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.
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.
Ocean 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
“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.
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 🙂
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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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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
We 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.
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.
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.
Incense and Peppermints
Barefoot Garb on Etsy
Hippy Franks on Etsy
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Pinterest: Incense and Peppermints
Twitter: Incense and Peppermints
Facebook: Hippy Franks
Tumblr: Barefoot Garb
Thank you Cherry and Frank for being wonderful leaders and great support for this team..
Forever Grateful, Deadhead Art Alliance Team
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.”
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
“Many thanks to all of you who have supported me on this journey” Selena
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Forever Grateful, Deadhead Art Alliance Team
Welcome to DreamweaverSpirit.
Here you will discover unusual and unique jewellery and crafts inspired by Native American, Pagan and Egyptian cultures.
The word jewellery itself is derived from the word jewel, which was from the Old French word “jouel“, and beyond that, to the Latin word “jocale“, meaning plaything. In British English, it is spelled jewellery, while the spelling is jewelry in American English
My name is Sara and I am a Pagan artist based in Surrey, England, U.K. I was born on Summer Solstice eve in London, England many moons ago and my family is originally from Spain. My shop is called DreamweaverSpirit – I sell Native American and Pagan inspired jewellery and crafts which are all made with love and gratitude. I love to create magical pieces that will uplift others and help them on their spiritual journey.
I also love animals and like to help them as much as I can. A percentage of all sales go to the animal charities which I support and give monthly donations to.
I work from my home which I share with my partner and our 16 year old crazy kitten cat. I never quite know what to expect when I start creating a piece. Sometimes I have an idea, but most of the time I just go with the flow and let it happen. It feels like the piece is being made through me. I get inspired by the shape of the materials I use, the crystals, wood, antler…..
When I create wands and pendants, I start by preparing the wood, cutting and sanding it. Then I bind the crystals, and anything else I may be using with epoxy resin and epoxy clay. I sand down the clay when it’s dry, and then build up the design with the same material. It can be a lengthy process as I have to wait for each layer to dry before I can move on to the next. The faces I always sculpt in polymer clay. It’s not air drying so it gives me more time to work on them. I am usually working on five or six pieces at a time. Some get finished quickly while others might sit for a while until the time is right to finish them off.
I’ve always loved art, and when I left school I went on to study photography and then fashion and graphics. The art tutor that I had at the time was one of my mentors, she taught me a great deal and also gave me the encouragement that I needed. After that I did a foundation course in art and design, then the next step was to go for a degree. I’d had enough of studying by then so I took some time out to travel. I’ve always wanted to work for myself and I’ve never stuck at a job for very long. So when I came back I did a short business course and got some money together to buy a load of materials. I taught myself how to make jewellery and wands and went on to do festivals, craft fairs and Pow-wows and also selling in a shop in a craft market for a year or so and also did Tarot readings while I was there as well to make a bit of extra money.
Then I discovered Etsy and I’ve never looked back.
It has really helped me get noticed and I’ve also met some wonderful people over the past four years.
COLLABORATION PROJECT with the DEADHEAD ART ALLIANCE ETSY TEAM
Artists Jen Liput from pacificnorthwestglassblowing.com, California, USA and Sara from DreamweaverSpirit, Surrey, UK
Here’s the finished piece we came out with!
Collaboration US and UK artists
MATERIALS: Quartz, Bone, Hazel wood, Glass, Wooden beads, Carnelian, Suede, Feather, Shell, Epoxy putty
Dreamtime – Quartz And Hazel Lizard Totem Wand
I have collaborated with PACIFICNWGLASS to create this Native American inspired wand. The beautiful glass cabochons and beads were created by her and I have put it all together. The wood is Hazel, I have varnished it and attached the crystals, cabochons and bone lizard with epoxy resin. I have also attached glass beads, wooden beads and a feather with suede lace. The design around the cabochons I have created with epoxy putty. The wand measures almost 15″ and would make a lovely addition to your collection.
Lizard Medicine is the shadow side of reality where your dreams are reviewed before you decide to manifest them physically. Lizard is the Medicine of Dreamers and can always help you see the shadow. This shadow can be your fears, your hopes, or the very thing you are resisting, but it is always following you around.
Hazel wood has long been used for divination. It is said to increase intuition, wisdom, artistic ability and magical knowledge. The energy of hazel wands promote love and creativity allowing a person to move beyond self-serving modes of existence.
