To raise social awareness of the problems with cheap, fast fashion and the true value of handmade fashion by sharing creativity, my own as well as other artists', making noise about consumer and workers protection issues, and inspiring other artists, crafters, and other consumers to value handmade products.
The human on our team is Jean Chung, the knitwear designer. Having grown up with a fashion designer mom and having worn handmade clothes and accessories all her life, she quickly fell in love with the idea of making clothes with just two sticks and a string when she saw a person knitting on TV. Her mom bought her first knitting kit in 1992, when she was just 7, and the rest is history. Her knitting patterns have been published by reputable knitting magazines such as Petite Purl, Twist Collective, and Interweave Knitscene.
Candy the Chihuahua came into Jean's life in 2007, when her sister brought Candy home one day. A woman at her sister's gym was looking for just anyone to take Candy, before she had to take Candy to a shelter. Jean never had a family pet before, but quickly fell in love with Candy. Candy was born here in the US, but lived in South Korea for 5 years with Jean's parents. After Jean got married, she decided to bring Candy back to the States. Candy is a mini-me version of Jean, strong-willed, short, funny, and LOVES to dress up.
Bagel the Basenji was born in Taiwan, just like Jean's husband, Marty. Before getting married, Marty and Jean were members of a rescue group that rescue dogs on the "death row" in Taiwanese shelters and help them find forever homes in the U.S. Bagel came to the U.S. in April 2010 when Jean and Marty agreed to foster him until he finds a good home because Bagel kept running away from his foster home in Taiwan! But just after a couple of days in the U.S., Marty and Jean fell in love with Bagel and didn't want anyone else to take Bagel. Bagel doesn't bark, and very easy to train but doesn't like other dogs sniffing him in the face. He hates the rain and loves his toys like his own babies.