April Designer Highlight: Zoey Bloom

Bloom Your Walls with Zoey

Our very own student designer, Zoey Bloom, started her wall hanging creations the summer before her junior year at Belmont. She saw the intricate yarn wall hangs for the first time while exploring one of her favorite home good shops.

Zoey has a passion for exploring independent home goods stores here in Nashville and in her hometown, Chicago. This combined with her passion for interior design, she was inspired to create these wall hangings herself.

“I ended up falling in love with having something on the wall that has texture and that moves with the breeze of a fan. I think that these pieces really help the place I’m living feel more like home,” says Zoey.

Alongside her passion for design, Zoey loves to Travel. She finds that traveling gives her the opportunity to witness the beauty of other cultures. Her travels give her the chance to build upon her photography and cooking hobbies.

“I have found that the more I learn about the world and the endlessly inspiring things within it, the more I realize that my relationships and my personal happiness should be higher priority than my ambitions and status,” says Zoey.

Zoey plans on continuing to create the wall hangings for friends and herself when she graduates, but has many dreams that she wishes to pursue. She would like to continue to build upon her learning experiences in and out of the classroom. “If there is one thing I’ve learned in college, it is that I never want to stop learning,”.

Written by Emelie Harris

March Designer Highlight: Thistle Farms

If you love shopping with a cause, Thistle Farms is the perfect brand for you! The company, founded by Becca Stevens, offers a wide variety of products handmade by women who are survivors of trafficking, addiction, violence, and extreme poverty. I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Belmont student and Thistle Farms intern Erica Rivero, who was kind enough to share a few words on the subject. Below is a sneak peek into our conversation.

What made you want to get involved with Thistle Farms?

“My mother is in recovery for alcoholism, so I think that knowing that this is a community of survivors and addicts seemed familiar to me. Recovery is a beautiful, often jagged road. As a community led by and employing almost exclusively women, I knew that this was a community I could feel good about working with. Plus, after getting one as a gift, I haven't used another candle! They smell amazing!”

What is your role in the company?

“I am a marketing intern. I get to be involved with marketing decisions including naming gift sets, organizing photo shoots, and thanking those that volunteer their time. I also do proof approvals and pick up our locally printed stickers and tags. I basically just do whatever needs to be done so the company is able to keep going!”

What is your favorite part about working for Thistle Farms?

“My favorite part is that even my absolute failure of a day is enough for the women of Thistle Farms. I love the "come as you are" company culture. Each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday we meditate. Starting your days hugging and holding onto women while praying for the next woman coming off the streets really grounds me in my purpose.” 

What do you admire most about the company?

“For me, everyone that comes to a meditation and hears Becca Stevens speak or buys a product is not the same as they were before. Those products heal you and every time you use them, you know how much love was put into it. In a world where we are trying to find the best deal and a quick fix, taking the time out of your day to commit yourself to love and healing is really incredible. I love helping to market this game-changing product.” 

Do you have a favorite product?

“We have a new line coming out on April 1st (this Saturday) so from the new line, I'm in love with the body butter in Citrus Wood! The shave gel is the same formula as before, and I think it would be my all time favorite product. It's actually good for your skin and softens the hair you are about to shave (plus guys can use it on their face without irritation).”

Why should others invest in Thistle Farms products?

“I think that the products we use say a lot about us. For me, I want to support companies that support fair labor wages and genuinely help people. Our founder says that our mission is to help extraordinary people do ordinary things. Each product is probably something you use everyday anyway. Why not buy one that also helps a woman come off the street and get clean, get a car, and/or get her kids back?”

Is there anything else you would like to add about the company?

“I just think that as Women's History Month wraps up, it's our responsibility to make sure that we are still talking about the accomplishments of women in our society.”

Come into our store to hear more about Thistle Farms and support their cause!

Written by Clara Roy