Who Are You?
I am Derek Reynolds a 25 year old maker with a passion for making quality goods by hand with locally sourced materials. Favoring waxed canvas and leather as the main focus of materials, All Out also uses up cycled vintage textiles for short run collections as well as collections of goods with new materials rotated each season.
Born in Northwest Georgia All Out is bred from a southern heritage of makers and DIY culture. I am from a community that has produced several notable artist and artisans such as the world renowned folk artist Howard Finster. Hoping to revive this folk culture I have changed gears from owning and operating a graphics shop to making quality goods by hand, using traditional processes past generations used and proved highly effective.
Why Are You a Maker?
I believe that working with your hands and creating objects from materials is just a small fraction of the structure of a maker. Being a maker is very important to my life quality because I believe following your passion creates synchronicity that is normally lost by following a career path that does not serve your inherent craving to follow your dreams. I am a maker because when I create a product, I love the feeling of knowing that the person the product is intended for will be able to pass that item down for generations. They will know that it has been hand crafted by someone who loves what they do and uses domestic materials, instead of imported, faulty materials that hold no history. I want to revive the faith in handmade, Made in America goods and inspire and motivate my customers to follow their own dreams and passions along the way.
Why Should We Support Makers?
By supporting makers you are doing more than just purchasing a "product", you are supporting hard work and someones ability to go out of the box to sustain their way of life. Supporting hand made is basically supporting someones dream and by doing that in turn you're inspiring others to support handmade. You are putting effort into the purchase instead of running to a big box store to get something fragile and imported and this is so important. Supporting makers is reviving a traditional culture that serves humanity so much more than the current capitalist structure that dominates American markets.
Why is it important to keep Mainstreet alive?
Shopping local is the best way to purchase goods, because your supporting an individual who had the courage to step out and use their talents to provide a needed service or product. Mainstreet gives a medium for makers to display their creations in a way that may be overlooked in a digital market place. By keeping Mainstreet alive you are keeping the American dream alive, because it gives a much needed retail outlet for makers to promote their skills and a way for customers to get hands on with the products made.
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