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Tell us a bit about yourself.
My name is Alana Rose Abbott. I am a self-taught artisan living in Ithaca, NY. In my 28 years on the planet, I have always felt like a lone wolf  – not quite knowing where I belong or feeling a sense of community around me. I began my shop Run With the Tribe because I wanted to do just that: run with like-minded individuals. I wanted to find my tribe.

Apart from creating things, what do you do?
I have a son, Seneca Jaimes. He has recently turned three. My first priority is being his mama. I work my craft, and I take care of my boy. We keep it pretty simple around here. There’s a lot of music in our home (specifically analog sound, as I am a vinyl enthusiast). We adventure around the state park behind our home and throw stones to the waterfalls. I always have a project or two in my bag; crocheting as we walk or sewing when we sit. I will admit it is a challenge juggling motherhood with a demanding business, but we do our best to compromise and find the balance. All in all, we’ve got a really good thing going on.

Dedication to my meditation practice is also very important to me. I am a regular at the Namgyal Monastery here in Ithaca. Namgyal is the North American Seat of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. It’s a very special place, quite possibly my favorite spot in town.

Crystal Calabrese

What would be the title of your memoir?
Hoppin’ Fate Trains. Although my vision and inspiration are quite worldly and eclectic, I am still just an Americana kinda’ gal (and a sucker for a good pun). I am continually taken aback by the auspicious, serendipitous, intuition and faith driven nature of the journey this life has given me. I let life flow, and hop on opportunity when it comes to me. The end result or destination is not so much my concern, but rather it is the process, the moment, and the adventure that I live for.

Amelia Burns

Where does your inspiration come from?
The journey is my inspiration. Whether it is the internal journey of mind, heart and spirit or the external journey of travel and experience.

Expression through adornment can be an exceptionally powerful thing. How we dress transforms the life experience. When you feel good wearing something that holds a little meaning, your posture lengthens, your pull shoulders back, the heart chakra opens, and you take the Light Warrior posture. In this posture, you approach the world with more intention, compassion and acuity in each moment. The aesthetic of your story is also heightened. I live for bringing the dream into reality. Perception is everything.

What does handmade mean to you?
Handmade is within the process. The handmade objects that hold the most appeal to me are ones that sweep me up into the world of the creator. Beginning from the material choices, to the intention within production. The finished piece resonates with the creator, and I am brought to think of the person with every interaction with the possession.

Who has been most influential in your craft?
From 2001-2005, I lived in New York City studying performing arts. The last two of those five years I had an acting mentor, Nico Hartos. Nico’s favorite question is “Who are you?”. He places absolute emphasis on being honest and pure in the moment, knowing thyself, and having complete devotion to the craft. Although I am not on a stage or in a film, I am still offering my moments with this work. I am still having to examine my intentions, continually work with my inner self, bring pure honest expression to the table, and sustain complete dedication every day. My craft is a direct translation of my life. Nico’s teachings brought me to understand what it means to have true craft.

Amelia Burns

When did you know you were an artist/maker?
Always. I don’t believe there was ever any other choice for me.

How would you describe your creative process?
My creative process is visceral. I don’t premeditate the designs too much. I allow my materials to tell me what they want to become, how they want to be put together. I feel that my best designs are the ones that seemed to reveal themselves through happy accidents or spontaneous “a ha!” moments.

If you could peek inside the studio of any artist, designer or craftsman (dead or alive), who would it be?
Rather than peer in on just one person, I would like to take witness to a scene. I am particularly captivated by the scene around the Chelsea Hotel in 1969. And while I’m time traveling, I would love to step into 1920s Paris, taking André Breton as my guide.

What handmade possession do you most cherish?
I look forward to cherishing the gifts made by my son’s hands.

How do you get out of your creative ruts?
Lack of inspiration is rarely something I struggle with. The muse always seems to be standing over my shoulder. I would say my biggest challenge is sustaining a steady production pace to keep up with the busy shop. I have to remind myself to swim to the surface from time to time and do something solely for myself. Just get out and catch some music in town. Dance all the kinks out.

Maintaining harmony in my space is crucial. I’ll open all the windows, clean the dust from the corners, move the furniture, invoke a little drala. I have always felt that the state of my home is a mirror to the state of my mind. I also recently bought myself a long board to skate the mile to the post office. That trip is no longer a chore, but rather an epic break mid-day. And when I need a quick fix for motivation, there is nothing like turning upside down in a headstand to get the blood rushing to the brain. There is wisdom in inversion.

Where would you like to be in ten years?
There are many things I can see manifesting for my future. Each possibility holds just as much appeal as the other. As much as I try to plan, the path continually evolves to surprise me. For this reason, I try to not to place much expectation on tomorrow. But one thing is for sure: I hope to remain true to myself (and have a little flat in Paris to escape to from time to time to write that memoir).

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1 Featured Comment

  • RunWithTheTribe

    Miss Rose from RunWithTheTribe says: Featured

    Hello to the Etsy community. How amazing it is to be honored with this featured seller spot light. I have never felt so much love and acceptance from my peers than what I have received from all of you who support my craft. My gratitude & respects towards all of the light-filled comments left for me. I would like to address this controversy that has developed here in the comment feed for my feature. Not with the intention to defend my vision, but only to share a little more light onto my inspiration. I am the third generation of my family to live in the United States. My paternal side comes from Syria (and further traced back to Africa) & the former Yugoslavia. My maternal side is Italian and French (the French side moved to Canada & we have traced Native American ancestry to our blood line). My son brings to this cultural mix Aztec and Spanish roots. I also live and was born on land rich with Native American history. So what does this prove? ... I am a citizen of this planet. Who I am is a mix of all of these cultures, as I identify with all of them~ as well as a deep resonance with other cultures that are not connected to my blood line. I have heard stories my whole life of my paternal great grand mother riding a white horse on the beaches of Syria, and how she would play a little drum & sing in Arabic ~~ stories of that part of my family being rug merchants and leaving Syria to escape religious persecution~ our name Aboud was changed to Abbott when reaching this country. I have felt that what manifests through the communication from my heart to hands is a remembering of my genetics and an honoring of my birth land here in Ithaca. What I said about feeling like a lone wolf is true~ there has always been a deep sense of isolation inside of me & a struggle with restlessness in my surroundings. It wasn’t until I set a direct intention with my art that I finally began to feel peace in remaining in one place. I had always been searching for home, but have now found my home through the focus of this work. The offerings I give through my hands occupy my every moment, they live with my every breath. It has never been in my intention to offend, mock, ridicule, or spread hate & anger. For it is these poisons that keep us in samsara ~ chaining our hearts & minds. When you take it all away ~ when our flesh & bodies decay back into the soil of the Mother in return to life’s full cycle, we are all simplified to the same basic goodness. It is the collective consciousness that I am interested in, the Universal Mind. I find my connection to this by working with my inner self ~ shedding doubt, fear, and insecurity. And from this evolving place of acceptance in all that I am; the good, bad and indifferent, my mirror reflection looks back at me through all of you. I share this with humble respect.

    1 year ago

263 comments

  • littleedenvintage

    littleedenvintage from littleedenvintage says:

    Amazing work! Just perfect!

    1 year ago

  • TowelsNThings

    Melodie Kirk from TowelsNThings says:

    Congrats on being featured!

