Waterlily Handmade

ADVENTURER, WANDERER, SEEKER...

In my early years I grew up in the Maine woods in a little cabin surrounded by the natural world. My life was filled with art and handmade textiles and baskets crafted by my mother. We lived in a beautiful community of many types of artists and crafters. As I grew, I became inspired to travel the far reaches alone on long long journeys. I spent many years exploring and adventuring around the globe. My heart naturally encompassed all of the artists and crafters I was meeting along the way, as the rich colors, textures, and patterns were so thrilling! Connecting with artists and buying their wares awakened  a natural passion in me for this lifestyle and journey I find myself on. 

A clear vision formed for me to create a lifestyle where I was helping to support handmade works, and the people who make their living in this way. I then began my collaboration and design process in 2001/2002 to bring you this brand. I believe that following your heart to fulfill your dreams leads to pure happiness. This is how I have chosen to direct my life. My heart as my compass...

As the buyer for Waterlily, sometimes I find myself drinking chai with the chai wallas on the streets of Jaipur, or riding a camel through the Thar Desert. Sometimes I find myself in the temples of Northern Thailand discussing dogma with the monks. Or sometimes I find myself wandering through the forests, meadows and beaches of Atlantic coastal Maine gathering stones and feathers for a weaving project. My brand is about the journey, the exploration, the inspiration  â€¦wherever that takes us! I welcome you on my journey. Feel free to connect and come along!

Blessings,

Renee Garland
founder and designer, Waterlily

I love traveling the world and bringing our handmade products to you! Here are a few of my favorite pics…