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Deadhead Art Alliance Artist of the Month – November – Janice Reed– Store –Beadwork4Sale and December’s Featured Artist Debbie from ThunderRoseLeather

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Deadhead Art Alliance Artist of the Month – November – Janice Reed– Store –Beadwork4Sale and December’s Featured Artist Debbie from ThunderRoseLeather

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My name is Janice; I’m somewhat of an “eclectic” bead artist and an unabashed self-proclaimed bead addict. My husband and partner of 20 years, Dan and I, live in “The Golden Heart City,” of Fairbanks, Alaska. We love to spend our summers camping and fishing, while traveling throughout “The Land of the Midnight Sun!”

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On the other end of the seasonal spectrum, we spend the rest of the year cozied up to the woodstove during the long, dark, frigid cold winter season. Yes, friends – two seasons is what we’re really dealing with here in the Interior of Alaska! With that said, once summer abandons us and Old Man Winter arrives, I find myself hunkering in for the long haul and focusing on doing what I enjoy the most – playing with my beads!

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My greatest passion at this point of my life is designing and creating “distinctively you” handmade beaded jewelry and other unique pieces of beadwork. I enjoy operating my “one woman show,” while working behind the scenes of my Etsy shop “Beadwork4Sale – by, Janice.” Each piece of beadwork offered for sale is exclusively handmade by me within the comforts of my log home studio – every item truly is a labor of love!
My shops philosophy is to strive to offer beadwork that speaks directly to the heart!

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The creative process for me usually begins with whatever strikes my fancy at any given time. As I mentioned previously, I’m a bit of an eclectic bead artist – meaning, I enjoy using a wide array of beading techniques, design styles and type of beads. With that said – I usually determine how time-consuming a certain project will be and the time I have to complete it, before getting started on creating my next piece. Additionally, due to the “diverse” nature of my work – I’m never short on projects that need to be finished.

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I do enjoy doing freeform beadwork; it’s a lot of fun and very relaxing – not to mention the incredible creativity it nurtures. However, I also have an abundant appreciation for precise patterns and select designs – so, deciding on a next project can be somewhat challenging for me. My-oh-my…so many beads…so little time…such a dilemma! ☺ Seriously though, I think focal pieces are what jumpstarts my creative process. Once I’ve chosen the primary component to highlight, I choose the type of beads, their color and finish, and lastly – the finishing elements I’ll use to compliment the main focal piece.

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I’m in the process of making a couple of new beaded hair barrettes; they’re more time-consuming to create but are always worth the wait – and, I love how they come together in the end. In addition to beads, I really enjoy working with leather and have been making a lot of key chains lately. I think it’s important to conscientiously create gender neutral items to offer in my shop; it’s something that I continually strive to do better. In addition, I’m currently working on ringing in the New Year by offering more beaded leather designs in my shop. So, stayed tuned for more to come in 2016!

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Tiny little seed beads will always be my first choice in beading supplies; they’re the most versatile and comfortable materials for me to work with. There’s truly nothing like the feel of a threaded needle and the smooth flow of beads gliding along effortlessly in the process of creating something so beautiful and unique as a one-of-a-kind piece of bead art. Yes, I’m a complete and total bead addict and ironically, beading is my therapy. As much of an oxymoron as that may sound to some folks, it’s absolutely true, lol!
I started selling my beadwork at craft fairs and local bazaars; however, it wasn’t until after I lost my mom to Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) that I decided to open my Etsy shop. I had previously been working as a social worker, providing services to violent offenders and domestic violence survivors – during which time, my mom and I were both also in the process of being placed on the waiting list for a kidney transplant.

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It wasn’t long after my mom’s passing that my kidney health began to deteriorate, which eventually led to my having a second transplant in April of 2012. In loving memory of my mom and in an effort to help “pay it forward”, I opened my Etsy shop shortly afterwards and began selling green ribbon pieces to help raise awareness for CKD and Organ, Eye and Tissue Donation. My mom continues to be the primary source of inspiration and motivation for my designing and creating each piece of beadwork featured in my Beadwork4Sale – by, Janice “Awareness Collection” today.

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The first crafts I remember seeing being made as a child were my mom’s crocheted hats, scarves and panchos – she made us kids’ crotched gifts for Christmas. One of my favorite childhood memories is of my mom teaching me how to do embroider when I was 8 years old. My uncle used to draw peacocks and floral designs on denim shirts for her to embroider. On a smaller scale, my mom taught me how to embroider pretty floral designs on the edging of white cotton hankies and pillowcases. My dad gave me my first sewing machine on my 15th birthday. I taught myself how to do alterations, how to sew quilts and anything else I could find to sew. My early endeavors with embroidery and sewing definitely play a huge part in my beading today.

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My favorite piece in my shop right now is the “Sea Life” beaded bracelet shown here. The turtle used in this cuff was an original piece of a coconut shell salad serving set that my brother gave me as a gift while he was living in Hawaii back in the late 80’s. At some point it fell off one of the spoons and I held onto it over the years until one day I was inspired to create something special to bring it back to life! I happened to purchase the abalone dolphins and ovals at the same time as the floral troca shells, all of which are hand-carved pieces from a wonderful family in the Philippines. The design “magically” took on a life of its’ own, coming together without a lot of thought or effort on my part. Needless to say – this piece holds a very meaningful and special place in my heart!

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I love the creativity that beading offers – it continues to allow me to expand and hone my bead-working skills, while learning different techniques and trying out new beads and other jewelry making components as they’re introduced to the market. As a bead addict, buying beads has become a huge piece of what keeps my job interesting!

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When things are slow, or sales are tight – I don’t spend cash money on supplies and I focus more attention on social media activities. I’ve enjoyed becoming part of a wonderful Etsy community via joining a couple of teams that I’m committed to helping “spread the love” of my fellow team mates. The Deadhead Art Alliance and Rainbow Artists teams are where I find myself the most welcome and at home – everyone’s really laid back and shares a sense of community! I’ve met some truly kind and sincere friends that I enjoy interacting with daily, as we turn to each other for support and encouragement during both good and bad times – big hugs and thanks to each of you!

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I don’t ever really have any “down” time, beading is something that I always love to do – at home, in the car, while camping and fishing, on vacation…you get the idea! I think there’s so much more to beadwork than the actual act of physically beading. I spend time drawing and coloring new designs, I have a bead tool computer program that I enjoy creating patterns with, and I’m always reading books and flipping through beading magazines. I’m continuously learning new techniques and trying out new types of beads – it’s all part of what I love about beading. It also helps that I’m very fortunate that Dan and my family totally support and encourage me in my bead endeavors.

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The first quote that comes to mind when asked if I have a favorite would have to be:
“Don’t take your organs to heaven; heaven knows we need them here.”

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Being a “product” of the sixties (born in 1965), music has always been an integral part of my life. I can’t remember a time when Dylan, Janis, the Stones, the Dead … or any of the other Greats weren’t playing on the stereo. My mom’s love for music and dancing was so infectious; it became a part of who we are today. When we were kids we went to a few outdoor music festivals with my mom, but even more memorable – were when we had parties at our house. There was always so much great food, live music, kegs of beer, and tons of people dancing and partying – hanging out and enjoying life!

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(That’s me in the pink shirt with my back to the camera!)
When I was 18 yrs old, I went to see Elvin Bishop with my mom and some friends from work. He came over to our table and sat on my lap while singing and playing his guitar – my mom kept yelling at me, “give him a kiss!” All I could think of was the spittle flying out of his mouth as the bright lights lit up his face – no way was I going to kiss him!

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The last live performance I attended was soon after my second transplant a couple summers ago in Anchorage – where Michael Franti & Spearhead were playing. I absolutely love and adore Michael Franti; he’s an outstanding human being and artist!

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Selling Venues:

Website: http://www.beadwork4sale.com

Etsy: http://www.beadwork4sale.etsy.com

Artists Contact Info:

Email: beadwork4sale@yahoo.com

Social Media Links:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/beadwork4sale/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Beaadwork4Sale/

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/Beadwork4Sale/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Beadwork4Sale

Tumblr: http://beadwork4sale-byjanice.tumblr.com/

Beadwork4Sale – by, Janice Etsy Shop
CLEARANCE section is now available – until all items are SOLD!

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This month’s Artist of the Month winner was by contest, and we’d like to Thank and Feature another wonderful artist and team mate that is responsible for Janice being Chosen as our November Artist.

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Debbie

Leader of Deadhead Art Alliance & Captain of the new Rainbow Artist Team

https://www.etsy.com/shop/thunderrose

  By networking and building relationships, Etsy artists can come together to assist one another in Promotion and build life long friendships- for this we’d like to feature Debbie Rodgers from Thunder Rose Leather as our December Featured Artist

Forever Grateful, Deadhead Art Alliance Team – thank you!

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Deadhead Art Alliance Artist of the Month – September – Susie Blair – Store – Urban Prairie Girl

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My name is Susie Blair, and I have been sewing all my life!  I am a one woman business located in Sebastopol, California. I was born in Eritrea, and have also lived in Kodiak, Alaska, and Venice Beach, CA.  I have been married for 29 years to Gary, who is a high school teacher, and I have an 19 year old daughter named Hannah, who is a competitive swing dancer, and a college student.
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I am in Delhi and I seem to have grown the extra set of arms a crafter needs to do it all!

