Jamie King is one sweet mama who also happens to be an entrepreneur. We recently opportunity to chat with Jamie to learn more about this new project, her life as a mama and Oprah. Read on for more.
How did your collaboration with Sapling Child get started?
I first saw Sapling Child on Instagram and had a few pieces sent to me. I quickly fell in love with the quality and kick-ass design. Even though I had never done a baby line, I have always been passionate about supporting small businesses; my mom was a seamstress, artist and owned a small pottery business (a similar concept to Color Me Mine).
I often think back to when her store first opened and reflect on how much of an impact a person of influence could’ve had on the business. Ultimately, this is why I have gravitated towards working with a small business, like Sapling Child. As a person of influence, I think it’s important to help small businesses and to partner with the people who are creating these businesses and help them take things to the next level. Plus, I love the idea of working with kids. Kids are such free beings they help us adults rediscover the world.
What was your inspiration behind the collection?
I really wanted the clothes to tell a story about growing up in the Midwest under the big, beautiful, sprawling black nights with glowing stars. The galaxy bear print was inspired by connecting the dots in the night sky. I connect with all things ethereal, so I created a blanket where baby could be swaddled about in a sunset-like ombre print. It’s one of my favorite pieces from the collection and so beautiful that I had one framed! My other inspiration for the collection is Japan. Japan is an amazing place and I am struck by its organic and serene beauty, which was a major design component for the Pliny print.
Overall, I just wanted the collection to exude a feeling of hominess and simplicity. When I was a little girl, I used to lay in the grass by the train station, listen to the trains pass by, and dream about all the things that I would do and all the places that I would go. It felt much simpler then, back in the Midwest at that time. People used to stop and say hello on the street, or come by the house to borrow sugar. I feel like there isn’t enough of that in the world anymore.
What was it like the first time you met Peta?
You know it’s interesting, technology is very much a mixed blessing. Technology these days has the ability to pull us away from the ones we love and at the same time make us feel so close to people that we barely even know. That’s the way it was when I first met Peta. I felt like we were together for so long before we finally met since we had been working via skype and chatting on social media.
How has your life changed after having kids?
There aren’t even words to express the feeling – even when I’m covered in spit up. It’s just the way they look at you and smile and they are SO not afraid to be honest and open. As adults, we are losing that in our world, we become afraid and fail to express ourselves. Children are different though, they just love you unconditionally.
I’ve definitely reprioritized my time after having kids. My kids are my #1 top priority. I haven’t been away from them for more than a night since they were born so I’m probably overdue for a good vacation.
What advice would you give to new mothers?
Be gentle with yourself, there’s no right or wrong way to do anything and don’t listen to anyone else’s point of view. If you want to breastfeed, great. If you don’t, great. There is honestly no right or wrong way to do it, as long as your child is taken care. Give yourself a break and forgive yourself for any judgments that you place on yourself. Just take a deep breath and let things go. There are people out there who try to tell you what to do, but they don’t know what’s right to do for you!
There’s too much mommy bullying. I remember once I posted a picture of my kid in his car seat right after I put him in the car – he looked so cute! I hadn’t had the chance to strap him in because I wanted to capture the cute moment. You would not believe the number of comments I received from people yelling at me for demonstrating ‘unsafe practices.’ Bottom line is that we’re all out there doing the best we can.
The reality of being a mom is that it is an exhausting and selfless job, but it is also the most rewarding thing you’ll ever do in your life. I feel so grateful that I was even able to have children and to be a mom, especially after having endometriosis, it’s just a miracle that I have children.
Be gentle with yourself, there’s no right or wrong way to do anything and don’t listen to anyone else’s point of view. If you want to breastfeed, great. If you don’t, great….There are people out there who try to tell you what to do, but they don’t know what’s right to do for you!
You speak out a lot on the effects of body shaming on social media. It’s become something close to your heart as you’re in the public eye and had negative comments directed at you when you were pregnant. What do you think we can do to change women’s attitudes towards each other and instead inspire them to support one another?
I am a human rights activist because we cannot survive without one another – I support all people. I find it sad that a lot of the time it’s women that are doing these hateful things to each other. It’s so hurtful to me when I hear women speaking ill of each other, like I don’t understand why people need to make each other feel less than they are. I’ll never get used to it. The injustices will never be ok. I mean, how boring would it be if we all looked the same and had the same opinions.
There was a time when I gained weight due to my endometriosis (pre diagnosis) … my agent called and they wanted me for a movie but they wanted to know why I was fat. I was working out and I couldn’t understand why I couldn’t eat. I was so unhappy.
I’ve also been shamed for being skinny, but that’s really just my natural body type. It was still really hurtful to hear people say I needed to eat a hamburger and when I was pregnant they said that I was hurting my baby. In my perspective, they were actually the ones that were hurting my baby by saying negative things about me because it made me really upset. A mother’s sadness is what is really impactful to the child.
I think people can change things by speaking out and leading by example – that’s what feels right for me. I want to be a positive example to other people because I don’t want my children, or friends, to feel unloved just because random people in the world are putting out negativity.
I am a human rights activist because we cannot survive without one another – I support all people.The injustices will never be ok. I mean, how boring would it be if we all looked the same and had the same opinions.
What makes you feel beautiful?
My children. When I’m with my kids and they look at me and say “mommy, you’re so beautiful.”
What is been your biggest pinch me moment?
Oprah recently bought one of my Sapling pieces. I could not believe it; It was just such a wow moment… I literally wrote pinch me on Instagram. When you make something and someone with such great taste, like Oprah, understands what you were trying to accomplish, it makes you really proud. She understands the component of peace and reflections I wanted to portray in my line. That made me so proud, you know, to know that Oprah really understood what I was trying to say.
Oprah recently bought one of my Sapling pieces. I could not believe it; It was just such a wow moment… I literally wrote pinch me on Instagram
Does motherhood make you feel more motivated to express yourself creatively and develop your career?
Yes. I’ve always been creative but now I’m not as willing to jump on a plane to fly all the way around the world for a job. I just want to focus on my kids and live life as authentically as I can. I have a journal that I’ve always kept track of all the creative things I like to do. I feel like now I am finally going through and checking off all the things in my journal, like write a book, make music, be a theater artist. I never just want to sit around. I am always going to be doing something creative with other creative people. I don’t believe in excess and waste. I don’t do things just to do them, it needs to be something really special, I have to see a gap in the market, and then I can just go for it and, like, really jump into these projects.
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