Hello! I am Sarah Smith, owner, designer, screener and idea thinker-upper of
Milkweed Design. I draw and hand-screenprint children’s clothes. I strive to make items that are of the highest quality, handmade with love, and full of whimsy. Each new onesie or tee begins with play-on-words artwork, which I draw in pencil, generally at my kitchen table. I then burn my drawing into a screen and hand-screen each and every bib, onesie, tee and tote. I believe strongly in producing hand-made, high quality products, but also in leaving this planet a little better for the next generation, so I only use water-based, non-toxic inks, as well as primarily organic fabrics.
I have loved creating items by hand for as long as I can remember.
Growing up I was always making something. Thankfully, my parents had relatively loose standards for what was considered “good” and what materials around the house I could use! My love of screen-printing began one hot July. My mom had volunteered to screenprint vacation bible school t-shirts and said that I could help. We set up a screening station in our family’s old grocery store, which had closed years earlier. I was amazed at how the process worked. It seemed like magic, the way the ink moved through the screen and came out onto the shirts. I am not a neat creator, and the messiness of the ink was incredibly appealing! Years later, when I would first try my hand at screening shirts for my kids, I could still vividly remember the smell of the ink, the dusty wood floors and the clean lines of those first
Life often takes us in many directions, but mine has always had an undercurrent of art. Over time, that current has taken on many forms. Often it was in pencil drawings, sometimes in mosaics, but after a while it was with my hands as a manual Physical Therapist. I firmly believe that we can find inspiration and beauty in many places, whether it is nature, man-made structures, trash or the human body. For Milkweed Design I draw inspiration from everything in life, but mostly it is
my children. There’s nothing so inspiring as watching a two-year-old examine a bug with complete and total awe.
I began Milkweed Design in 2012. I had screened lots of things for my
children at that point and wanted to try my hand at selling some too. I felt, and still feel, that kids are just way too creative, crazy and fun to be wearing unimaginative clothes. So I try to make each design one that kids will like and adults will chuckle at.
Thank you for taking the time to read my story. To find out more and see my
full product line, please visit my website at: www.milkweed-design.com and “like” Milkweed Design on Facebook
(www.facebook.com/MilkweedDesign) to keep up to date on new products.