The name "faerwear" is sort of a pun, etc. based on a few things:
1) I sometimes sell at festivals and fairs.
2) I keep everything as recycled, repurposed, upcycled, and sustainable as I can (aka "fair").
3) Faeries inspire me ("faer...")
4) These are "wares" that you "wear".
All the leather I use came from bags, jackets, purses, or scraps I've found in thrift stores or that have been given to me. Absolutely all of it is repurposed from other things.
And yes, I do have vegan options now! I have several shades of ultrasuede which have come, again, from thrift store and estate sale finds. Ultrasuede is a petroleum-based product, sadly, which has a shelf-life of "forever" - so while I would never purchase this material new, I'm totally down for recycling it and keeping it out of landfills. As such, however, my color range is still fairly limited.
There's only so much leather on a jacket or pair of pants. Granted, it's a lot of leather when it comes to making earrings from it, but... I don't have an endless supply from which to choose from. It does run out eventually. I also deconstruct old jewelry and such, and so that also means a limited supply, or a one-of-a-kind design. If you like it, better get it. Once an item sells out, it disappears from the website completely.
And yes, sometimes I make necklaces, and sometimes I make leather flower clips. When I do, they show up on the website. If they're not here, I don't have any in stock at the moment.
Absolutely. I purchase my metals from a supplier who sells recycled materials. I also save all my metal scraps to send back for recycling!
I sell predominantly at special events, juried craft shows, pop-ups and private trunk shows. Check out my events calendar to find out when those are happening.
You can also find me at Animal.Plant.Mineral in Portland, Oregon this holiday season, and in several new locations around the US in 2018.
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Yep. I'm still on the hunt for quality surgical steel, but for the moment most people with silver allergies are doing well with 14k gold-filled hoops. I offer them as an upgrade option for all current designs (once a pair of jewelry hits the "sale rack", however, they are sold as-is - and the standard hoop is made from Argentium silver, which has a slightly higher silver content, and slightly less nickel). I have also been considering niobium, but I still haven't found a good source. It's expensive!
In a sense, every purchase is "gift-wrapped". Let me know if it's a gift on checkout, and I'll avoid sending a packaging slip with a price on it. Otherwise, all pieces are shipped in a ziploc plastic baggie and tucked inside a recycled, printed paper bag that fits inside a small bubble-wrap mailer. This keeps shipping and handling costs low for all of us.
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