This must be where I introduce myself...
I'm Sarah. A 24 year old with a heart for creativity. And yes, I usually look as awkward as I do in that photo.
From a young age, I have loved to play music. I started playing the violin in grade 4, and played for the next four years of school. It was absolutely my favorite thing about school. I felt like, if I could create a melody using this horse-haired staff (bow) and this wooden stringy contraption (violin), there was not much I couldn't do. That is great thing for a child to feel- capable of greatness. I was forced to quit playing the violin when I moved schools in 8th grade. The school I moved to had far more funding than the school I was at before, yet they did not have an orchestra. At the time, I didn't see how sad this really was. I didn't see that not everyone prioritizes, or even cares at all, about art and music education. I didn't see that the creative side of who I am was going to be stifled for the next several years of my life as a result of a lack of funding and appreciation for the arts. I didn't see that the creative side of myself was actually most of who I am. Without the opportunity to explore it, I'd be half-heartedly stumbling through clubs and teams, always a floater but never really in my niche.
This is the reality for so many children today. More focus on core classes, sports, and standardized testing. Less on learning how to create. I see this as one of the bigger flaws in the education systems of many schools. Access to art and music education should not be a commodity only for those affluent enough to attend specialized private schools. I truly believe that it should be available to individuals of all races, socioeconomic backgrounds, and ages. Since my violin days, I have fallen in love with many different art forms. I've learned other instruments, my grandmother taught me to sew, I've learned to paint, I've learned a bit of photography and design - it was always obvious that the creative part of who I am is core. I needed to get aquatinted with it if I was ever going to know myself and be a contributing member of society. We all do.
Like many people, I see creativity in most things- from the way we make art, to the way we dress ourselves in the morning - no matter what end of the spectrum you find yourself on you are an creative being. At the very least, we are all curators of our personal identities.
Creativity is more than just something we are capable of. It is something that is subtle enough to be easily overlooked, but powerful enough to change the way we see and respond to the world around us.
Humans are all uniquely made and each one carries an identity that is all their own. The art of self expression is where it starts, but that does not have to be where it ends.
What if, from a young age, creativity was given the same amount of attention as standardized testing or even athletics? My answer to that question is that each child would not only better understand who they are as individuals, but would also see that they have the potential to bring something important, powerful, and beautiful into the world.
Currently, this store is a platform for creatives, as well as a philanthropic venture. I will be donating 5% of every sale I make to art and music education for children. The long term goal is to open the Stone and Harper Foundation: a center for art and music education and therapy.
Welcome to the biggest and most exciting adventure I've ever been on! It's a creative venture I have dreamed about for years. If you leave the site unimpressed by the clothing or the items I offer, I hope at the very least you left feeling inspired to create.