ABOUT SALT AND KEEP
My name is Seth-Thomas Aitken. Salt and Keep began as a collection of drawings in my sketchbook, created mostly as a record and reflection of the wildlife, history and culture that has characterized my life near the coastline and working waterfronts of southeastern Massachusetts and Cape Cod.
From my drawings I have created hundreds of unique patterns which have been printed onto various weights of organic cotton fabric. I use those original fabrics to create unique, handmade totes bags, neckties and other accessories
WHAT DOES "SALT AND KEEP" MEAN?
Salt and Keep has a few different levels of meaning:
In history SALT was used as a preservative and curing agent to KEEP food during an ocean voyage or through a long season. By drawing images of what I feel makes life in New England pretty special and by insisting that Salt and Keep products will always be made in the United States is see an opportunity to preserve certain traditions, ideas and even industries through my work.
The history and culture of New England, is closely tied to the sea. Salt is in the water, in the air and even on the skin of those of us who work, play and live near or on the water. On a long ocean exploration, whaling trip or fishing trip a sailor or fisherman's personal property on board the boat was his keep. A seaman would earn his keep - his share of the catch - by carrying out his assigned duties on board as part of the larger crew. So Salt and Keep speaks to the culture of adventure and hard work out on the ocean that so permeates life here.