We’re vending at Caliterra Dripping Springs today, Saturday March 23rd. Stop by the club house.
We finally have business cards. On the recommendation of Wirecutter, we chose VistaPrint to print our cards. We went for a typographic look with a simple text-only design featuring the Prestige Elite font.
While getting cards, we also ordered a sample mug and tote bag.
Props to Hoban Cards for the design inspiration. I get my calling cards from them. Their letterpress cards our too pricey for the bulk needs of our store, but if you need a small run of calling cards, I recommend them highly.
When Fire Mountain Gems sent me some mesh tube as a gift with my order, I thought they’d be quite stimmy as a shake bracelet full of small beads. Here’s our prototype mesh shake bracelet featuring Preciosa silver-lined ruby Czech glass seed beads and cherry red wooden bicones:
We keep picking this up to fidget with it. The bicones slide allowing the seed beads to be gathered together during wear or allowed free during stimming. The mesh has the qualities of finger cuffs: pulling on the mesh constricts the tube, pushing the mesh together expands the tube. This constriction and expansion allows controlling the cascade of the beads through the tube.
The magnetic clasp closes with a satisfyingly affirmative click and locks with a bayonet lug.
We created a FAQ. The first question is, “What does Stimpunks mean?” Here’s some background.
Stimpunks combines “stimming” + “punks” to evoke open and proud stimming, resistance to neurotypicalization, and the DIY culture of punk, disabled, and neurodivergent communities. Instead of hiding our stims, we bring them to the front.
Everything that was normally supposed to be hidden was brought to the front.
Source: Punk subculture – Wikipedia
It’s about rejecting pity, inspiration porn, & all other forms of ableism. It rejects the “good cripple” mythos. Cripple Punk is here for the bitter cripple, the uninspirational cripple, the smoking cripple, the drinking cripple, the addict cripple, the cripple who hasn’t “tried everything”. Cripple Punk fights internalized ableism & fully supports those struggling with it. It respects intersections of race, culture, gender, sexual/romantic orientation, size, intersex status, mental illness/neuroatypical status, survivor status, etc. Cripple Punk does not pander to the able bodied.
Source: Urban Dictionary: Cripple Punk
Before I discovered Cripple Punk – a term originating as an angry post on someone’s blog and transforming into a global movement for disability pride – it never occured to me that I could like my leg braces.
Genderpunk: a colloquial term for culture and resistance against gendernormativity; an identity that in and of itself is a resistance against gender norms, homophobia and transphobia, oppression and societal status.
You don’t need to be transgender to be part of genderpunk movement. Your genderidentity has nothing to do with your eligibility to be a genderpunk. If you agree with mindset, you can be part of genderpunk movement.
What is stimming?
Self-stimulatory behavior, also known as stimming and self-stimulation, is the repetition of physical movements, sounds, or words, or the repetitive movement of objects
Source: Stimming – Wikipedia
Stimming is a necessary part of sensory regulation. Stimming helps keep me below meltdown threshold. “Stimming is a natural behavior that can improve emotional regulation and prevent meltdowns in stressful situations.” “Let them stim! Some parents want help extinguishing their child’s self-stimulatory behaviors, whether it’s hand-flapping, toe-walking, or any number of other “stimmy” things autistic kids do. Most of this concern comes from a fear of social stigma. Self-stimulatory behaviors, however, are soothing, relaxing, and even joy-inducing. They help kids cope during times of stress or uncertainty. You can help your kids by encouraging parents to understand what these behaviors are and how they help.“
We have seven senses:
We engage those senses with stimming for a few reasons:
- Sensory seeking
At Stimpunks, we aim to provide sensoryaware jewelry and fidgets that engage all of our senses for all of the reasons above.
while stimming I am able to unravel the everyday ordinary barrage of sensory and social information that becomes overwhelming.
The resident chewer is giving this test piece a workout. I like chocolate brown and light blue together. This long chewable necklaces features graduated dark chocolate brown Magkuno wood rounds alternating with light blue, silver-lined Miyuki glass cubes. Two pearlescent and two matte food-grade chewable silicone beads in light blue serve as the focal . Graduated vintage silver Chanel ovals repeat for every nine Magkuno beads.
This is a test bracelet made for our resident chewer. ChewsMe food grade silicone beads in pearl and marble finishes serve as chewable focals. Pyrite rondelles and unfinished ebony wood rounds finish out the bracelet. We strung it on Powercord to see how stretch cord holds up in a chewable bracelet.
We’re working on our line of scentable bracelets. Apply essential oils to the lava and ebony beads and sniff your wrist when you need an olfactory stim. These stretchy bracelets are strung on Powercord.
We use scentable bracelets, pendants, and pocket/keychain loops to satisfy olfactory stims without overwhelming others with perfumes and colognes.
This necklace was designed by and belongs to our youngest. Multiple colors of candy mountain jade rounds alternate with smooth, rounded crackle agate ovals that evoke rusty coffee occluded with cream. This necklace is colorful candy.
Tiger ebony wood rounds alternate with faux turquoise rondelles and silver Bali drums. The focal is a silver vintage Chanel donut on a Karen Hill Tribe silver tube.
Stimming: The donut spins and slides on the tube, and the alternating rounds, rondelles, and drums provide a stimulating texture when pulled through gripped hands.
Gorgeous peridot green large twisted turbine beads alternate with hammered copper rounds and copper drums. These Czech glass fire polished beads consist of two rounded end pieces made up of twisted transparent glass accentuated with a contrasting reddish-brown picasso finish. The middle section is a faceted peridot band. A copper toggle provides closure.