Local artist shows her military pride

By Weekly Volcano staff on June 4, 2012

This article is a yarn about a woman who began a business in order to bring happiness to others.

The Green Pepper Art Company is a knitting and jewelry concern that Melanie Simpson began in 2005. 

"I started the company because I enjoy knitting and working with jewelry and because I wanted to help my family financially," she said recently at an art show in Olympia.

Since its inception, the Green Pepper Art Company has grown from a small, local business to an on-line concern that has customers nationwide.

The knit and jewelry work are handmade with the best quality of materials. 

"I create unique art - something you will not find at a retail store," Simpson explained over coffee. 

"In order to do that, I use the best - nothing that will fray or tarnish is a short period of time."

Aware of what the market has to offer, Simpson produces knitted goods and jewelry that is better quality and at a fair price.

"I can't begin to tell you how happy I am to find someone who produces such wonderful jewelry and knitting without trying to rob the customer," Helen Jackson of Tacoma wrote after visiting Simpson at the Christmas Bazaar in Olympia.

"She has an eye for fashion, is knowledgeable about her work and very pleasant to talk with."

A customer in Illinois recently echoed this sentiment.

"She is an unbelievable seller," Julie Callaghan, wrote in an on-line review after an on-line purchase of jewelry."

"We are very pleased and glad you are here."

Simpson could not be happier, who just introduced a line of military themed jewelry ranging from a "Hooah" charm to a "I Love My Soldier" bracelet.

"I enjoy working with military spouses; I recognize and respect their sacrifices," she continued.

She has a point - her husband served for 21 years in the Air Force, and she has endured numerous deployments.

"I hope my jewelry and knitting bring a bit of happiness and comfort.

For more information about the Green Pepper Art Company, visit www.greenpepperart.com or call (253) 414-4677.