My shop is officially open for business! — Phase one has begun. Or maybe this is phase two? Regardless, I am taking orders, and I can’t tell you how excited I was to package up my first few shipments today. Thank you to those of you who bought one (or two!) of my hand-printed tees this week! It’s so exciting for me to finally deliver on this goal. Hopefully this endeavor will pave the way for future sailing trips and art projects — and provide fuel for future blog entries.
Speaking of projects: the next phase of Forest and Fin is going to involve some environmental non-profits and a few new t-shirt designs, which means it’s back to the drawing board for me. Although I mean that in a good way, of course. Time to bust out the dusty old sketchbook and grab my pens and watercolors. I am going to be designing some new tees to promote a couple amazing people and organizations that I know, and I can’t wait to tell you more about it.
It’s been important for me from the beginning to come up with a collaborative way to support non-profit organizations that are pertinent to the ideals of Forest and Fin. Why? Because the work they do inspires me, it informs my artwork, and enriches the environments that surround me. Forest and Fin is not just a blog, although it started out that way; it’s not just about my lifestyle or the art that I produce; and it’s certainly not simply a way for me to make money selling my t-shirts. But it has become an integrated platform for all of these outlets. Forest and Fin is multi-faceted; none of these things work by themselves, because they only identify with one aspect of my personality at a time.
When I am true to all of the different facets, it all comes together in a circular way that makes sense. Forest and Fin is about lifestyle, conscious sustainable living, art, and the appreciation of the nature that surrounds us. But why stop there? It’s time to take action. I want to donate my skills as an artist and t-shirt designer to organizations that protect, preserve, or conserve the environment. I am putting together a non-profit line: shirts designed specifically for a particular environmental non-profit. I will donate a percentage of my profits to the organization and the organization will be able to sell the shirt themselves to raise money for their projects. I am just getting started, but I have at least one organization on board already. I will be posting about it soon I hope!
And last, but not least (of course), if you know anyone at all (individual, shop, boutique, environmental non-profit, etc. etc. etc) who would be interested in a Forest and Fin shirt, please send them a link to my shop. Thanks everyone, and have a lovely weekend!
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