My name is Heather and I started my Etsy shop about 2 years ago with my main focus on my reusable menstrual pads. I started making various other eco friendly items and about decided that my pads and accessories needed a new home! That’s when Aunt Flos Pads were born!
I also work on a project called “It’s All In The Bag” its a promotional project for handmade artisans that supports indie shopping as well as animals. We take samples from artisans all over the world, put them into handmade market totes, and sell them worldwide. Spreading samples all over and 100% profits from each bag go to an animal sanctuary. The project has been going strong since the beginning of 2009, and we are currently looking for crafters interested in being in our Holiday 2009 bag! Aunt Flos Pads will be participating, though I am still not sure what kind of samples I want to do. Here is the website to that project http://www.vegancraftsamples.com
Where can we find you? (website, craft shows, etc.)
Blog, Myspace, and Twitter
This summer is full of craft shows and events, just last night Holistically Heather/Aunt Flos Pads were at a CNY roller derby bout! It was awesome and really inspiring, I’m even considering trying it out for a while. Next Saturday, we will be at a huge Art and Music Festival in Clinton NY, and Veg Fest in Syracuse NY the following weekend. Things are really hectic around here with all of these events and projects in the works, but thats just how I like it. Nice and busy!
What first got you interested in your craft?
The idea that something as beautiful and truly amazing as menstruation and giving life is looked down upon as dirty and shameful has always bothered me. When I started looking in to the different industries that profit off of womens bodies and insecurities I became angry, thats when I decided it was time to make a change. I started designing and making reusable menstrual pads about 5 years ago, always tweaking and perfecting my patterns, and it feels great to take less of a toll on the earth. The average woman uses approximately 16,000 throw away menstrual items in their lifetime, spending an average of $960. Reusable menstrual pads arent full of all the harsh chemicals, therefore are better for your body, and on top of that they dont fill up landfills at an alarming rate! My pads last at least 5 years, and can last even longer depending on how you care for them.
Please describe your creative process (how, when, materials, etc).
I swear I could probably cut pad fabric in my sleep, since I have done it so much. It’s the sewing that takes a lot of time. I get all of my fabric cut out, line it up and sew it up, then i put on the waterproof layer and sew it again. Each pad is double sewn for strength and durability. I used to sew on the snaps for every single pad, but now I have a handy dandy snap tool and it’s so much easier and looks better too. If you asked my roommate about my craftiness, she might shriek. Right now, because of all the fairs and events coming up, there is fabric from one of the house to the other, some cut up and ready, some half cut, and some just sitting in big totes waiting for their chance to be made into something great! I have a craft room, where these things would be, ideally, but they aren’t, as my craft room is just too small for me. I need a craft garage, well that is my dream anyway! When I create my pads, I try to use as many organics as are available, I made a line of pads that are all organic even down to the thread! But I also have funky cotton fabrics with all different patterns, which I can’t seem to find organic. I am hoping that the love for organic fabrics will catch on and be available in more designs and variety. For now, I am using what I have stored away and then I will be switching to all organic and fair trade materials, because I think that is important!
Apart from creating things, what do you do?
In my spare time, when I’m not cutting or sewing fabric, I like to ride my bicycle. I ride it everywhere I go and we are really fortunate here because there are awesome bike trails that ride right along the Erie Canal. We can hop on our bikes and ride 20 miles to the next city where my roommates parents live, which we do every Sunday (a great big Italian dinner every Sunday, can’t go wrong!) We also like to take the dogs hiking and canoeing in the nearby Adirondack Mountains, it is so beautiful up there, its a great getaway from city life. If I ever have any spare time after all the outdoorsy and crafty things we like to do, I love reading.
Is there anything else youâ€™d like to share?
Yes, I would like to offer a 10% discount to anyone who reads this feature and is interested in trying reusables! Swing on over to any of my websites, if you find something you like just put FEATURED CRAFTER 10% in the notes to seller and wait for a revised invoice!
I am also always available to answer any questions about the items I make and love good conversation with great people!