I have two shops currently, both on Etsy.  Urban Prairie Girl, which features handmade and custom fitted clothing, cloth napkins, dish towels, my ever popular pillowcases, and handmade curtains, all sewn up with Indian prints which I bring back every year from India.   I opened my first clothing shop because a friend once said to me, you know, if you spend as much time working as you do playing on the internet, you might actually make some money. (Thank you, Tony Angel!)
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My second shop on Etsy is called UPG FABRIC ANNEX, which carries my entire line of hand selected Indian fabrics that are simply the most unique and beautiful fabrics that you  will not find in the USA.  I created Urban Prairie Girl to feature my handmade clothing, to provide custom fitting clothing for ALL sizes of women, and of course, an outlet for my prolifically creative mind! I want my clothing to feel comfortable and beautiful, to be long lasting, to fit you well, and to make you feel like the free spirited woman that you are!
I would have to say, that the fabrics I choose each year for my collection, definitely lead me in whatever direction I take off in, creatively speaking.  The fabrics are my paint, my canvas, my inspiration.  I have been traveling to India for 16 years, and my fabric collection has grown so large I had to open the fabric shop, which was another dream of mine come true!
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My 2015 shipment has arrived!

Then, I have a handful of timeless designs that seem to work for all sorts of body types, which is definitely a goal of mine.  Properly fitted clothing is quite a challenge.  You know, a lot of women feel like there is something wrong with their bodies because when they go clothes shopping, nothing fits! Clothing manufacturers make clothing to fit the “average” figure, which, guess what? Practically NO ONE is that size!!! Clothing manufacturers also choose to NOT make full flowing skirts and dresses which actually fit over hips!!!  The average woman hip measurement is 38-40”!  You will not find a skirt in a clothing store like my handmade skirts, which are generously cut and made to fit your body.
You might think this is crazy, but I have never had a sewing room or workshop. Since I was 6 years old, I have been sewing in the kitchen, and cutting out my garments on the living room floor.  I am 54 years old, and I still crawl around on the floor cutting out stuff!  I sew on the kitchen table, my three trusty Berninas fit nicely there. Unfortunately, that means, no kitchen table, ever! And, no cooking super smelly and oily stuff in our kitchen because of the fabrics.  My patient family is constantly working around fabric piles, cutting boards, and that ever wobbly ironing board with precariously perched hot iron which never seems to get turned off.
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Me On a train In Sri Lanka, December 2014

I find that working at home sometimes prevents me from getting on a roll, but on the other hand, I don’t have to commute, or pay rent on a workshop or store, and I get to work in my pajamas all day if I want to! (like now!)
Anyway, sometimes, I am sewing a custom fitted garment to someone’s measurements, and other times, I just wake up in the morning and ask myself, “what do I feel like making today?”  In fact, today I am making some really cute fabric storage boxes for makeup and other small items, just because I got some very cute zippers I am dying to play with. Sometimes I just sort my fabric into piles that “go together” which inspires me to take off on another  project.  Now, lets talk about those piles of fabric.  At this point, there are mountains of fabric in three, ok, four places in my house.  Most are organized into see through plastic boxes because I do not want them to get dirty or dusty, are not prewashed, and I can see most of the fabrics through the boxes. There is one, ok, two piles that are not in plastic boxes, and all of those fabrics have been prewashed and preshrunk, and ready to be played with. I both sell the fabrics  (www.upgfabricannex.etsy.com) and use them to my hearts content! And in case you are wondering, my average shipment from India each year is around 400 pounds, that’s weight, not money.
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I grew up in a home with two very handy parents.  My father was an electronics technician in the US Navy. He was a genius and would build clocks, televisions, radios, sheds, sidewalks, patios, as well as have a hell of a good time rewiring our entire house, his way! ! He was always tinkering, building, fixing, and making stuff. We never needed to hire a handyman, or a cleaning woman, or a house helper, or babysitter, because my parents did it all! Man, they were handy!  My mother would sew a lot of our clothes, curtains and mend our stuff of course.  There was always a sewing machine around.
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In school I loved all the art classes, all the dance, all the sewing classes! It was in high school that I had an art teacher, Mr Rousey, who saw a connection that could be made with my artistic self and my sewing self, and he challenged me to make a piece of art using fabrics.  That was the first time I ever realized that art and clothing and sewing and textiles could all be bundled up into one wonderful form of expression!   Mr Dale Rousey, my favourite art teacher, and Mrs Margaret Belmar, my favourite home economics teacher, both played an enormous part in helping me find, ME!
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I have not had a “day job” for a very long time.  But when I did work for de man, this is what I did…I was a children’s photographer, a salesgirl in various mall shops including a fabric store, a bank teller, an ESL teacher, a campus supervisor for a high school, a teachers assistant.  I have also worked as a seamster for a hat company, a motorcycle luggage company, a futon company, and other designers. Oh yeah, I almost forgot, My husband and I used to have tie dye factory, probably not unlike a lot of you! Paid for those dead shows!
I once had a boyfriend that told me, take what you do best, and what you love to do, and do it. And he loaned me $1,000. so I could quit my bank teller job and try to make a living doing custom sewing, in Los Angeles.  LOL, I cannot tell you how many perverts came to my home wanting me to make them kinky clothing.  I was just 23, and not really knowing how to handle that sort of energy.  I just wanted to make stuff that I wanted to make and have people like it and buy it!
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Now, I have to take a minute here to tell you how Etsy has changed my life.  Prior to learning about Etsy, rather belatedly in March of 2007, I struggled to make money doing alterations and custom sewing around town.  It was really ungratifying and required a lot of customer contact, meaning a lot of time. I was raising my child at the time, and sewing at home was really the best way for me to make it work.  A friend of mine told me about Etsy and that I ought to try having a shop there. On Etsy, I have developed a clientele that keeps coming back for custom fitted clothes.  Then last year, I opened my fabric shop on Etsy, and wow! That is a dream come true.  I love sharing my fabric collection with the entire world. I love India, I love Indian fabric, and I love Etsy for changing my life! Thank you Etsy, and thank you to my friend, Donna, for turning me on to Etsy!
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As I said before, It must have been the influence of my parents, constantly puttering, fixing, building and making stuff around the house. I cannot so much remember what was being made, but the memory of my dad, cigarette in hand, plotting and puttering, and making another creation.  And, my mom, sewing our stuff, cooking, cleaning, fixing, shining! Always, always busy!  I remember though, one Christmas in about 6th grade, we had gotten some crafts projects as gifts, and, while the entire Christmas day happened all around me, I sat under the tree, all day, all dang day, completely absorbed in my felt kitty art, and my paint by numbers, and my new doll clothes that my mom had made for me.  I remember a feeling that day…it was.. “I AM A MAKER!!!”
Let me tell you about those doll clothes, which I still have to this day!  My mother would sew for my sister and I, every Christmas, an entire doll wardrobe for one of our dolls.  One year, an entire Barbie wardrobe! Another, a sweet baby doll wardrobe,  The next year, my Beautiful Chrissie doll received the most swingin’, hip 70’s clothing collection ever!  Funny, how in writing this, I am remembering some of the first things I remember being made as a child….

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Well, one of my favourite pieces ever is a quilt that I made in 1990, all crazy patchwork, with a purple back and extra stuffing.  I will tell you why I still love it. My daughter snatched it for her own when she was in elementary school. She even made a painting of the bed and quilt.  I noticed how much she loves the weight, the comfort and familiarity of that quilt now as much as she did when she was a small child. It has always warmed my heart that my girl ran off with my handmade quilt and has used it on her bed most of her life. Now that she is 19. the quilt is still on her bed, although ragged!
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My inspiration comes from the fabrics I collect in India, the color, the people and the designs of India. Traveling is definitely an inspiration, not only for my creations, but also for my spirit.
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Getting a fresh cut pineapple after Chamundi Hill, Mysore, India

I’d have to say, that I am stimulated by the excitement, colors, madness and beauty of India and other travels, and am calmed, nourished and
at home in my quiet, beautiful apple orchard in Northern California.
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Working in my fabric factory in India

I’m also inspired by travel, the people, the food, and the excitement of never quite knowing what to expect, including the selection of my fabrics.  While I always return to my same fabric sources, I am constantly delighted by the textiles they have made for me during the previous months.

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During each yearly visit to India, I am always sure to tack on some great adventures.  For example, last year my husband, and a Scottish pal accompanied me to India, and Sri Lanka.  I also really enjoy the satisfaction of making something for someone that really appreciates it! I love it when I get a message from someone telling me how beautiful they feel in their new skirt!

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I’d have to say, that not having any orders, can really make me feel like a loser.  I have to really try sometimes to push myself to be creative, to stimulate my shop, to make something new. If all else fails, I start scrubbing and cleaning my house.  I also will paint a wall, or clean a closet, a drawer, or make something I don’t need to make…I just have to always be making stuff or doing stuff, it is what I do best. I think its more important to me than the money I make.
Fortunately, I have been married to my partner, with a “real job”, for a very long time.  I confess he makes the bulk of our money.  My income makes it possible for us to travel, buy ourselves things, and go out to dinner or little trips now and then.  It supplements our families income, but I confess, with the competition in the clothing market, I would not stand a chance against Macys, etc etc, and I will not die trying! I am fortunate to not have the need to feel desperate in my attempt at making a living with my art.
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I like to travel, I like to walk and walk and walk.  I like to spend time with my daughter, my cat, and my husband.  I like to play bright and fun games on my iPad. You are going to think Im weird, but I like to sew in my free time, too!

