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
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Hippy Franks on Etsy
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Thank you Cherry and Frank for being wonderful leaders and great support for this team..
Forever Grateful, Deadhead Art Alliance Team
I am the creator of Tye Dye Bills, my name is Amanda Johnson
I make most of the tie dyes, tapestries and bed sheet sets (nature inspired are my favorite) and do the portrait drawings, as well as hand make the other grateful gear.
My team consists of myself and my husband who occasionally makes tie dyes (he has a very groovy style), rinses my bins and is sole owner and namesake of our shop name (tye dye bill was a name given to him during his on the road days), and my children who are the reason I create and sell on Etsy.
Tie dye is our passion. Our Creations are brought to life through parenthood, love of all things tie dye and the Grateful Family we have come to know and love after all these years. We love sharing our art, love and soul with others.
Each item contains a moment of our lives, a piece of our hearts, part of our souls. When
you purchase our creations, you are buying moments of frustration and days, weeks,
years of pure joy. You are not just buying things, but rather creating more time for us to make things we are passionate about.
The creative process happens in our home studio. All tie dyes are folded, tied and dyed
by hand. Tapestries are hand cut from quality medium weight, tightly woven, cotton fabric
and double stitched before folding and dyeing. We use only quality 100% cotton and fiber
reactive dyes. Dyes used are professional grade that creates a marriage between the
dye and cotton fibers during the tie dye process. All items are pre-washed, rinsed after
dyeing, washed with a professional textile detergent to ensure dyes are bonded and
excess dyes are removed, then washed again. Items are dried in the sunshine on the line
when weather permits or fluffed in the dryer.
Everything is handmade with love, created in a smoke free and cat friendly home.
I’ve created art for as long as I can remember. Art teachers were pivotal in my
development as an artist. The first tie dye I made was at summer camp when I was 8
years old. I’ve loved tie dye for a very long time. My kids were the driving force behind
starting my own business. I quit my job as the manager of a small, family owned
business to start my own family. I knew I would stay home to raise my children, the extra
income from selling tie dyes and more recently my drawings, helps support our family. It
has proven to be challenging to find a suitable balance for my family, finding time to work
and create things I am passionate about and still take care of my home. I created a little
play space for my children in my studio, complete with toys, an easel and desk for them to
make their own masterpieces while I work. They love being in my art space and
eventually they will help out with our business too!
I remember watching my Nan crochet blankets when I was little and my Grandma do
needlepoint. While I never got into either craft, I remember seeing my Nan’s painted
ceramics around the house and my own first interest was probably painting because of
My favorite piece I have ever made is the drawing named A Penny for Your Thoughts. It is A
drawing of my dear friend Houd (short for Houdini, his nickname) who died in March
2013. A beautiful soul. Our shop will be seeing more portraits in the future, I am very
excited about this and have been approached about orders already!What inspires me most to create is Parenthood, the love of all things tie dye and the Grateful Family we have come to know and
after all these years has inspired us the most. My portrait drawings are pure
inspiration from the beautiful souls that once walked our earth. I believe our loved ones
deserve to be honored and not forgotten and my portrait drawings do just that.
I love working with color and really enjoy making tie dye I love. Craft shows and festivals
are also a favorite part of business. Being on the scene and selling things I love to make
while having a great time and meeting great people! The same goes for drawing portraits
of our dear loved ones, uncovering their story, discovering what made them special and
the impact they made on this earth before they left.
A sale always comes through when we need it most. I am a stay at home mama so every
penny counts. Believing in ourselves and that our talents will get us through seems to do
the trick! We keep our friends close and our little family closer when times are tough.
Someone has always got our back. We’d like to believe God and our Universe is in
control of everything and we are just tiny specks. We listen to the still, small voice and
During what spare time we have we love to camp and be outdoors. Spending time with
friends while enjoying nature is our favorite. Frequenting music festivals is another fond
past time. As our kids get older it will allow for more fun music festivals to explore
together. We can always find inspiration in our little family to keep on keepin’ on.
The first epic music festival that changed my life was Grateful Fest at Nelsons Ledges. I
had not previously been to such a large festival, it had a wonderful lineup of musicians
and wonderful crowd of people amidst the beauty of the forest. It was truly a break
through for me. I can’t wait to experience that particular festival again someday.
Tell the world Amanda, Is there something about you as an artist or is there something that you would like the world to know?
“Forget about all the reasons why it won’t work and believe in the reason why it will! My
mantra for myself when I make something or have an idea that I think no one will want or
love. If you believe in it, someone else will too.”
We are Super excited about the future of our shop! As our children grow and can help more with
the shop we will be offering more tapestries and bed sheet sets. I will also be expanding
my portrait drawing and taking custom orders. Someday we hope to open a brick and
mortar shop, which is a ways off. We believe in living our dreams, its the only way to
make them come true.
