Deadhead Art Alliance Artist of the Month – APRIL 2014 – Rebekah Norgren – Store: The Elvish Acorn

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Deadhead Art Alliance Artist of the Month – APRIL 2014 – Rebekah Norgren – Store: The Elvish Acorn
Deadhead Art Alliance Would Like to introduce you to our April Artist of the Month, Rebekah Norgren from The Leadership of the Deadhead Art Alliance and the Elvish Acorn Store on Etsy.com!

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The Elvish Acorn is here to bring you upcycled articles inspired by the earth and handmade jewelry made with lots of love and heart.!

My name is Rebekah. My store is The Elvish Acorn and my only team is the DHAA. What other team would I need? 😉  

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I live about 20 minutes west of Detroit in a Garden City, MI.

My shop is called The Elvish Acorn and my goal is to create jewelry and accessories that have an earthy vibe.

I like to think that I’m putting a lot of lovely things out to go on adventures without making a negative environmental impact by reclaiming and repurposing as much as possible.

Garden City, MI

Garden City, MI

Detroit, MI

Detroit, MI

  My creative process…  Sometimes it’s embarrassingly slow and I just can’t get something right. A piece will fight me all the way and sometimes needs to be temporarily abandoned. Other times, something just falls together beautifully.  I use glass beads, wood beads, stone beads, gemstone beads, shell beads… Sometimes horn & bone.  I string on Nymo or Acuflex, depending on the project.  I used to only use sterling silver for earrings, but now make my big Gypsy hoops in base metals.  I have various boxes, bins, and drawers to keep my beads, pedants, hemp, etc, kind of in their place.  My work space is always a mess, but I happily bead in the midst of my crafty chaos!

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  If I’m sewing, I have an old Kenmore serger that my mother gave me and I have a Brother machine that I use for the finishing touches! I have piles and drawers of thrifted, upcycled, free, and vintage fabric. I’d like to focus on bags for a while, but that remains to be seen. I’m pretty fortunate in the our upstairs is divided into two rooms. I get to use the west half as my crafty corner! My husband gets to close the door and pretend that all of the string bits & lose beads in the carpet aren’t really there. Hahaha!

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    I learned the fundamentals of beading from a girl I did Dead tour with. Over the years I’ve learned some new stuff and tried to develop my own style.

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For years I supported myself and my oldest two kids exclusively with my sewing and bead work. Those were the days when Head shops were everywhere and I could walk in with bags on handmade stuff, and walk out with a grip of cash.

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*start the sad violin music now*

When Jerry died, everything changed somehow.I just didn’t want to do it anymore. I packed up my beads, got an office job, and life went on. I have since trained as a doula and a phlebotomist. After I got my associates degree, I found myself working in the mall pushing ICP t’s to kids and moonlighting as a dominatrix. No lie. I lived in a pretty rough neighbourhood for about ten years. It was buying my first house that brought me back into beading.  Moving from the concrete town homes where the only wildlife was unattended children and stray cats to a home with fruit trees, lilacs, and an INSANE, twisted pussy willow was a dream come true. Ah, serenity! Chirping birds and fleeting foxes! Who would that not inspire? Thusly, Hawthorn & Pine, the original name of my Etsy shop was born. If you’ve ever smelled a Hawthorn tree in bloom, it’s a rancid odor you will never forget. The beauty of the tree if that birds & little critters eat the berries, year ’round.  It’s a really cool life source.  I used to love snooping around the pine trees to see if there were any new birds nests!  Alas, that house wasn’t meant to be my forever home and as our family grew, the need to relocate did as well.  After about a year at our new house, It was time for a name change & image overhaul – and so began The Elvish Acorn adventure! My full time job right now is motherhood.  My youngest starts school, full-time, in the fall and I’m really hoping to put a lot of energy into The Elvish Acorn that I haven’t been able to in the past!


My mother made a lot of my clothes when I was little and she gave me free reign of the sewing machine as well as taught me how to use a needle & thread.  I had THE best dressed Glamour Gals, (no, not Barbies,) EVER!         My favorite thing in my shop right now is a big ol’ pair of Gypsy hoops. They are bright, colourful, and very brazen. https://www.etsy.com/listing/187313871/gorgeous-olive-and-purple-gypsy-or

I have two all-time favorite pieces.  I know I wasn’t the only little girl to have one of those Mexican necklaces with the tiny beaded doll on it. There were two kinds – one with a circle skirt and a male one. I LOVED those things. Well, my grandmother was a HUGE Elvis fan so I made her a little, 2 inch Vegas Elvis, white jump suit emblazoned with gold, silver, and shiny red & blue beads. She was crazy about that thing. To my knowledge my aunt has him now. My other favorite piece is this voodoo looking hemp thing that I made. In the center there is a baby bird skull that I found and sewed hematite beads in as eyes. I made it from things that came from people who were important and dear to me. It used to have a tiny glass bottle on it that contained locks of hair from my oldest two kids first haircuts.  There is an abalone that my friend Anne, whom I’ve long-since lost contact with and a piece of amber from my first love. There is also a crystal on there from my friend Jenny. She is an AMAZING fiber artist and inspires me still. She coined the term “craftmagic!”   unnamed-26

