in 2007 i started selling products online.
in 2010 i created lai grai,
moving from weird and colorful
to vintage and earthy.
sometime in between then and now,
i took a hiatus, to think,
and i stopped making items 'for your craft'
and have been focused on wearables and home decor.
i thought that would help my shop to feel fresh and exciting to me again.
but the creative enthusiasm for the shop comes in waves,
with long languishing periods between.
it's been 6 years since i graduated with my bfa
and i thought i would never want to return to school,
but i am ready to change directions.
before i made fiber art, i was a wood-worker, and before that, i loved ceramics,
and before that, i made conceptual art, and before that, i found a love of photography,
and before that, oil paints, and before that, poetry. do you see?
i am an artist.
and this niche was beautiful and perfect for me for so long,
but it is time to evolve, and time to grow.
so thank you for the years of wonderful,
it's now time to close lai grai's shop doors
and move on to grad school applications
and using my creative forces elsewhere
(wherever that may be.)
this may seem sudden to you, but it's been a long time coming for me.
lai grai (as a brand) will still exist
because it is so deeply a part of me.
and i will continue to make and to create,
just- for now- i have lost the enthusiasm to sell.
so the shop is closing, but the website will remain.
this little space will still contain my blog
and i plan to integrate my (currently separate) artist portfolio.
and we will see where lai grai and i end up next.
until then- i'm having a sale on all* current stock.
as a way to start saving up for grad school.
and to clear the studio space for the new beginnings
and fresh possibilities!
the shop will officially close next sunday march 16th
so there is a week left to snag any favorites you had been dreaming about.
(i also have some sample pieces/prototypes that i never photographed for lai grai-
and i also have some 2007-2010 sample pieces that are pretty fun/wild colors
shoot me an email if you're interested in any of that,
and i will send you additional photos and info!)
take 50% off all* stock with code 'thankyou50'
*excludes the collaborative jewelry/ knitter's charm collection
and thank you all for your loving support
of the lai grai shop through the years!
all my love,