What’s in a name? The meaning of Hippie to me

My last post focused upon the inspiration behind choosing the word vaudeville, but what I did not mention was why I had chosen hippie.

Way of Life

Steve and I would probably describe ourselves as ‘hippies’, nothing full blown (we pay a mortgage). But we are hippies in terms of outlook on life. Aspiring towards something that sits outside the established norm, of creativity and verging on the unconventional.

Vaudeville Hippie Style Vaudeville Hippie Style

We have not had a TV for the majority of the seven years we have been together and though you can catch most things that are worth watching online, people still react the same way when they discover I do not have a television, with shock or pity.

Instead we use our time to practise circus skills, Steve plays guitar and creates music, I dabble with learning to belly dance and yoga.  Now of course our time is spent developing our Etsy shop. I have even learnt to curb any unnecessary Internet time unless it’s to write this blog or useful social networking to do with the business.

Vaudeville Hippie way of life

Circus Hippie

I knew I wanted to include the word ‘hippie’ in the business name because I just felt it was a strong indication and description of our style and ethos. ‘Hippie’ was in fact the starting point because, as mentioned above, it was something I felt most in tune with.  I actually began with the concept of handmade hippie, but of course this has already been used a million times over.  So the search was on to find something that uniquely summed up what we are all about.

It was important that ‘Hippie’ remained because it also fits in with the circus theme.  Circus skills are becoming popular with people drawn to the hippie style which can be seen at festivals. There are even festivals that are specifically aimed at the circus/ hippie crowd such as Play and Southern Lights (which has sadly been postponed until further notice).

Vaudeville Hippie festivals

Vaudeville Hippie Festivals

Vaudeville Hippie Festivals

Vaudeville Hippie came about after a lot of trial and error and countless google searches seemed to finally fit the feel I had been searching for.

I created my first Etsy treasury based on the theme of the alternative, bohemian, hippie vibe.

Vaudeville Hippie Etsy treasury Boho Hippie Summer

My Favourite Craft Channels

Since discovering Youtube a few years ago I have been amazed by it’s learning potential.  I initially used it to find information and tutorials about hoop dancing and poi spinning, which helped me to connect with the global community of spinners.  

 During my search for a hoop video I stumbled across an Etsy video and their channel.  I had never heard of Etsy and had no idea of the huge crafting community that was out there.  This opened up a whole new world to me and I soon realised that I could also use Youtube as a  resource to reconnect with my art and learn new skills.  

I have really enjoyed the Handmade Portraits series by Etsy because it shows the diverse nature of art and craft out there.  It is always intersting to see the ideas and inspirations of other creative people and these videos are very personal, making it feel like you are having your own personal tour of their studio or working space.  It is also encouraging to see that it is possible to become your own boss by making and selling the things you create.  This recent video that they have uploaded is a reminder of some of the talented people they have featured over the last couple of years.

 My hooping connection also lead me to the Threadbanger channel, which I discovered through the Stitch Rippers social network site, set up by Canadian hooper Sandra Sommerville, aka SaFire.

http://www.stitchrippers.com/

Corinne Leigh and the team at Threadbanger have put up a diverse and well made easy to follow video tutorials on their Youtube channel from.  Topics  range from handmade fairy wings, steampunk outfits to T-shirt reconstructions and many more.  I have still to work my way through watching all of these videos and look forward to developing my making skills this summer when I will have some time to sit down and watch them.

 One of my favourite members of the Threadbanger team is Whitney Edwards, who also has her own channel.  Whitney’s videos are warm and welcoming.  She not only shares her sewing ideas, but also talks about other aspects of her life.  I love this personal touch and I think this is the key to her success.  Whitney’s regular updates keeps her viewers coming back for more, which is combined with her clear step by step craft tutorials.  I have been really inspired by the work that Whitney does.