. Show up for your people. Let go. Take every chance to be kinder. Be what you want to see in the world. Follow your bliss. Stop doing things you don't want to do. Be honest. Realize your faults. Learn-change. Help each other. Listen to music. Stop and smell the roses. Give a good hug. Be patient. 

    What is your favorite Sergio Lub bracelet?

    Connection. It feels weightless, and I think the design is very beautiful. It reminds me of the invisible connective strings between us.

    In the photos above, Rebecca wears the following SLJ bracelets: Harvest Dance, Copper Creek, and Copper Band.

    For a glimpse at Rebecca’s DIY couture and fashion PPE, visit her Instagram page: @hausofschickofficial

     

     

     

    Store Profile - Lucky Six Outfitters

    Bridget, self-proclaimed "Cowboy Wife" at Cowboy Specialist in Missouri, says that "Cowboys love copper!" According to her, they often wear copper bracelets to deal with the arthritis that can be part and parcel of the outdoor life. 

    Our bracelets are sold in their Lucky Six Outfitters Store - a rustic, Western boutique that celebrates the handmade. The store is located right on the Jacks Fork River at the Entrance to the Midwest's Largest Trail Ride.

    Cowboy hubby Ryan is a writer, rider, roper, saddle maker, leather craftsman, artist, business owner, teacher, ordained minister, and word and silversmith. In addition, he went to horseshoeing, saddle making and auctioneering school. He also has a degree in Agriculture Science, but his passion is horses and anything that has to do with them.

    If that wasn't enough, he also hand makes his own copper bracelets. Bridget says it's nice having her husband's bracelets sitting next to ours with magnets--perfect complements for each other. 

    Bridget's style and sass inform a beautifully curated store inventory that includes brands such as Kimes Ranch, Made in America, Anderson Bean Boots, Rock n Roll Cowgirl, Cowgirl Tuff, Roper, Stetson, and Tin Haul.  She is a hardcore fan of Twisted X driving mocs who teaches leather classes and lives in boots and jeans. 

    When the duo isn't busy running their store, they are out in the world throwing kindness like confetti, living  a life philosophy we could all use a little more of ... Be Your Own Kind Of Beautiful...because God made you that way!

     

     

     

     

     

    Gallery Profile - The Art Affair

    Rosie Blowers of The Art Affair Gallery 

    At SLJ, we pride ourselves on establishing long-term relationships with our wholesalers, like Rosie and John Blowers from the Art Affair Gallery in Inverness, Florida. We first met them in the '70s while doing retail shows in Michigan. 

    For years, we've enjoyed knowing our bracelets sit side by side with the fruits of their own artistic efforts. Both John and Rosie are Renaissance humans: accomplished musicians, leatherworkers, glass artists, and jewelers.  They also feature the beautiful, functional pottery of Tom and Denise Chamberlain. 

    If you're in their area, make sure to stop by and say hello!

    216 Tompkins Street, Inverness, Florida, 34450

    From Weapons to Bells - Copper in History

    From Weapons to Bells - Copper in History

    The bells found in the tomb of the Marquis Yi are now in the collections of the China's Hubei Provincial Museum. (Wikimedia Commons/Vmenkov)

    Copper was the most valuable metal for a thousand years.

    As our technology advances different metals become more valuable.  Silver for example was more valuable when we used it for photography.  Platinum demand soared with catalytic convertors, and now lithium is in great demand thanks to the new batteries. 

    The metal that was most highly desired for the longest time is copper.  This is because copper is needed to make bronze, the metal used for making the best weapons during the Bronze age.  In China this period started around 1,700 BC and ended 1,000 years later with the adoption of steel weapons around 700 BC.

    Many people heard of the early Chinese strongman who listened every morning to a tune that involved the ringing of each one of his large collection of bronze bells.

    The common understanding was that he enjoyed the music.  This was probably true, but there was a more practical and less known fact.

    After winning a war, the prevailing leader will keep his own guard well armed and will order all other weapons melted and made into bells.  Listening to a familiar tune was a quick way to take inventory and, if a note was missing, then know that trouble was brewing and to prepare accordingly.

    Sergio Lub - January 2019

    Inspired by the article: 

    A Rare Collection of Bronze Age Chinese Bells Tells a Story of Ancient Innovation