    1 year ago

  • windupgirl

    Cecily Furlong from theblackbirdrevival says:

    congratuations! i love your work space :)

    1 year ago

  • BeadtrissLane

    Krista Kirk from BeadtrissLane says:

    Congrats!! ~Krista 25% off all Bridal party jewelry

    1 year ago

  • LivingVintage

    LivingVintage from LivingVintage says:

    Cool! Congrats.

    1 year ago

  • mattyhandmadecrafts

    Matejka Max from NattyMatty says:

    Vivid and gorgeous! Congrats!!!

    1 year ago

  • OuterKnits

    OuterKnits from OuterKnits says:

    Awesome!

    1 year ago

  • LOVEnLAVISH

    LOVEnLAVISH from LOVEnLAVISH says:

    Beautiful,I love your shop. Congrats on the feature!

    1 year ago

  • amorio

    amorio from amorio says:

    Inspiring piece to read and I love the photos! Congrats.

    1 year ago

  • MegansMenagerie

    Megan from MegansMenagerie says:

    Love your shop! Beautiful! Congrats on the FS!!! =)

    1 year ago

  • fbstudiovt

    Laura Hale from fbstudiovt says:

    Congrats on your work, your feature, and for the courage it takes to follow your own path. While my path is different from yours, I deeply admire your commitment to being your own person and doing the work that fills your heart. Wonderful and inspiring! Plus, your son is going to have the BEST childhood memories!!!

    1 year ago

  • SecondSpringSoaps

    Milly from SecondSpringSoaps says:

    Gorgeous work! Congrats on the feature!

    1 year ago

  • SassySisterVintage

    Kim Strozewski from SassySisterVintage says:

    Way cool for sure! Congrats!

    1 year ago

  • VintageRoseShop

    Joanne Poore from ArtiqueBoutiqueShop says:

    Love your shop and style! Well done on your success and congratulations on being a featured seller Alana! I wish you the best with it all :)

    1 year ago

  • searchandconstruct

    Heidi Brown from searchandconstruct says:

    Alright Ithaca artisans!!!! Congratulations of the feature Alana! It has been a pleasure to watch your work evolve over the past couple of years.

    1 year ago

  • thetootsiewootsie

    Mariel Casperson from thetootsiewootsie says:

    very unique and i love everything!

    1 year ago

  • ExLibrisJournals

    Meaghan from ExLibrisJournals says:

    very inspiring work! Congrats!

    1 year ago

  • cindymars7

    Mayka from cindymars7 says:

    Beautiful and inspiring work. Congratulations on being the featured seller!

    1 year ago

  • ZiBagz

    Lisa Z ♥ from ZiBagz says:

    fabulous feature! great artist .. new fave!

    1 year ago

  • LaveraVcreation

    Veronica V. from WildPeopleFreeSpirit says:

    Beautiful, congratulations ♥ ♥ ♥

    1 year ago

  • TeepetalsDesigns

    Tee from TeepetalsDesigns says:

    This is very inspiring. Love how you just let things flow and go with it. You are very creative.

    1 year ago

  • VoleedeMoineaux

    Hillary De Moineaux from VoleedeMoineaux says:

    That's pretty cool.

    1 year ago

  • Azmera

    SaQuA Harvest from HarvestGirlLove says:

    beautiful.. happy to be connected with you mama.. I love it.. and keep inspiring.~

    1 year ago

  • tinasway

    Christina Cassidy from tinaswaycrochet says:

    Really great article wonderful items beautiful work!

    1 year ago

  • Piscesspirit

    Lua Aline from PiscesSpirit says:

    How wonderful you have realized all this at your tender age. Stay with your journey-adventure awaits. What a beautiful child. He is a fortunate young man to have chosen you.

    1 year ago

  • paramountvintage

    kristin from blackmoonsky says:

    i love that your shop is a direct reflection of you :) congrats on the feature!

    1 year ago

  • Ridgevales

    Lindsay from SweetThreesBoutique says:

    Very inspiring story, and shop! Congratulations on your success!!

    1 year ago

  • KnottinPearls

    Elizabeth Mangels from KnottinPearls says:

    Thank for sharing. I love the picture of you and your son outside. Also love your style and creativity. I look forward to more of your designs!

    1 year ago

  • truthbeautyandlove27

    Colleen O'Neal from truthbeautyandlove27 says:

    inspiring feature and beautiful work, congratulations!

    1 year ago

  • Briole

    Heather Green from Briole says:

    Congratulations! Your designs are amazing.

    1 year ago

  • PennyBirchWilliams

    Penny Birch-Williams from PennyBirchWilliams says:

    Your eclectic and unconventional lifestyle is reflected in your work; very natural and lovely. Your little boy is adorable! I visited Ithaca in the fall once and it was a gorgeous place; must be wonderful to live there. I wish you continued happiness and success.

    1 year ago

  • Azmera

    SaQuA Harvest from HarvestGirlLove says:

    very beautiful ~ so happy to be connected to you~ LOVE LOVE LOVE

    1 year ago

  • ElectricKetchup

    MistyDawn from ElectricKetchup says:

    LOVE the title of your memoir...I'm another sucker for a good pun. congrats!

    1 year ago

  • handmadebyinali

    Inali Campbell from handmadebyinali says:

    Your story is inspiring... Love your shop style! such a beautiful creative items! GOOD LUCK :) Inali www.HandmadeByInali.Etsy.com

    1 year ago

  • pagepottery

    J.R. and Kristen Page from pagepottery says:

    LOVE your interview and your style! I will be a frequent visitor :)

    1 year ago

  • thebeadgirl

    lisa lehmann from thebeadgirl says:

    great story. beautiful work. congrats on the feature!

    1 year ago

  • silke5763

    Silke Jordan from howcroftjordanwork says:

    How inspiring to read and feel your love !! Yoga, meditation etc keeps the 'right' balance for you and your beautiful work - I'm very interested where your journey will take you (and your son)... All the best - and thanks for sharing !!

    1 year ago

  • Iammie

    iammie from iammie says:

    ฺำBeautiful! Congrats on the feature!

    1 year ago

  • DebsWhimsicalDesigns

    Debbie from DebsWhimsicalDesigns says:

    What a great interview. I love your free spirit. Bravo!

    1 year ago

  • VeryCarey

    Carey from VeryCarey says:

    Thanks for sharing a glimpse of your lifestyle, beliefs, talents and dreams. Congrats and all the best wishes for continued success. I think you'll go very far with your unique offerings, and will enjoy it along the way.

    1 year ago

  • nnssls

    Vanessa Uttaro from thebigcitybumpkin says:

    I think I'm in love. ;)

    1 year ago

  • sukran

    Sukran Kirtis from SukranKirtisJewelry says:

    Wonderful photos..Congrats on your feature!!

    1 year ago

  • briannalamar

    Brianna from briannalamar says:

    beautiful

    1 year ago

  • HarmonyGardenDesigns

    Hayley from HarmonyGardenDesigns says:

    Alana, reading your interview has set a tone of balance and peace for my day. Thank you for sharing such a beautiful glimpse into your life with fellow artisans...I am inspired. Run with The Tribe is a beautiful shop xo

    1 year ago

  • OneLaneRoad

    Becky from OneLaneRoad says:

    I see a true reflection of who you are in your work. A very honest beauty that makes your shop appealing to me. Congrats on the feature!

