Region/location: traveling artist originally from South Central PA
Start using Etsy: March 06
Etsy shop: Love Peace and Dye www.lovepeaceanddye.etsy.com
other links: www.lovepeaceanddye.com
Craft Handmade Clothing and altered art with recycled clothing and fibers, coupled with handwoven hemp jewelery for people, and PETS including collars and leashes with functional and durable parts :)
Where did you learn your craft? All my life, but structured in Milwaukee WI
When did you start using hemp? when i was 14 or so i began to make jewelery for myself and friends. In 2004 i began to work on cat collars with safety release clips, as well as dog collars, custom harnesses for both(or any animal you may need to leash) and recycled cat toys with all my additional scraps that feature hemp tails
Why do you use hemp over other materials? Hemp makes a more comfortable cat and dog collar, as the fiber breathes. Nylon Collars are a petroleum product and also not very comfortable for any creature, esp not mans best friend. not only that, but hemp happens to be stylish! industial hemp is also a very important issue to alot of those that realize its value as a crop for our farmers, biofuels, our soil composition, sustainable energy and so much more. by choosing to wearand work with hemp i also choose to support the fight for its legalization in this country, as well as the battle for education and actual facts regarding this plant.
Why do you feel Hemp Legalization for Farmers in America is so important ??
Why? Our country would be out of debt, not oil dependent, and agriculturally healthier if the government would allow hemp production?
This is a fascinating subject as no one seems to understand all the money our country loses on hemp. From production, to cultivation, to manufacturing, and finally distributing the product, all the money is on foreign soil. Foreign farmers make riches growing hemp, foreign companies make even more money selling it to Americans who cant grow it! What would our economy be like if every time we all purchased hemp that money went into our country instead of someone else's? On top of that, all diesel engines need one small change in them and they could run off of hemp seed oil, as opposed to the black gold our country loves so much. Check our Woody Harrelson and his hemp fueled bus as well as all his other acts to legalize hemp production for our environment and for our farmers. And hemp is one of those amazing plants you can plant over and over again in the same field and it actually adds nutrients to the soil--ADDS NUTRIENTS! It can also be safely grown without pesticides and herbicides--imagine that!? Not to mention we wouldn't have to be cutting down every tree on the planet for our need for paper--hemp paper uses less pollutants to make and doesn't result in clear cutting ancient trees!
- Who We Are
- Etsy Hempsters is a global Etsy street team of independent artists using and promoting hemp in their handmade products. They foster a community that shares and supports each other in their work; promotes and educates about industrial hemp; and advocates for political change in current laws which keep the United States as the only industrialized nation without this billion-dollar-per-year industrial crop.