Greetings from Woolen Moss!
I make clothing. It's what I do. But I recently read a quote that really affected me. "Nourish the seed, not the flower." Something I would ordinarily ponder in a positive way. But It must have found me at a particularly vulnerable time because all I could think was, all I make are flowers. What about the seed? I started asking myself why I do what I do, and aren't there better things to do in this world? I walked in and out of my studio for days, standing there, looking around, and then leaving. How could this one line cause me so much questioning? Don't I love what I do? So I got to work. Not designing clothes, but researching. Biology. How does an actual flower play a role in the life of a seed? I needed answers. And here's what I found out.
The ovary of a flower develops into the fruit. This fruit then protects the seed until maturity. There it was, concisely put for me to grasp. It turns out, flowers are a big part of what brings the seed to life. A necessary and beautiful part. I really needed to hear this. And maybe you do too?
There's often so much conflict between feeling good and looking good. Which one comes first, which one is more important. And now I'm really thinking they are mutually arising. We do not need to conform to the high fashion demands of discomfort, but it is also okay to want to be and feel beautiful. Nourish the flower, so that the seed may feel loved and supported, whether the seed be your heart, your soul, your god, or your mind. I do believe the unseen is nourished by the seen. Thank you science. And juju. And wonder. My belief in all three has combined to save my profession. At least for today.
SouleMama: Since the last time you were featured on SouleMama, in what ways has your business grown or changed?
Kate: Since we last spoke, I did get a batch of very thick and stretchy Organic Merino Wool Interlock, with a touch of lycra. I had it dyed in three dark earthy colors and it is truly wonderful, but it ended up being too thick for most of my garments. However, it makes for the best leg warmers I've ever had, so that's what you'll find on the site for now. But I've got the medium weight 100% Organic Merino Wool on its way for sweaters, skirts, dresses and pants. It comes directly from Merino sheep organically raised in the South American Andean mountains, and is then processed and dyed right here in NY. It drapes beautifully and is the softest soft with no pilling. I can't wait! I'll have it in black in the shop by mid July, and then a lovely new range of colors for the fall. This process of trial and error is really going to give us all the best wool garments so far. But for spring and summer I have a new line of embroidered terrace skirts and also some loose fitting shirts with a fitted bottom yoke that I think you'll just love. I got together with Alyssa from Aurora Shoes for a photo shoot, and I think our goods go together seamlessly. Don't you just love a good collaboration?
This weekend, Woolen Moss is generously offering the following gift to ONE lucky SouleMama reader:
Your size, length and color choice of one embroidered terrace skirt. Each skirt has carefully embroidered terrace lines along the bottom of the the garment. Wonderfully light weight and perfect for summer days. Available in maxi length, below the knee, or mini.
In addition, Woolen Moss is pleased to offer all SouleMama readers 15% off through the month of June when entering coupon code NOURISHTHESEED at checkout.
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Real clothing. Real comfort. Thank you.
Posted by: Becky