ALL ABOUT INSTEAD OF ASHES
Instead of Ashes specializes in greeting cards, postcards, prints, and other papergoods. These paper art pieces can be used as beautiful reminders and encouragements on the walls of your home, or as little vessels to mail words of comfort, joy, celebration, and friendship.
IOA is owned and operated by Lauren Taylor. She started the business in Durham, North Carolina, and continued designing while living in New York City, and now currently in Atlanta, Georgia. Lauren has loved all things creative for as long as she can remember. Growing up, Lauren would make handmade birthday cards for all of her friends and relatives. In school, she was the girl in class with doodles and pretty headings all over her notes.
Today, Lauren loves creating, designing, and sketching works that end up on greeting cards, prints, and more. It is her joy and passion to bring more beauty and love into the world, and she is delighted to make that happen little be little as her designs find themselves in homes and
hearts across the world.
ABOUT THE NAME
The inspiration for the name "Instead of Ashes" comes from Isaiah 61:1-4, which says, " The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion— to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor. They will rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the places long devastated; they will renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations."
Lauren believes that everyone's creative talent is a God given ability, and that God adds beauty to the world through people and the talents he has given them. With this in mind, she hopes to add a bit of beauty, encouragement, and inspiring reminders to your world through papergoods.
INSTEAD OF ASHES GIVES BACK
10% of all profits go to a ministry. Right now, that ministry is Wellspring Living based out of Atlanta, Georgia.
Wellspring living seeks to restore and empower girls and women who are survivors of sex trafficking through counseling, therapy, mentoring, education, life skills training and much more.
IOA uses recycled materials in many of its papers and envelopes, believes in recycling as much as possible, and ships both retail and wholesale orders with carbon neutral shipping.