    1 year ago

  • stephanekone

    Stéphane Koné from BeesandtheSpirit says:

    your work is amazing !!!! i'm totally inspired !

    1 year ago

  • HappyWhoos

    Jessie Friedman from HappyWhoos says:

    Lovely shop and interview! I like the tribal feathered ear cuffs. Congrats on you feature! :)

    1 year ago

  • lotusflowerdesigns

    Shannon Coleman from lotusflowerdesigns says:

    Congrats on your talent! What an inspirational blessing you are...may your lives continue to be filled with joy, creativity and love. Namaste.

    1 year ago

  • AlternativeBlooms

    Alternative Blooms from AlternativeBlooms says:

    OHHH MY AMAZINGNESS!!! WE LOVE YOUR SHOP !! YOU HAVE FAB photos! What a wonderful story, thank you for sharing!!

    1 year ago

  • sonyarasi

    Sonya Rasi from sonyarasi says:

    Great work! Congratulations on the feature!

    1 year ago

  • MVDesignInk

    Marilú from MVDesignInk says:

    Love your story. Unique and amazing work!! Congratulations on the feature!!

    1 year ago

  • KMalinka

    Natalia from KMalinkaVintage says:

    Awesome jewelry!

    1 year ago

  • CafePrimrose

    Amanda Gynther from CafePrimrose says:

    Wow such a nice article about a member of etsy. It's so nice learning more about everyone here.

    1 year ago

  • missantique

    Rita from MissAntique says:

    so inspiring your interview! I relate to so many things you say and the way you see the world and life. The story behind your shop's name is fantastic, so wonderful. It's a great life moto for lonely wolves: run with the tribe, it's wonderful, I will not forget it. I do believe the best way to find companion in things we like is really starting to do the things we love. Congratulations on your life and choices and shop!

    1 year ago

  • imustbehallucinating

    Pael Spelle from IMustBeHallucinating says:

    Very creative work. Great designs. I really love the quality of the pics.

    1 year ago

  • seaofwild

    Kathleen from seaofwild says:

    beautiful. i'm glad to see you featured. :)

    1 year ago

  • karinagracejewelry

    Karen Ericson from karinagracejewelry says:

    Absolutely gorgeous shop! Everything is just amazing from your products to your photography. So deserving to be featured seller! Congratulations!

    1 year ago

  • wspearman

    Wansena Spearman from PaperMemoirs says:

    I stumbled upon Run With The Tribe several months ago and immediately feel in love with the energy that the shop evokes. The story behind her creative process is very inspiring. Thank You for sharing.

    1 year ago

  • janicewd

    janicewd from janicewd says:

    Very artistic pieces. Congrats to you!

    1 year ago

  • janicewd

    janicewd from janicewd says:

    Very artistic pieces. Congrats to you.

    1 year ago

  • thelandlockedsailor

    The Bosun and Sarita Li Johnson from TheLandlockedSailor says:

    Skate to the Post Office: Awesome idea!

    1 year ago

  • CindyEllison

    Cindy Ellison from CindyEllison says:

    To Thine Own Self Be True! I loved your story and your work. May you always continue being true to yourself!

    1 year ago

  • Ainurcrochet

    Ainur KOKSAL from Ainurcrochet says:

    Wooowww !! Your work is amazing... Congratulations on the FS :)))

    1 year ago

  • inapigsear

    Maria Corey from sowsearjewels says:

    I love your art and your attitude! I would love to hang out with you, and I say that as a person who has learned to be VERY choosy about her friends. :) Congratulations on the feature.

    1 year ago

  • kaffeekatze

    Kannis from KaffeeKatze says:

    beautiful! congrats!

    1 year ago

  • NicoleNicoletta2

    Nicole Nicoletta from MintMarbles says:

    great shop! your photography really suits your items, excellent job.

    1 year ago

  • AFOLKTALE

    AFOLKTALE from AFOLKTALE says:

    Congrats! You are an amazing artist!

    1 year ago

  • MexicArt

    Sofia Sanchez from MexicArt says:

    This feature is really inspiring, thank you so much for sharing! Congrats on the feature!!! LOVE your items

    1 year ago

  • EnchantingStamps

    Jessica from EnchantingStamps says:

    What an inspiring interview!

    1 year ago

  • angryhairjewelry

    Lisa from angryhairjewelry says:

    Love your shop! Love your creative perspective. I wish you continued success.

    1 year ago

  • jmayoriginals

    jean from jmayoriginals says:

    very inspiring interview. congrats on your feature!

    1 year ago

  • PalomaAccessories

    Kelly from PalomaAccessories says:

    Muy diferente!

    1 year ago

  • HolmesandWatson

    Jenni and Jessi Obloy from HolmesandWatson says:

    Great interview and shop! Congratulations on the feature!

    1 year ago

  • GoldenSpiralDesigns

    Lola Ocian from GoldenSpiralDesigns says:

    This is lovely! Thank you! I feel so inspired! I feel a really strong resonance with your process and found myself laughing out loud and beaming with joy while reading your article. Congratulations and thanks again!

    1 year ago

  • CopperheadCreations

    Sarah from CopperheadCreations says:

    I think I could definitely run with your tribe - you have a great philosophy on life. Congrats on the feature, and a terrific shop!

    1 year ago

  • sofiatrinker

    Sofia Sanchez from Dedosen2 says:

    AMAZING shop! Congrats on the feature!!!

    1 year ago

  • micahmc

    Micah McConnell from MyBeautifulEmpire says:

    Beautiful words and what a beautiful boy! Peace.

    1 year ago

  • harvestxvx

    harvestxvx says:

    SO. MUCH. CULTURAL. APPROPRIATION. Also, FYI--"Gypsy" is a racial slur.

    1 year ago

  • BagNoir

    BagNoir from BagNoir says:

    Congratulations on the feature! Beautiful work and fabulous pictures!!!

    1 year ago

  • zylamaes

    Zyla Mae from zylamaes says:

    I have been inspired by your shop for awhile now. You are an old soul and your creativity is pure and honest. Congrats on finding the right balance between art and motherhood. You are dedicated and deserve this recognition. Kudos to you!!

    1 year ago

  • kendralock

    Kendra Lock from UrbanCreative says:

    You are amazing - possibly the most level headed and down to earth person ever. With your unique perspective on life I'm sure abundant adventure awaits. Enjoy! Congrats on a lovely feature.

    1 year ago

  • anotherghostquilts

    Nancy from anotherghostquilts says:

    Fabulous feature! Love your space and work. And that is one cute little boy! Best of luck with your work and play.

    1 year ago

  • SirensAllure

    Heidi Acoba from SirensAllure says:

    Beautiful work and I love your work space. Congrats!!

    1 year ago

  • lexxyradd

    Alexis Hill says:

    Congrats on the feature! I love the items, and the photography is amazing! Best wishes for your success!

