Welcome to ERF Creations Official Website
Everything is designed, created and shared by Emma Rose Fary.
ERF Creations aims to bring you quality leather fashion, sourced from local tanneries (unless otherwise mentioned). All leather has been sourced and manufactured ethically, free of animal cruelty.
ERF also finds this is an important platform to support and promote Mental Health & Wellbeing; aiming to provide you with helpful messages of calm and positivity to assist you in making it through each day. ERF understands the great impact of mental illness on individuals, loved ones and the community as a whole; and would love to make even the smallest difference in your day. ERF Creations stemmed from a dark place of an unhealthy mind, and has blossomed into a beautiful light at the end of a very dark tunnel. If you would like to learn more about the Creator of ERF Creations, Emma, and her struggles with mental illness and how creativity and mindfulness has helped her reach a better place, please continue reading below.
My name is Emma, and I am 22. I am the maker, creator and artistic mind behind ERF Creations.
I appear 'normal'. Looking at me, most people would think I'm your average 22 year old woman, with a hint of weirdness. For the most part, they aren't wrong. What they don't know at first glance, is I have been suffering with a chronic mental illness for most of my life. In 2015 I was diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD).
Who knew bad news could be such a relief?
Finally, I had a sense of what was going on inside my head. After spending over half of my life struggling with depression, anxiety, suicide and self harm, body issues, insomnia and intense mood swings, I had at last been shown the path the recovery. I'm still not there, but I have come a very long way.
Using mindfulness based techniques and quite a lot of therapy, I have at last reached a point where I can get out of bed most days. Anyone who has been effected by mental illness, directly or indirectly, knows how difficult even the simplest of tasks can be. What we take for granted on most days of functional health, such as getting out of bed to take a shower, eating, talking, even turning on the TV can be impossible. A darkness takes over that almost pushes you down into a part of yourself you feel like you will never return from. A part of you is aware you are acting.. "crazy". The other part won't let you hold onto that logic.
But there is always a way out. There is always a way to turn that darkness into light. You just have to hold on to that very small slice of logic that is left. And if you don't have that small slice of logic left, borrow someone else's. Sometimes the hardest thing is to know what is best for yourself, and the best thing to do is to listen to those who love and care for you.
Lets not dig too much deeper into my personal experiences with the darker side of my experience, and focus for a moment on how ERF Creations aided in saving me from myself.
After weeks of being bedridden, I finally mustered up the willpower to make a trip to my local craft store. I have always been either painting, drawing or making other art since I was a child. It has always been an outlet for me. I had never worked with leather before, though it had always intrigued me. I spontaneously decided to by a bag of scrap leather and see what I could do with it.
After a couple of hours, I had made my very first leather purse. I was amazed I didn't totally screw it up and it was actually functional! For the first time in months I had felt a feeling of hope, of creativity, of endless possibilities. Part of my condition is I am quite impulsive. When I have an idea, I generally run with it almost immediately (this often backfires!). I decided to jump on eBay and purchase a small leather goat hide. I still remember opening the package and smelling the incredible smell of real leather. Feeling the difference in texture between the suede and leather side. Observing the grain in the hide. Something about leather had me by the ovaries and I HAD to learn more.
After a few months of practice, teaching myself the art of leather-craft (thanks YouTube and Pinterest), I had begun to sell my first few products. Since that very first sale, ERF Creations has flourished into a promising small business, providing me with the perfect outlet to work on my mental health. I cannot work a normal job due to my condition, however I study from home (one day I plan on becoming a Veterinary Nurse) in the hope that one day I will be able to reach a level of health where I can truly make a difference in this world.
For now, I am focusing on my leather craft and art, aiming to bring you unique designs created ethically.
I aim to cater for those who are weird little fishies in this ocean of sharks. The queer, the misunderstood, those who are themselves, something special and unique.
Thank you for reading my story. If you would like to get in contact with me in regards to mental health, wellbeing or anything else you would like to chat about, please use my contact page or email me directly at: firstname.lastname@example.org