Love More, Live Wilder – Sipsey Wilder
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    Love More, Live Wilder

    One Year Strong!

    One Year Strong!

    Today marks the one year anniversary of Sipsey Wilder! We went live on January 31st, 2019 and had our very first sale that night. Thank all of you so much for visiting our store, checking out our stuff and hopefully finding something you like!

    To commemorate this day I'm going to take a little journey back to the beginning of the concept and share the history of our logo. Before I found my way into pattern making and bag design I created a series of still-life photographs of the natural treasures in my home. Relics of nature have always captivated me. Even as a child my pockets were filled with interesting rocks, bone fragments, feathers and shells I had found.

    One of the photographs from this series became the inspiration for the Sipsey Wilder logo. This Longnose Gar skull posed with a flower stem became my jumping off point.

    I experimented with versions with the Gar skeleton and the SW initials. This set was the first I settled on, but they were quite complex. I now consider them our vintage logos.

    Finally these more graphic interpretations became our final versions and what you see today on your favorite Sipsey Wilder products! 

    To celebrate the anniversary we have some special little give-aways with orders placed today!  

    Fallen Friends

    Fallen Friends

    The apocalyptic wildfires in Australia have killed nearly half a billion animals. The grief is hitting me in waves. My mind is haunted by images of terrified koalas climbing to the tops of trees for safety only to find an agonizing death. It is a living nightmare and so many of our animal friends have fallen.

    It can feel so hopeless, but we can still help. Here is a list of options for helping or donating on the WIRES Wildlife Rescue page. WIRES is the leading wildlife rescue organization in Australia.

    One of my ways of coping with the grief is to channel it into artwork. These two pieces were the result. 

    I have converted this koala piece into a seamless pattern for fabric. Soon I will be announcing a pre-order for a koala tote and clip wallet in which the net profits will be donated to WIRES Wildlife Rescue in Australia. 

    Here is a digital mock-up of these products. Sign up for our newsletter to find out when these will be available for pre-order! 

    Awesome Foster Foursome

    Awesome Foster Foursome

    Helping animals has always been a primary passion of mine and I have been so fortunate that my company has been able to help on a broader scale through donations to the The Humane Society of West Alabama
    Recently we took on sponsoring 4 foster puppies from the same litter that needed homes. All four of these sweet babies have now been placed with amazing families! My last one "Forrest" was adopted this weekend. 
    I wanted to share these adorable photos as a tribute to my little fosters.
     
    "Forrest"

    "Flint"

    "River"

    "Fern"

    *Please help spread the word about the importance of spaying and neutering pets!  Approximately 7.6 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year and an estimated 2.7 million dogs and cats are euthanized in shelters every year. Only 10% of pets brought to the shelter have been spayed or neutered. 

    Sipsey Soul

    Sipsey Soul

    The name Sipsey Wilder is inspired by the wild and diverse wonder that is the Sipsey River or "Sipsey River Swamp" located in west Alabama. This fascinating river is one of the last free flowing swamp streams in the state and is considered one of Alabama's Ten Natural Wonders. 

    I was first taken to this incredible place by an ecologist friend who works there studying the river's rich diversity of mussel species. The variety and prosperity of the mussels here show the health of the river. Mussels are the shelled filter-feeding creatures on the riverbed that clean the water. The Sipsey River is home to as many as 37 mussel species (several of which are imperiled) and is one of the most intact mussel communities left in the United States. It is also sanctuary to as many as 102 freshwater species fish including several that are close to threatened status. 

    I have felt honored to visit this wild, sacred place several times and be so inspired in my creative work and in my soul. My dogs love it there too!

         
        
     

    West Obsessed

    West Obsessed

    I recently got back from a 10 day road trip across America that covered ground from Alabama to the Northern coast of California. While traveling across the sprawling and diverse landscapes I found inspiration for two upcoming Sipsey Wilder patterns.
     
    Here are a few photo highlights from the trip:

    Bison at Antelope Island in Utah Bison at Antelope Island in Utah 

    Lake Walcott State Park in Idaho 

    Lake Walcott State Park in Idaho 

    Camping in the high desert in Oregon

    Camping in the high desert in Oregon

    Camping in the high desert in Oregon

    Obsidian flow at the Newberry Volcano National Monument in Oregon

    Elk in Redwood National and State Parks

     Jedidiah Smith Redwoods State Park in California

    Jedidiah Smith Redwoods State Park in California

    Fern Canyon 

    Crater Lake National Park