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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

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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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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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Brian Ross/Chronicle 1986

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

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Selena Photo Credit: Ashley Gribbin

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

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Artist Of The Month: Jenna from xDropBearStitcheryx

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Introducing Jenna from xDropBearStichteryx ! Our Artist Of The Month for January and the artist whose work we will be celebrating all January long! :) Check out our in-depth interview with her about her life, her love, and the incredible faith and vagabond tales behind the happy hippie collection!

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My name is Jenna M. Kidd & I’m `The Bear` over at xDropBearStitcheryx.

I’m Located in the sleepy little town of Woodstock, in Ontario, Canada. Mostly this is a one bear show but sometimes I have to call of the expertise of my number one main squeeze Mark Miller. My Hubby-bear to be. 🙂

I grew up in Northern Queensland, Australia in a town called Townsville So.. Naturally Koala’s, Crocodile’s, Kangaroo’s as well and every dangerous critter known to man would be sunning itself on my front lawn each day. For the longest time I had been dreaming about opening up on Etsy & then I met Mark. He among other friends pushed me to jump on the bus so I did. I drew up a list of name’s and narrowed it down to two. ‘Kiwi-Stitchery’ was the other choice as I was born in New Zealand so ‘Kiwi’ is also a big part of me. I ran a vote among friend’s & family & xDropBearStitcheryx Was the outright WINNER. After that I had a blast designing my logo.

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The bear is an anomalistic representation of me & my product’s: Cute, Quirky, Fun with a pinch of Crazy to boot. The logo for xDropBearStitcheryx is me at work; More often than not I have a needle in hand!

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xDropBearStitcheryx sell’s modern hippie clothing, Accessories & art. You can find unique one of a kind clothing, bag’s, jewelry, mixed media illustration’s, logo design, hand printed fabric tag’s, Plush Dragon’s as well as Artistic doll’s with clay features, Hand carved clay pendants & more.

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I originally opened up as a way to support myself & my family. I’m chronically ill and can only work out of home so Etsy was a god send. My soul purpose is to create and xDropBearStitcheryx is where it all end’s up! My goal is to provide friendly service to my customers while offering high quality Eco friendly original products. Since opening 9 months ago, I strive to build lasting relationship’s with the happy folk who find joy in my labour’s of love!

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My creative day usually starts at the crack of noon, Cup of Joe in hand, Hair in a mess & Pj’s still on! I work STRAIGHT out of home in my tiny work space at the foot of our bed. I have my little vintage singer sewing table found in our basement and a shelf I spent $5 on at the local thrift store. What started out as a few different fabrics and button’s & a passion for art has turned into so much more. I once had a big studio in a garage all to myself with printing machines, A vinyl plotter & more, but since moving to Canada to be with Mark I’m starting all over with my new Identity.

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Usually my creative process can be heard from towns away with loud music and tonnes of mess! One day I may be working with clay so I’ll turn my little desk into a clay station, Perhaps it’s sewing today – up pops my well oil’d machine, If its painting, then its a paint station & so on & there I will stay till the wee hours of the next day. I’ve never needed all the fancy thing’s to make it work. I have Faith that it just will. Thanks to living in Bali and seeing how industrious the local’s are with bare materials, & studying fine arts for a year at the Southbank Institute of Technology, I evolved as an artist & think of myself as a pretty crafty problem solver who’s able to think outside the box.

Having said that – My materials list is huge! I used new & used fabric, Clay, Wire, Embroidery thread, Hemp, button’s, zip’s, bread’s, Ceramic, Glass, Leather, canvas, water paint, Acrylic Dye, Charcoal, & much, much more!

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When I graduated from high school – I landed a fantastic job with a local sign writing company as there junior sign writer and graphic designer, which was a pretty big achievement as most were looking to hire a strong man for the job! Through them I did all sorts of work for client’s not just in Queensland but all of Australia. The biggest one I had was Hog’s Breathe Cafe – A very popular cafe with location’s all over Australia. www.hogsbreath.com.au/ Anything they needed I would fabricate and take to the main office down the road where they would post it out!

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Then 2008 came around and I found myself being sick more often than not. I took a break from work with the idea that I would come back to a job but months went by and I didn’t improve so they let me go. After that I used all the resources I gained from working for them & opened up for business from home, screen printing shirts, to making sticker’s to car decal’s under the name of ‘TwistedPyramidStickers’. It was great for a while then sickness and depression beat me down once again. So In order to shake it after month’s of testing and trying to find out the cause of my illness I jumped on a plane and flew to america to experience winter for the first time and to be with nature to heal before crossing the border and catching a bus to Woodstock where I decided It was time to try again & thus xDropBearStitcheryx was born online.