    1 year ago

  • myMountainStudio

    Nikki Weiss from myMountainStudio says:

    "I feel that my best designs are the ones that seemed to reveal themselves through happy accidents or spontaneous “a ha!” moments." I can relate to that one! I often have ideas of what I'm going to make, but when I actually go to work my thought out plan, everything changes and ends up completely different in the end. This happens so much of the time, that I have quit planning ahead for the most part. Thanks for sharing your story. :)

    1 year ago

  • SweetElisabeth

    Elisabeth Miranda from SweetElisabeth says:

    Cool stuff made by a very cool spiritual woman. Bet your stuff brings it's own mojo to the wearer :). Best of luck with your chosen lifestyle and your business. Love it!

    1 year ago

  • HighPointFarm2010

    HighPointFarm2010 from HighPointFarm2010 says:

    Love your vibe!! Your shop is wow... And your little man.. words escape me...he is a gem!

    1 year ago

  • ATWI100Years

    Ashley Phoenix from AntiqueAlchemyShop says:

    Wonderful! I love your stuff, your story! Contgrats!

    1 year ago

  • thevicagirl

    VaLon Frandsen from thevicagirl says:

    What a great shop.

    1 year ago

  • HuellaHuella

    Fabiola Friedman from HuellaHuella says:

    Beautiful shop & spirit! Congrats!

    1 year ago

  • KaiceJoy

    Kirsti Joy from KaiceJoy says:

    congrats on the feature! nice shop!!

    1 year ago

  • Tribalis

    Tribalis from Tribalis says:

    Beautiful and authentic! Congrats!

    1 year ago

  • gilstrapdesigns

    Debra Gilstrap from gilstrapdesigns says:

    Beautiful creations and designs and such a beautiful outlook on life and very inspiring.

    1 year ago

  • VintiNashville

    Kelsey White from VintiNashville says:

    It's about time! Your shop is killer and one of the most unique shops I've seen on Etsy. You deserve this feature, and many more! You seem to have no choice but to spread inspiration, what a gift! Love it all.

    1 year ago

  • lilakiliano

    lilakiliano says:

    Congrats, love, and hugs. I am so happy that you made to the Featured Shop section. I agree with Kelsey White...it's about dog gone time. I love your creations and appreciate the treasures you have created for me. I enjoyed reading your story. Looking forward to seeing more creations.

    1 year ago

  • windycitynovelties

    Windy City Novelties says:

    I love your items! They are so creative and fun! Great job!

    1 year ago

  • LittleWrenPottery

    Victoria Baker from LittleWrenPottery says:

    I love your shop, its so beautiful! Congratulations on the feature : )

    1 year ago

  • GitanaMama

    Catie Atkinson from SpiritYSol says:

    Congratulations Alana--your work is incredible and your shop radiates positive energy. As a young mama myself, I'm so inspired by your success and ability to balance motherhood with your art. Keep up the great work---your journey is a powerful one!

    1 year ago

  • RedorGrayArt

    Elaine Kean from RedorGrayArt says:

    fabulous shop and interveiw ..so happy for you !

    1 year ago

  • shoptsarevna

    shoptsarevna from PulseVintage says:

    Congrats!! Love your work space and your story.

    1 year ago

  • AbleAprons

    Erika Kelly from PortlandApronCompany says:

    It does sound like you have a good thing going on! Congratulations for being true to yourself.

    1 year ago

  • FabRick

    Brea Peck from FabRick says:

    Beautiful. Well done.

    1 year ago

  • Motleycouture

    Motleycouture from Motleycouture says:

    Great feature! Congratulations!

    1 year ago

  • ColorsMadeNew

    ColorsMadeNew from ColorsMadeNew says:

    Just a fabulous story and so inspiring. Thanks for sharing a part of your world with us. Such an adorable son.

    1 year ago

  • busybonniebee

    Bonnie Becker from busybonniebee says:

    We love you in my hive.

    1 year ago

  • RenataandJonathan

    Renata and Jonathan from RenataandJonathan says:

    Great inspiring story and work ! Cutest little boy :))

    1 year ago

  • husseinahmed1

    hussein ahmed says:

    great shop

    1 year ago

  • TT11

    Tara Hickey from TT11 says:

    Great stuff! Keep up the great work lady!

    1 year ago

  • KnEesAA

    Nessa Sandel says:

    <3 from maryland, and i must say, you and i are sooooo similar! i love all that you have shared with us! your shop is amazing :)

    1 year ago

  • thelacypetticoat

    Tanya from thelacypetticoat says:

    Love love love your work space! Great shop, wanna buy all your stuff!

    1 year ago

  • nancynelsonjewelry

    Nancy from nancynelsonjewelry says:

    Such a soulful story. Your work is beautiful.

    1 year ago

  • 27thEmpireGallery

    Jesus Camacho from 27thEmpireGallery says:

    very cool workshop. good story :)!

    1 year ago

  • SundayOwl

    Lisa from SundayOwl says:

    Alana, I love your shop. A beautiful story.

    1 year ago

  • lime914

    Stephanie Calcagno from ClarityArtDesign says:

    I agree, beautiful work!

    1 year ago

  • freesoul

    Semira from freesoul says:

    Gorgeous Shop, amazing story, props up to your little man standing by your side! Congrats on the Feature : )

    1 year ago

  • silverbutterfly9

    Katy Lupien from silverbutterfly9 says:

    Very inspiring story and beautiful shop.

    1 year ago

  • freesoul

    Semira from freesoul says:

    I do agree with the cultural appropriation comment higher up..Hadn't noticed until it was pointed out, but gypsy is officially Roma now. Beautiful work nonetheless!

    1 year ago

  • Mystiquebijoux

    Annik-Michele from Mystiquebijoux says:

    What a fun rustic feel to your creations! Inspiring!

    1 year ago

  • AriHearts

    Arianna Ru from AriHearts says:

    amazing shop. was enthralled instantly. you are definitely a role model for me. beautiful.

    1 year ago

  • luxdivine

    Jessica Neil from luxdivine says:

    Whoo hoo!!! Yay Alana!!! So happy for you<3

    1 year ago

  • wildfireatheart

    Courtney from Run2theWild says:

    Congrats! I love this girl!

    1 year ago

  • tarnishedandtrue

    Annie Smith from TarnishedAndTrue says:

    Loved reading your words, so inspiring to hear. Thank you.

    1 year ago

  • moondaughter

    Marissa Moondaughter from MoonlitCottage says:

    I love how much intention, spirit and love you put into your work. truly inspiring!

    1 year ago

  • grimmandgrete

    Lisa from REBELbyFATE says:

    Utterly unique shop and designs that seem to embody who you are. Congrats on your feature and continued success with your business and journey through life.

    1 year ago

  • ForestandFlower

    Michelle from ForestandFlower says:

    Congratulations Alana! It is indeed wonderful to see a fellow Ithacan gracing the homepage of Etsy. Lovely and inspiring. :)

    1 year ago

  • katielisdesign

    KatieLis from katielisdesign says:

    very inspiring, thank you for sharing :)

    1 year ago

  • jamerstown

    Jamerstown from jamerstown says:

    Thanks for not being the typical etsy! I love your photography and your work. I want a shirt! You are just awesome.

