Friday, March 18, 2011

On Display at Maloney's Florist: Flowers, Gifts, and Tribal Bits

Just this week Peg & I stopped into Maloney's Florist, located on Meridian in Puyallup between the car dealerships, to inject some Tribal Bits among the flowers, lovely glass vases, teddy bears, cards, gorgeous silk arrangements, and potted spring beauties. In days gone by, Peg had dressed and adorned many a shop windows in the Puget Sound area. So, this task was a delight and brought back memories to us both. Oh what fun we had!

As you walk into the shop, you'll immediately see the lovely front counter and cooler filled with delicious spring flowers. Then, if you turn to your left, you'll see the long wall of windows which draws your eye right to the new tribal display. We brought a wide spread of items to show you how much variety Peg has available from trivets to coats and wall hangings to helmets. Every piece is unique and has been created from what ever materials were available to the artist.

Several years ago, because of her interest in Belly Dancing, Peg was introduced to some people who were selling vintage dance pieces that had been passed down through their families. Their reason to sell these treasures was to help their own families and fellow countrymen survive as they were fleeing their homes to escape the Taliban. Despite all of what they have gone through, these people maintain a happy disposition and are just grateful to be alive.

If you find yourself venturing through Puyallup to buy flowers, look at purchasing a new car (cars cost less in Puyallup, you know...), or sift through the aisles and booths of all the wonderful antiques stores, please take a moment to pop into Maloney's show room and admire the special pieces in the tribal display. Nearly everything that's in the display is for sale (look for the tags!). Pick up your own piece and maybe you'll just find that inspiration to dance that you've been looking for. If you cannot be present in Puyallup , never fear, just watch the Etsy store because we will be posting more tribal goodies.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

4 Arts Desire on Etsy

Hello Wild Hair Studio readers!  My name is Gwen and I'm working with Peg now to build up her brand as an artist, expand her online presence and allow her more time in the studio to create.  Today, I'm writing to you about what she's been doing in the 4 Arts Desire shop on Etsy.
Did you know that you can find Wild Hair Studio creations and findings for sale on EtsyPeg, Randy, Beth, and Lisa have been hosting small shows in the Puget Sound area for many years now.  After seeing what I had done on Etsy with my former Dread Extensions (for costume wear and belly dancers) business, they decided that they'd expand their team existance into the online sales world.  They now share the store 4 Arts Desire.  Peg, Randy, and Lisa have some beautiful wearable art made from PMC, crystals, fused glass, pearls, and much more. 

The other fun items Peg has posted are Vintage Tribal adornments, costume pieces, wall hangings, and purses.  She and I have been belly dancing for 15 years.  About 6 or 7 years ago we discovered the world of Tribal Belly Dance.  Wow.  What fun we've had dancing.  And then, we discovered the vintage pieces from tribes in India, Afganistan, and other places.  While it must have been a difficult choice to sell for the owner of piece, knowing that the money spent is helping someone else survive is uplifting and inspring.  In addition to the joys of technology, it's amazing to see throug the power of personal connections and subjects of interest just how small and connected our world is.I will be posting more tribal pieces for Peg over the next week.  So keep your eye on the store (or sign up for the RSS feed). 

I will also be posting some of her gorgeous, goes-with-every-outfit earrings.  I've been fortunate enough to be the tester for many of her new designs.  I give her feedback on the look, feel, and impact that each item holds for me and the people who observe me wearing things.  Today, I find that 75 - 90% of my jewelry box is made up of wearable art that I've purchased from her over the years.  They are first and foremost gorgeous and the perfect augmentation to practically all my outfits from the subtle, corporate types to wild and crazy ones.  Her creations are also classy, funky, very comfortable, and extremely well designed (i.e. durable, which to me is very important because I'm rough on things I wear).

And now, without further ado - here is a taste of what you'll find in the 4 Arts Desire store today.