We've all been there-- that moment when the life you crafted so carefully suddenly gets washed away in one efficient tidal wave. And then it's gone, like sandcastles on the shore it collapses in on itself and you're left standing there feeling the sand float under your cold toes.
When I discovered the Lines & Current clothing line I was there standing on that empty shore thinking, "Well what do I do now?" I had left my family, friends and job to work for my husband's band and live on the road. The constant change was wild, beautiful and utterly disorienting all at once, and suddenly I found myself stripping everything down to the bare simple bones of living. On the road you get one bag-- what are you going to put in it?
Most mornings I don't shower, I have my coffee, I put on my black jeans and find some way to deal with my messy bedhead. When I stumbled on Lines & Current on Instagram I felt like I found my soul-brand. Which now, after getting to know Rebekah Johanson, the lovely founder of L&C, it makes sense why I felt like I had discovered my people.
"If I had had my way in life, I wouldn't be here doing this. And Lines & Current definitely wouldn't exist." Rebekah confesses to me.
She founded her brand when she was standing on the same shore I was not too long ago. Several years back Rebekah and her husband found themselves passionately dreaming of adoption. This dream took root in their hearts and wouldn't leave. So they pursued it. They planned, attended trainings, got medical examinations, met other adoptive parents, and even invested finances in the first stage of the application. They dreamed of welcoming a child into their home.
"But eventually the dream had to stop, for complicated and boring financial reasons," Rebekah's voice goes quiet. "The dream stopped."
It was devastating and confusing, and the start of a season full of questions.
"From then things kind of turned belly-up for me," Rebekah tells me. After the news of their rejection it seemed like one disappointment led into another season of unanswered questions in other aspects of life. "Every time I'd think the waters were settling, another wave would come and change everything."
But it was there, in that tension she created a line of apparel celebrating the simplicity of predictable lines in the torrent flow of life's current. Out of life's disappointments she created something beautiful and hope-giving.
It's this beautiful balance that drew me to Lines & Current in the first place. We're all looking for the stability of those predictable life lines. But sometimes we find ourselves most inspired in the current, and out of the overflow of those tides we end up creating the most beautiful things.
Lines & Current is a collection of timeless and minimalist pieces that aren't driven by trends. Each piece has a story of why it was created and is hand-selected to bring beauty and utility to the wearer-- with a bohemian flare!
"It’s crazy how seeing and feeling something can change your relationship to an item," Rebekah explains how she curates pieces for her line. Every item of her collection goes through a several-month long process of refinement where she changes aspects of her design so it can fit seamlessly into the lifestyle of the wearer.
As a part of the "slow-fashion movement", Lines & Current is all about creating apparel that isn't disposable, or out with the new season. I love this idea because seasons come and go, sometimes they wreck us, and in the middle of it all we long for things that are season-less and timeless. We long for stability. In the chaos of my own life, I've loved the beauty and comfort these pieces offer.
It would be impossible to share the heart behind Lines & Current without talking about the brand's giving ethos. Life isn't predictable, but we can be tempted to hold on to it like it is. When we let go of that notion, we free ourselves up give generously, to allow the overflow of our lives impact others for good. Since the beginning of the year Lines & Current has partnered with five different charities, giving ten percent of all its gross profit to the world in need.
If there's anything I've learned from Rebekah, it's that life is this all about learning to hold the joy and heartache of life in beautiful tension. Learning how to take measured steps forward in the wild currents of life. Lines & Current is all about representing that dance.
I love Rebekah's story because it's one that resonates with all of us. We all have things we hold with a death-grip, we all learn to weather disappointments. But less is more, and we can bring beauty from our heartaches.
My first piece from Lines & Currents was gifted to me by my sister-in-law, she gave me the grey HETTA and I wear it most days. So in turn I'm giving away one of my favorite pieces from the jewelry line, the RIPPLE ring. This simple necklace transitions beautifully from day-to-night and goes with everything. All you have to do to be entered is the following:
- Follow Lines & Current on Instagram,
- post about the giveaway on your own IG feed including the hashtag #folktalesgiveaway,
- tag me @gabllewellyn!
Stay tuned for more giveaway and stories coming soon!
Thanks to Rebekah Johanson for opening her heart and sharing a bit of her story with me. It's beautiful, she's beautiful, I'm just grateful to be a part of it.
Photography credit done by the talented ladies at This Must Be The Place, an online magazine committed to featuring profiling small businesses and creatives in Northern Ireland.