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.
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.
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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.
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Forever Grateful, Deadhead Art Alliance Team
Hello! I am known to my fellow cohorts as Maggie-Jane O. I was born under the sign of Pisces in the first year of Reagan’s presidency. I am a dreamer of change, an organic farm-ess, a booty shaker, a naturalist, I vote, homesteader, wife, renegade seamstress, but more to the point, I am a Knotty Mama! Knotty Mama is my business, a giant hunk of my life, designing and creating handmade upcycled clothing and accessories out of second hand and orphaned clothing and fabrics.
My artist process is dominated by the material itself. I would not be surprised if most upcycled artists begin the same way. Most of my fabric collection consists of pieces that right away I knew what I would create. A vintage table clothe with a lace border is already a skirt in my minds eye. I have stacks of old clothing made from every conceivable material in a rainbow of colors. I love to go to yardsales, and buy those mismatched sheet sets!
The design of any given piece is determined by what kind and how much of fabric I have. Patchwork is an obvious way to handle any combination of colors and patterns! One of my favorite parts of the creation process is the choosing of the materials and draft up patterns. Makes me glad I listened to my grade school teachers about math being really useful in the real world! I use geometry and algebra and arithmetic everyday. My notebook is full of chicken scratches.
I sew all my garments on my Sears Kenmore from the seventies! My Aunty Caroline is kind enough to temporarily share her sewing room with me. We split the glass windowed porch down the middle, though I must admit my chaos does often flow over to her side. I love my hard core metal beast! I use flat felled and french seams instead of serging. These seams are professional and long lasting!
I love the process of creating, so it is hard to pick a favorite piece. I am constantly in love with the piece I am currently working on, if I don’t like the way it is shaping up it ends up in what I call the crap pile. The most rewarding pieces are the ones that challenge me. I have been honored enough to get to create some amazing wedding dresses. The joy of creating the perfect garment for someone, is only intensified for that very special occasion.
Everything inspires me to create. I have to make art or I will just die. I love growing things, it blows my mind that you can take a tiny seed, add a little love, leave the rest to mother nature and you end up with a giant pumpkin or delicate chard. That’s pretty much my life in a hand bag. The seeds of imagination can culminate into any dimension of the magical.
I feel like the luckiest person in the world. I have been able to make a semi living from sewing my entire adult life. I literally love all of it, except maybe having to seam rip something I have sewn wrong, twice. Nothing beats finding the perfect score at the thrift store. I love designing something challenging and using pure force of will to make the material do what I want with the proper tools. I really like going to show and meeting new people! The most rewarding part of sewing for me, is when I see someone wearing the clothes I have made!
-here is a link to a 2003 article from a local newspaper my old partner and I were interviewed while vending http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache%3Ahttp%3A%2F%2Farchives.dailyegyptian.com%2Fimported-20111018203805%2F2003%2F12%2F10%2F25th-annual-craft-sale-draws-large-crowd-of-students-and-com.html
My husband, Ethan, is extremely supportive, in fact he basically set up my etsy half a decade ago. He serenades me while I work and picks up the slack when I am working over time on the sewing machine. No matter the situation, he encourages me to keep creating. My family has always been my biggest supporters. Fortunately, simple living requires little money.
I am busy as a bee, when I am not in the sewing room, I have a wide variety of tasks. My husband and I also run a growing organic farm aptly dubbed, ” Dirty Feet Farm”. From spring to fall I spend a lot of time in our garden, there is always weeding and mulching not to mention the planting and the harvesting. I put in a lot of time in the summer kitchen, canning and pickling produce and jamming. We have a pack of mutt dogs, and chickens that require attention. Sometimes when it feels like it’s too much, I lay in the hammock all day with a good book to recharge my energies.
We are trying to get to the point of 100% off the grid. We currently reside in a military tent, on top of a deck, like the one in Mash. We have solar power for light and for charging our electronic devices. In the summer when the panel is getting good light I can even sew there. This is temporary. We have been scrimping and saving to build our dream docile for several years. We have plans to build an earthbag dome this summer, complete with a studio for my sewing and Ethan’s music.
Growing up, the first live music I was exposed to was around the fire at my parent’s parties. My mother, sisters, and I would compose impromptu operas doing house work or in the car. But, I had little experience with contemporary or popular music, I was only allowed to listen to the oldies radio station until I was in Jr High. My first live concert was George Clinton and the P funk, a free concert at the local university. It was pretty amazing!! I was introduced to the Grateful Dead through some beautiful people, who have become life long friends. The fist time I heard “Fire on the Mountain,” I was instantly addicted!! I had these old boot leg tapes that I would listen to over and over. The first festival I attended was Woodstock in ’99. Three friends and I packed up in my 1987 Monte Carlo and drove to the east coast. It was a life altering experience, especially because when I came back I made my first mama top.
Living a simple free spirited life is my main goal! I truly believe that everyone needs to be the change they want to see in the world! For me, running my eco friendly sewing business fits in perfect with my homesteader bohemian view of the world. I do not have to sacrifice any of my morals, Knotty Mama allows me to make a small living off of other people’s waste. I also really like the fact that I am offering people a different choice, they do not have to buy poorly constructed clothing made by unfair labor practices, sold in earth destroying big box chains. Soon I will be able to do all my sewing with the power of the sun, then I will be really dancing down my path!!
“Let the beauty of what you love be what you do”-Rumi
She is also the leader of our DHAA team in charge of the Quilt Team and we’re happy to say that 20 artists and almost a year later we’ve completed something special!
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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
Selling Venues: thunderrose.etsy.com
Artist Contact info: thunderrose[!at]ymail.com
Social Media Links: https://www.facebook.com/thunderrosecreations
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.