Shay Carrillo of Non Perishable Goods - Profile
Getting to profile Shay Carrillo of Non Perishable Goods was awesome. Meeting her was exactly why I love doing these profiles. I have a total soft spot for badass female entrepreneurs and artists, which is Shay all over. I also got to see the hidden world of people like this, who are boldly doing their thing all around us. You walk into Shay's backyard to find this tiny and gorgeous light filled artist studio. This is where Shay creates her covet worthy napkins and the rest of the goods that make up her company: Non Perishable Goods. If you aren't familiar with NPG, head to the website and follow her on Instagram. Trust me you will fall in love just like me and everyone else.
I also love to hear the stories of how people start companies and where it all comes from. Shay was an apparel stylist in San Francisco for many years for companies like the Gap. She and her husband moved to Portland and had 2 kids, who attend a Waldorf school. Each student at this school was required to bring 2 cloth napkins with their lunch. Shay has always made things herself, so she made napkins for her kiddos. You can probably guess where this is going right? The napkins were beautiful linen with stitched edges, and you can bet that once others at school saw these napkins they wanted them too! She started selling them in craft fairs, and quickly got picked up by Alder and Co in downtown Portland (such a rad shop). From there the business has totally taken off, and she has expanded to other textiles as well.
These napkins are so lovely, and I love the practice of using beautiful things in our everyday life. I think art can be a part of most things we do. And there are artists out there, like Shay, making commonplace items into works of art.
I have a big thing for home offices. I think if you work from home it makes all the difference in the world to have an inspiring space that you look forward to being in every day! Organization is so clutch. I love how Shay takes her organization seriously, but includes objects of beauty as well.
If you are into this, check out my Pinterest board Home Office Heaven for more inspiration.
One of the latest techniques Shay is using right now is called Shibori. It's basically a tie-die process using monochromatic dies. Are these not too die for?? I am majorly into these babies. And blue is my color so these are going to be my next purchase. Having beautiful linens is such an enjoyable way to have art in our everyday life. What could be better than functional art, right?
Be sure to share this post with anyone who you know would love Non Perishable Goods! And come back next week to see Shay's home, a beautiful space FULL of art by friends and family.