Well, this is the first official post since we opened our wordpress account. The idea behind this blog is to share our experiences as we start our first e-business of homemade and handmade products.
WHO ARE WE and WHAT’S CUPERNICKEL?
We are two sisters who have decided to start a handmade – homemade business to sell Chilean artisan products that are inspired on the beauty that surrounds this amazing country. The whole “starting a business” thing is nothing new to either of us, but the Internet factor is a novelty and somewhat daunting. Add to that the fact that we are sisters, and we tend to have quarrels quite frequently. Are we nuts? I say maybe, but that would be a discussion for a different day and a different blog.
Now, a little more about the handmade, homemade, artisan e-business. Ever since we were young, both of us have been quite resourceful and manual. We would easily learn how to knit, how to crochet, how to paint, and how to do just about any other type of technique for making homemade products. This trait has carried on into our adult life and we each have hobbies that have kept that alive be it writing, drawing, sewing, knitting or any new found artisan technique that has us eager to learn.
WHAT MAKES OUR HANDMADE PRODUCTS UNIQUE?
This is nothing new if you think about all the people out there that either create their own clothes or even spin their own yarn, so what makes us so special? As young adults we both moved to our passport country (we are Adult TCKs), and that added a new depth to our lives that we now pass onto our products. Certainly, the transition wasn’t smooth, but we’ve always tried to take it as optimistically as possible.
HOMEMADE, HANDMADE, or ARTISAN PRODUCTS?
If you look-up the word artisan you’ll basically find the same type of definition everywhere: “one that produces something in limited quantities often using traditional methods”. This sounds just about right when you’re trying to define handmade products or even homemade products, but if you take the time to investigate … you’ll see the differences. However, we never saw all the art there was in handmade products until we discovered Chile.
CUPERNICKEL – the philosophy behind the company
On that note, we decided to combine our experiences from our host country (US) and our passport country (Chile) to come up with Cupernickel, and that’s what makes us special.
We take from our host country a strong work ethic, a certain aesthetic sensibility and a “can do” attitude. From our passport country, we take the beautiful landscapes that range from desert lands to glaciars with forests and coastlines in between. The colors, textures, and unique materials that this country lends us are stunning. And with all this we mix, knit, dye, sew, felt, and create beautiful artisan pieces that are combined with the inspiration found in our natural settings giving way to unique handmade products.
Therefore, Cupernickel is a combination of two worlds, just like us. In fact the name (deliberately misspelled) comes from a copper-nickel alloy that is used in coins and most chilean artisan jewelry. In Chile, it is referred to as alpaca, just like the camelid.
We’ll be keeping you posted while our company gets on its feet. This is an amazing new challenge for us both and we hope to have our homemade products up soon so that you can have a look at them. We’ll also be posting stories about Chile to share with you the beauty that inspires us. Hope you enjoy this journey as much as we do.
If you have any questions or comments, feel free to post them.