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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

     

     

     

    Wear Your Wellness! Customer Testimonials

    Wear Your Wellness! Customer Testimonials

    Customers who have bought our copper and magnetic bracelets over the last 50 years have often contacted us about the health benefits they've experienced from wearing our work. Below we share a selection of our favorite testimonials. To view our hundreds of inspired designs for him and her, click here. 

    Testimonials

    About 20 years ago before my husband, Dr. Len Saputo, was using the photon stimulator to help his patients with pain, inflammation and a variety of other ailments, I had a very sore thumb joint that radiated into the palm of my hand below my thumb and into my wrist. I also had a “trigger” thumb that developed at the same time. My thumb joint was throbbing and so painful that I went to the orthopedist for a cortisone injection after trying DMSO, acupuncture and various alternative creams. After a while, it started hurting again. After my third injection, the doctor said he couldn’t do any more injections and if it continued to bother me, he’d like to operate. I was not happy about that idea, especially since my husband’s cousin had recently had surgery on his thumb and developed a serious MRSA infection and it was now a gaping wound and he was getting massive amounts of antibiotics.

    Coincidentally, my husband came home from work with a beautiful copper and brass bracelet that he said one of his patients made and gave to him (Sergio Lub) and he wanted me to have it. Nothing was said about the healing properties of copper. I thought it was pretty and put it on and ended up wearing it to bed all night. In the morning, it was as if a miracle happened. I was pain free and even the trigger thumb disappeared.

    I was so excited that when my brother in law complained of a “tennis wrist”, I loaned it to him. He excitedly called me a couple of hours later to report the disappearance of the pain in his wrist and was back on the tennis court playing. I have loaned it to others and recommended Sergio’s healing copper bracelets.
     - Vicki 

    I went to the hospital today to get an ultrasound done.  The lady doing the ultrasound was wearing one of your old bracelets.  It was definitely one of your magnetics. She told me that she has to wear it everyday or the pain in her arm is intolerable. She is very serious about wearing it every day for some 20 years.
     - Jan


    Several years ago while riding our motorcycle, my hand would not hold the throttle grip without hurting.  Girls in my shop often wore copper bracelets when they had an issue, so when I saw this, it came to mind that I should try it.  I was taking some over the counter drugs twice a day for arthritis pain but I still had difficulty in working the throttle of the cycle. Then we stopped at a jewelry store that also carried Sergio Lub bracelets and I said let’s try it. Twenty-two years later, using these bracelets, there has been no more arthritis pain and no more over the counter drugs.  I wear these 24/7 and good-bye pain.
      - Cy C.


    I purchased my original Sergio Lub bracelet in Maine eight years ago and since then, thanks to its health properties, I have avoided a scheduled rotator shoulder surgery. Wearing the bracelet, this 71 year old Gramma can once again throw a softball. I never take it off.
      - Karen M.


    A friend in choir came to practice in a thumb brace and after she told me about her troubles, I lent her my Sergio Lub bracelet. She texted me the following day to say that not only had her thumb stopped hurting, but she had already ordered her own.
      - Allie M. 


    I bought one of your bracelets from our bookstore. I was having a nerve problem in my wrist and it disappeared after two hours of wearing it! Now I'm telling everyone to get one.
      - Holly W.


    I first did not believe in copper bracelets but my knuckles were inflamed as large as golf balls so I tried wearing a Sergio Lub.  I am happy to report that my pain went away in three days and the inflammation in a couple of months. I wear two bracelets now.
      - John P. 


    I purchased my copper and magnet bracelet with reservation 
    about two years ago. I was experiencing constant lower back pain and I was told by the store owner about the positive affects of copper and magnets. I have been suffering with back pain and ankle swelling for over ten years starting at age 22. I was open and willing to try new methods of ridding this pain, so I purchased a bracelet. After about three weeks, the pain ceased and I was able to get out of bed easily, bend and walk and exercise without pain! I continued to be pain free for two years. I won't go another day without wearing one.
      - Alana A.


    I have arthritis, and after wearing Sergio Lub, I was able to close my hand. I have not taken them off my wrists since purchasing them. Also, the second one I purchased was for a pain I had in my left top thigh and after having the bracelet on for a period of time the pain never came back.

      - Norma

    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