VIRGINIA KRAFT || TEXTILES
Andrea started early as a maker. "Creating accessories for my dollhouse, a favourite activity, was more fun than playing with my dolls. New Crayolas and colouring books were my favourite gift, and now as an adult, l get just as excited about fresh sketchbooks, pencils, ink and fabric. "
Andrea wanted to create a line that came with a history already built in - a story of the hands that drew, carved, and placed every motif. It was also important to her that it be created in her home country, the USA. Virginia Kraft was Andrea's grandma. It was not the whats in her life that made it extraordinary but the hows: how she loved without condition; how she chose joy in the hard times; how she made the mundane beautiful.
"Summers were spent on her farm getting lost in corn fields and snapping beans on the swing. Her food was simple and delicious, and she whistled in the kitchen – a whistle so enchanting that anyone within earshot found themselves wanting to help with even the dirtiest dishes. She would tell her stories (which usually involved a joke at her own expense), throw her head back and laugh. Christmas at her house was like a post card – more food, more laughter, the light from the windows making the frigid trip from the car more bearable. She was always the first one to greet us at the door. As I got older I realised it wasn’t the gifts that excited me, but the time that I got to spend with her."
"It wasn’t a picture perfect life that allowed her to be happy. Being a farmer’s wife and mother of four came with hardships. She was joyful in spite of them – forever forgiving, loving, and full of God’s grace. Though her 81 years here never felt long enough for me, she left us with love, grace, and beauty sufficient for ten lifetimes. It’s my hope to share them with you and my community."
For every yard sold, $5 will be donated to The Virginia Kraft Fund which helps supports women in organic and sustainable agriculture.