Artist Profiles

Meet Kelly Perkins of Spinster Sisters

Lavender at Spinster Sisters; their handcrafted skin care is available at www.explorelocaluniverse.com.

[DENVER] Kelly Perkins loves coming up with new products. It’s her favorite thing—developing recipes with just the right ingredients. She might even admit to being addicted to the process of making soap.

And why not? It’s a methodical, meditative and fragrant process, especially the way Spinster Sisters makes soap.

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Meet Lindsay Lawrence of Seattle's Metamorphic

Material cut and ready for sewing for Metamorphic dopp kits and bags, available at www.explorelocaluniverse.com.

It’s amazing how some people can see new potential in the items around them. 

Take Lindsay Lawrence, founder of Metamorphic in Seattle. He was working for a boat builder headquartered in Rhode Island as their West Coast sales and repair representative when he crafted a large messenger-style bag and a tool bag from a cast-off sail. 

And it just so happened that people loved it. So he made more, and he began incorporating other materials—seatbelts, truck tarps, climbing rope. How often do you look at a seatbelt and imagine it as part of a tote bag?

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Meet Seattle photographer Travis Tyler

Seattle photographer Travis Tyler smooths and seals the glossy glaze over one of his images, available at www.explorelocaluniverse.com.

It was pure luck and good timing that allowed me to meet up with Travis Tyler. 

Before I travel to a new city, I put in days of research to find artisans and makers who meet our product criteria [https://explorelocaluniverse.com/pages/about-local-universe], who are willing to wholesale, and who are willing and able to meet during my trip. 

But I love to leave time for the unexpected discovery, and Travis’s photography was just such a find. 

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Meet SOURCE Denim Founder Soo-Rae Hong

Local Universe visits Soo-Rae Hong, founder of SOURCE Denim in Seattle. www.explorelocaluniverse.com
[SEATTLE] It was early evening, and I was wandering a relatively industrial area of Seattle called SoDo (South of Downtown). Perhaps wandering is the wrong term; I was a few minutes behind after hustling off the Bainbridge Ferry and onto the Link Light Rail, so I was semi-sprinting, phone in hand to navigate to the SoDo MakerSpace where I was to meet Soo-Rae Hong, founder of SOURCE Denim. 

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