CHEMISTRY + CRAFT hand-makes minimalist soft goods for outdoor enjoyment, with ethical and natural materials and local supplies, for you who appreciates connection to land and materials, in collaboration with local and international artists and craftspeople.
CHEMISTRY + CRAFT holds a sacred vision of carefully designed textile goods made entirely locally, collaboratively and responsibly, of the land, on the land.
Our SIX values are:
- Awareness of and appreciation for our interconnectedness with all life
- Respect and honouring of our full humanity
- Local community engagement and empowerment
- Pleasurable sensory and material experiences
- Sharing, collaborating and experimenting with others
- Making simple designs inspired by age-old crafts
CHEMISTRY+ CRAFT is based in Wewebjiwong (Little Current) on Mnidoo Mnis (Manitoulin Island), in the heart of Anishinaabe territory. Our team of four works out of a sunny studio above a former honey processing plant. Together we do everything by hand in-house, from dyeing our canvas to photography and marketing.
CHEMISTRY + CRAFT is a death-positive business, meaning that it is aware that it will one day either perish or mutate unrecognizeably, and that it chooses to operate in a way that lets it show.
Many people helped to get CHEMISTRY + CRAFT off the ground: thanks most of all to the 27 private funders who helped with start-up costs; thanks to RT for their support and the use of their space; miigwech to Debajehmujig Storytellers for the use of their costume room and awesome industrial sewing machine; thanks to DM for their relentless and unconditional support and enthusiasm; thanks to KA for those mastermind meetings; thanks to JS for carrying the leather and everything else; thanks to JR and NP for being the first rucksack models; thanks to LAMBAC; thanks TB and SB for the use of their honeyhouse; thanks so much to all first customers; and thanks to family xo.