When I first started attending markets, my sister made me a t-shirt with my logo on it. I kept getting asked if I sold the shirts. It seemed strange to me someone would want my logo on a shirt for themselves...but after a being asked repeatedly, my sister and I decided to make them available.
Made with vinyl decals, the shirts are made to order by my sister. It's fun getting to work on this with her. We don't live near each other, and while we are close and keep in touch, life can get busy, and before you know it weeks have gone by without checking in. Sure, she gets updates on me from my mother and vice versa, but it's not the same. Working on a project with her is proving to be a way to stay connected despite the miles between us.
It is kind of amazing (and frustrating) how technology has changed how we stay connected and communicate. I remember a communication I took at Cornell where we got to experiment with a new technology called "CU-SeeMe" which was one of, if not the first, video conferencing clients. Now we have Zoom, Facetime, Skype...you name it. Texting is more common than phone calls, giving you the freedom to reach out and respond on your own schedule, and paying someone no longer takes writing a check, just a swipe on an app.
All this is to say while my sister and I may be 175 miles apart, we can stay connected and work efficiently as if we're in the same room. Of course with remote working, this is nothing new, but when it's with family, it feels a little different. Nothing replaces the face-to-face family time, but I'll take what I can get!
That was a bit of a ramble, and a long way to say by buying a t-shirt, not only are you supporting my budding ceramics business, you're also supporting a brother-sister bond.
Love you, Lisa!