glassybaby Founder, Lee Rhodes to Speak at Blogfest 2012 in NYC

Lee will be one of the keynote speakers at Blogfest On Design 2012, which is being held in New York from May 21st-23rd.  Blogfest is a three-day tour designed exclusively for interior design bloggers featuring the industry’s top shelter magazines, A-list design celebrities and breathtaking venues.  Lee’s topic is “The Impact of Color and Light” and she will deliver her remarks today, May 23rd.  Here are a few excerpts from her speech:

“Color is one of the most powerful tools that designers have at their disposal.  The reason for this is simple:  as humans, we respond to color on both a physical and an emotional level.  As a result, color is nearly impossible to ignore.  Light is another element available to designers.  Light affects more than just our mood—many of our biological rhythms take their cues from light.  The impact of color and light, when they are combined, is something far greater than either element by itself.  I have experienced the transformative affect of color and light firsthand.”

“There was something about the color and flickering light of a glassybaby that brought me peace and hope at a time when both were difficult to come by.  When you’re fighting cancer, or any serious illness, there is a constant soundtrack of ‘what ifs” running through your mind.  glassybaby took me away from that.  It nourished and restored my soul.”

“Even with my early success, I can’t tell you how many people told me that my product and my company wouldn’t work.  Many doubted that I could hand-make a product in the USA; others doubted that I could be successful with a single product; still others questioned my decision to give a portion of revenue away.  All of these people underestimated the power of color and light.  I knew I had something special because you can’t help but look at a glassybaby and feel something.”

As bright and unwavering as the glow from a glassybaby, is the amazing community that has grown up around them.  glassybaby isn’t about selling a product.  It’s about selling an experience and an emotional connection that defy explanation.  A glassybaby becomes what people need it to be:  A form of celebration, a means to heal, a way to honor someone, a simple way to bring beauty into everyday life.”

“Not only did our customers take glassybaby to heart, they took our mission to heart.  They made it their own.  Our community literally grew flame-by-flame, story-by-story.  Our customers are our greatest ambassadors and marketing people.  We share so much more than a product:  we share an emotional connection created around color and light and a burning desire to help others.”

We are so proud of Lee and grateful for the opportunity to share the glassybaby story with design bloggers from across the country.