“We lose ourselves in the things we love. We find ourselves there too.”
Artist Contact info: Amanda Johnson http://treesandtents.blogspot.com/
Social Media Links: https://www.facebook.com/TyeDyeBills
Sales happening: Black Friday Sale upcoming and flash sales are announced on our
facebook page from time to time.
Forever Grateful, Deadhead Art Alliance Team
Hello my name is Leda May Jones. My store name is Ledamay. I live in a small town of Willits in Mendocino Ca. I would have to say I love Northern California and hope to own my own little piece of it someday. I am a mother of three beautiful daughters and one son that is adored by all the lady’s in the house. My shops philosophy is to create everything with love and passion and to never get tired of what I’m making by always making it unique and different giving each piece Life!
My purpose with it all is to share a piece of myself with the world
My creative process is forever changing. I love finding old beautiful fabrics that inspire me and because I have four children and am homeschooling one …waking up early is the time I do most my creating. The kids will wake up for school and I will have fabric flung all over the house with sewing machine running and a cup of coffee in hand or will be twirling around in my newest creation and my daughters will tell me “ Mom I think that one is the prettiest one yet” haha ( they tell me this with each one.)
I am always changing my work place but I realize I prefer not hiding away I have to be near my children when I’m working and sometimes I think the background noise helps.
I love finding perfection in imperfection I use new fabrics when I can’t find something I need, But the older fabrics just have more character to me ,creating with them is so much more fun!
After I had my first two children I was a single mom needing a career so I decided beauty school was something attainable for myself so I finished and passed state board where then I got a job at Shag salon and would have to say I enjoyed being a hair artist for many years. It was after I got married and had my third daughter that my husband bought me a sewing machine for our anniversary.
I found the love for sewing and I haven’t put my sewing machine away since …………………..today is six years later……….wow………………
I would have to say the joy in creating for me is not the in the pieces I’ve made its who I have made them for, like this beautiful lady that came to see me from Oakland I created a dress for her wedding and now on the 25th she wants me to come and do her hair and makeup at the wedding, she has become a friend, and who could ask for more , I am just so blessed to know what I make brings these lovely peaceful people into my life .
Going back to thinking about my childhood and the first thing I saw being made …My mom had five children and we lived in many different trailers and pieces of property growing up, I was in awe that she always could make a home out of nothing. We would make furniture out of old tires, rugs out of old rags. She was definitely ahead of her time with creating things out of old T shirts but we never had a sewing machine and I always thought boy what I could do with one of those!!!!
“What you do really does reflect you and what you reflect comes back”
You ask what inspires me to create……… Love inspires me
I mostly sell my handmade art on Etsy and I have only done one vending booth and I loved it .
I would have to say you should give artists working out there some major credit because it is… very hard work! I think once my children are older I would love to do more.
I am very lucky to have a hardworking husband that has a job that allows me stay home with the kids. The only hard part is that it can be seasonal work so it always seems when he slows down with building my shop picks up the slack, but my dream is to own a home of our own someday that is definitely a driving force when I get tired I just have to pick myself up and find my creative flow.
I love to paint, cook beautiful food ,play on the beach and go hiking with the kids … but I am sad to say I haven’t gone to any music festivals yet. Growing up we all just played music by the campfire every night we never really had the money or transportation to do so, and having a baby at sixteen… I never got to explore that life, this team has definitely made me realize what I have missed all these years so I do hope to experience one someday !! I will be thirty this month I better get movin Time goes by so fast !
What would I like the world to know about me?
I would like to let the World Know I am a Dreamer
I never dreamed that I would be making women’s clothing let alone wedding dresses My shop on Etsy has been truly magical to me in how it has transformed and created this web of imagination and creativity in my soul I can say I am just excited to see what happens next !!!
My favorite quote is
“ everybody is a genius, but if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree , it will live its whole life believing it is stupid “ (Albert Einstein)
Artist Contact info: Ledaandfamily@gmail.com
Social Media Links: on facebook L.may gowns, and Leda jones photography
Forever Grateful, Deadhead Art Alliance Team
My name is Fiona and I live on the beautiful Isle of Wight, which is a little island off the South coast of England, in a fourteen foot yurt with my boyfriend and a large American bulldog.
My shop on Etsy is called The Happy Mushroom and it is full of jolly, brightly colored polymer clay creations and tribal and boho jewelry made from new and upcycled/vintage materials.
“I am just a simple girl who loves, loves, loves to make funky things.”