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I love to read Indian literature, and travel writers, like Paul Thoreaux. My favorite travel story, The Naked Hand, by Thoreaux. (If you just wanna check out Thoreaux in quick style, read Elephanta Suite, a collection of short stories)  My favorite Indian author is Rohinton Mistry, my favorite Indian book, A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry.
favorite quote     “It Is Written”
-and this is not for religious reasons, but because I believe that whatever happens is meant to be, and yes, sometimes is already in the cards.
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So then, since we are the Deadhead Art Alliance, I think I ought to tell you about the Grateful Dead show which would change my life, but not for a few more years to come…..It was at the Grateful Dead, Ventura County Fairgrounds, 1984 that I met my future husband, best friend and life partner. Of course at the time, he was really more interested in my best friend. . She, and the bottle of champagne we had between us on the beach after the shows.  Gary and I remained friends until 1986, when we found ourselves on a road trip together.  Somewhere in Kansas, Gary puts on Bob Dylan’s Desire CASSETTE TAPE, lol (it is 1986)….heh, that sly devil. By the time we got back home to my beach shack in Venice, I had a new boyfriend!  We were married in 1988.  Now, the thing is, while I was content enough to  see the Dead once or twice a year in Irvine and Ventura, Gary needed to go to ALL THE SHOWS!!! LOL, so eventually we got married, a dead cover band at our wedding, our first dance to Sugar Magnolia, and our honeymoon tour was summer of 1988 Dead shows all the way to the east coast and back!  Now here we are….30 years later!
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I met my husband at a dead show in 1984, and our honey moon was dead tour, 1988…

There is something as a clothing maker I would like the world to know, the artist part is more personal and really, its just me expressing stuff, nothing else to know.  As for the clothing…well, here I go on a rant…. Did you know that the main reason clothing is cut so un-generously and tight? Money.  Why is everything see through? Sex. Ok, so those are the two main focuses in the clothing industry. Money making and sex.  The sex part, whatever…..but the money part, wow!  If you have ever taken a look into my shop, you will find skirts that are generously cut using 3-6 yards of fabric, pants that fit all sorts of bootys, dresses that don’t make you look like a ho, and all made with fabrics that are 100% natural cotton, and sometimes silk and rayon.  Of course, if you did the math, you would see the skimpy mini skirt in Wet Seal, sewn by slave labor, would show quite a bit more profit than a handmade gypsy skirt sewn with 4 yards of handmade fabric. That is why you cannot buy my stuff in the mall, its not profitable.  So, what I am getting at is, the fashion industry dictates what you will wear, what colors, what styles, how short, how tight, how cheap, how expensive, how ugly, how slutty, how synthetic, how dare they!
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I have a dream to one day have my own line of sheets, comforters, bath and kitchen items, Indian style, of course.  This is a very large project, and if it is meant to be, it will happen. Thank you for taking the time to read my stuff!
Peace!
Selling Venues: Sebastopol Farm Market Sebastopol, CA Sundays 10-1:30
                        www.urbanprairiegirl.etsy.com
                        www.upgfabricannex.etsy.com
Artist Contact info:  Susie Blair  _facebook
                              www.urbanprairiegirl.etsy.com
                              barefoot_one200@Yahoo.com
Social Media Links:  upgfabricannex on Instagram
Forever Grateful, Deadhead Art Alliance Team

Deadhead Art Alliance Artist of the Month – April – Chelsy Harper – Store – Ocean Tide Creations

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Deadhead Art Alliance Artist of the Month – April – Chelsy Harper – Store – Ocean Tide Creations

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My name is Chelsy Harper and I’m the lady who is responsible for Ocean Tide Creations store on Etsy. I’m a proud member of the Deadhead Art Alliance and I’m located in The Mountains of NorCal.

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iusa_75x75.23634761_f4mxOcean Tide Creations sells Big Sur Jade Pendants,  Big Sur Jade Wire Wraps, Hand Made Bags, Purses, Patches, and Hand Made Wood Burned Pictures with the purpose To pass along positive energy through art and creation

All of my jewelry is handmade and the stones I find myself. I found the Jade between 2009-2013 when I lived south of Big
Sur and then the pieces of jewelry you see are also Handmade by myself On the hill or on the road.
After hunting for years in Big Sur I took some of my best finds and turned them into one of a kind hand made jewelry. I drilled all the holes myself and all of the pieces were ocean polished, nothing was polished by hand.
All of the fabric I use has come from up cycled material. All the wood worked pictures were hand cut rounds from Oak off of our property in Northern California and burnt by me.
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I Met my Boyfriend 6 years ago and headed out on dead tour, ended up spending winters in Big Sur hunting Jade and summers in  Mendo doin the organic garden thing and meeting interesting people. Some girls made clothing and others did different crafts. On one particular trip up to big sur, we picked up this lady hitch hiking, her name was K. She showed me how to wire wrap in exchange for a ride. That was about 2 years ago and that is how i learned to wire wrap 🙂 everything else is self taught really.

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My dad has always been into making things. When i was a kid he used to carve and decorate eggs, that is the first craft i remember thinking was really cool as a kid.
My favorite piece of jewelry I’ve so far made is the jade hat pins, they were really interesting to try and figure out how to wrap.

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Right now im really loving making my newborn daughter little sundresses! I think I’m going to make some to add to my Etsy soon! What inspired me in the beginning )started off as nature, music, and traveling. but now is centered around my daughter.
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What makes my creating interesting for me is the hunting for the jade in big sur- climbing down the cliffs, getting down onto the beach and searching for those beautiful shining pieces of jade! I love it. And any jewelry i make I just love imagining it and making it happen. Its a proud feeling when you have made something with your own hands and it turns out the way you imagined or even better!

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When things get hard I just keeping creating and having fun with what i do and it gets me through.  As of recently i just take care of my baby girl! and we go for walks and just be outside.
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favorite quote
“The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.” – Albert Einstein

 First festival i ever went to was High Sierra in 2009 with my boyfriend and some friends. We stayed for 2 days, snuck over the fence twice, because we got kicked out the first time. I remember this girl there who made lighter covers with beads and she was making one that look exactly like Jerrys face! It was awesome.

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The first dead show i went to was in 2009 also in Denver, Co. at the botanical gardens. Took us 2 or 3 days gas jugging to get there. It was an amazing trip getting there and on the first night at the show i got a miracle and got in! I remember Jack Straw was playing as i was running in 🙂 My boyfriend had to sneek in. And we were searching for each other and finally i saw him, and They started playing standing on the moon, that was our first song together 🙂 We continued tour, gas juggling the whole way and selling 1$ grilled cheese and PBR and made it all the way back to Eugene, Oregon. It had a definite change on me and the way i lived 🙂
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I cant imagine life without music or creating things or family 🙂 All these things inspire me to create
In the future  I would just like to get more stuff in my shop, hopefully make more clothing. and be able to actually make a living out of creating things i love for other people 🙂
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Selling Venues:

Etsy:

https://www.etsy.com/shop/OceanTideCreations

Artist Contact info:

email- Chelshar1@gmail.com

Social Media Links:

etsy- https://www.etsy.com/shop/OceanTideCreations
Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/oceantidecreationsGJNF28yL2U1HEcseo2ft8dA-28jbvgGkfGDlczwg1_gFrsN8q_EcSNOvNj5s2rkkIzn9fijkddDfoPvl591T92NRh64FfTrbxeERUGsbC9cPllnyLE9rDeCsiJUWjdJ5w4qj0ozjAwmILr4YohPRATocq6XYLg3XHoLJs5agg__e3NuRytMBVgNgQTPqvF1xxBjJROZYT5Tpfd8-Wx76lrSqud

Thank you Chelsy for being a wonderful member of our team and best to you and the future with your new family and Ocean Tide Creations – The Deadhead Art Alliance Team

Deadhead Art Alliance Artist of the Month – March –Courtney – Store – HempHugs

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Deadhead Art Alliance Artist of the Month – March –Courtney – Store – HempHugs

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Hemp Hugs

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Hi My name is Courtney, I’m 24 and my shop is Hemp Hugs which I started as an Etsy shop in October 2010. 

I consider my boyfriend Rich a member of Hemp Hugs too – we’ve been together a little

over 8 years & he’s been a huge part of making our business happen!

I mostly make hemp jewelry and Rich did wire wraps for about 2 years

and just recently started blowing glass.

 

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I remember being young and inspired by my aunt had always been into arts & crafts. For as long as I remember, she was

always making things for my cousins and I.  She would use fabric paint on shoes,

dresses, hats, shirts,etc for us and I LOVED them. I used to go over her house all the

time & make stuff with her.  My favorite thing to do was make beaded jewelry with

pony beads & elastic cord.

In high school I bought my first hemp necklace.  It was so plain & basic & I

remember thinking to myself  “I can do this, but make it look way cooler!”

I discovered etsy.com and found people making a living from making hemp jewelry.  One shop

in mind sticks out, Psysub Hemp on Etsy, I was SO inspired by their beautiful

jewelry it made me want to learn how to make my own style.  I went

to the craft store & bought a macrame book, some basic natural hemp, and called

the only friend I knew that actually knew anything about macrame and showed me

the basic flat knot and that was it.. from there I pretty much taught myself.  I discovered colored

hemp and went nuts from there.

