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    Love More, Live Wilder

    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

    Desert Born

    Desert Born

    Shooting stars, rock canyons, winds that sail through you, prickly plants that grab on for the ride...

    Drawing of our campsite at Joshua Tree National Park

    I went backpacking in Joshua Tree National Park in the winter of 2018. It was not only my first backpacking trip, but my first winter camping trip. It is quite cold at night in the desert! I spent 3 sleepless nights and found an awakening.

    I left the desert thirsting to step into the current of my creative force, to give myself over with dedication to a project that spoke from my soul and see where it took me. My work as a website administrator and freelance photographer was not enough for me anymore. Shortly after this trip Sipsey Wilder was conceptualized and the journey of creating nature inspired minimalist products out of vegan or repurposed materials began. We are now just days away from bringing you our first products!

    "Desert Soul Shifters" Mixed Media

    Desert inspired print

    The Neon Desert print will be available in our 4-in-1 bag and the Skipper clip wallet.

    The Ichauway Way

    The Ichauway Way

    I recently was lucky enough to spend a week at the Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center with a biologist friend. This research plantation, also known as Ichauway, is located in south Georgia where it protects over 30,000 acres of the longleaf pine and wire grass eco-system which is one of the most endangered systems in the world.  

     Ichauway is a magical place. Visiting here is like traveling back in time before our native lands were developed, back when the wildlife ran the show, and the mighty rivers flowed untouched. 

    During my stay when I wasn't walking miles in the stifling heat, taking pictures, piddling my mandolin on the porch or floating the Flint River I was drawing. Very few places have inspired me so much and 3 of the designs from Sipsey Wilder's new line of versatile 4-in-1 hip bags were created on this week long trip.

     

    Spanish Moss draping off of the live oak trees.

    A gopher tortoise making his way through the wiregrass.

    Cypress trees on the Flint River.

     An Eastern Kingsnake crosses the road.

    A breathtaking Ichauway sunset. 

     A beam of morning sunlight near the Ichauway-Nochaway Creek.

    My dog Chloe.

    Prints inspired by Ichauway. The top three patterns will be seen in the first line of Sipsey Wilder bags and wallets. The bottom three you might see next time!

    Sample Safari

    Sample Safari

    When I set out to create a line of minimalist bags & wallets with a nature inspired personality I had no idea what I was getting into. I simply knew I had lots of ideas and a passion for designing patterns and useful, but also cute things. I have learned so much in the process and after 8 months in the making (and years of dreaming) Sipsey Wilder is finally launching our first 3 products this January.

    There will be a unique hip bag that neatly contours to the body, a versatile waist/clutch/crossbody combo bag and a simple little clip wallet for your vitals. 15 unique nature inspired patterns will be available in these first edition prints. Find the pattern that speaks to you or showcases your love of the desert, mountains, birds, reptiles, river adventures etc. I know you will find these items useful and full of color and personality. Pre-order your Sipsey Wilder bag now and receive early bird pricing and a free vinyl Sipsey Wilder sticker!

    We also offer a small line of fair trade products made from people around the world to benefit their communities and artwork & handmade items in our ever changing artisan collection.