We love beauty, adventure, risk, and return. And joy. When these things become tangible… we have to pass them on. Waxing Poetic puts our hearts into this practice by making jewelry, housewares, and generally splendid things. Sometimes we succeed, and when we do, we share.
ABOUT WAXING POETIC
Waxing Poetic jewelry, charms, objects, candles, housewares, and general amusements come to you from Los Olivos, California, by way of designer Patti Pagliei Simpson, her intimate coterie of friends and family (sisters in particular): like-minded artists, dreamers, adventurers, and raconteurs. We make things we love, and hope you like them too.
We believe that faith, risk, hope, and joy are inextricably bound, and never mutually exclusive. Adventure and routine are strange, and sometimes lovely, cousins. There is a way to write the lines in between all of us, and in our own small way, we want to make links. If we can make things to share, to pass in between, we can do more than we ever hoped – and then some.
Our jewelry is fabricated by an incredible batch of Balinese craftspersons, truly part of our extended 'family'. These incredible people devote themselves and their lives to beauty, both in action and intent. Somehow we were blessed to have them join forces with us. Our Bali artisans are paid several times more than minimum wage, and treated with respect, dignity, and most importantly, gratitude. We work closely with the Bali wing of the WP family in both refining our designs, and in building aesthetic sensibility based not only on concept, but also on construction, and shared content.
Waxing Poetic believes in community–not just ours, but the overall global adventure version of community. We want to be fair, to be good, and to be grateful. We do our best, but know we can always do better. Much of that better, really and truly, is thanks to you.
In Tiny We Trust
A semi manifesto
All hail the small, and beautiful.
In the evolution of memories
And unchanging, unapologetic love,
In being both lost, and found, and found again.
In writing your own way (and humbly asking for help),
In liberation, and joyous return
In seemingly impossible narratives made true,
In freedom, in family, in homecomings,
In recognizing treasure as the love in between
All of us
little points on a map, our lives and cherished
WAXING POETIC came into being, as one might expect, by assembly, experiment, love, tradition, and chance. And sisters. Specifically, Patti and Lizanne. But first, some backstory... Patti was the arty one in Joe and Rita Pagliei’s brood of four wonderful children: a beauty, a beloved son, a slightly risky and sometimes impulsive artist (guess who?), and a brilliant, holds-it-altogether voice of reason (Lizanne).
Raised by savers (both in the figurative and literal sense) and perpetual storytellers, Patti and Lizanne share a reverence for intimate narratives, invented traditions, saints of all sorts, and the alchemy that happens when these fuse with devotion, wonder, love, and invention. In 2002, in tandem with a variety of other projects, they decided to take a risk, collect some friends, pray, and make a go of it. Waxing Poetic is the ever-evolving result of that process. Thank you for coming along for the ride.