I fell in love with macrame.

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My love for macrame started a new life for me.  From my first job working restaurants at

age 16 to the time I quit my last job at age 20, I worked at 7 different places (6 of

them were restaurants).  I had decided I no longer wanted to work for a corporate

business or really anyone but myself so Rich and I took a week

off work & went to a music festival where we talked to a couple food vendors who

said they hadn’t worked a ‘real job’ in 12 years.  They seemed so happy.  They got

to do what they wanted whenever they wanted AND got paid for it!  That was it for

me.  Over the next year, Rich & I saved our money to start our own small business.

In May of 2010, I was working 3 jobs, while Rich was a kitchen manager at a local

chain restaurant.  Neither of us were happy with what we were doing.  He went into

work one morning in a Grateful Dead t-shirt, turned his keys into the general

manager & basically said “i quit”.  I quit my job at 2 of the restaurants I was working

at, and a month later walked out of my job at a movie theater.  Best decision we

both ever made.

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Things changed for me after I went to my first music festival.

From that moment I was hooked. I loved

EVERYTHING about them..the music, the vibe, the art, the feeling of being

whoever you want & not being judged.  

Music is definitely one of my main inspirations. I am a huge fan of the Grateful Dead & have lots of GD

 inspired charms & pendants.  I’m also inspired by the other talented macrame artists out

there.  There’s a group on Facebook just for macrame artists to share tips, get

advice, trade supplies, and just encourage each other and it’s been a big

inspiration for me. 

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One of my greatest memories is of our very first time vending. It was Classic Fest 2010 at Nelson Ledges

Quarry Park. We had an EZ­up and 2 tables.

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One table had all of my jewelry.

I was even making hemp jewelry which I had scattered all over the table. No displays of any kind, just a

mess of jewelry and

some camping necessities like TP, flashlights, rain ponchos, etc. We also had

boxes of movie posters..from working at a movie theater, I got the advantage of taking

all the posters they got, otherwise they would just throw them away. Most of them

were awful movies that mostly never even made it to theaters lol. We barely made

enough money that weekend to cover our tickets to the event + vending fee. We

almost gave up on vending altogether after that.

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So glad we didn’t!

We now have a 20×30 setup right next to the stage at Nelson Ledges Quarry Park, with at

least 6 tables FULL of merchandise, 6+ handmade necklace boards full of my

hemp jewelry, clothes racks, grid walls, display cases.. it’s truly amazing to see

how far we’ve come in a few years.

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Hemp Hugs expanded from being just

an online Etsy shop to a vending business, setting up at various music

festivals at our local venue, Nelson Ledges Quarry Park and recently we’ve also started

setting up at different concerts for a local Youngstown band, Jones for

Revival.

 

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As a hemp artist, I try to use the best quality of products available. I use 100%

natural hemp twine in a wide variety of colors. I have about 7 cases full of a variety

of beads (wood, glass, gemstone, ceramic, etc), pendants, charms, cabochons,

and other supplies. Trying to decide what to make is sometimes more of a

challenge than actually making something – lol.  I spend most of my time creating in my living room, either

listening to some music or watching shows & documentaries on Netflix.  

With the more intricate designs, I almost never plan it

out first.  I usually just pick out some colors & just go with the flow of what I feel fits

that piece just right.

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I have a small macrame board that I use to hold my piece in place while I create so Once I decide on a pendant or bead

I want to use, I match up the colors of hemp that I think would accent the piece(s)

well and then from there, I decide if I want to spend hours creating an intricate, one of a

kind piece or keep it simple. 

 

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We met our business partners, Gary & Lourie (local glassblowers

who have their own small business, Glass and Stuff) in 2012 and have been

vending music festivals with them ever since.

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This past November we all got together with two other friends, Zak & Whitney (they have a small business as

well called Estimated Prospect where they sell stones, crystals & minerals) and

we opened up a store here in Ohio called Higher Minds.  We all travel & vend

together at NLQP -Nelson Ledges Quary Park – every spring/summer.  Our goal is to support as many local

artists & small businesses as possible.  Our store Higher Minds is full of local

hand blown glass, my handmade hemp jewelry, handmade clothing, tie dyes,

tapestries, all natural beauty products (made here in Ohio), and so much

more and are mostly all from friends & local artists.  If it wasn’t for Rich & I starting up

Hemp Hugs & traveling to shows, Higher Minds would potentially not exist.

It’s basically 3 small businesses joined together as one.

 

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My favorite piece of art I’ve ever made is one I just recently made; a bracelet cuff that honestly blew my mind when I was

finished.  I had a labradorite cab & some matching beads set aside for months. I

knew I wanted to make something spectacular with them, but didn’t know what

until I recently learned a new macrame technique for wrapping stones. MANY

knots later, I was so impressed with what I had created, I got a little emotional

when I was done.

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My boyfriend, definitely helps keep me going when things get tough.

There have been countless times when I get myself down because maybe my Etsy sales have dropped a little from last month or for some

reason I don’t feel I’m doing my best….and he’s right there telling me otherwise,

assuring me that everything is ok.  Also my friends & family’s undying support of

what I do definitely keeps me going.

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I’ve also found nature & being outdoors to be very inspiring. 

In my down time, when I’m not crafting, traveling, or working at the store I enjoy

just hanging out at home with my boyfriend & our animals (1 dog & 2 kitties) or

having a couple good beers with some friends (preferably around a campfire!)

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 Nice to meet you!

 

favorite quotes

I have a lot of them!!!!

“if you get confused, listen to the music play”

“a box of rain will ease the pain & love will see you through”

“once in awhile you get shone the light in the strangest of places if you look at it

right”

“i’m gonna love the life I live & i’m gonna live the life I love”

oh boy lol.. so many stories come to mind, I would be typing for hours haha.

 

When asked…   Is there something about you as an artist that you would like the world to

know?  she said this

“I’m a self­ taught macrame artist with big dreams.  I never give up on something I’m

passionate about and I absolutely love what I do & will continue to push myself Furthur”

(~);}

I’m beyond grateful with how much our small business has grown. I only see it

getting bigger from here & hope to one day have Higher Minds stores across the

country and possibly even the world.  But for now, I couldn’t be happier with where

we are at 🙂

Selling Venues:

Nelson Ledges Quarry Park in Garrettsville,Ohio (every music festival from April-
October)

Clay’s Park in Canton, Ohio for the Ville Music Festival

I also have a lot of my hemp jewelry available at our store Higher Minds in

Champion, Ohio.

Artist Contact info:

e­mail cschin4200@yahoo.com

Social Media Links:

www.facebook.com/hemphugs

www.etsy.com/shop/hemphugs

instagram­ @hemphugs

 

Forever Grateful, Deadhead Art Alliance Team

Deadhead Art Alliance Artist of the Month – February –Cherri and Frank – Store – HippyFranks

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Deadhead Art Alliance Artist of the Month – February –Cherri and Frank – Store – HippyFranks

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Frank and Cherry shown at Haight Ashbury Street Fair Representing the DHAA Team with Captain Jen & Sumanasa Pixie

Hello!
We are Frank and Cherri, two aging nonconformist throwbacks of the
60’s.  Frank and I are proud members of the Deadhead Art Alliance on
Etsy.  We are two avid gypsies traveling up and down the U.S. west coast
in our RV along with our two dogs Gaia and Gandhi.

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We are proud to have two Etsy Shops.  Barefoot Garb is more of a fun
girlie festival fashion shop, which is filled with brightly colored hoop
dance costumes.  We are working on expanding our line here, so that you
can find a complete festie costume for both mommy and baby.

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Hippy Franks has more of an earthy comfy vibe.  We really try to offer more
options in this shop for the fellas with vegan rasta tam’s, cotton wide
leg pants, and hand dyed re-purposed mens shirts.
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Frank
and I have a simple life trying to live our lives in the most
sustainable fashion we can.  While it is not always possible we do
re-purpose whenever possible and used components which are vegan
friendly.

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Frank and I work well together (and regularly have differences of opinion)
often times collaborating and bouncing our ideas off of each other.
There are not enough hours in the day for either one of us to bring all
of our ideas into fruition.  I typically see great ideas in my dreams, which are always reminiscent of
the look popular during my youth in the 1960’s and 1970’s.
Frank has acquired a great passion for tie-dye and is always coming up with
new ideas for using his technique on re-purposed clothing items.
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Our studio is a 40’ motor home which we use to travel up and down the west
coast.  It has been a challenge, to say the least; Always finding new
ways to efficiently store our supplies and creations.  We have learned
over time, for us the best way to overcome this issue is to gravitate
towards more “made to order” items.  We make a grand effort to hold true to our beliefs in all that we do,
and craft items which are eco-friendly and vegan.  In our shops you will
typically find clothing and accessory items crafted with cotton
fabrics, vegan yarns, and re-purposed/up-cycled components.
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As a student I
took any and all art classes that were available to me, and I cannot
think of any form of art I have not participated in.
I have spent at least the last five years getting by without the need for
a day job.  Frank and I have sold a great deal at open air markets for
years, basically about anything we could make with our own two hands.
We have sold not only handmade crafts, but home canned goods, fermented foods, homemade goat cheese, and our own goat milk.
I come from a long line of farm folks who made everything, and I mean
everything.  Thinking way back I do remember chickens in the backyard,
but by the time I was born the raising of any other livestock had long
since passed. I was born and raised in San Joaquin Valley, CA once known for being the
breadbasket of America.  There was so much abundance that our family did
not need to grow much food, rather we worked hard gleaning the fields
after harvest.  We canned and froze all of our veggies and grandfather
hunted for our meat.  All of my clothing was handmade by gramma, and by the time I was a teenager I was sewing my own school clothes.
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my younger days I crafted handmade rag dolls, which I thoroughly
enjoyed crafting.  I miss those days.  My house literally looked like a
factory.  Honestly, looking back now I have no idea how I did it.  I had three small
children, and huge contracts to fill.  I was quite pleased with my
accomplishments, as many of the big box stores were carrying my dolls.

