Hi there! I’m Danyelle. I grew up in Northern California, spent some time swimming at the University of Tennessee and now call Santa Cruz, CA my home. Where I traded swimming in for surfing. I'm the maker behind BabelRose.
The name BabelRose came from a dream my dad had way back in 2009. In October 2014 I launched my shop on Etsy. The path to get there wasn’t straight and started long before the name.
I studied Art in college but, because I was afraid of becoming the cliche starving artist, I also studied Exercise Science. For many years my creative drive to make beautiful, useful things was in the background. Emerging around the holidays to delight friends and family but then submerging again as the grind of daily life kicked back in.
I was waiting. Waiting for a time when my husband and I would be financially stable enough for me to pursue art. He was a volunteer fire fighter, working towards becoming full time. Once he was full time, I felt, I could take a risk.
In the summer of 2014, my husband became sick. And that dream of stability vanished. But I decided to take the risk anyway. I signed up for the Etsy Craft Entrepreneurship Program in Santa Cruz that fall. I was still full time at the gym but that would only last until 2015 when the stress of being a full time manager and a caregiver caught up with me. After a short break I started working again, but I always had the shop.
In 2016 I started designing my own patterns and screen printing my bags. Each bag is now a unique piece of art I get to share with you wonderful humans.
It is a pressure valve when things seem unbearable. And while life might seem cold and dark, the things I make remind me of the bright, warm and beautiful times.
I hope they help you keep summer in your heart too.