My name is Jo, and it all started when…
It was time for some self-love. I began wandering around God’s earth appreciating the little things he’s left behind for us to enjoy. As I ventured, I found myself mesmerized by the various textiles, arts, and creations that people pour their hearts and souls into. Traveling to 7 countries in one year in between my teaching day job (which I love), I began to wonder how I could bring the artistic cultures of other countries back to the states, and how I could wear their art at any given times.
Through trial and error of various fabrics, ideas about jewelry, and how to sew different currencies onto my clothing or string onto necklaces and bracelets, the Oaxaca textiles made it onto the back of a beloved, thrifted jacket of mine.
After sewing the multi-colored floral onto my jacket, and feeling slightly insecure my first time wearing it out, I was amazed by the endless number of compliments I received, and the number of people asking me where I got my jacket from. I remember getting stopped in Trader Joe’s not once, but twice, in one visit with women inquiring about my jacket.
I had to duplicate my work, and give others the opportunity to wear the unique and colorful art of Mexico, the only problem was that I was moving and traveling was about to slow down for me as I was in transit leaving from Texas to California.
Nearly eight months later, and I’ve started, for real, figuring it out. Now, I am here to share my art, and the artwork of the talented people of Mexico and other countries, with anyone who wants to also wear their wanderings and wander in search of new art, life, and adventure.
My dream is to source all textiles fair-trade and use completely thrifted supplies to work for a more eco-sustainable world.
My name is Joanna (but Jo for short), and I am a mechanical engineer, graphic designer, gone high school math teacher, full time, after serving in Teach for America 2014. When I’m not sitting at my sewing machine, I like to draw pictures, travel, go on adventures, hike some cool stuff, dabble in some music, and bond with my doggo, Kona. Most importantly, I am trying to live my life to serve others the way Jesus serves.