The Isle of Wight /ˈaɪl əv ˈwaɪt/, known to the ancient Romans as Vectis, is a county and the largest island of England, located in the English Channel, on average about 3 to 5 mi (5 to 8 km) off the coast of Hampshire
Photo Credit google images: Isle of Wight tourism
I moved into a yurt because I don’t like having to worry about money and these days the easiest way not to have to worry about money is not to need very much. It is a wonderful lifestyle, being so in touch with the weather and the seasons.
Having said that, my boyfriend and I now have a pretty good income between us. Well, for our needs anyway, I guess that if we had a house and a car they would keep us poor. He is a leather worker and an occasional cabinet makers assistant. He is a wonderful creator too as he seems to be able to turn his hand to anything.
My first introduction to art was from my mother whom is a painter and is talented and lucky enough to be able to sell her work (talent is not always enough in the world of fine art, it seems). So I have been around art and crafts all my life. I remember her also sewing and my Grandmother knitting. I started making stuff when I was a little child and got handed a pack of brightly colored plastacine (kids never-drying modelling clay). I was a horrible, noisy kid who wreaked chaos everywhere I went (I am now a kind, peaceful, loving hippy who still has a secret love of chaos) and I think my mom was relieved to discover that plastacine actually shut me up and kept me occupied for a couple of hours so she has encouraged my creativity ever since, as has the rest of my family. I absolutely hated sewing as I was forced to do it in ‘home economics’ classes at school, but discovered as an adult that it was actually quite fun too.
I also do a bit of layout and design for my grandfathers publishing company and design cross stitch for a major UK magazine called Cross Stitcher which features my work monthly. I also do odd jobs, my favourite being log stacking. I don’t know why I enjoy that so much but it is really satisfying!
Really my shop is a hobby which got out of hand.
I have an adventurous spirit and enjoy the ability I have with my art to do many different projects at one time which allows me to keep things interesting. I am usually reading about three books at once so I can always pick up one to fit my mood. I read a lot of non-fiction as I am very interested in science and economics, especially economics as I believe it is the driving force behind most of the worlds problems from climate change to inequality. I am currently reading ‘Stark’ by Ben Elton, which is actually a comedy about economics and climate change (if you can believe that is possible). It was given to me by a friend who is in a well known activist band called ‘Seize the day’. He said that it had a big influence on him in the early days and I can see why, it has some fabulous observations on human nature! I had a few conventional jobs but being in the same place day after day making myself available for some boss to tell me what to do just never really worked for me.
It was actually the Grateful Dead which inspired me to take up my main craft, which is creating millefiori patterns from polymer clay. I lived in the US for a while when I was teenager (you wouldn’t believe it, but most people over here in England haven’t even heard of the Grateful Dead!) I was just getting into the music and all the beautiful GD art that went with it when I found this little pendant in a thrift store. I could tell it was made from polymer clay and it had a spiral of dancing bears on it getting smaller towards the middle, and the detail was amazing and oh so tiny. The most interesting thing was that the pattern was on both sides of the pendant because it ran right through the clay. I really had to know how it was done! I did a bit of research and discovered how.
Everything seems to inspire me to create! Sometimes it is just like being bombarded with a constant barrage of designs and ideas which just seem to fling themselves at me. Bright colors and patterns seem to inspire me the most, and I love Grateful Dead art and merchandise, the psychedelic bears and teeshirt designs always inspire me, as you can see by my new range of upcycled leather patches!
I don’t get to many festivals now as we don’t have a dog sitter but the little island I live on is a really musical place. It has actually become ‘festival island’ as it has two major festivals and a lot of minor ones, and it is quite a music lovers destination. The Isle of Wight festivals in the late 60s are famous worldwide and Hendrix played his last gig here in 69.
The Isle of Wight festival
The 1970 Isle of Wight Festival was held between 26 and 31 August 1970 at East Afton Farm an area on the western side of the Isle of Wight. According to wikipedia It was the last of three consecutive music festivals to take place on the island between 1968 and 1970 and widely acknowledged as the largest musical event of its time, greater than the attendance of Woodstock. Although estimates vary, the Guinness Book of Records estimated 600,000, possibly 700,000 people attended.
This led to the introduction of the “Isle of Wight County Council Act 1971” designed to control any further happenings of this kind
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Tonight we are going to see some live music.
We are going to a nice little local pub for ‘folk night’. It is a bit like open mic but all acoustic and playing old traditional music. It is wonderful!
My future holds plans of teaming up with my boyfriend and his boss to create a second shop on a new site called Artizanz which is going to be a high end shop selling jewelry and accessories, mostly mens, which are a mixture of traditional and modern funky style. That is going to be a fun project (although it is starting to sound like a lot of hard work). I am hoping that my shop The Happy Mushroom will continue to grow, which I am sure it will, as long as I keep working hard at it!
‘The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing’
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