In August of 2003, we found a small piece of wood with a hole in it. The wood was just lying there on the ground. It was a piece of nothing that was doing nothing; serving nobody. It had no purpose. But thanks to Pam, our eyes and hearts now interpreted the world in a new way—through the eyes of artists.
We picked it up. Held it to the light. Moved it around and investigated it. We realized this inanimate object that served no purpose could and should serve a purpose—and it was up to us to give it a purpose. So, that’s what we decided to do. We threw a “coming out party” for the piece of wood. We painted it, found just the right string for it and, voila, we had created our first ever Inga and Evija necklace! And it was beautiful!
Now we began to believe we could make a living creating art. We decided to become entrepreneurs, or rather artrepreneurs! And why the hell not— it was the American dream we were searching for.
We were inspired by what we did with a mere piece of wood. And we soon found others who also loved our piece-of-wood turned into a lovely necklace. Or maybe they found us? Either way, we became determined to inspire others by transforming found materials into beautiful, FUNCTIONAL ART BY INGA AND EVIJA!
Hell yeah! We were stoked! We managed to find and save up the money and bought the world’s smallest sewing machine. Why? Because we were consumed with the idea of making wallets out of … (ready for this?)—clothes from our closet! Plus, who were we kidding—we couldn’t afford to buy new fabrics and, after all, we thought it would be awesome to breathe new life into old clothes. We also developed a passion for recycling, reusing and repurposing.
Then it hit us: Why not marry our love of art, love of inspiring others and our love for our fragile planet by creating functional art all made from found fabrics? Ta-da! We now had the foundation of our business!
Today we are living our passion. We’ve discovered our American dream. Our mission is to inspire people to be unique, to follow their passion and to experience the wonders of life … And we hope they will do this while carrying a garment made by us, Inga and Evija!