Many of our wraps come to life on thick water color paper. They take shape in Erin's head and heart and find their way onto paper, sometimes with calculated lines drawn with precision and focus and other times they dance their way onto the sheets with broad brush strokes and wild abandon. Regardless, she infuses her own special magic into the brush and brings to life whatever creation she has drawn into being.
This was how our Ama came to be (I'm still waiting on my Ama painting that I asked for two Christmases ago *ahem*) and it was just as captivating, if not more so, to watch XOXO go through its various iterations. Watching Erin transform her artwork on the page to a woven textiles was one of those moments that you never forget. It is the realization of so much hard work, skill, and artistry.
And so, we have woven for you another XOXO. Woven as the 100% cotton version of our XOXO Natasha, it is named for Natasha's Jaxon, who is a very special logophile. Woven on a black warp with a intense and fierce hot pink fill, XOXO Jaxon is a playful addition to our Hearts and XOXO collection.
Every wrap has a story of course. Sometimes the story is really fairly simple without much fanfare and we each have our own stories associated with our wraps. We all have that wrap that we hold near and dear to our heart for whatever reason: the wrap you used to wrap your newborn for the first time, the wrap you sold and boomeranged so many times now that you are embarrassed, the wrap scrap keychain you had in your hand when you found out a loved one had passed away, the sample swatch you saw peeking out of your purse when you received your diagnosis. And material things certainly can never replace our memories and experiences, but each time I see XOXO, I am reminded of the two women in my life who give me strength, make me laugh, who forgive me my pettiness and irrationality, and who just make me want to be a better person. The wraps will be gone at some point and I will always have my memories, but for now, XOXO is gentle reminder of what is good in life and for that, I am grateful.