Hermitage Homespun is that kid in school that was super rad without trying. You know, they just had that heir to them and we all wanted to be them. We’re so lucky to have those kids, right here in the city of San Luis Obispo, making beautiful things that you can’t live without! Read more about the magical and enviable style that is Hermitage Homespun…
Who are Hermitage Homespun?
We are Anicia & Tyler.
Where do you live in SLO?
Tyler lives in a little mystical hobbit house near the SLO airport.
Anicia and her husband live in a bungalow overlooking the city.
Are you originally from SLO? How have you seen SLO grow?
Tyler- I came to SLO about 12 years ago for school and have left a couple times, but it keeps drawing me back.
Anicia- I’ve lived in SLO for 19 years. My mom and I moved here after living in New Jersey for a bit. SLO has grown so much since I’ve been here. I remember when Vons was where that car dealership is on Broad…. it wa sa lone grocery store in a massive parking lot…and all of the costco/target are used to be just beautiful fields! Kind of sad for me. But growth happens eventually, usually.
What do you love most about SLO?
Tyler- My community of people I have around me, they bring creativity and purpose to life.
Anicia- I love the hills, the small town feel of downtown, and the creative people that live here.
How is SLO different from any other place?
Tyler- It’s in the air, once you are here, you just know, there aren’t a lot of places like slo.
Anicia- Yeah, it truly is just a unique little valley. I feel like the combination of the sea and hills and mountains just makes this vortex of unique.
How/Why did you start creating?
Tyler- I started creating because I needed an outlet, I love using old thrown out materials, and just started that way, piecing things together.
Anicia- I was little and loved to color, paint, and what not… I used to use those little safety scissors and glue stuff together. Eventually I began to use my moms super old singer to make simple things like pillows and aprons… it evolved over time and now I cannot NOT be making something or working on some project, whether it is paper, fabric, paint… whatever!
How did the name of your shop come about?
Traditionally, a hermitage refers to a place of seclusion, either alone or with community, in which one can take a step away from the world and draw on the innermost part of their soul.
This lifestyle ushers in a fresh breath + a free mind…
Life in a hermitage is simple; consisting only of the basic elemental necessities in material goods and space–drawing upon the spiritual in order to bring forth life and authentic creativity. (Thus creating new thoughts + ideas!)
What do you create?
We create complete handmade goods, loving to use old, salvaged, or thrown away items to repurpose and recreate.
It comes in different forms from building to sewing.
What is your workshop like?
Tyler- It’s the house, the backyard, the shed, and the shop. I work anywhere I can get the space to do what I need to.
Anicia- My work space is a wild scene. Its a 2nd bedroom in our home. It’s fairly clean but there are many photos hung up, drawings and paintings from friends, photos or articles rippled from magazines and taped to the wall, etc…I like to have an eclectic vibe going on — so that everywhere I look I get inspired.
Where do you get your inspiration?
Tyler- Through seeing old items, I can see the restoration taking process, so many times, I see something and just space out for a bit and it comes to me.
Do you listen to music while you work? What is happening in the background while you work? Take us behind the scenes!
Tyler- I love to smoke my tobacco pipe. Definitely not the TV (I don’t own one.).
Anicia- When working on my own items (I work part time sewing for another local business in town) I like to listen to music or listen to one of the many podcasts I subscribe to.
What lessons have you learned from having your own small business?
It’s just the beginning, so we are figuring it out as we go. I think the lesson would be, in having a business partner, honesty is best.
We know that Homespun Hermitage is bound for greatness and we feel really lucky that we get to watch it from the beginning. Follow their adventure by visiting their shop often! We can’t wait to see what they will create next.