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MEET OUR MAKER GREENTREE
Our global community of like-minded partners do good through the environmentally
responsible pieces they craft, including our beeswax candle maker friend,
Jenifer Green of Greentree Home. We checked in with Jenifer to see how she’s
staying fulfilled, optimistic, and joyful during these challenging times.
Greentree Home designs and produces small batch handmade candles exclusively in 100%
beeswax. Based in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains in New York State,
the company was founded by artist, Jenifer Green in 2000. Green extols the
superior properties of beeswax: "When one of our candles is lit, not only
does in burn cleanly, it transforms the object and gives off a sweet scent
and a luminous glow", she explains.
We spoke to Jenifer in her self-described “new dream office”.
So, what makes it a “dream office”?
It has one long black table, with a computer and 2 chairs in the middle. The floor is cherry and I am surrounded by a collection of objects mostly other maker’s work that I have bought or bartered for over the years.
What’s your biggest challenge as a maker?
It's the day-to-day juggle of running a business or what we call multi-tasking. When I first started my business I was doing a little bit of everything, but as it has grown, I have found the solution is to assemble a team of talented individuals who bring different skills to the table and work as a team. That way I can concentrate on developing new designs, colors and opportunities, while still overseeing the day-to-day production.
"I AM DOING A LOT OF YOGA, WALKING, AND STICKING TO A REGULAR WORK SCHEDULE. I FIND IF I AM BUSY AND MOVING FORWARD, I AM BALANCED."
How are you staying strong and resilient?
This is an extremely challenging time for all businesses and individuals. I am thinking of ways to we can adapt and survive. I am doing a lot of yoga, walking and sticking to a regular work schedule. I find if I am busy and moving forward, I am balanced.
Where do you find moments of joy?
My moments of joy are found in the interactions and relationships I have with people. Last week I received an email from a customers who took the time to write to tell me how much she loved our work and appreciates what we do. That kind of connection is so rewarding. I also enjoy working with other makers on collaborative projects.
What are you grateful for?
I am grateful for my family and friends and that they are safe and healthy. Face Timing with my family has become a weekly routine. We laugh and share stories old and new. My birthday was last week and my sister and her husband made a hysterical video for me which I play on a daily basis to lift my spirits. I am lucky to have them.
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