Greetings! The turning of the New Year has brought along an extra-fresh sense of hope for 2016 and all that it may hold. Thank you for your love and support along our journey thus far. We cherish relationships- each special meeting, encouraging comment and story shared is truly wind beneath our wings.
Here are updates on our latest and greatest:
We are thrilled to welcome our newest artisan to thecgf gang, Amanda Houston. She is a designer as well as our marketing director, helping to bring stories of Chicken Footstools- from their making through their adoptions- out to shine brightly in the world.
Also, we are transitioning into our first official studio space in Kansas City. Deep-hearted dreams of having a place to welcome and cultivate community are coming true! Operations continue to be shared between the Kansas farm, where chicken bodies are built, and the city, where fiber and upholstery magic happen. Although we are just beginning the move today, my imagination has already filled the space with possibilities- chickening sessions, workshops, creative experiments, collaborations, tea parties, inspiration boards, window displays, bubbles, curious objects, pop-up shops… sigh. I recognize the space as a gift; a place to work and play and be, surrounded by materials and people I love.
This year we will be looking for opportunities to make new friends in the world of fiber, both wooly and not. The seeds that were sewn in my happy childhood with chickens, eventually bringing forth the idea of a Chicken Footstool, seem to be experiencing a re-awakening. I know deeper connections with the farmers and the animals from which our fiber comes will only lead to more inspiration and learning. Last year, new sources of organic merino wool and mohair in Northern California found their way into our hearts, hands and feather designs for our new Spring Flock collection. Some naturally neutral and some enhanced with natural dyes, all are rich in color and texture that seem made to be touched.
Speaking of our new Spring Flock collection, we will be busy stitching away in the studio until the release sometime in March! We can hardly wait to receive your reactions and see which loving families will bring our lucky Chicken Footstools into their homes.
Cheers to 2016, the year of jubilee and possibility! Oh, and cheers to chickens!
> Sally Jane