The Japanese word kokoro is as diffuse to translate as it is to describe. The literal translation in English is heart, but really, it is so much more. Kokoro can be the heart of a person, but not the physical heart. It's the unconscious heart, spirit and mind, all together. Thread & Whisk's kokoro is the place our inspiration comes from when we make and share. When you do things for those you love, then the care and patience required can seem effortless. It's as if gifts from the heart aren't measured by a metric that weighs you down. Instead, they open the heart to give and to receive.
Taking inspiration from the Japanese paper art of origami, we spent some time in the Thread & Whisk studio creating a linen heart to share with someone special. It's a long way from the Valentines that we handed out to everyone in first grade. But the sentiment remains the same. As a grownup, knowing that someone took time out of their day to make something special just for you resonates even more today than it did in grade school. If you carved out some time this week to handcraft a few of your own unique Valentines, what would you be inspired to make?Read More