I recently put my photo editing experience to good use when I helped an ecologist friend Dr. Carla Atkinson assemble a collection of her beautiful photography. These photos were taken in Oklahoma, Georgia and Alabama while she was earning her PhD. Luckily she let me share them with you!
Tiger Salamander near Honobia, Oklahoma.
Lampsilis ovata, freshwater mussel, filtering
Cope's Gray Tree Frog in south Georgia
Alligator in south Georgia
Razorback Musk Turtle in southeastern Oklahoma
Darter fish in Bear Creek, Alabama
Amblema plicata, freshwater mussel, in Bear Creek, Alabama
Ouachita Map turtle in Oklahoma
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!
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!