Quartz amplifies spiritual power and is an excellent crystal for developing psychism.
Carnelian is a stone of creativity, individuality, spiritual power. It balances the sacral chakra and is helpful for grounding oneself.
The shell is a devine feminine symbol associated with venus. It represents beauty, intuition and love.
Turkey (feather) teaches us how all life is sacred and we must learn to give and be grateful for what we have.
Link back to our Etsy store full of deadhead art alliance treasures:
My first introduction to art was my Family. My father was a carpenter and I would love to watch him working. I would get bits of wood and just sit there sanding them until they were really smooth. I loved the feel of the wood and I know it’s what gave me my passion for making wands.
My creation the “Queen of the Fae” Green Woman wand is my favourite piece at the moment. I love to sculpt nature spirits and feel the magic of the forest as I’m creating them. The crystals that I used in the wand are really beautiful too. It has a lovely energy.
Nature inspires me more than anything. Trees, nature spirits and animals are what I portray the most in my pieces along with mythology, ancient civilizations, fairytales and folklore. I also get inspired by my dreams and of course the music I listen to while I’m creating is very inspirational too, … Even just looking at a crystal or a piece of wood gets the ideas flowing.
I love meeting weird and wonderful people from all walks of life. I’ve met many characters along the way and there’s nothing nicer than putting a necklace on the person that’s just bought it and having a hug For me that’s what it all about, exchanging energies with the other person and seeing the smile on their face because they now own something I’ve made. I also love buying as much as selling and I’m constantly looking for beautiful and unusual crystals. I also love going to forests in search of wood and other bits and pieces. Our beautiful Mother Earth gives us so many precious treasures.
Their has been times in the past when I’ve felt like giving it all up, but something has always happened at the last minute to make me change my mind. I’ve learned to trust and believe in life. When we give up hope there really is no point in carrying on and I know that creating is what I’m meant to do. My partner is also very supportive and encouraging and is always praising my work and needless to say my buyers keep me going too. One of the nicest things that was ever said to me was “Thank you for sharing your gift with the world”
I love to travel around England visiting Stone circles and other sacred sites, going out for a drink and socialising, being with friends/ family, Pagan festivals, meditating and yoga. I love live music, mainly heavy rock/ metal and also Pagan/ Native American inspired music. I read books on magic/ witchcraft, philosophy and anything to do with metaphysics. I also love to grow things, be with Nature and hug lots of trees
My dream would be to travel the world and sell my pieces in every country that I visited. So many people (and animals) are in need of love and healing and I hope that what I do can help a little. I would also love to have my own shop in Glastonbury, England one day. Such a beautiful and magical place. Some call it the heart chakra of world.
Thank you for reading and many blessings to all.
Those who don’t believe in magic, will never find it.
Artist Contact info: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Forever Grateful, Deadhead Art Alliance Team
Deadhead art alliance isn’t just about the artists who make things, it’s about the ART too., and we’re bringing you some of the newest creations by our Members.
Coming to your etherial doorstep we will be bringing you the hottest items the team’s members are putting out there into the world. We hope you give them a thumbs up like we have!
Most of you have already got to read about Mongo Arts and their Owner Josh Phagan, but for those of you who are just getting here, he was our first artist of the month and now is our first artist we are featuring in our deadhead product review.
SCARLET BEGONIA PIN BY MONGO ARTS
This was the first of many pins that Josh Phagan from Mongo Arts has designed, He’s got wonderful graphic art skills and is widely known for his grateful inspired T-shirts and Sweatshirts in his Etsy store https://www.etsy.com/shop/MongoArts
Designed by the Artist who sells it unlike many pin sellers who take images from other sources and use their graphics as their own
pins are numbered – this one shown being number 076
Stamped with the Mongo Logo
Two Pins with Rubber pin backs
3/8 of an ounce
1 1/2 inches by 1 1/2 inches
Now we put this pin through our tour test, we attached it to my dress and did two sets of 4 night runs of Phil Lesh and Friends at Terrapin Crossroads, Phil’s new venue., in San Rafael, California, not only did we get lots of compliments on it, and due to the limited edition status… no one else had one similar.
Mongo ARTS is a 5 star rated business on Etsy, and though this pin is sold out, you can still have a chance to get your hands on one as WE WILL BE GIVING ONE AWAY on our team anniversary on our FACEBOOK team Fan Page at the end of this month!
