With the upcoming launch of our shop on Martha Stewart American Made right around the corner, the art of “making” has been on my mind lately. For those of you who haven’t been following along with Poppy Soap Co. on our social channels this month, we’ve designated March a celebration of “the art of making” and the makers who make it happen. (Whew! That’s a mouthful.)
The word “maker” is getting tossed around a lot these days, but what does it really mean? (A bunch of brilliant artists are currently answering that very question on the American Crafts Council website. Check it out here.) To me, making runs much deeper than simply crafting something with your hands. I believe makers create something of themselves. Making is an investment of heart and soul. Our hands are just the tools that do the work. Sure, there is a beautiful end product, but the greater beauty comes from the process – and the why that inspires them to do what they do.
Why do I make? My Maker Manifesto
I make because I believe in setting an example for my son. I want him to see me following my dreams so he knows he can follow his.
I make because there is already enough fake in this world, and I believe people deserve more than a laundry list of ingredients they can’t pronounce.
I make because the Earth has given us a bounty of healing, beautiful gifts.
I make because I believe in caring for others. And creating something beautiful for them allows me to do just that.
I make because I’ve got love to give and a gift to share.
I make because it’s part of who I am, what I believe and how I live.
Albert Einstein once said, “Creativity is contagious. Pass it on.” When I look at that quote, I can’t help but see a secret message in there. PASSION. (PASS IT ON.) That’s the common thread between all of us makers, professionals and hobbyists. Whether we’re making candles, soap, cupcakes, paintings or leather bags, our product is our passion. It’s the period that dots the mission statement of our lives. It’s a piece of ourselves we give to others who stand in solidarity beside us and allow us to keep on doing that thing we do.
I’ve always believed that, as consumers, our dollar is our vote and our voice. When you spend a dollar with a brand, you’re making a declaration that you believe in what they stand for…and you’re saying we’re all in this together. To each of you who have stood beside me and Poppy Soap Co., thank you. Thank you for making my dream a reality. Thank you for being here. Thank you for being part of my maker story. You are the “why” that gets me out of bed each day excited to greet the sun so I can keep on doing that thing I love.