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Meet Lindsay Klotz

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lindsay Klotz. 

Hi Lindsay, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstories with our readers?
I’ve always found solace in nature. It’s always been the place I’ve felt most at peace and the closest to God. In the early years of 2020 with the pressures of the pandemic, I found myself there often. And it was in one of these trips that I found a piece of bark that had shed from a nearby tree. I can’t tell you why but I felt drawn to it. Keep in mind, this was in the earliest days of my woodworking ventures. Up until that point I worked primarily with found wood like tree limbs or a downed tree, tree bark and lichens were furthest from my mind. I say all that to emphasize the beauty of that moment because when I turned that bark over and saw the moss/lichen covered it, I knew I had found my voice. I had found that element that would become the foundation of my brand, Rootless Handmade. Now, there was a lot of trial and error to figure out exactly how to craft these pieces of bark into something someone can wear. That process took me down a saw dusty road; but, one that led to the cobbled streets of Holland, Michigan for my first show since the pandemic in early June of 2021. It’s been a year since that show and if I had to summarize my shop’s journey since then it would be a blur of blessings. My shop has grown to a wide variety of naturally found wears that includes; shed antlers, mushrooms, fallen wood, etc. 

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
I know I previously described these amazing opportunities and being led and blessed by God but this journey has had its fair share of hardships. A large part of growing a small handcrafted business is through shows and street fairs; which is something I struggle with. I have pretty severe anxiety as well as a chronic stomach disease that, alone is hard but together, makes the hustle and bustle of crowds is really hard. But despite that all, I have been so blessed to be surrounded by such a supportive community. If you’ve come and visited me at any of the shows, you’ve seen a few people who looks a little like me helping out. That would be my family. They have been my biggest encouragements and support. 

Appreciate you sharing that. What should we know about MindSpring?
I am currently a Senior Learning Developer at MindSpring. In detail, MindSpring is an in-house team of talented and experienced designers, artists, creative professionals, and learning experts who specialize in immersive digital experiences. In short, it’s an awesome creative space filled with awesome creative people. In that space, I function as an expert graphic designer/developer. I am best known for my dedication to quality in design abilities whether it be static or motion graphics. 

Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?
I’ve come to describe my shop Rootless Handmade as naturally found handcrafted wears, as I mentioned earlier. I have a great passion and I am committed to create sustainable/eco-friendly wears. What this means is that I only use pieces from fallen wood, shed tree bark, shed antlers, mushrooms, etc. God is the ultimate Creator and as I create, I strive to leave things better than they were before out of reverence and respect. I am hoping it is evident at this point but my faith is play a huge role in every facet of my shop. From trusting I will find enough bark/wood to fill orders to relying on God’s strength to get me through shows. 

Pricing:

  • Mossy Bark Pendants $35
  • Mossy Bark Studs $20
  • Mossy Bark Dangles $40

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Image Credits

Jordan Parham
Lindsay Klotz

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