This section will be continuously expanded upon… Thank you for being interested in where some of the elements of your gifts come from!
Scroll through some of the quality materials I collect from everywhere
by clicking the photo below.
The vast majority of feathers adorning your dreamcatchers come from small, sustainable, cruelty-free family farms.
These feathers have naturally molted from the birds and are collected, cleaned, and disinfected by the folks who lovingly raise the fluffies. Some of these gorgeous feathers are pristine, however most have natural imperfections and surprisingly minor wear and tear, since they were originally adorning an actual clucking or honking or quacking, wing-flapping living creature.
All photographs of birds, who are some of the actual birds molting these feathers, are provided by the farm families who care for them. see links to their stories in the descriptions below!
I hand-collect the molted feathers from a flock of wild peacock… This is a grand adventure. All feathers are cleaned thoroughly, disinfected, and dried, one by one.
I have harvested the driftwood incorporated in some of your dreamcatchers from local beaches and waterways.
Every visit also entails picking up as much litter as possible. There is no other way to take gifts from the beach, even just photographs, without also taking what does not belong there. The mantra to use is “I can only carry what I can carry” and the mindset is similar to hunting for the perfect piece of driftwood: I try to stay present and be in the process. When I’m not hangry, it’s just like a treasure hunt, albeit, a different kind...
But if I’m roaming the sands past dinner time, and there is still ever more plastic to pick up, my positive attitude falls to the wayside, and the frustration (to say it mildly) that plastic detritus is, takes over. think, sailor’s mouth and loud sighs of disbelief, probably similar to the effect of pirate growls.