    1 year ago

  • imogenskyefreeman

    Imogen Skye Freeman from InkPaintings says:

    This has been bothering me all day... The shop is filled with obviously lovingly made and beautiful objects (hand-sewn skirts!!!), but I understand the cultural appropriation criticism. What has been bothering me is that, like many people who live in North America (and elsewhere, but I know here best), our cultural roots have often been severed, but our desire to belong and share a common mindbody experience with others is still just as alive as those whose cultural experiences have remained intact with their ancestry. So, for instance, I have had to go about learning my cultural history in a very synthetic way because my parents, coming to Canada from Europe, didn't raise me with their cultural traditions. It has become obvious to me that a lot seeped into me anyway, since I find it so relieving to interact with certain people from my ancestral culture, just because of the ease of communication, though we may not agree on anything in particular. So, I am doing that cultural appropriation thing as well, bringing objects, ideas and values from a culture to which I have no personal, direct line of experience (only vicarious), but nobody would think to criticise me for that, because I *look* like the people of my ancestry. I also think that even though some forms of cultural appropriation can be understood as deliberate theft, or ignorant, or lacking respect, sometimes, it is a deeper connection that has nothing to do with ancestry, that draws a person to emulate the traditions of a culture into which s/he was not born. Sometimes, cultural identification can be of the heart, rather than the biology. <3

    1 year ago

  • dayslonggone

    Gwynne Collins from DaysLongGone says:

    Thanks for sharing your story! Your work is beautiful!

    1 year ago

  • dawnmeridian

    Dawn Beckwith from DawnofCreationArt says:

    In a world full of cheap, mechanized goods, I salute anyone who is a MAKER and CREATOR. You could debate the cultural link til the end of time. My grandfather was half Cherokee. My father and his brothers were raised to plant an acorn when you fell a tree and lots of hunting lore that they probably didn't know the origins of. Am I Native American? Yes, and no. On paper, I am 1/8th Cherokee. But I feel it. In my heart and in my bones. In my connection to nature and to animals. Thank you for your beautiful work and your pure heart. It's not the words we use nearly as much as the intention behind them. I would LOVE a 'gypsy' piece of clothing, for the free spirited and wandering nature of mine. : )

    1 year ago

  • warnellcreations

    warnellcreations from warnellcreations says:

    I love the name of your shop.

    1 year ago

  • lunadesorrow

    lunadesorrow says:

    I love this and love your work! So glad to see you featured. I can't wait to own and proudly wear something made by you. You have beautiful energy and I know that is infused into your work. <3 Rain

    1 year ago

  • thelittlepackof5

    kathy shankie from thelittlepackof5 says:

    Hi Alana, congratulations on your feature, very inspiring. I rember when your store opened as 'Rambling Rose', Its great to see ur success, its so inspiring!! I love ur store, & pop-in from time-to-time to admire all your lovely creations. Thanks again for the inspiring story:) p.s Your son is just too cute!

    1 year ago

  • peshka

    Peshka from Peshka says:

    I love your style!

    1 year ago

  • RunWithTheTribe

    Miss Rose from RunWithTheTribe says: Featured

    Hello to the Etsy community. How amazing it is to be honored with this featured seller spot light. I have never felt so much love and acceptance from my peers than what I have received from all of you who support my craft. My gratitude & respects towards all of the light-filled comments left for me. I would like to address this controversy that has developed here in the comment feed for my feature. Not with the intention to defend my vision, but only to share a little more light onto my inspiration. I am the third generation of my family to live in the United States. My paternal side comes from Syria (and further traced back to Africa) & the former Yugoslavia. My maternal side is Italian and French (the French side moved to Canada & we have traced Native American ancestry to our blood line). My son brings to this cultural mix Aztec and Spanish roots. I also live and was born on land rich with Native American history. So what does this prove? ... I am a citizen of this planet. Who I am is a mix of all of these cultures, as I identify with all of them~ as well as a deep resonance with other cultures that are not connected to my blood line. I have heard stories my whole life of my paternal great grand mother riding a white horse on the beaches of Syria, and how she would play a little drum & sing in Arabic ~~ stories of that part of my family being rug merchants and leaving Syria to escape religious persecution~ our name Aboud was changed to Abbott when reaching this country. I have felt that what manifests through the communication from my heart to hands is a remembering of my genetics and an honoring of my birth land here in Ithaca. What I said about feeling like a lone wolf is true~ there has always been a deep sense of isolation inside of me & a struggle with restlessness in my surroundings. It wasn’t until I set a direct intention with my art that I finally began to feel peace in remaining in one place. I had always been searching for home, but have now found my home through the focus of this work. The offerings I give through my hands occupy my every moment, they live with my every breath. It has never been in my intention to offend, mock, ridicule, or spread hate & anger. For it is these poisons that keep us in samsara ~ chaining our hearts & minds. When you take it all away ~ when our flesh & bodies decay back into the soil of the Mother in return to life’s full cycle, we are all simplified to the same basic goodness. It is the collective consciousness that I am interested in, the Universal Mind. I find my connection to this by working with my inner self ~ shedding doubt, fear, and insecurity. And from this evolving place of acceptance in all that I am; the good, bad and indifferent, my mirror reflection looks back at me through all of you. I share this with humble respect.

    1 year ago

  • SkySaddle

    Nick & Margaret from SkySaddleSwings says:

    Beautiful collection, dig the style!

    1 year ago

  • Bellabisinia

    Debbie Mekonnen from Bellabisinia says:

    What a fresh and inspirational story. One can connect with you and your work as a whole as your work defines your journey. Stay who you are and never let it go. Your son is gorgeouse. Happy Fantastic future to you, your son and Your creation. Happy sales From Ethiopia

    1 year ago

  • ForestMoonMagic

    Tanya Oakes from InvokeTheMoon says:

    Simple yet Stunning. :)

    1 year ago

  • Peaceseedsbeading

    Peaceseedsbeading from PeaceSeedsBoutique says:

    Beautiful work! I hand sew too, (not professionally) and I know how it takes every bit of patience and poise to get each stitch lined up straight and even and without a lot of effort and engergy the stitches would be all over the place. I love how your work represents you inner soul and convictions! Blessings to you and your son on your journey.

    1 year ago

  • monlyn25

    Monica C from MomoSea says:

    I have been enlightened after viewing this! What a creative mind you have and such an incredible life you live~ full of such peace and adventure. Congrats and all the best to you!

    1 year ago

  • AdornmentsbyDebbie

    AdornmentsbyDebbie from AdornmentsbyDebbie says:

    Congrats on the feature! I love that your clothing is hand sewn, very earthy and quite comfy looking--I think the "foreign one reversible" is my favorite. Continued success to you, I enjoyed reading your story.

