A Story by Diane Aitken.
As a maker, when I attend markets, I enjoy the interactions I have with the many individuals who stop by to admire my creations and just chat!
On the last day of VIM’s Mother’s Day Market last year, I met two sisters. They approached me just prior to the end of the day and were obviously a little excited that they had “found me.” The sisters explained to me that while walking on the Downtown Nanaimo waterfront they had passed a lady carrying a small cell phone bag which they admired. The sisters approached the lady and asked where she had purchased the bag. She explained that she had bought the bag from me at a previous market, and that I was actually at the Mother’s Day Market where they could visit and purchase one for themselves.
The sisters began looking at my wares and we started to chat. They told me that their mother had just passed away, and they were in Nanaimo making arrangements for her Celebration of Life. Immediately, a sense of connection began to develop between us, as I had also lost my mother the previous summer. We shared our experience and the feelings which can only be felt between mothers and daughters. We talked about the devastating loss of our mothers. There was a huge outpouring of emotions and bonding between the three of us. One of the sisters commented more than once that this was just “meant to be.” I thoroughly agreed.
Later that year, during the fall, I was contacted by one of the sisters. She asked if I would custom make three cross body bags from cork fabric, using some of her mother’s quilting fabric for the bag linings. Each bag was unique and was to be gifted at Christmas to three granddaughters. I felt quite humbled to have been asked to do this for her.
This experience was all about connecting and making a difference in the lives of others. I couldn’t have asked for anything more.
Diane Aitken is the maker behind Dyan Made. She specializes in the creation of quality handmade bags, wallets, and other useful items using sustainable materials, such as vegan leather and washable papers. Come visit her at our Spring market!
This post is part of a continuing series of vendor stories on the value of connection within the community. Stay tuned for more inspiring tales!