I find inspiration everywhere.  Literally everywhere.  I don’t know if
music inspires me, but it sure does motivate me.  I enjoy listening to
classic rock and old school R&B while I am working.  It motivates me
tremendously, uplifts my mood, and I tend to accomplish so much more
and with greater ease when I am listening to my tunes.  Crafting has always been a part of my life, like eating and sleeping.

I really don’t know of any other way to be… I love every aspect of what I do.  I
rather feel as though something is missing if I am in a situation which
leaves me unable to create.
I think my most motivating factor is the feeling I get when a buyer tells
me how much they really love their new piece.   Whether it be on Etsy
or at an outdoor market there are no words to describe this feeling.

dhaaaotmreviewscherryWe have a lot of ebbs and flows in our business, and like most of our
friends who have chosen this life we are not getting rich.  The hard
times are really a state of mind.  I mean, let’s face it, for the
artisan times are always hard.
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I cannot say that I never worry about tomorrow, because I do.  I do not,
however dwell on this.  Getting out one of my books of Edgar Cayce
readings always helps me bounce back.  And, if times start to look
really bleak I pull out the Four Agreements and I am good.

“The Four Agreements
1. Be impeccable with your word.
2. Don’t take anything personally.
3. Don’t make assumptions.
4. Always do your best. ”
Miguel Ruiz, The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom

Frank and I spend a tremendous amount of time with our grandchildren.  We met
later in life and due to life circumstances, each of us feels that we
were not able to spend as much quality time with our children as we
would have liked.

I am seeing this pattern now with my adult children.  It seems to be
unavoidable.  Too much to do.  With that said, both Frank and I are
committed to being a huge part of our grandchildren’s lives.

My favorite quote, and the words I am always striving to live by is

“Be The Change You Wish To See In The World.”

I remember my first concert like it was yesterday.  I had a HUGE
infatuation for Michael Jackson from the first time I saw him on Ed
Sullivan I was in love!  When I was 12 the Jackson Five came to town.  I come from a family of very
conservative people, and convincing my parents to let me go to this was a
big task.  I did, however finally convince them and my father was able
to swing “Star Isle” front row seats at the Circle Star Theater in
Redwood City.  Whoa, front row at the Circle Star.  And the group was to
enter the stage area right past me to boot.  Yep, that night was
magical.  I don’t know if Michael entered the audience many more times after that,
but he did enter the audience that night and it was amazing.

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I am honored and humbled to be given the opportunity to share my passion with you.
your dreams for your store for the future if you like to add this
I am an avid believer in community.  Because of so many changes in this
world, I feel that we have lost touch with our true nature.  Most of us
feel helpless and alone, and have been so conditioned that we choose to
take whatever obstacles life throws in front of us with indifference.

It seems as though the universe does not fail to provide us with such
obstacles once we begin to feel “comfortable”  I truly believe that this
is spirit saying, “hello, wake-up, stop the complacency” Separatism
really is not working well in this world.  I feel that it was an
informative experiment, but that it is time to get back to our true
roots of sharing and caring.

Selling Venues:
Incense and Peppermints
http://www.incenseandpeppermints.us/

Barefoot Garb on Etsy
https://www.etsy.com/shop/BarefootGarb

Hippy Franks on Etsy
https://www.etsy.com/shop/HippyFranks

Artist Contact info:
spiritherbs@mail.com

Social Media Links:

Pinterest: Incense and Peppermints
https://www.pinterest.com/cherryherbs/

Twitter:  Incense and Peppermints
https://twitter.com/GypsySeamstress

Facebook:  Hippy Franks
https://www.facebook.com/HippyFranks

Tumblr:  Barefoot Garb
https://www.tumblr.com/blog/barefootgarb

Thank you Cherry and Frank for being wonderful leaders and great support for this team..

Forever Grateful, Deadhead Art Alliance Team

Deadhead Art Alliance Artist of the Month – January –Selena Gribbin Barefoot – Store – aRecurringDream

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Hello! My name is Selena and my shop is ‘a recurring dream‘. I am

a stay at home mom living in the suburbs of Pittsburgh with my husband and our

two children.

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My shop takes materials that are unwanted from my local

community and I have been making quality home goods and accessories,

and started adding clothing this year.

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As a young woman, I had sewn patchwork dresses, skirts, bags, purses,

etc for many years that I would vend at local concert lots and festivals.

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In my mid 20’s I wanted to move to the city and started working for a

young restaurant group. I grew into adulthood along side an innovative

and maturing local restaurant group that emphasized the importance of

farm to table food, craft beer and spirits, and embracing and utilizing

the individuality of each of its employees to its advantage. I spent a

decade managing restaurants for them.  The demanding schedule did

not afford me much time for sewing and once I started a family, I realized

the schedule did not allow much time for them either.

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So I said good-bye

to my home away from home and a couple of months later dusted off my

sewing machine and picked up a gig doing piece work for a local clothing

company to make money for Christmas. I slowly began finding and

unpacking my sewing items and making space for them in my home. Then

I started making gifts for people and trying to come up with ideas of items

to make with materials I had on hand, or could source inexpensively, and I

found myself building a small inventory of items.

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A new street fair started

that year and they were looking for vendors. I had just enough inventory

to send photos of my work along with the application and I was accepted

to vend the street fair, and started sewing A LOT in order to have enough

items to fill my vending spot!

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Vending regularly was not reasonable for me with my kids in tow, and I had

researched Etsy shops for months before opening my shop.  Once I started

I felt so lost!  I had zero experience with internet sales.  I tried finding teams

for support with little luck in the beginning, then,…. One of the articles in the Sellers Handbook

suggested using an interest as your search keyword when trying to find

a team.  I searched “patchwork” and that is how I found the DHAA and I

was thrilled!

This team has been such a source of knowledge and support

for me and has truly been a comforting support that has kept me on Etsy.

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I also never would have guessed that there would have been an online

market for patchwork clothes, but maybe that is just me showing my age.

I work mainly with up-cycled clothing and de-stash items that I collect from my

community. I have an overwhelmingly diverse stash of fabric, and it can

make it hard for me to focus on one project for a very long time.

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When I

get a new idea, I have no problem abandoning a project in progress to start

on a new item. I always have a collection of items in progress…sometimes

I go back and finish them, and sometimes I take them apart to use the

materials for something else. I rarely feel committed to finishing a project I

am no longer enjoying. I find inspiration from so many places in the world

around me. It sometimes surprises even me the things I will suddenly

decide need to be made next!

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I grew up with a very crafty mama who loved to sew and craft with

whatever materials we had on hand. She always encouraged us to try

new things and was never afraid of us getting dirty or making a mess. It

was a wonderful way to grow up. I was never allowed to use her machine,

but when I was a teenager and started showing interest, she was quick to

find me a hand me down machine to call my own.

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I taught myself how to

sew and quickly burned through a string of hand me down machines.  In

the height of my young adult sewing days my parents helped me purchase

a refurbished metal Singer machine.  I was always concerned about the

quality of my items and the following year my parents gifted me a serger.

Their support meant the world to me and I still sew on the same machines

today.  What a great investment they turned out to be…when I think of what

I have made on them it is almost unreal to me that they are still keeping up

with me!

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Making patchwork was a natural fit for me. When I started sewing, I

made a basic dress pattern and made a couple of simple a line dresses from

lightweight vintage curtains I had found at Goodwill. My friends mother

gave me a box full of scraps she had collected over her years of sewing,

and I decided to make a pattern for a patchwork dress for myself. As a

child I had often been mesmerized with Holly Hobbie’s beautiful apron,

and wanted a dress that was a grown up version of that amazing childhood

image. After some drafting and a lot of math…I did it! I couldn’t believe

that I had actually made it! It is still my favorite item I have ever made.

I made well over 50 dresses from this pattern and never upgraded my

personal dress from that original, and I look forward to handing it down to

my girls. I have always been so proud of it, and I am hoping to revive the

pattern this Spring.

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My children are the most amazing force to have ever touched my life. I

am a very active parent, and enjoy my time with them immensely. I am

also committed to my community, and spend time volunteering at my

children’s schools, helping with coat and food drives, and volunteering at

our community garden.

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Our community garden is one of my favorite places

to be!  In addition to our own plots, my husband, children and I spend a

lot of time helping to tend the common grounds, and tending the donation

garden. All of the harvest from the donation garden benefits our neighbors

through our local food pantry.

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My family and I also love taking advantage

of all of wonderful things Pittsburgh has to offer. Pittsburgh is a beautiful

and exciting city, and we particularly love our time spent at the Carnegie

Museums and all of the surrounding State Parks. The woods are truly my

home. I like to be busy and active, and I am never at a loss for things to do

in my area.