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When I was a kid the first thing I remember seeing made was a sticker. It was coming up to Christmas and the media was pushing children’s toy’s like usual. I saw the add for a Sticker machine and I was sold! I begged my parents a plenty! At the time I was obsessed with stickers, I had a giant scrapbook I would keep them all in. The thought of making my own stickers to go in my book was the spark that started it all! From that moment on whenever anybody asked me ‘what do you want to be when you grow up Jenna?’ ‘an Artist!’ Was the reply. After time my scrapbook not only had stickers, it had tracing’s of popular Children’s Character’s I would sell to other student’s for 20 cent’s a drawing! 😉

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After Christmas a lot of my favorite item’s in store found new homes! My floral patchwork bag however is still up for grab’s! This bag has been a favorite since I opened. I made it during a dark time living with my psychotic ex & It bought me peace, love & light with every stitch. The hemp thread hand stitched in it was gained through my very first successful local Trade! & The fabric was a gift from a wonderful women in town who works at the women`s resource center teaching women how to sew so that they may find employment. They acquire TONNES of fabric scrap’s that sat there until I came along. She sore my handmade clothes and bag and allowed me the resources I needed to get off to a good start.

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Deadlines & tough time’s are the inspirational back bone for my work. I seem to work best under pressure, I find I get more done during burst’s of insomnia in the wee hours of the morning when the rest of the house is still. I also take inspiration from my favorite bands (Tool, Grateful Dead, Puscifer, A perfect circle, Xavia Rudd & more), as well as fantastical stories of far away places, & my fellow artisan’s.

What makes my job as an artist interesting? Between hanging over the side of a giant ferry-boat sign writing, now searching through thrift stores like a tomb raider, to sitting at my little desk carving clay. The best part of my job is that it is always something new, exciting, challenging & straight from the heart!

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The first concert I went to was in grade 7 – I played trumpet in the school band for our primary school graduation! First serious gig was when I was 15. The local town council had organised about 5 buss’s to take all the kid’s of Townsville to the Triple J’s One Night Stand gig in Ayr 2005 about one hour out from Townsville. My mate’s & I arrived as the buss’s pulled up next to a giant sugar cane field where they had set up a massive stage.

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The concert featured Katalyst, End of Fashion, Shihad and the Hilltop Hoods and was witnessed by 10 000 people from across the region. My girlfriend Was a massive fan of Hilltop’s hoods, as was I so we had a blast listening to ‘Nose Bleed Section’ on the ground next to the soon to be harvested sugar cane. It was one of the iconic song’s to launch Australian skip hop into the chart’s!

The first Festival I went to was ‘Big Day Out 2008’ Which was a hoot! Rage Against the Machine, Bjork, Grinspoon, Arcade Fire, Hilltop Hoods, Billy Bragg, Paul Kelly, LCD Soundsystem, Sarah Blasko, Faker, Midnight Juggernauts, Dizzee Rascal, Something With Numbers, Battles, Cut Off Your Hands, UNKLE, KARNIVOOL & MORE I had a BLAST!!

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I look at the hard time‘s as fuel to keep on trucking! Life never give’s us more than we can handle, however at times it can seem like everything has a ‘touch of grey’ (My favorite Grateful Dead song). At times like that I lean on my friends and family for support & inspiration. They haven’t failed me yet. When sales are far and in between I take it as a chance to analyze my store for things that could do with improving, be it photos, tags, descriptions, etc. It’s the perfect time to work on held up orders or my next release of products. Even if your store seems quiet there is ALWAYS something you should be doing! The Etsy blogs are a great place to spend some time – as well as our team forum. Its full of wonderful helpful tips & Time saving ideas!

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Right now, Jenna’s gettin’ ready for a give away competition as she has hit & passed 12,000 views a few weeks ago!! {{{Right On, Jenna!}}} She’s also working on a ton of new project’s & order’s so be sure to check in at www.facebook.com/xDropBearStitcheryx!!

You can catch competitions and sneak peaks there as well as creative process’s that you won’t find on Etsy! – So it’s well worth a lookin’ into if you follow ‘The Bear’!!
Save The Date Folks!: Feb 2nd, xDropBearStitcheryx  will be launching a bunch of new listings! After a wonderful first Christmas on Etsy! So remember to mark that one in the calender!