    1 year ago

  • shaylen303

    Shaylen Maxwell from CustomPopPortraits says:

    I love your earthy aesthetic. I too have sought to find my own tribe. Congrats obn your feature & can't wait for my son's gifts too. <3

    1 year ago

  • StrangelyYours

    Lorraine and Glenn from StrangelyYours says:

    i am in love with your shop *swoons*

    1 year ago

  • Redeye1985

    Lu says:

    Why do Etsy continually slap every Native Etsy shop owner and buyer in the face? It is tiring to continually see the community of Native Artists on Etsy get overlooked and unappreciated. Etsy in general has a weird relationship with Native shop owners. In one turn on the surface they like to embrace original indigenous arts by showcasing artists like Mabel Pike or Sylvester Ayek in the Handmade Portrait video series, but in the next do not monitor the integrity of what’s being sold as Native American (or vaguely Native American, Tribal, American Indian, Aztec, Navajo, Headdress, Red Indian, Southwest, etc….the list goes on). So here we have a shop featured where the time was taken to get to interview the owner and give them a voice for the Etsy community to hear. But where is the voice of the genuine Native artist? Where is Etsy listening to the concerns of those who are making and interested in Native made items? I’ve contacted their staff multiple times and half my emails were ignored and the other half were replied with disingenuous statements like: We respect that our members come from all walks of life, may hold different beliefs and may express their artistic perspective in many ways. To the Native community here on Etsy it sends the message that Etsy does not care about authenticity, honesty, or cultural complexity of the Native sellers. I want to suggest perhaps instead of promoting something on the front page that is offensive to an entire group of people Etsy could promote original Native craft by actual Native artists.

    1 year ago

  • Redeye1985

    Lu says:

    Why does Etsy continually slap every Native Etsy shop owner and buyer in the face? It is tiring to continually see the community of Native Artists on Etsy get overlooked and unappreciated. Etsy in general has a weird relationship with Native shop owners. In one turn on the surface they like to embrace original indigenous arts by showcasing artists like Mabel Pike or Sylvester Ayek in the Handmade Portrait video series, but in the next do not monitor the integrity of what’s being sold as Native American (or vaguely Native American, Tribal, American Indian, Aztec, Navajo, Headdress, Red Indian, Southwest, etc….the list goes on). So here we have a shop featured where the time was taken to interview the owner and give them a voice for the Etsy community to hear. But where is the voice of the genuine Native artist? Where is Etsy listening to the concerns of those who are making and interested in Native made items? I’ve contacted their staff multiple times and half my emails were ignored and the other half were replied with disingenuous statements like: We respect that our members come from all walks of life, may hold different beliefs and may express their artistic perspective in many ways. To the Native community here on Etsy it sends the message that Etsy does not care about authenticity, honesty, or cultural complexity of the Native sellers. I want to suggest perhaps instead of promoting something on the front page that is offensive to an entire group of people Etsy could promote original Native craft by actual Native artists.

    1 year ago

  • Redeye1985

    Lu says:

    To the featured seller: Congratulations on the honored spot. It is truly something to celebrate as a coveted gesture of approval and support from Etsy and the community. However I do not agree with your shop. Perhaps believing merely occupying once inhabited land and simple appreciation gives you the justification you need to make and sell the sort of items you make okay I guess, but this takes away from the authentic Native sellers here on Etsy. Etsy itself has a hand in this as well. I from Western New York, the Native American nations you speak about are my people so seeing what you are promoting is completely inaccurate and insulting.

    1 year ago

  • imogenskyefreeman

    Imogen Skye Freeman from InkPaintings says:

    With genuine respect for all indigenous peoples, First Nations, and all humans and non-humans alike: I do wonder why it is presumed that the use of natural materials in the way that they just sort of ask to be used or displayed (I'm thinking especially feathers, and will use it as my example from here on), is owned by a particular culture. I have unending respect for First Nations, and here in Yukon, there is a lot of openness and beautiful sharing between those who hold to the traditions of their First Nations people and the people of various cultures coming from immigrant families (how ever far back- lots of first generation Canadians here). But when I see a feather, there are just certain ways that the FEATHER demands to be seen, and I think that most indigenous peoples have been in-tuned with that reality and work with the materials to mutual benefit- which results in a certain sort of look and more importantly, *energy* to the creation of the artisan. I don't understand how it is respectful, loving or even acceptable to presume that if one isn't a member of a First Nation band (or tribe, depending on geography), that a feather is going to somehow integrate into a creation in a previously unknown and unrecognizable way. This seems absurd to me, a maker since before I can remember. When my man brings home a moose hide, and my sons bring me feathers (which they do all the time! Gorgeous Raven and Bald Eagle feathers- divine!), the two materials dance together the way they do, and I don't feel like the designer in a way; I feel like the messenger of the way of feathers and moose hide. It's their relationship, and I have the awesome privilege of participating in their interaction. I have complete acceptance of the way of things, the tao, and see it manifest in everything- animate and inanimate alike, if these distinctions still hold meaning for others. Feathers are sacred objects of many cultures, and yet do not belong to any of them. They belong to birds (if they belong to anyone), until those birds gift the rest of us with them. But even then, we're just facilitating the journey of a feather whose beauty, and concurrent immobility in our time-scale, entices us to move it to wherever its going. We think too much of our wills as humans, I think. I watched The Private Lives of Plants (BBC and by David Attenborough) and it changed my whole perspective, shifted every paradigm I thought I could hold fast. How can a person whose natural response to the gift of a feather is awe and excitement then deny the natural way that a feather demands to be seen, to radiate its light, for the far lesser value of pretending that this way belongs to a specific group of *people*. I'd have more sympathy for this superficial stance if the ones positing it grew feathers from their own bodies. As it is, the material demands supercede politics, no matter how pressing underlying socio-political issues might be (and even though those issues are genuinely very near and dear to me). The greater nation is that of the living, and even moreso, all that is. I don't pretend to rule over others, but seek to respect and cooperate, receive and open to the desires and innate life-affirming demands of everything around me- my babies, my man, the world, and even feathers. Who am I to force unnatural expression on a feather? It seems to have itself pretty figured out, pretty clear in its intent and purpose, and even its journey. I am only just *now* learning how to express my *humanness*!

    1 year ago

  • imogenskyefreeman

    Imogen Skye Freeman from InkPaintings says:

    I would love a paragraph function...sorry for the eye-yoga, everyone. ;)

    1 year ago

  • Redeye1985

    Lu says:

    Imogen - Of course a feather in the hair is just a feather, but when you coincide it with language that is when things become more than mere objects. The featured seller within her shop and in the comment thread of this feature has repeatedly used the words "tribe, tribal, warrior, headdress, etc." to describe and has referenced a shamanistic spirituality of her work. Not to mention she did say she found influences in NATIVE AMERICAN culture (should be plural for there are many Native cultures). ALL of this combined makes the feather more than just a feather. So it is not simply about the materials, but how sellers like this engage in "borrowing" from cultures they do not participate in or understand. And understanding is more than admiration. But if I were to touch on materials I'd have to say given that this particular seller is using materials most likely learned from stereotypical representations in popular culture. AND given the current trend of using a vague idea of what Native culture is I'd have to say it is more than coincidental. Thanks for the rundown on feathers, but you missed the point. To think any object is inherent to human semiotics is pretty naive. And if you had read through the sellers descriptions of her items you would have seen her use Native American stories that are not her own. The cultures are not something to take. The history and beliefs are not something to be sold. This is what is happening.

    1 year ago

  • alatvian

    Rita from alatvian says:

    congrats to the interview! great work and insights! thank you so much for sharing! I'd suggest no change some names of your creations not to use the ones too loaded for the Natives :)

    1 year ago

  • jewelsbymoon

    moon from jewelsbymoon says:

    I was already a big fan, Congrats!

    1 year ago

  • WhatsOliviaWearing

    Olivia Royale from WhatsOliviaWearing says:

    WOWOWO! Great Feature!!! New Shop looks amazing and your journey looks truly enlightened! This is great!!!