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I always loved vending at festivals and shows, and I was excited when I

started vending at the Artisan Market in the Strip District neighborhood of

Pittsburgh this year. I love people, and love getting to talk to people about

my work. I find having an internet shop to be so isolating, and it is always

nice to come face to face with someone who truly appreciated what you are

creating.

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Music has always held an important role in my life. My father is very

passionate about music and ensured it was part of our daily lives. He took

me to my first concerts, and to many more later in life. The concert that left

the biggest impression was attended when I was about maybe 12 years

old. It was a music festival at Camp Lejeune Naval Base during Operation

Desert Storm. The energy in the crowd was unlike anything I had ever

experienced. I remember that Chicago was the headliner and that Sinbad

was the MC for the event. It was my first experience seeing how music

could bring people together and give them hope, joy and a strong sense of

togetherness.  When I first moved to the city in my early 20’s, there was an amazing

theater that had live music almost every night. I went there just about

every evening, I didn’t feel the need to go anywhere else. Some night

they had national acts, sometimes they would even have high school kids

who raised enough money to rent the theater to play for their friends and

family, and everything in between.  Often times the younger bands playing

were my favorite nights. They always played with a passion that I truly

appreciated.

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My favorite quote is by an author named Richard Bach from No Such Place

as Far Away.

“Not being known doesn’t stop the truth from being true.”

                                                                      Richard Bach

This resonates deeply with me. It is a simple statement of truth that I feel is

too often overlooked.

This past year I have had opportunities to do so many things that I never

would have imagined. I have made my first full size quilts, I have started

making bereavement items to console the families who have lost love ones,

and have written my first tutorial to be published in a national magazine this

Spring. It has been such a whirlwind and I am looking forward to what lies

ahead.

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Selena: A Recurring Dream Vending by John Colombo Photography

“Many thanks to all of you who have supported me on this journey”  Selena

Artist Contact info:

aRecurringDream.com

selena@aRecurringDream.com

Social Media Links:

Facebook:

www.facebook.com/aRecurringDream

Pinterest:
https://www.pinterest.com/arecurringdream/

Twitter:
www.twitter.com/_RecurringDream

Wanelo:
http://wanelo.com/arecurringdream

Forever Grateful, Deadhead Art Alliance Team

Deadhead Art Alliance Artist of the Month – November – Ivy Starshine – Store – Starshine Beads

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I’m Ivy and I’m located in beautiful, sunny Mesa, Arizona! My shops are Starshine Beads and Southwest Soaps!

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I create one of a kind handmade jewelry from semi-precious stones, crystals and metals in one store and I create vegan, detergent free, sodium laurel sulfate free handmade soaps. The philosophy for both of my shops is to create high quality handmade items at the lowest price for my customers and I’m proud to say I belong to the Deadhead Art Alliance as well as the Working Artists Promotion Team.

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My creative process always starts with inspiration, usually from the stones themselves, either a beautiful focal bead or pendant or the beads themselves.  I’m a Graduate Gemologist and Jeweler for over thirty five years and my first loves are stones and designing, so it’s usually some really unique stones or focal beads or pendants that set my imagination going.  I make all my pieces here at my home by hand.  Each bead is selected individually to create exactly the look I want.

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I’ve been a rockhound ever since I can remember….picking up stones and rocks and saving them since I was a little girl, so I guess I had a natural affinity for them. I began beading at the age of eleven and by twelve years old I had procured myself a booth at the Yonkers (NY) Raceway Flea Market every week and was selling on my own at twelve years old.  Beading was always my first love and I continued to make jewelry and do bead work through school. When I was in college I used one particular supplier, a Japanese pearl importer in NY and she came to know me from being her customer and one day she asked me to come work for her so I did.  I obtained some great education from her in Japanese pearls and silk stringing and knotting techniques, as well as becoming her buyer.  As her buyer I would take buying trips into New York City  (I lived about fifteen minutes outside of the city at the time)  to some of the largest pearl and bead import houses in the world. I was like a little kid in a candy store!

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Working with that Japanese pearl importer I also was lucky enough to work some of the largest gem and jewelry shows in the world at the Javitz Center in NYC.

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I worked my way through college (I have a B.S. In English) with my jewelry and after college I decided to take the turn into the jewelry field as a career.  I went to the Gemological Institute of America (G.I.A.) in NYC and graduated with a G.G. (Graduate Gemology) degree and also as a diamontologist  (Diamontology is a branch of gemology that deals specifically with diamonds)  While I was in school at the G.I.A. I also apprenticed with a silver and goldsmith in Hastings-On-Hudson, NY.  She became a wonderful friend and a terrific teacher who I’m grateful for to this day. I also signed up for some classes in Lapidary work at the Westchester Art Workshop, but I discovered that lapidary work wasn’t really my thing. I moved on to work for two different jewelers in Scarsdale, NY, both high end designers of fine jewelry, where I worked in design and repair, as well as sales.

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As time went on, I was offered a job with Sterling Inc, owner of Kay Jewelers, Jared, Whitehall and a few others, and I worked with Sterling Inc for a number of years. I was their top seller in the United States one year and won an award (and some great jewelry!) and from there I headed up their Estate Division, which I was thrilled about, as I love Estate Jewelry.
I decided to move from NY to Arizona after a few years and was offered to transfer with Sterling Inc, but I wanted to see what Arizona had to offer me, so I declined.  I did find a job managing a designer fine jewelry store in Scottsdale, Arizona called Scott Allen Jewelers and worked for them and helped them start up their manufacturing company as well.
Then at one point I became burned out on the jewelry industry…I had gotten away from what I really loved….creating the jewelry; and I had ended up in the sales and management end of it (that’s where the money was) and so I felt unhappy and decided to take a break from jewelry for a few years.
Now I’m disabled and unable to work in the workplace these days, so now I simply do my bead work at home, back to doing what I love.

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Now What inspires me most to create are the stones and beads themselves and What makes my job interesting is finding unusual stones or beads, it’s like going on a treasure hunt. I also love doing custom orders, it’s fun to take what’s in someone else’s mind and create it for them to make them something they love.  When times get hard My dogs get me through everything! I love my two rescue dogs, they’re my joy. When sales are tight, I keep my hope that things will get better and Of course, my wonderful friends always keep me going too!  In my down time I love to spend time with my best friend, my dogs, taking short road trips, I love to read, be out in the desert, listen to lots of music!  I have many stories about music shows but I’m afraid they’d be too long to tell here, but Grateful Dead shows were always an event.

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Favorite Quote:

“An ounce of performance is worth pounds of promises.” – Mae West

 

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We’ll leave you with this…..     When asked Is there something as an artist that you would like the world to know?
  she says this

“Be kind to each other, always.”

Ivy Starshine

Selling Venues:

Artist Contact info:

https://www.facebook.com/ivyj60

Ivy Starshine on Facebook

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

My Etsy Shop

Starshine Beads – https://www.etsy.com/shop/StarshineBeads

My Facebook Fan Page for Starshine Beads –

https://www.facebook.com/StarshineBeads

My Etsy shop Southwest Soaps –

https://www.etsy.com/shop/SouthwestSoaps

My Facebook Fan Page for Southwest Soaps –

https://www.facebook.com/southwestsoaps

Sales happening: I’m having a huge 25% off sale at Starshine Beads through December 23rd and 10% off at Southwest Soaps with coupon code HAPPYHOLIDAYS10 at checkout, through December 23.

Forever Grateful, Deadhead Art Alliance Team

Deadhead Art Alliance Artist of the Month – AUGUST – Krista Gordon Beller – Store – Krista Beller Designs

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My name is Krista Beller. I live in Michigan and my Shop is Krista Beller Designs. I kept my

shop name broad because I make many forms of accessories and clothing. I focus on

many crafts including jewelry – gemstones and wire work, beadwork, kumihimo, micro­macrame, Precious

Metal Clay, resin, poly clay, ceramics, fused glass, and lampwork beads.

I also crochet, sew, and knit.

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I create whenever and wherever I can. I take projects with me everywhere so I can

keep the flow going and finish. Unfinished projects call to me then start to feel like

working.   I have a workspace set up in my home now but am working toward a

larger space that can house all my tools and equipment including my torches and

kilns.

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I have created art in some form for as long as I can remember. Growing up, my mom was super crafty and encouraged me to be crafty too. My sister and I were highland dancers as children and my mom made all of our costumes for competition. I always admired her ability to make whatever we needed. She taught me how to sew and inspired me to learn many crafts. 

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We had an amazing art department at school where I learned to work with metals, ceramics, and focus on my drawing and painting. In my core classes I mainly worked on macramé and beading projects under my desk or hidden behind a book. I went to college for Fine Arts and found, to my surprise, that Economics and Accounting were second nature to me. 

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I This leads me to my day job. I am a Financial Manager for a non-profit. Other than the schedule, the job is satisfying and allows me the stability to spend time with my family, go on trips and go to shows.

Of course the other half of my brain likes to plan projects while I’m working.

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I also live on a small homestead where we grow organic food, raise chickens and dairy goats, and make cheese. I blend my own organic teas and tinctures as well. 

 

The first memory that comes to mind from childhood is digging in the dirt with my mom. She had an amazing garden.

Growing your own food really is like printing your own money.

Self determination, getting dirty and working hard for what you want is a satisfying lesson I learned early in life.  

