We are tHe nAtuRaL fReE hUmaN bEinGs
We are Soren and Helen. We make custom, one-of-a-kind, original American art from things we find in the world around us. We like to spend time in nature where we seek answers for nourishment, medicine, laws, education, fun, inspiration, guidance, power, and protection. We collect rocks, shells, bones and other treasures and bring them to people in the form of jewelry/wearable art pieces. We use hand tanned deerskin as the thread holding these pieces together. Our art serves as totems to help people reconnect with their own nature and the natural world. They are reminders we are not separate from anyone or anything. Every stone has a soul and these pieces have intended people to find, those they are meant to serve, and vice-versa. By bringing these objects of beauty, power, healing and guidance to people, we hope to encourage more kinship toward each other and the whole of creation.
The literal thread that holds our art together is deerskin leather, also known as buckskin. The deerskins we use have been harvested humanely and with great respect. We love the deer and all of life. We see hunting as a part of the natural human process of acquiring food here on Earth. Life eats life. Each deer has been honored, apologized to, thanked, and fully utilized. We tan the leather ourselves using an ancient method called brain tanning. The beauty it creates is much different than current modern methods of tanning that uses machines and chemicals. The leather is intimate and has a distinct and natural authenticity to it. It is a reminder of the good road humanity has traveled for so long.
The stones, bones, shells and seeds we find are collected personally, one at a time, during jaunts through the various environments we visit. A modern day medicine woman gave a message to Helen from the stones. Calling themselves the stone people, they said, "What she is doing with the us (the stones) is very good. To wear us near the heart is a very good thing for humans and much needed. Tell her to call out to us, to ask us for guidance. We will guide her. Tell her that what she is making is medicine for people. We offer great healing." Our jewelry is comforting, supportive, and, as the stones have said, healing. We have a relationship with the materials we use, we love them and we have learned they have intended people to whom they want to partner. Thank you so much for paying attention to what we do, we realize it is one of your most valuable currencies as a person, we appreciate it greatly!