    1 year ago

  • cowboyshirts

    cowboyshirts from CowboyShirtsEtc says:

    To the people speaking of their offense to Run With The Tribe's use of descriptive words such as "Native" or "Indian" these are simply key words for selling purposes. While each item is different and she could use words such as "hippy, bohemiam, natural" (and I'm sure she does such words sometimes). ..... But in order to get people to find her items during a search she must use certain terms. And its not fair for her to refrain from such terms if nobody else is obligated to refrain from using such terms. The buyer can access the information on the seller easily, so if the buyer has a problem with the native american authenticity of her items then they do not have to purchase her items. I think she has a gift/talent whatever you may call it, and its her right to market her product however she wants too.

    1 year ago

  • SupremilyJewellery

    Emily Jane Adam from SupremilyJewellery says:

    A beautiful feature Alana, I love your creative tale. Your work is beautiful, you have certainly inspired me to meditate more and tidy up the chaos that is my work room! Congratulations, i'm pleased i've found your shop :) Love and light xx

    1 year ago

  • mimishingleton

    Mimi from aTreasureInStore says:

    Great interview...a wonderful spirit comes through! I wish I could walk the paths in that state park and throw stones in the waterfall with you and your son! Positive vibes comin' your way!

    1 year ago

  • GoddessOfJewelry

    GoddessOfJewelry from GoddessOfJewelry says:

    I love your work! And I have to admit I am a little jealous that you live so close to the Dalai Lama's monastery in the US. Also...your studio is GORGEOUS!!! Congrats on FS! :)

    1 year ago

  • AltogetherLeather

    Anne from AltogetherLeather says:

    Congratulations! Your work is gorgeous. I live in Ithaca too! It's a beautiful place. :)

    1 year ago

  • Azmera

    SaQuA Harvest from HarvestGirlLove says:

    I find my beautiful sister Alana to be very humble even explaining her roots to the ones that had to find something negative to say.. it is best to not say anything at all if it is not positive... instead try to be inspired to create more,, dig deeper into your essence of self.. and create beauty... be inspired by her ability to mass produce... that is something i am seeking to do at this point and will let her continued success inspire me more to be more productive in my own works~ in my own essence.

    1 year ago

  • readyruthieoriginals

    Beth from ReadyRuthie says:

    THis is a great example of a cohesive shop with a clear "look"--it's so well put together that, even though it isn't really my aesthetic, I can't help but admire and enjoy it. It looks SO good that I even find myself thinking... "maybe I could be a hippie chick and wear midriff baring shirts!"

    1 year ago

  • goviedo1

    Gabriella Oviedo from goviedo1 says:

    you are lovely. great story to wake up to. thank you for the honesty with which you live and create.

    1 year ago

  • DamselofDainty

    Inge van Geem from DamselofDainty says:

    Great story, very inspiring! Thank you for sharing.

    1 year ago

  • Musclesandcrafts

    Melanie from merVazi says:

    Great shop. Do what makes you happy. You will never please everyone all the time.

    1 year ago

  • rechercheorganic

    Hillari from rechercheorganic says:

    There is a lot of beauty and creativity happening here. I praise the will to live your own life, care for your child and create. Very nice work. Though a lone wolf you may feel, the howl and song is an inspiration to many~

    1 year ago

  • satanica

    s. batcakes from BatcakesCouture says:

    For discussions like this, I think all people should read the tiny but epically genius booklet "Cultural Etiquette: A guide for the well-intentioned". Available on Amazon, takes like a half hour to read. Has this, among other things, to say about cultural appropriation: "Now it is perfectly natural for human beings to share and blend cultures, but let us face a hard reality: 20th century white society is culturally addicted to exploitation. Cultivate an awareness of your own personal motivations. Do not simply take and consume. If you are white and you find yourself drawn to Native American spirituality, Middle Eastern religion, African drumming, Asian philosophies, or Latin rhythms, make an effort to maintain some kind of balance. Don't just learn the fun and exciting things about us and then go home to your safe, isolated, white, privileged life. Learn about the history of the people whose culture you're dabbling in. Learn how our history relates to your own, how your privilege connects and contributes to our oppression and exploitation. And most importantly, make it a fair exchange--give something back. "

    1 year ago

  • imanaholic

    Victoria Bunny from iheartaholic says:

    Lovely! Congratulations!

    1 year ago

  • julsandmaude

    Mary Brady from JulsandMaude says:

    Alana, thanks for sharing and thank you for expressing the depth and expansiveness of the human connection in such a compassionate way.

    1 year ago

  • froufroubijou

    Sarah Feldman from StockFrock says:

    Thanks for the book advice Satanica! I'll check it out!! I've been needing to find a book for my Mohawk bf. Yes he is Mohawk. I must be total hipster then...god.

    1 year ago

  • pillowsbytamilyn

    Tami Lyn Stanton from pillowsbytamilyn says:

    Your baby is beautiful!

    1 year ago

  • retrosugarandspice

    retrosugarandspice from BlueRoseVintage says:

    Very cool interview! Congrats on your feature and good luck with your shop!

    1 year ago

  • rd2shambhala

    Lori Jones says:

    Alana, I rarely take time to read the blogs, this morning with my first cup of coffee I read your interview. What a gift you are to this world. I wish you and your son well on your life journey. Namaste

    1 year ago

  • Auntiesoapworts

    Auntiesoapworts from BrackenfernCottage says:

    You enlighten and inspire and the beauty you share with others comes back to you. I say ignore those who seem to need a podium here! Keep on sharing the love.

    1 year ago

  • MoonflowerNatureArt

    Doreen Dethmers-Rhea from MoonflowerNatureArt says:

    Alana Rose, Let me preface this response by saying I understand your feelings of being "the lone wolf", as I too, feel the same way. I have an amazing story to share with you regarding the power of crystals. My husband and I and our sweet dog live in SW Colorado on our treasured 80 acres that borders public lands. We purchased the land 7 years ago, put a conservation easement on it to protect and enrich the valuable wildlife habitat, built a small modest straw bale home and plastered it with the soil from our property. In other words, we have a profound and deep connection to our land and all of the natural world that surrounds us. We are biologists and have a strong understanding and respect for nature and all of it's creatures. Last Sunday, a fast moving wildfire swept through our world, and although our home was barely spared, the old growth forest of 200-400 year old trees were burned to a crisp, along with many animals that were trapped. The trauma is beyond words, as the loss of the environment is the loss of our friends. We are people that are not about possessions, but are deeply about the world outside of our windows (the lone wolf part). To get to my point about crystals, then were purchased our property 7 years ago, we found buried on a ridge top across our meadow, a 4 pound crystal and a 1 pound crystal. The ONLY place that didn't burn was where the crystals were buried. I'm not sure what it all means, but energy is energy, and that spoke volumes to us. Congrats on your feature....it is well deserved. You are obviously a good soul.

