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Oakland, California · 17 Sales


Oakland, California 17 Sales On Etsy since 2009

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Too Bad You Can't Hear Wool On The Radio

I was thinking about the stories of the men and women who owned the sweaters before I bought them at Goodwill or Thrift Town or wherever we finally met up. I imagined those people had stories that maybe they got to tell and maybe they didn't. I started to feel like a curator of personal lore, even though I didn't know what the stories were. Because when someone gives something up, it's often loaded and heavy. Occasionally, it's light, sometimes it's just housecleaning. But other times it's: "I had to leave my home in a hurry," or, "I died." Then I took it one step further and wondered what the wool would tell me if it could, where the sheep had lived and what they witnessed. I got preoccupied with travel. I love the possibility that one of my items has been a world traveler, either on a sheep or on a man's back, even carried along in the knapsack of someone who just traveled in her mind. I love that pieces of my pieces have slept in fields for one reason or another, and might again.

So, between my love of wool -- a magic material, durable, warm, water-resistant, shape-shifting, resilient, and able to bond with itself -- and my desire to hold the story of everyone involved, I just had to wonder what story the wool would choose, if everyone was tuned in to hear it sing.

This was all in the back of my mind when I was corresponding with a friend, and I was describing what I do with my sewing and how I feel about it, and I was wishing I could communicate more about it, show more of my own story in it, have more of a voice. And I said, out of the blue because often real communication is just a mystery: "too bad you can't hear wool on the radio," and in saying it I had done what I was wishing I could do.


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  • Alison

    Owner, Designer, Maker

    I live in Oakland, California, where my big passion is raising my family with my best husband :). My next quite large passion is sewing with mostly recycled materials and some new materials and then selling what I make.

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Last updated on June 22, 2012
Welcome! I am please to offer you my handmade bags and clothes! All Belle Wynne Handmade pieces are made by me here in Oakland, CA with materials found in local thrift stores and with some new materials as well.

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I accept returns and exchanges of at-purchase-quality items for 30 days from the date of delivery. Return shipping costs are the buyer's responsibility.
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