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I am UmberDove.

And by that, I mean an artist.  One who hears stories in the wind, who paints because it is what her soul tells her to do, who smiths because the muse moves through her fingertips, who loves nothing more than the promise of an unexplored trail, the sound of the ocean in her ears, and scent of a serious cup of coffee.


Raven Stole the Moon

Kelly Clark

Sometimes all the awesome comes together so seamlessly that I know the crows must have sprinkled fairy dust in the black of night.


Raven Stole the Moon

(100% sterling silver)

One of my most beloved concepts on art making is this idea that we never stop building.  Over the course of a lifetime we compile experience, sight, sound, and story.  We seek the answers to the questions we're asking, we study, we ruminate, we sit very quietly and ask for guidance.  We remember who we were yesterday, and the questions we had back then, we look to who we want to become and step out in faith on that path.  We write our own story in words, in pictures, in breath and movement.  Every time I sit down in the studio I build but I also learn.  As I hone my crafts I develop my thoughts.  

This ring holds so much that is still wordlessly growing my heart.  It is a story of the birds I hold as dear companions and teachers, the reclaiming of natural earth cycles lost to whole generations, the native Tlingit legends I intrinsically believe, the wearing of sacred adornment and the crafting of medicine.  It is a thing of light and dark as equal and necessary, of joy and beauty for the sake of joy and beauty.  It is exactly the thing I needed and wanted to create.  "And my muse smiled and said yes, this is good."

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Be so exceptionally well today my friends! 

- Umber  

(p.s. she'll be in the etsy shop later this morning!)