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Back in high school I made the best peyote stitch necklace with a beaded lace wrap around it that held the most beautiful crystal I have ever seen. I wore it every day for years. I had to sell it to get through tour one year.

 

 

 

I have made some heady pieces since. The blue and turquoise Cellini spiral in my picture is my new favorite.

I finished it with sterling silver and turquoise.

Turquoise is my favorite stone and happens to be my birthstone. 

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Before my first show, I made clothes and jewelry for friends then I started selling a lot of dresses, pants, tops, and jewelry at Grateful Dead and Phish shows and managed to sell enough to get from show to show. 

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I went to my first concert when I was 13.  I saw the Grateful Dead at Pine Knob (now DTE) 6-19-91. It was the most amazing experience of my life at that point.  I already loved the music but had no idea what the scene was like.  I was mesmerized. That’s when it all began.  I started high school later that year feeling like I knew about a secret world and dreaming every minute of how to get back to it.    

I love traveling and learning about this world we live in. Traveling is the best way to source interesting materials. I always bring my work along with me on our travels to trade. I look for inspiration all around and from everyone I meet. Music is definitely a grounding force to this process. I listen to music all day every day and half of my travels have been music related. My husband is a musician (he slaps the bass) and has a lighting/laser company that takes us to festivals and concerts.

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I love learning new skills. This applies to everything I do. Creating, farming, parenting, marriage, friendship, work…everything.  

If I am not creating something in my downtime and not seeing live music then I am probably in the water or the woods gaining my inspiration. I’m also an avid reader of various genres most of which involve survival and maintaining humanity under the hardest of circumstances.

Our family is my world. My husband and I have been married for 10 years. We have 2 daughters. When times are tight and challenging our children pull us through. They are so hilarious and fun to be with. I am proud to share them with the world and know they will make it a better place for other people too. The girls have some serious skills and a fierce sense of independence. Together we work hard to make what we need.   unnamed-8

 

favorite quote

Shine on, keep on shining

 

Selling Venues:

Etsy

http://etsy.com/shop/KristaBellerDesigns

Artist Contact info: Krista Beller

kristabeller@gmail.com

Social Media Links:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Krista-Beller-Designs/224321607656895?ref=hl

http://pinterest.com/kbd4u/boards/

http://instagram.com/kristabeller

http://kristabellerdesigns.tumblr.com/

https://plus.google.com/109490437971389112809

 

Sales happening: Use coupon code GRATEFUL20 for 20% off any item in my shop https://www.etsy.com/shop/KristaBellerDesigns throughout August.

Forever Grateful, Deadhead Art Alliance Team

 

 

Deadhead Art Alliance Artist of the Month – July 2014 – Julie Tribble Store – Stella Blue Handmade

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Hi! My name is Julie Tribble, and my shop is called Stella Blue Handmade.  I am currently living in Catonsville, MD, a historic little town just outside of Baltimore.  I love to create a lot of different things, but right now my shop mostly contains handmade beaded jewelry and crochet accessories.  It started with making jewelry for fun and for myself because I could never find anything that was exactly what I wanted, and eventually I had amassed a big enough collection that I knew I could never wear them all!  When I started selling my creations, it was so exciting to find that other people loved what I was doing too.  I would say my purpose for Stella Blue is to create unique wearable pieces of art that reflect my love of nature, music, color, and the earth.

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My creative process usually first involves turning on some music, sitting in my craft room, and staring at my pretty massive bead collection until a certain bead or color grabs my attention.  Then I choose a few more beads that compliment the first, and come up with a basic plan in my head.  From there on out I just improvise with different patterns until I find one I like, and kind of just go with it.  Sometimes it doesn’t turn out exactly like I had in my head, but that’s ok.  I like seeing how the different shapes, colors, and textures of the beads all come together in the final piece.

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My bead collection is a mixture of new and recycled beads.  Some of my beads are bought from wholesalers or at retail stores, but a lot are from old pieces of jewelry that were broken or weren’t being worn anymore.  I deconstruct the jewelry and add the beads to the collection, then I can create new one-of-a-kind pieces.  I love recycling and giving new life to old treasures.

The crocheting started a few years ago, and has been my recent obsession.  I took a class at Lion Brand Yarn Studio and just kept teaching myself from there.  My favorite things to crochet are hats, long infinity scarves, and fingerless gloves.   I even made my boyfriend a beard this past winter.  Pretty much everything I crochet ends ups being from my own pattern or variation of a pattern.  I also like to check out new stitches and patterns in books or online to get different ideas.  Lion Brand has a TON of free patterns and even illustrations and videos of stitches on their website, so I find myself turning there if I run into something I don’t know how to do.  It’s been a fun process, and I am constantly learning more.

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All throughout my childhood I took various art classes; my favorites were  drawing, painting, and photography.  I studied interior design at Parson’s in New York City, and ended up living there for just over 6 years.  I was very inspired by the city and the people I met there, despite the fact that I always craved the solitude of the woods and the beauty of nature.  I worked at the coolest coffee shop in the East Village, and was surrounded by so many amazing artists and musicians.  I was creating more than ever, and it was then that I decided to start Stella Blue Handmade to sell my crafts.  I opened the Etsy shop, and started booking some local craft shows.  I have pretty much always had a day job (but they’ve all actually been pretty cool), so the crafting is something I do in my spare time.  I figure it’s something I’m going to do anyway because I love it, so it gets as much or as little time as I’m able to give at that point.  Currently I am working my first 9-5 job (ever!) but it’s kinda nice because I can spend some evenings making things, and I’m able to book local craft shows on the weekends.

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For as long as I can remember, my mother was always teaching and encouraging my sister and I to make things, so I’m sure that’s where my passion comes from.  As a kid I loved drawing, painting, sewing, woodworking, redesigning my bedroom, making jewelry, collages, candles, and so much more.  I think the first time someone else’s handiwork really stood out to me as a child was seeing all the amazing things my Grandmother made. She could sew, knit, crochet, and quilt better than anyone I’ve ever seen, and I will never understand how she made the intricate designs and perfect stitches.  I now have her collection of fabric and sewing supplies, and sometimes the mood will strike me and I’ll sew something up.  I like using all her old supplies, and my mother’s too.  They’ve both passed away and when I think of them as I’m making things I feel like I’m continuing a tradition, and a part of them is there with me.

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I would say my favorite piece in the shop right now is a long pendant necklace in green and black with vintage metal beads.  The large pendant used to be an earring, and the metal beads are from a very old necklace that a friend gave me.  I mixed those with a strand of seed beads, and bright green accent beads.  I love that these random parts all come together to create a new, unique piece and can’t be duplicated.

 

Some of my other favorite pieces I’ve recently made are probably the collaboration pieces with fellow Deadhead Art Alliance members.  Our Cap’n Jen made a few glass pendants (one glows in the dark!) and shipped them across the country to me.  I then worked them into one-of-a-kind beaded necklaces and shipped them back to her to be sold in our team Etsy store.  I also love that I didn’t completely slack off on contributing to our team collaboration quilt.  I think I made the square like 2 days before I needed to mail it to meet the deadline.  But I’m so glad I did because when I saw all these little random pieces of art come together as a finished quilt, I was SO proud to have been a part of it.  It’s so awesome to see your work combine with others to create something more than you thought it could be.

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I find I draw inspiration from a lot of different places.  Nature is a big one; I feel refreshed and more creative after I spend some time in nature.  I love seeing different color combinations, or different materials interacting, and the feeling of peace I get just being in the woods or at the ocean.  I am also definitely inspired by music and music festivals.  I go to at least one big camp-out music festival every summer, and as many local shows as I can get to, and after each one I find a new burst of inspiration.  I love being surrounded by so many like-minded people who are so creative and unique as well.  My travels are also a big inspiration; I always find time to browse the local craft/art scene.  I really enjoy seeing other people’s arts and crafts, and love supporting independent artists.  You can always tell when they’ve put their love and passion into their work.

 

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The parts of running Stella Blue that I love most are definitely making the pieces, but I also love working festivals or craft shows to sell my work.  I love talking to people at my booth, and I truly appreciate them looking or complimenting, even if they don’t buy anything.  Just hearing them say “oh, that’s so pretty!” makes my day.  Probably my favorite is when they’re checking something out, decide to think about it for the day, and then they have to come back for it.  I also do love buying the beads, yarn, and supplies.  I can’t go into craft stores too often; I see so many things I want to make that I end up buying more than what I came in for.  When I lived in Manhattan, I went to some jewelry wholesalers where the boxes were haphazardly stacked to the ceiling (literally) and you just had to kind of rummage through to find what you wanted.  It was really fun!

Because I don’t depend on making money from my craft to pay my bills, literally every single sale excites me.  I guess it’s simpler that way 🙂  But, the hardest time I can remember with Stella Blue was the first outdoor festival I was vending at.  It was a sunny and very, very windy day in June, and I was perfectly positioned on a hill where the wind violently gusted through every 5 minutes.  I was trying to set up my booth and things were blowing everywhere.  Luckily, I had my amazing MacGyver-like boyfriend helping me set up and we had a spool of fishing line.  He literally tied down everything in my booth with an elaborate network of fishing line.  It took at least an hour and a lot of adjusting, but we were able to secure the tent and everything in it well enough for me to feel comfortable with him leaving and me being there alone until my friend came by later.  If he hadn’t been there that morning, I don’t know how I would’ve had the patience to beat that damn wind!  And I have to add that my friends are amazingly encouraging.  There’s the friend who met me at that same windy festival later in the afternoon with a 6-pack of beer, the one who has gotten her salon to sell some of my jewelry and crochet, and the friend that just talks about my crochet in the winter at the bar and drums up business for me, just to name a few.  They all get me through the hard times, and I’m so grateful!

