Introducing The Deadhead Art Alliance Artist Of The Month for April!! Dawn from DewDropzGarden!!! Check out our recent interview with her about her creative process, travels and inspiration!
Aloha Phamily and Friends! Where to begin?! My story is long and winding, traveling from Maine and everywhere in between to Hawaii and now back on the Mainland! My name is Dawn, known to many as Dew which is how I came to name my shop DewdropzGarden. After many moons on the island of Oahu Hawaii, in 2008 I made the big jump and decision to land on the Big Island and found another form of paradise awaiting for me. My jungle setting, lava energy and off the grid location provided the grounding tools that I was seeking and needing to get back into the flow of things. With only simple distractions like birds chirping, ripe avocados falling and gardens to tend to, I began to upcycle clothing again after a long 8 year break away.
Being fully submerged in my creative space, I began to somewhat unknowingly manifest my life today in sunny Colorado! The Big Island Hawaii taught me that my grassroots vibes would never fade and I too could blossom again with my rediscovered consciousness in sustainable practices. My philosophy is that by recycling and upcycling what is readily available and abundant and giving back to local charity thrift stores we can all help lower the global carbon footprint and support human rights on so many levels. I believe everything, including clothing has an energy field and if something is made with love you can feel it. It’s nice to know I’m creating from the heART and that others can also take in the good mana that “fast fashion” doesn’t provide.
Everywhere I’ve traveled, the abundance of materials to upcycle and work with has followed me as well as having a keen eye at thrift stores since childhood. 99% of my materials have come from thrift stores and also from interior designers that dispose of gorgeous fabric samples as they keep up the latest home trends. Here in Denver the ZeroLandfill project opens its warehouse doors and you can rescue so many fabulous finds. Personally I think of it as treasure hunting at it’s finest! With my abstract mind, my creative process can be somewhat scattered to say the least…often my creations take on a magical life of their own in the land of fabric manipulation. I never feel like something has to be a certain exact way, other then fitting properly, that is important….It’s more like painting and my intuition lets me know when I have reached completion, from simple styles and details to the completely adorned. Often when I’m attempting to go to sleep, well that is when my brain decides its “vision party time” and the flood gates open mentally piecing this and that together, so I often end up back up just to write down notes at 1 in the morning and working on them at a more practical hour, after some needed sleep (=
Because of my abstract thought process, it was back in 1994-95 when I originally decided to make clothing full time and gave my notice at work. I had friends that were Deadheads and had been telling me for years that most aspects of my life aligned with the Grateful Dead and touring. My friends kept telling me “just go to a show and I bet you’ll quit my job and never want to come home”. Now, saying this to me back then I thought they were crazy but figured why not go check out these old dudes making music(LOL)…Well literally the bus came by and I got on and off to Highgate we went and my life was never the same~ I found HOME and “The Others”! I felt and understood it all and sew it began. My patchwork designs came with me on tour as well as a little shop in Maine called Mexicali Blues. I couldn’t believe it had all been there the whole time just waiting for me to wake up! From 94-00’s I had odd jobs across the country while I continued traveling with GD, Further, Phish,and festivals galore. So many roads indeed.
Hands on inspiration came at an early age for me…. since I can remember I’ve always been dabbling in the arts. My grandmother on my fathers side and my aunt on my mothers side were my biggest influences as they were both always crafting and making something cool and always encouraged me to create with them. One of the first eclectic things I remember creating was a hat in the 3rd grade. It was early before the bus came when I remembered it was “hat day” at school but I forgot to make one. Of course I was super bummed out but my grandmother calmed me down and told me to go outside and find things that I liked. I came back in with pine cones naturally (= She had out the craft paints and glitters and suggested a Dixie plate could possibly work for my hat aspect if I could figure out how to keep it on my head. I decorated that plate hat to the hilt and used yarn to tie it under my chin. I thought it was the coolest fairy looking hat EVER but was slightly embarrassed that it was SO much different then everyone else’s. In the end, I won for the most creative hat which I’m pretty sure gave me a new found confidence which lead me to embrace being different.
My favorite piece in my shop right now is the “Cassidy” dreamcatcher vest. It is a collaboration with Kelsey of GoodVibesForSale, another DHAA teammate.
We’ve made several things together and I adore all of them. It’s a collaboration that has helped to inspire new designs which is always appreciated!
Easily influenced with inspiration, I feel like that is something I seldom have blocks in. Nature and all of her elements~from sunny days to recent snow storms. Music shows and festivals have always been a HUGE source of inspiration and performance art certainly kicks up my vibes!
Haute Couture runways shows, new school to old school, good days and even glum days, creativity finds a way to manifest. When I’m all sewed out I move on over to other arts such as my aromatherapy organic skin care products. I love that while they help to heal other peoples skin the creative process helps me to realign and bliss out on the scents!
Being that all my clothing is one of a kind and no 2 things have ever been or ever will be the same keeps it interesting and intriguing. Rummaging through one mans junk and finding my treasures, keeping the carbon footprint low by recycling materials is one of the biggest perks to my job!
My first concert was Van Halen in the 80’s, at the time (7th grade) I thought it was the coolest thing ever and was pretty much was hooked on live music from that point on. My most memorable festival of the recent was Sonic Bloom last summer. It was total bliss and beyond dreamy with cottonwood trees going off and music that went from early afternoon until the beautiful sunrise sets. I was supposed to be just visiting Colorado other manifestations were taking place…. I discovered that I was in love with my dear friend of 9 years and former roommate in Hawaii whom I was “visiting”. My vacation turned staycation and my friend became my Beloved. Couldn’t really get a better festival experience then that!
Speaking of my Beloved Cody, he really is my #1 fan and source of much of my inspiration for me to keep on keeping on. When I started to set up my etsy for selling, it took me hours of time to figure out all of the seemingly endless details. It still is a work in progress. He’s always there to lend an ear and give support hugs when 17 hour days are the norm! When sales are low and I feel hesitant to do this full time he is there to remind me of all the good and my progression in such a short amount of time. And lucky us our “date nights” usually consist of going to shows which always renews inspiration to just keep at it! When in doubt I dance and hoop it out 😉
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