Hello, we’re Dave and Marrilee and we enjoy making unique, beautiful, fun things. The fun started with Burningman and we've traveled to festivals all over the U.S. in the last six years. We enjoy making large works and we also really appreciate getting lost in the small things - that's where our lanterns come in.
Our themes come from around the world and every corner of our imagination - so you'll notice a lot of variety. We recently got the best surprise of our lives when our daughter joined us in 2015. We expect her to start her own lantern line any day now.
Triple Bottom Line
As business owners, we have a unique opportunity to make more matter than a single bottom line. Our triple bottom line is measured in people, planet and profit.
People : Proceeds from our sales are reinvested monthly, (and then some) in Kiva loans, empowering individuals all over the globe. We have invested in our 146 Kiva loans. And on March 3rd, 2016 we began investing with Zidisha. Locally, we donate our services and materials to YMCA youth arts and crafts programs. And we're starting to turn scrap into biochar. Watch our blog for developments on these topics.
Planet : Our wood is Forest Stewardship Council certified. Our boxes are 90% recycled content and our bags, paper and packaging fill are 100% post-consumer recycled content. We choose the responsible option every chance we get, including buying locally.
Profit : We sell directly to our patrons and keep our prices low so we can both benefit. Further, our website calculates live shipping rates (as best as WordPress can compute) so you wont be charged flat, additional handling fees. Finally, we bank at a credit union so our fiscal flex is locally leveraged.
We’re proud to make and share our art this way and we hope you’ll also feel proud of your investment. Our many thanks to talented artist Aaron Geiser for the photos of us here.