Who are these people?
We are Javan Roy-Bachman and Sarah Stalker. We have been together for over 10 years and are looking forward to at least 100 more together! We love living in Louisville, KY where we are raising our two beautiful children. Living a simple life that is full of good experiences and good people is what we strive for.
Creating handmade items for people is such a gratifying
experience. From BAD DADDY RATTLES to large custom work we do for individuals in their home or
business and everything else in between; nothing is more rewarding than watching someone enjoy something we created.
We work almost completely with independently owned shops to encourage people to support
their local small businesses and find unique items that are handmade with love.
We are currently looking for a non-traditional space where we can have our home
and our shop in one! We are looking
forward to having more flexibility with our time and can continue to be as
friendly to the earth as possible.
Javan Roy-Bachman was born and raised in Topeka. Kansas and moved to Louisville, Kentucky in 2005. He obtained his BFA from Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri in 2001 and then moved on to receive his MFA from California Institute for the Arts in Valencia, California in 2003 . He has extensive training in metal work that can be found from Chicago, Illinois to Antwerp, Belgium.
Q: What do you want to come out of this small business you are starting?
A: I just really want to make things I enjoy making. From little things like teething rattles, to custom pieces and installations for my clients and business, to amazing tree houses for my children. I am currently reading the book TREEHOUSES OF THE WORLD by Pete Nelson. My focus aside from the teething rattles are these one of a kind magnetic knife boards and also larger wood and metal pieces. Sarah and I are constantly collaborating with ideas, suggestions for each other, and using each other as sound boards.
Not only does Javan have skills with building and design, but he is also a musician. Javan has been playing for over 16 years and is the bass player for the band Klondike & the Slow Rush.
Sarah Stalker was born and raised in Louisville, KY and returned back home in 2005 to rejoin the Louisville art scene. She obtained her BFA from Stephens College and became a published author two years later. Though in the past she had a strong interest in theatre, film, commercials and voice-over; she now uses her naturally creative side to produce goods that encompass form and function, including abstract paintings and everyday accessories. She also is a song writer and an inspiring photographer.
Q: What inspires you?
A: My children...before they were even born acutally; as well as children in general. Acts of humanity inspire me, talking to people and listening to their stories allow me to step outside of the walls in my head.
a little quote...
"The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings, but shorter tempers; wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints; we spend more, but have less; we buy more, but enjoy it less. We have bigger houses and smaller families; more conveniences, but less time; we have more degrees, but less sense; more medicine, but less wellness. We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often. We've learned how to make a living, but not a life; we've added years to life, not life to years. We've been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet the new neighbor. We've conquered outer space, but not inner space; we've cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul; we've split the atom, but not our prejudice. We have higher incomes, but lower moral; we've become long on quantity, but short on quality. These are the times of tall men, and short character; steep profits, and shallow relationships. These are the times of world peace, but domestic warfare; more leisure, but less fun; more kinds of food, but less nutrition. These are days of two incomes, but more divorce; of fancier houses, but broken homes." -unknown