Wildcraft leather was created out of desire

 

One of my first wildcrafting belts I sold was to a large scale herbal farmer. She tried it on, fell in love and off it went. When I saw her a year later she told me she used it everyday. I knew then that I wasn't the only person who believed in and loved my belts. Since then I have been lucky to see my leather crafts go to some fantastic owners and homes. Off on their own adventures.

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I am self taught, sometimes hysterically. I took me 4 years off bruised fingers and nifty awl work before I noticed in a catalogue a type of lacing needle that completely revolutionized my lacing technique. A while before I switched to kangaroo lacing and oil drummed leather or vegetable tanned leather. It is a fantastically forgiving and a beautiful craft, endless in its improvement and ageless in its relationship to us humans. As in most things in life I find myself motivated by the love of the craft which helps offset the hours in. I price my creations to what I feel is fair and still affordable. I don't know many rich gardening herbalists so feel free to offer trade or barters. One of the most satisfying parts of the process is when I get to decorate with beads the lacing tails, search for antique buttons on ebay and wander through the forest looking for wood beads, buttons and feathers.

 

 

Biography

I was born in England and true to my adventurous childhood spent in Africa, Switzerland and Paris, I continued getting my life degree by hitchhiking around Europe installing interactive art sculptures before finally settling in the United States to raise a family.

It was through the study and implementation of permaculture based food gardens that I became entranced with medicinal herbs. Reminiscent of walking through the hawthorn and elder hedgerows of England as a child - where I would taste the weeds to see if they were "good" or "bad" - the plants called me deep into the world of herbalism. While doling out herbal brews and tinctures to family and friends I decided to take my passion seriously and started going to extensive herbal conferences, attending classes and fortunately studying for a year with the formidable herbalist Matthew Wood at the School of Traditional Western Herbalism. While I was letting this all sink in i deepened my connection with the green intelligence culminating my education in a year long forest medicine intensive with Scott Kloos and the School of Forest Medicine. 

It became clear that this love for medicinal herbs and holistic healing had become a calling so 5 years ago I started to practice professionally and lead plant walks on Camano. Boosted by the positive feedback of my community I joined forces with the local herb shop "Tea with your Dragon" where I teach herbal classes, see clients as well as being available for "walk in's" every Thursday afternoon.

I am active in the American Herbalist Guild, founder of The Green Gathering, a Washington based annual herb festival, as well as educating young and old with plant walks, wildcrafting skills and medicine making classes at various herbal conferences in the Pacific Northwest. You might have heard me over the airwaves as the creator of The Herb Hunter, a weekly broadcasted radio show for KSER about my wildcrafting adventures, now approaching its third year!. Ultimately my goal is to bring the people to the plants, the plants to the people, in so deepening and healing our reconnection to our mother earth. What about the leather? That I do when I'm sitting down.

Find out more about my services at www.innerearthhealing.com

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