In a world saturated with mass-produced decor, it's time to reconsider the value of your living space. Why would you settle for items that completely lack soul and personality, when you can opt for the bespoke charm of handmade artistry? Below I'll tel you why I think you should be steering away from the (boring) generic and why going with a skilled artist for your home decor can make all the difference.

1. Quality Over Quantity: Mass-produced decor often sacrifices quality for quantity. Handmade pieces on the other hand, are crafted with meticulous attention to detail and a commitment to quality. By choosing a skilled artisan, you invest in a piece that not only stands out but also stands the test of time.

Custom Fiber Art Tapestry Example

2. Unique, Not Uniform: Your home should be a reflection of your individuality, not a mirror image of countless others. Handmade artistry allows for customization, ensuring that each piece is unique. Say goodbye to the cookie-cutter approach of mass production and welcome the beauty of one-of-a-kind creations that resonate with your style.

For instance, this personal piece below features a unique blending of the serene dunes of Sunset Beach (NC) with the majestic beauty of the Canadian Rockies. Commissioned by a lovely couple, one hailing from North Carolina and the other from Calgary, this wall hanging holds a special place in their hearts. Each knot and weave tells a story of their love and connection.

Custom Fiber Art Tapestry3. Supporting Artists: Choosing handmade means supporting the artisan community. Every purchase contributes to the livelihood of skilled craftsmen and women who pour their passion into creating meaningful pieces. It's a conscious decision to foster creativity and craftsmanship rather than endorsing mass-market practices. Believe it or not, but I still do a little dance of excitement every time someone orders a piece by my hand! Your support really means the world to artists like me <3


4. A Story in Every Stitch: Handmade pieces come with a story. Each knot, weave, and stitch tells a tale of the artist's dedication and creativity. Your home becomes a canvas for narratives, connecting you to the artisan's journey and adding an artwork to your space with a depth of character absent in mass-produced home decor.

5. Tailored to Your Tastes: Mass-produced decor caters to the general market, leaving no, or little room for personalization. Handmade artistry allows you to collaborate with the artist, tailoring the piece to your tastes, preferences, and even specific memories. The result is a home filled with personal pieces that resonate with your style and story.

Looking for a personal piece? You can customize every piece in my portfolio and alter sizes, colors or design-elements to your own preferences or you can commission me to design a custom piece completely tailored to your wishes. You can find out more here:

6. Sustainable Choices: The environmental impact of mass production is a growing concern. Handmade pieces are often crafted with sustainability in mind, utilizing eco-friendly materials and reducing waste. Choosing an artisan approach to decor aligns with a commitment to sustainable living. In my studio I take sustainability a step further by frequently reusing scraps of cords and wool in my artwork. This commitment not only reduces environmental impact but also adds an extra layer of meaning to each creation.

By choosing handmade artistry, you're not just decorating; you're curating an environment that reflects your values, supports skilled artists, and brings a unique and authentic touch to every corner. 

Feel free to contact me here to discuss your wishes for a custom piece and let's get the conversation started!

Thanks for reading! <3

Rianne Aarts
Teddy and Wool

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