Hi! I'm Amy, the creative juggernaut (yes! I've always wanted to use this word!) behind Saint Virginia, and I am in the business of healing. Nope, I'm not a doctor or a health coach, just a textile designer, cancer survivor, artist, and writer with a boatload of experience, research, and street cred under my belt, and I'm here to use all of the good, the bad, and the ugly to create something beautiful for you.
If you or someone you love is in need of healing, and most of us are, you're in the right place.
Whether you need help creating a healthier, more beautiful home where you can celebrate life with friends and family (the best medicine of all) or you need help finding the perfect "cancer gift" (ugh), I can help.
Saint Virginia started with a cancer story. When I was diagnosed with stage III breast cancer back in 2011, my youngest daughter was only ten months old. It had a tragic start, but then a gift transpired, as sometimes happens with tragedies.
In recovering from major illness, I began to look more closely at the world around me, and it seemed everything could potentially be dangerous: food, makeup, household cleaners -- even water! It was overwhelming. But then I began to see healing everywhere, too, especially in nature, and in God's abundance. I knew that healing would begin with me, and God, a little magical thinking, and some good ole handiwork.
I've made scarves for others and worn them for as long as I can remember. Scarves are inherently healing; their ability to wrap, cover, protect, like an armor, a blanket, or a hug. I'm unconvinced there is anything more healing or comforting than an incredibly soft scarf, made from cotton grown organically from God's great earth, dyed with natural life-imbued color, and sewn lovingly with great care.
Cotton has its own story: planting, tending, growing, picking, cleaning, ginning, spinning, dyeing, making, wearing, not to mention its tumultuous past (I can relate!). So do the plants, flowers, and other natural colors that find their way into my fibers. This is why you'll see a date stamp on the hand-printed tags that are sewn onto all my scarves. There is a season behind your scarf, just like in all things.
Beyond scarves, I use carefully curated reclaimed cotton and natural dyes to create bespoke, heirloom linens, giving new life to cast-off fibers that may have eventually found their way into a trash heap somewhere, wasted. Cotton remnants make their way into beautiful, useful napkins and table cloths. My prayer is that these become a part of a treasured celebration or something of value within the day-to-day chores of life.
"Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted." -- John 6:12
Saint Virginia uses cotton grown organically in the U.S.A. to support organic cotton farmers, encourage sustainable farming practices, and to improve the health of the soil and water in our neighborhoods and communities, which in the end improves the health of every life.
Saint Virginia donates 5% of the purchase price of every item to Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered to benefit women and families affected by hereditary breast, ovarian, and related cancers.
Celebrate life, love God, and give when you can.
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