Moss of the Woods started in roughly 2012 as a symptom of my combined love of art and my fanatic love of plants and the natural world in general. My journey with resin was an instant love affair and after discovering the existence of the material I wasted no time in learning how to use it as a means to preserve plant specimens. I was completely enamored with the concept of making for myself a wearable herbarium specimen.
Almost simultaneously, I opened up an Etsy shop as a means of divesting myself of my quickly surmounting collection of "Herbarium Pendants", shipping them off with cards detailing the carefully collected data about species, location and condition of the plant collected - all for the sake of authenticity and uniqueness.
Never satisfied with cookie cutter molds or premade designs, I am always striving to improve my skills and further the art of plant preservation. Shortly after starting work on my herbarium pendants I began making custom molds for new shapes, new methods of preservation for dried plants that did not need to be pressed but rather preserved as complete sprigs, etc. I continuously challenge myself with the preservation of increasingly complicated or niche plant species, 99% of which are either gathered by me, from the rural abandoned pastures, meadows, hills and forests of my Western Massachusetts home, or grown by hand.
This quest to preserve all manner of species as wearable charms and decorations is why I need your help. It would be easy enough to simply preserve the same, easy, store-bought species over and over again and sell them, but for better or for worse, I have chosen a different path. This constant need for experimentation, gardening supplies, etc doesn't always translate into compensatory income, and this combined with my deliberate decision to sell my products as low as is financially responsible for the sake of keeping them accessible to those of lower income, means I am constantly straddling the line of financial stability, and constantly scraping together the funds for new and more ambitious projects.
As a Patron, you would receive not only first looks at upcoming projects, but exclusive access to the sort of behind the scene work that I am not normally comfortable posting on social media - process shots, workspace, gardening, collecting - the works.
Here are a few of the things I'd like to do, with your patronage:
- Expand my gardening operation and start growing more plants I wouldn't otherwise be able to gather from the wild
- Buy the set up necessary and raise the fees necessary to vend at more events
- Buy recording equipment so I can one day start doing video tutorials and even livestreams
- Buy the equipment necessary to start preserving mushroom specimens!
- Provide me enough of a financial raft to stand on for me to leave Etsy for the uncertain waters of my own online shop
- Buy more dog treats for my chubby puggles, Riley and Ellie
- Anything else the future may hold!