Local Eco-Artist Urban Homesteader

I am an eco-artist, urban homesteader and family resilience coach. I live and work just a few blocks from the Artisan Emporium on my Urban Homestead, Sunny Joy Farm. I grow a big dye garden from which I source plant dyes for my art. I also use flora that I wildcraft within a 10 block radius to make botanical prints on silk, hemp and cotton. What you are likely to find in my booth will change seasonally reflecting what is available to me from my garden and the neighborhood.

In addition to my eco-printed and naturally dyed clothing and accessories, you’ll find plant-based medicine, soap, skin care products, small crafts, and housewares direct from my urban homestead to the market.

About 3 years ago, I sold my screen printing business, Sundial Arts Apparel, and started over to move in a more authentic and ecological direction with my print and fiber art. I am currently studying and experimenting with the relationships between elements. First, is my relationship to the world soul, then the way in which I tune the threads of connection between cosmology, land, inhabitants, flora, fauna, & mycelia. I used to frequently go to an art supply store and purchase objects such as inks, fabrics, and paper which often had to travel great distances, sometimes across oceans to get to me. I am now shortening the distance between and relating with kin more than objects, which fosters a feeling of belonging within the natural world and all its inhabitants.

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Ashland Artisan Emporium

The Ashland Artisan Emporium is owned by Michelle Christian, wife and mother of 3 daughters. Her husband, Travis, is the business manager for Adroit Construction in Ashland, Oregon. The Emporium was the vision of Michael Rydbom, Michelle's father. In April of 2010, Michael asked his daughter if she would be willing to help transform the old DJ's Video space into a crafter's marketplace. Michelle had always admired her dad's entrepreneurial spirit and was eager to make him proud, so even though she already had two kids, a real estate career and one more daughter on the way, she said yes. On November 1, 2010, the store opened it's doors to a welcome reception from the community. They were voted Best New Business of 2010 only months later by the Ashland Sneak Preview. Within weeks of opening, the store was at capacity and had quickly become the "go-to" store for all things unique and affordable.

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