Here’s the LINK: TEAM FACEBOOK FAN PAGE
Though this one is sold out, he’s designed many others that have followed, and now offers some of his pins in Silver and Gold.
Here’s a selection of just a few others that this wonderful family has to offer!
New Ship of Fools Pins. 1.5″ with 2 posts on back. Limited Edition of 150.
Owner~ Mongo Arts Newport, NC, USA
Office phone: 843-902-5562
We’ll be bringing you more of the up and coming arts so stay on your toes.. our artists make some unique and whimsical Creations… and we can’t wait to share them with You.
DEADHEAD ART ALLIANCE ARTIST OF THE YEAR AWARDS
Congratulations to our ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Jenna Michelle Kidd: Woodstock, Canada
We’d like to Congratulate our team Leader Jenna Michelle Kidd for Winning the Deadhead Art Alliance Artist of the Year AWARD by popular vote by the members of our team.
Thank you to Everyone who Voted!
Some of her newest Creations
Hi, I am Debbie and my business is Thunder Rose Leather
I work with John who is my husband of 35 years and leather making partner for over 25 of them.
We live in a small community about 15 miles from Sedona, Arizona.
I am one of the original promoted Leaders of the Deadhead Art Alliance Team that started in April of 2012 on Etsy. I have contributed to the team by helping to start the Facebook social media group which the team uses to promote and share their art with one another. I also list our chat threads on Etsy every month where people are welcomed to come and share their day, ideas, and selling concerns with each other. Helping our like-minded artists to connect, and to make treasuries to promote the their arts.
I am also the captain of the Working Artists Promotion Team on etsy.com and zibbet.com which is for promoting handmade by you, vintage, upcyclers and supplies.
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Our work is all handmade by us and we do our best to make sure when you buy one of our creations you are happy about what you receive.
Everything is made right here in our home in our made to order shop. We have a large leather table so we can lay out our hides and find each item.
Each hide is very different so we do our best to get the closest look to the leather bag or whatever your purchase is. We work mostly in Elk skins and buffalo leather. We make all of our own lace and antler buttons.
We are self-taught artists. We have had some friends along the way have pointed out this or that, but we taught ourselves mostly and quit our day jobs as soon as our business was able to stand on its own. The business is always changing and flowing, just like everything else in life so we have found that you need to roll with the river, always making the best choices you can along the way.
When I was a young woman I was always looking for the craft I felt good with.
I tried many things.
One day I ran across a bunch of seed beads of all kinds of colors. That was it. I have been beading ever since.
We just kinda evolved into the leather because they go so good together.
I love my long fringed leather totes, of course with beadwork they are so easy to get in and out of. Our bags get better with age.
They become antique with what I call your medicine or person style.
I think the one thing that inspires me most to create is my spirit.
Creating has a satisfaction to it.
It’s a way I can give something I love to do to the human race and they can cherish it for a lifetime or give something handmade to their loved one.
I’ve found that Sitting down and creating something is centering for me. Focusing my mind on one thing is a kind of working meditation. I love that.
I do love listening to music while I bead and absolutely need to spend time in my garden with music and in nature to nourish my spirit.
The first festival I went to was when I was 16 years old. In was in the late 60’s early 70’s. The Dead were playing outdoors. Tickets back then were only about $5 to $10 dollars. That was it. I loved them and still do. They are one of a kind. I have been through many changes from that time until now, which is a very long story in itself, but the Dead always uplift me. I like to put on a CD and turn up my music and dance.
I love to garden in the spring, to watch an inspiring movie, and to play with my dog Rosie.
I just do what I do. Nothing more nothing less. I love what I do and feel very thankful for my life , my family and friends.
Besides being an artist I have a beautiful Daughter and four beautiful grandchildren that I adore. My dream is to one day be able to teach them my art and encourage them to find their own creative process so they can be free to be themselves in this confusing world.
My favorite are books from Pema Chodron, Lao Tzu, The Dalai Lama. They are my go to people for encouragement to stay on the path of loving kindness and compassion toward myself and others and to work with my own mind when times are hard.
“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”
― Dalai Lama XIV, The Art of Happiness
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Thank you Debbie for being you and sharing the kindness you have learned with the world and the Deadhead Art Alliance Community. We’re blessed to have you.