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My down time is usually when I’m making things, so making jewelry, crocheting, and sewing have to be on the list.  I also enjoy doing yoga, hiking, playing softball, swimming, being outside generally.  I love reading, although it mostly ends up being fantasy/science fiction books, some of which are meant for kids 🙂 (my favorites are probably Game of Thrones, The Golden Compass, and Harry Potter).  I love traveling – I pretty much want to go everywhere.  I have traveled in Asia, Europe, and Central America, and done many, many U.S. road trips.  I love driving across the country or to the beach, the mountains, a lake, or a cool little town.  Usually on the weekends, I like to go to a farmers market, do some yoga, chill with my 2 sweet kitties, spend the days outside, hang out with my boyfriend and friends, go to concerts or festivals…

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“the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars”

-Jack Kerouac, On The Road

This quote stood out to me when a friend wrote it down for me just before I left on a 3 month solo road trip around the country.  It kind of validated this desire I had to do this trip even though some people probably thought it was a crazy idea, and sometimes I wondered if it was.  But the amazing experience fed the free, adventurous, independent side of me when I needed it the most, and I am so thankful for it now.

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I would have to say the first camping music festival I went to definitely changed my life.  It was All Good 2005, and although I had been going to concerts since I was a kid, this was my first camping festival experience.  It was so cool to see thousands of people coming from so many different places, converging on this beautiful mountaintop to celebrate music and peace.  I felt like I could truly just be myself, and it was inspiring to be around so many other creative people.  Since then, I have made it a point to go to as many of these festivals as I can get to each year.  Needless to say, our first campsite was pathetic compared to what it is now.  Each year we’ve added another cool feature or convenience, and now we have pretty much the coolest campsite at the festival (I think!).  But I’ve found nothing beats the feeling of dancing to some amazing music outside in a beautiful setting with a whole bunch of other positive and happy people.

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I guess just that I really love making things!  I’m always going to be making something; it just makes me happy.  And I think it’s a bonus if other people can appreciate and find joy in my work as well.

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I plan on constantly expanding my store.  I am always making new things, depending on when the mood strikes me, so I’m always adding new sections.  I recently made some 20’s flapper style feather headbands, and have been working on a lot of new crochet items for the fall.  I have also been sewing lately, and working on things to add to the store.  It’s a constant work in progress, which is a good thing and a bad thing sometimes.  I always feel like there’s more to do, it’s never going to be complete.  But, I guess that’s just part of the fun..

 

Selling Venues:

https://www.etsy.com/shop/StellaBlueStyle

Artist Contact info:

Julie Tribble

julietribble422@hotmail.com

Social Media Links:

https://www.facebook.com/stellabluestyle

 

Forever Grateful, Deadhead Art Alliance Team

 

Deadhead Art Alliance Artist of the Month – June 2014 – Vayda Stapleton – Store: Hippi Heaven

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Hi my name is Vayda Stapleton and I am from the woods of Washington where I currently live on 2 acres of land in Woodland.  I am the owner and the creator behind Hippi Heaven.

10528178_10203497636434578_148166037_n I create handmade hula hoops, tie dyes, one of a kynd clothing and hair accessories.
My light is to spread happiness and hippi love through color and hoop fun.

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My creation process varies with what I am creating. Each item has its own time frame and individual process, but all are full of love and color and made to last.

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As long as I can remember art and music has been my thing, and being an artist has always been my goal. Always drawing, always dreaming, always listening to music and playing numerous instruments.

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Painted guitar for the kiddos

When I was 16 I emersed myself in art and music. I took many art classes, spent lots of time in art galleries, always drawing and playing guitar and spending lots of time in vintage shops loving all the colors.10543737_10203498122646733_558314310_n
I started sewing then too. I’d had basic lessons from my mom and I had taken home economics prior (though I hated it as it was so mundain and slow).   I’m a fast learner and repetition drives me insane!

“I found my love for sewing in my first pair of panel pants I created for myself. “

10487642_10203498096766086_31567370_nIt started a fire of passion in me and my dream of Hippi Heaven was born shortly after.  I started sewing my own clothes and creating for friends and family.

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When I was 19 I found my gift and path into the healing world. I became a Massage Therapist, Reiki Master and Crystal Healer within the year.  I continued to paint and sew whenever I could… picking up gigs when I could like shop signs, murals, gifts, etc. My life at that time was very full with a husband, a toddler, and working part time as a healer.

 

In 2003 my daughter was born and my inner artist was crying to be released. I believe I had fed & awaked her during the process of painting my greatest mural in Helena, MT. “The Fairy Wall.”  This is my most favorite thing I have created and am most proud of to date !!!

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I started creating things when I could & playing guitar regularly again.
My dream of Hippi Heaven was rekindled when a few years later we moved to our current home and I finally had space to dedicate to creating a whole room of my own. I was so excited.  As the kids grew I found I had more time to create again.  10543684_10203497655795062_1632800825_n

10555082_10203498096646083_1296832130_nIn 2009 I received my first hula hoop, a trade from a Facebook friend (Krystal).  I was in love! And it opened up the gate of creation.  A year later I found my light, making hoops and spreading hoop love.  I started tie dying again and sewing regularly. For years I held a fine balance of multitasking between Raising two kiddos, being a wife,working as a Massage Therapist and starting Hippi Heaven.

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In 2011 I took the big leap and got my business license and started vending.  I quickly became “the Hoop Lady” locally and my booth grew quickly.  I found my true self.  Happily spreading Hippi love through hoops fun and colorful creations.

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2012 was a defining moment for me. The universe literally stomped on my foot, no joke, I had sprained my ankle walking out of my friends front door.  It was bad!  I couldn’t massage, I couldn’t hoop, I couldn’t even walk for months.  I spent a lot of time meditating, soul searching and healing.  I was broke down, burnt out from the past 6 years of juggling full time massage, being an artist, mother and wife.  I made the hardest decision of my life. – I closed my successful private practice and retired from massage and the healing world to be a homeschool mom and artist.

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I couldn’t be happier!  Yes, its still a juggle but I am so grateful I listened and stood up for myself and my children.  My hoops always bring me so much happiness.

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My first memory of seeing something made is a little hard as I don’t remember much before I was 8 when we moved to WA.  I remember my mom being crafty. She painted ceramics a lot.  I got into it with her and I remember drawing all the time.  I have drawing pads full of sketches, doodles, trees, copies of video covers, art, etc.

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I’d have to say music and color are the biggest inspirations for me to create.

Then, I listen to my inner guidance and to what the item is crying to be.  There are times when ideas come to me, every step, and my brain will obssess over it until I draw it and create it.

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I love everything about what I do at Hippie Heaven.  From finding things at garage sales, thrift stores to recycle to vending at markets and festivals. Still, I’d have to say teaching a newbie how to hoop for the first time is my favorite.  It’s magical seeing their face light up and their heart shine with excitement and joy and playing with the kids at each event I vend at.

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What gets me through hard times… Love and support from my hubby and friends and focusing on staying positive… as well as Knowing what I do give goes out and comes back.

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In my down time I always love hooping, hiking, camping, foraging/harvesting, mushroom picking, clam digging, oyster picking, hanging with friends and family and spending time with my kiddos.
I love books that educate me about plant identification, self help and herbalism. Currently I am learning to identify wildflowers.

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My “miracle” show was the first event I vended and show i attended on my own.

Further came to Edgfield in Oregon.  My hubby was working out of town for the weekend and my friend Mike called me up and said hey you want to go?   I looked at the kids and said you want to go on an adventure and they were stoked. I had the van packed already to vend at the local farmers market which we bailed on and drove to Oregon.  Shakedown was full by the time we got there but that didn’t stop us.  We grabbed hoops and walked around for 4 hours slinging hoops in the lot.  The kids and I had a blast!

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That night I found somewhere for the kids to go and the next day I ventured on my own.  No ticket just a van full of creations. I found a space on shakedown and I was a huge success.  My friend Mike found me that day as well as a few other local friends.  All of them had tickets for the show.  I let it go to the universe if I get a ticket sweet if not no biggy I was having fun selling my creations.  Mike came back later with a ticket for me to buy I was ecstatic! I made it to see the show found my friends the Neis family and their tribe way down in the front.  This was the closest I had ever been to the stage at the time.  In the first set they played “I need a miracle.”  It sunk in I was at my miracle show!  It was a little strange to be at a show without my man and to not have kiddos with me, but I had many good friends around (more than I realized at the time). This was also the show where I met Erica & Kyle from the team in person for the first time 😀

 

My favorite quote… To create change you must walk the path of change.

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My hopes and dreams for Hippi Heaven … to continue spreading love!  I hope to travel and vend and then one day to have an actual store to sell my creations.

 

Peace, Love & Happy Hooping!!!

((Hippi Hugs))

 

Contact:

Etsy Store: Hippi Heaven

https://www.etsy.com/shop/hippiheaven

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/HippiHeaven

 

We are happy you found Hippi Heaven Vayda, and even more proud that you let us visit and get to know you.!  What an amazing Woman!    Love, Deadhead Art Alliance!