StagPathis creating art inspired by nature.
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I keep most of my shipping free, but that doesn't mean it doesn't get paid for. I try to absorb the cost of shipping as much as I can, but at times it can be costly! By contributing $2 a month you can help cut down my shipping costs.
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Although some of my materials are from foraging there are still many supplies I have to purchase for myself and they can really add up! By contributing $10 a month you can help cut down the cost of my supplies and make a difference in my life.
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I have fees on Etsy, fees at events, and fees for tools like PhotoShop. These fees can take a significant amount of money from my sales! By contributing $20 a month you would be returning some of the money I earned back to ME instead of the fee goblins!
My name is Jen and I’m an Ohioan artist specializing in art inspired by nature. I have been a naturalist all of my life, meaning I have always had a deep appreciation and interest in the natural world. As a preschooler wanted to be a forest ranger and for a brief moment in college I majored in forestry. I switched my college focus to art and adolescent psychology later on. For the last decade I have been learning about my local flora and fauna, invasive species and their control, ecology, and human impact on the environment. In recent years my novice work with ecology has been very much out in the field (literally) as I am in the process of restoring 10 acres of retired agricultural land riddled with invasive species back into a healthy functioning ecosystem. My partner and I have big plans to restore and preserve much of the wild land while also maintaining botanical gardens and permaculture food forests in other parts. This will be a large scale process taking all of our lives and done with much documentation. I want to show others humans can interact with nature in a positive way by leading by example. We do not have to separate ourselves from nature in order to preserve it, we only need to educate ourselves, thus giving true value to all we understand. The unknown weed in the garden has been revealed to be a rare native wildflower not yet in bloom. The sweat bee trying to sting you turns out to be the harmless hover fly trying to find a place to rest after pollinating your flowers. You might even find out that horrible person you see off trail hurting the plants is actually out there controlling the invasive garlic mustard population which devastates entire forests by oppressing and killing the native species (google garlic mustard Pieris butterfly to find more on how this plant kills our native butterflies). We will never know until we start to make observations and ask the right questions. We can talk the talk, but we really should be walking the walk, or maybe in this case hiking the hike. We should all be learning as individuals, not just copying what’s cool. Nature isn’t a fad to me. I don’t just use it as a backdrop in photos. I don’t just go to the park and sit in the parking lot or pull up random plants. I learn about everything I can using the many resources I have access to thanks to the world wide web as well as the many textbooks I have invested in. I pour my time and energy into an endless consumption of information. I am learning everyday in and out of the field and I am determined to keep going. I can’t steer the path for others, but I can make a pretty sweet path for myself. On that note, hike your own hike!
Where do the woods goods come from?
I strive to obtain both the natural and man made resources I use for my art with a proactive approach to learning how and where materials are made and distributed. What this means is I like to examine where my stuff comes from and try to get what I am able to locally (Ohio for me) with confidence in it being sustainable and ethical. Allow me to give an example. I don’t make my own twine, so this is a product I purchase. I can purchase twine from anywhere at super low costs, but I want to really know where a product comes from and feel good about it. If I don’t know, I can’t feel good about it. If I find out somewhere along the line the twine I use has been made with non sustainable or unethical practices I am forced to find new sellers. As mentioned I strive to live more locally. This means I prefer the products I use and the food I eat to come from my area or at least my country and I also try to repurpose and reuse many materials. This is good for my local community both economically and environmentally. Let it be known that I am ALWAYS overthinking every little thing from where the packaging tape I use comes from to whether or not a patch of wild mint is healthy and plentiful enough to prune leaves from for teas. I am working on evaluating everything and trying to use up what I already have.
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