Hello there, it's good to meet you!
My name is Teresa Remple. I'm a self-proclaimed textile nerd, and I feel called to encourage, inspire, motivate, and help to support makers to realize their passions and accomplish their goals.
I have 30+ years of experience in making and selling my textile work. I formed my first crafty business in 1992 and have been making and vending ever since.
I formed Texture Clothing in 2001, and since then I have worked through burnout and had periods of intense financial stress due to unplanned debt. I have struggled with the same obstacles as many other self-employed people (inventory management, employee retention, cash flow, etc.). All of this plus the emotional ups and downs that an autoimmune disease can bring forth.
Right before the economic downturn in 2009, I opened a boutique, rented a big factory space, and hired employees. Clothing sales plummeted and I sank into more debt than I thought possible. I am a woman of my word, and because I'd signed a 3 year lease, I decided to think outside the box and work smarter and harder to crawl out of the pit of unplanned debt. I learned a lot along the way!
I spent many hours learning through reading and taking courses on subjects such as bookkeeping, marketing/social media, branding, SEO, inventory management, merchandising, and have learned and implemented strategies that have helped my business to be successful.
For many years, my spirit had been whispering to me to change direction. Finally at the end of November 2019, I had a full shutdown. Nervous breakdown? My brain slowed down so much that I could only compute one thing at a time. I realized that I hadn't been feeling successful or fulfilled. I then asked myself 'what would help me to feel successful and fulfilled?' I decided that if I could somehow use 'putting love and kindness into the world' as a measure, that I would feel like I was doing the work I'm meant to do.
My deepest desire is to scatter love and kindness into the world. I have spent years contemplating this statement that Jesus made: “Love your neighbor as you love yourself” (Matthew 22:37–39). I have concluded that in order to love others, I must keep bringing myself back to my center and do my best to create inner peace.
I genuinely want to serve my fellow makers. I believe that there is room for all to succeed. We can reach our potential by lifting each other up.
From my heart to yours,