Jon Bosworth, 37, co-owner of St. Augustine’s new sustainable boutique “Artifact”, prepares a shirt on the screen press using water-based inks. Artifact opened in July and it is now entering the “slow season” for most downtown businesses. Jon is not concerned with the tourists’ departure and hopes to bring in local customers who are supportive of the sustainable fabric movement.
This is the story of two brothers, prior owners of a pizzeria in Jacksonville, spending years in California learning about sustainable clothing and eventually settling down on 46 Charlotte Street, St. Augustine. What is their mission?
“Everything here is local, recycled, sustainable or all three. We buy from organic cotton growers who don’t ruin the soil with pesticides when planting their seeds. We are not aimed at the tourist industry in St. Augustine, we hope to cater to locals who care about sustainability and then- we will do well,” Jon explained.
Artifact has many plans for the fall including its introduction to screen printing. They are accepting prints from native artists and abroad. Customers will be able to choose a print and have their t-shirt made “to order” right in front of their eyes! They also have a beautiful courtyard that will be utilized for the Art Walk on October 7, 2011 and more events to come.
Hand-made barrettes by local Jacksonville artist.