People. Conversation. Music.  Words and the way they make me feel. Cool, (the temperature, not like Arthur Fonzerelli,) warm, excited. I take these thoughts, words, and emotions and match them with colours. Sometimes it’s something like a sea shell or pine cone. I try to make things that will at least come out semi-organic!         I love the Indiana Jones aspect of thrifting. The endless search for the Holy grail of upcycleable beads or fabric. I also love finding weird old craft stores. That’s always a good time! My husband trolls the free section of Craigslist for me! Custom orders are fantastic. It wasn’t until very recently that I realized the importance of jewelry in peoples lives. You make memories with jewelry. You were wearing that necklace when your child was born. You were wearing those earrings when you got your puppy. You bought that bracelet at Soldier Field. That was the dread bead your mom got you. You know? Jewelry reminds you of places you’ve gone, people you’ve known, and things you’ve done. Jewelry can trigger some pretty powerful emotions and being able to be a part of that is really an honor.

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Have you ever put “necklace” in a search on Etsy?  Lol. I tend to get lost.  What keeps my morale up is knowing that while stuff isn’t selling, I can build up back stock for when I need it. I also get pretty stoked about selling my stuff, face-to-face. I do much better that way because you can’t catch the phantoms & sparkles of gemstones & beads in a picture!

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My favorite quotes are actually song lyrics! My favorite has got to be from The Jeff Buckley song, Last Goodbye. “Kiss me. Please kiss me. But kiss me out of desire, not consolation.”  Beautiful. Tragic. Poignant.  It gives me shivers. Aw, man. There is also ,” It’s okayI’m a saint. I forgave your mistakes,” from the And You Will Know Us By The Trail of  Dead song, Relative Ways. Again, .  gloriously poignant


Oh, geees we’re goin to take you back to the days here. Touring the the winter in 93! Too cool for winter boots & wearing 3 pairs of woolen socks in my freakin’ Birkenstock sandals! I still have my Miracle sign. I remember standing in the snow and yelling stupid stuff like, “I’m pregnant! It’s cold! I need a miracle!” Haha. Good times. I also loved doing shows with my daughters. One in a carrier on my back & one on my hip. After a show once, my oldest told my parents that she rode the (nonexistant) merry go round and saw the (nonexistent) ducks. They must have really questioned my parenting but kept supporting my decisions!     Haha.

My well worn Birkenstocks, GD bear and Tour Book

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photo credit: blingcheese entertainment

photo credit: blingcheese entertainment

I just recently started considering myself an “artist.”  I especially didn’t think of bead work and sewing being art when I did it. Basically, I do the best I can. There are better people out there that use nicer materials and have a cleaner style, but aside from wanting to expand my knowledge of technique, I’m relatively satisfied with what I’m putting out into the world! I genuinely appreciate all of the support, encouragement, and criticism from other artists and the DHAA! I am more blown away and humbled at having been picked as AOTM than any of you will ever know. Seriously.       My goal for The Elvish Acorn is to really buckle down and make a whole bunch of a couple of particular styles that I can hopefully get picked up by some sort of chain or successfully keep some consignment places stocked. I have a friend who got picked up locally by Whole Foods. I keep telling myself that IT IS POSSIBLE! I’m hoping to get my finger on the pulse of venues and festivals that I can vend. I did my first event in over 15 years earlier this year. TOTAL STAGE FRIGHT, but I did alright. I’d like to busy my weekends with that sort of thing. But, for now, I will keep picking away at building stock and making pretty things for people to take with them on their adventure through life! Thank you everyone! You all amaze me!

Selling Venues:

I am on Etsy  https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheElvishAcorn 

Storenvy  http://theelvishacorn.storenvy.com

Artist Contact info: TheElvishAcorn@hotmail.com

Social Media Links: https://www.facebook.com/TheElvishAcorn

Sales happening: Enter code THANKUDHAA on Etsy for 15% off Until the end of May Forever Grateful, Deadhead Art Alliance Team

 

The DHAA would like to thank Rebekah for all she does for the Deadhead Art Alliance Artists., She goes out of her way to volunteers every year to be our team’s group leader of our Secret Santa Gift Exchange!

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Rebekah Norgren “Beks” DHAA TEAM LEADER and SECRET SANTA //https://www.etsy.com/teams/12480/deadhead-art-alliance?ref=pr_teams

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