Wilkes-Barre Woman Makes Bracelets And More With Mantras In Morse Code
SCRANTON — Hartt Lang turned her passion for making handcrafted gifts for friends and family into a full-time job creating jewelry with thoughtful encoded messages.
Lang started Dots and Dashes in 2015 and today the business, which sells jewelry with messages in Morse code, is booming for the holidays. Lang’s beaded bracelets and other jewelry use the telecommunication scheme to conceal messages and mantras, something the 28-year-old from Wilkes-Barre has become fluent in.
Lang sells her jewelry on Etsy.com, at On&On in Scranton and at craft shows around the region, including this month’s Lackawanna Winter Market at the Globe from Dec. 7 to 9.
At On&On at 1138 Capouse Ave., Lang’s jewelry is displayed on a shelf, among a menagerie of hand-crafted items, vintage clothing and furniture, and oddities inside the unique shop.
The beaded bracelets come on a brown paper card that translates the Morse code. “Breathe,” “Explore” and “Be Here Now” are among the mantras on Lang’s jewelry.
Lang discovered On&On while working in advertising for a local newspaper. She reached out to the business and asked to sell her product. Owners Andrew Planey and Meegan Possemato, whom she described as awesome and “the coolest people to work with,” said yes and have also encouraged her to branch out to craft shows.
“Everybody loves it when they figure out what it is,” Possemato said of the Morse code jewelry. “They just really think it’s a cool little item.”
Possemato said Lang moved in last December and broke a sales record at the shop.
Lang makes custom orders and finds that people often request a lost loved one’s name or phrases they want to keep to themselves.
“It’s their way of having … kind of a secret … it’s not something that’s broadcasted,” said Lang. “It’s something personal to them, that they keep private and keep to themselves.”
Plain beaded bracelets, which she creates using a battery-operated bead spinner, cost $2.50. Encoded bracelets cost between $8 and $12, while prices of her other offerings vary.
“I try to make things that I would wear… and give to my friends,” she said.
Lang, who graduated from Northwest Area High School in Shickshinny, where she grew up, and Luzerne County Community College, described herself as a “one-woman show.”
She works on about 20 to 50 orders a week during the holiday season but has orders to fulfill year-round. Lang is currently in talks with a subscription box and plans to attend American Hand Crafted show in Philadelphia, where retail stores scout products to sell wholesale. She also hopes in the future to sell her jewelry in more places locally.
“It’s never what I expected when I started doing it,” she said.
Visit Dots and Dashes on Facebook or on Etsy.com at dotsand
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