Artist Of The Month: Josh Phagan of Mongo Arts

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Custom Screen Printing: mongoarts.etsy.com

Custom Screen Printing: mongoarts.etsy.com

Introducing Josh Phagan! Our very first Artist Of The Month and the artist whose work we will be celebrating all December long! 🙂 Check out our in-depth interview with him about the man, husband and dad behind the art…
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My name is Josh Phagan , owner of Mongo Arts a small shop in Newport, NC nestled in the cozy Croatan Forest. We specialize in silk screen printing apparel and graphic arts and also our own designs inspired by music of the grateful dead and other experimental music. 
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Mongo Arts philosophy/purpose is simply providing exceptional service to our customers while offering high quality unique products. I strive to give every client a personal and individualized experience. As a small business owner, its of utmost importance to build lasting relationships with good kind folks.  As far as my team, its family..I do 90% of the work along with one employee, my wife Jill is a big help. Part of the team of family are wonderful old friends Mark of Masterpiece graphics and Martin of Mandala graphics who are the best problem solvers and creative thinkers in the business.
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We do a wide range of in-house silk screen printing, digital heat transfer, and graphic design for our own designs with online sales. Everything is printed here at our shop located on our property adjacent to our home. We stay busy with custom work for mostly repeat customers printing everything from koozies to prayer flags to hoodies and do a lot of wholesaling apparel of our own design to headshops across the country. We strive to be eco-friendly and try to support other small american business with our work.
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I remember my parents at about 6 years old letting me go nuts with the acrylic paints, and I mean splattering paint everywhere, clothes, trees, my skateboard but it looked like a Jackson Pollack or Basquait piece to my eyes and was an unbelievable feeling of self-expression and they were totally cool about the mess. Both my parents are wonderful artists and musicians so that helped tremendously.
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Can’t say I really have a favorite piece as I’m working on so many new ideas right now and am always striving to do something better! Part of my philosophy is to get the job done, even if I have to stay up all night. Once it’s done, I’m done with it and not everyone will like what I have created, but I know I will eventually sleep well knowing I gave it my best shot.
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St. Stephen (New version) T-shirt Spinning that curious sense of your own Grateful Dead Shirt

What inspires me is loud, beautiful mind expanding music, staying in tune with nature out here in the beautiful Croatan forest and my sweet wife Jill. Most recently and more importantly I am a new Dad. I just had my first child Scarlet Rose 5 weeks ago and her sweet soul has put an entirely new loving spin on everything in my life.
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Grateful Dead They Love Each Other Baby Onesie 6 months size

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Grateful Dead Cassidy Baby Onesie 6 months size

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The Music Never Stopped Grateful Dead Baby Onesie 6 months size

It’s all interesting, waking up everyday with a positive attitude, meeting new folks, overcoming obstacles, creative challenges, thinking outside the box. There’s so many directions to go and always something to learn in the screen printing business, keeps me on my toes. Of course, going to shows which I don’t tour more than a week at a time normally with a family and business to look after but meeting new faces and seeing old friends and family is the best. Dancing like a madman to live music is the spiritual recharging that makes it all worth it.
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BE HERE NOW T-shirts inspired by Baba Ram Dass

When sales are low, I am always the most creative and energized by staying up all night brainstorming, sketching ideas and experimenting maybe out of desperation to keep my dreams alive and evolve as an artist at the same time.. Living a sober lifestyle and keeping a healthy diet and simply helping others gets me through hard times. Remaining humble and knowing I have a family to provide for keeps me upbeat and always productive. I don’t like the idea of having a “Plan B”, I prefer to stay the course of “Plan A” which I enjoy too much to ever give up. Downtime? I write songs and play the guitar of course. I love spending time with my family out here by the sea and love to do some experimental abstract painting outdoors on occasion to keep the energy flowing 😉

Karma original acrylic painting on wood by Josh Phagan

Karma original acrylic painting on wood by Josh Phagan

Zebra Love original painting by Josh Phagan

Zebra Love original painting by Josh Phagan

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Lust … Original art wall hanging signed by artist Josh Phagan

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Josh Phagan

Owner~ Mongo Arts Newport, NC, USA

Contact Info

Office phone: 843-902-5562

Email: mongoarts@gmail.com

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