    1 year ago

  • imogenskyefreeman

    Imogen Skye Freeman from InkPaintings says:

    I find it ironic that a book on cultural etiquette presumes that there is a "white society". Is this meant to include all humans with light-coloured skin who are not part of the other broad categories listed (Native American, Middle Eastern, African, or Latin) many of whom also have light-coloured skin, or just people who identify with the geographical and societal expectations of certain areas like North America and certain parts of Europe? What in the world is "white society"? "Privileged"? And light-skinned? These don't *always* go together! :/ I also find it ironic that this book on cultural etiquette paints such a broad stroke as to say, "white society is culturally addicted to exploitation." :O Etiquette clearly has nothing to do with authenticity and honesty, I guess, from the author's point of view. I'll certainly skip THAT book! Also, the words that some here find offensive are not the word of the cultures themselves, in most cases; they are English, and imposed on whole cultures through the intentional slaughtering and destruction of the previous cultures by English warlords of the past. If one is going to take offense to the use of words appropriated from English to other cultures because they are in reference to the objects of that culture, then perhaps we could all learn how to communicate more without words at all, or by learning every language and nuance within it before attempting to communicate at all. Body language is wonderful, but doesn't address our current modes of communication. I'm not sure how an Etsy shop would function without words...

    1 year ago

  • barnheart

    Katie Barnhardt from barnheart says:

    Your interview and shop is so inspiring to me! I think you are amazing.

    1 year ago

  • njavvi

    Neeta Inari from njavvi says:

    Imogen, please read a book before you talk about topics you've apparently only heard of in this very thread. You can google white privilege, whiteness, critical race theory. And most importantly you can look up the fact that native peoples genocide is still ongoing, not just in the US but WORLDWIDE. And this is it for me. I'm tired of Etsy harbouring cultural appropriators and those who see no problem aligning themselves with this ongoing eradication, exploitation and genocide of indigenous cultures worldwide. This is not a safe place nor does it invite participation from all interested—not when anybody from a minority culture, not necessarily even indigenous, has to constantly brace themselves for this kind of thing being featured on the front page no less. I'm done.

    1 year ago

  • thehouseofhemp

    sarah parker from thehouseofhemp says:

    please consider moving your ongoing debate to the forums here: http://www.etsy.com/forums

    1 year ago

  • birchbaykay

    Kay West from birchbaykay says:

    You appear to hold integrity high, and to be living your philosophy and not simply mouthing empty words to garner sales. Enjoy the deserved fruits of your labor and creativity. (I'm sure there are many among us who dream of a Parisian flat. Keep the dream alive.)

    1 year ago

  • Redeye1985

    Lu says:

    Of course the seller can label her items any way she wants, she is free to do so, and if that means exploiting a current trend, cultures, and spirituality then cool (cowboyshirts). I'm pretty aware of how much it is happening so apparently that makes it okay (HarvastGirl). I am allowed to give my criticism since it is my heritage that she is using. There are things you just don't sell (culture, stories, spirituality) so please excuse me if I take offense to this sellers engagement in that.

    1 year ago

  • Redeye1985

    Lu says:

    This bares repeating: *So here we have a shop featured where the time was taken to interview the owner and give them a voice for the Etsy community to hear. But where is the voice of the genuine Native artist? To the Native community here on Etsy it sends the message that Etsy does not care about authenticity, honesty, or cultural complexity of the Native sellers. I want to suggest perhaps instead of promoting something on the front page that is offensive to an entire group of people Etsy could promote original Native craft by actual Native artists.

    1 year ago

  • vintageprose

    vintageprose says:

    Lu, An entire group offended? Come on now; I'm Native American and I'm not offended!!! Keep on Keeping on Miss Rose!!!

    1 year ago

  • vintageprose

    vintageprose says:

    Congrats to you Miss Rose~ I love and admire how your hands are holding the world!!!

    1 year ago

  • sarahelisabeths

    Sarah from sarahelisabeths says:

    Beautiful, wonderful creations!

    1 year ago

  • MoutonKreations

    Kristina Mouton from MoutonKreations says:

    I had stumbled upon your shop awhile ago and enjoyed viewing your work, so to see it featured now makes me very happy. You seem like a very honest and kind person. I hope you don't let any one's words overtake your accomplishment. To compliment and then to take away that approval with lectures and disapproval is so passive aggressive. Just speak and when you do speak with peace. I feel as though your intent means no harm. Keep spreading beauty with your work :} You bring much inspiration to me.

    1 year ago

  • JoyBelleJewelry

    Joy from JoyBelleJewelry says:

    Saddened by the comment thread. I have Native American roots but am VERY "white" (most likely due to my Irish and German heritage as well). Cultures and nationalities have become so intertwined that I don't know why anyone has any business fighting over whether or not the interviewed has a "right" to create what they create. It's her passion, it's her niche and if you read her comment above you'll find she does have roots in the Native American culture, as well as other wonderful cultures.

    1 year ago

  • imogenskyefreeman

    Imogen Skye Freeman from InkPaintings says:

    Alana, if only you made an "after five births crop top" LOL! I would love to wear one. I love the lacing and again, hand-sewing- so awesome. <3

    1 year ago

  • PaleMoonDarkNight

    Rachel Bradley from PaleMoonDarkNight says:

    Great story and beautiful shop! Thanks for giving us a glimpse inside. :)

    1 year ago

  • dawnmeridian

    Dawn Beckwith from DawnofCreationArt says:

    Thank you, Miss Rose, for what you said. I feel so much kinship with how you feel about the world, but am not able to express it beautifully like you did. I suppose that if art is meant to evoke a response, you have succeeded like no other Etsy artist I've seen interviewed. There's a lot of emotion in these entries from all different points of view. Don't you think that says something?

    1 year ago

  • dawnmeridian

    Dawn Beckwith from DawnofCreationArt says:

    Those who have so much time to criticize are not focusing enough on their OWN success.

    1 year ago

  • stockwellcottage

    Karen Stockwell from stockwellcottage says:

    Congratulations on being the featured artist! I just wanted to say hi because I share a spread with you in the Summer 2012 issue of Belle Armoire magazine. Your barefoot sandals are on the left page and my necklace is on the right. Congratulations on being featured there, too! I find your ancestral story fascinating. My husband is part Lebanese, Native American, Spanish, German and English. My stepkids are also part Welsh. Genes are fascinating. My stepdaughter has her mom's pale green eyes, also thick curly hair from the Lebanese side, but it's dark red, and she tans very well! Love your work and your story.

    1 year ago

  • Popetiquette

    Talia E. Gavish from PopEtiquette says:

    I love you and your work. That is all ;)

    1 year ago

  • IvorySilk

    IvorySilk says:

    I have to say i enjoyed reading this feature the most thus far. I am very much inspired by you and your craft. Congratz and thank you :) xo

    1 year ago

  • middleriverdesign
  • MoonflowerNatureArt

    Doreen Dethmers-Rhea from MoonflowerNatureArt says:

    Alana Rose, One additional thing I would like to pass on to you, since there seems to be a bit of heat generated here today. In response to my above note to you earlier, a good friend passed along this quote that was really appropriate for me dealing with great loss and some really inappropriate responses I received during a traumatic time. Perhaps you can gleen your own truth from this..."Many ignorant people want to punish you for speaking the truth, for being correct, for being you, Never apologize for being correct, or for being years ahead of your time. If you are right and you know it, speak your mind. Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is still the truth." Gandhi You've spoken your truth with grace...

    1 year ago

  • LaMeowVintage

    Regan from LaMeowVintage says:

    Beautiful shop! I am very tempted to buy one of those convertible dresses.

    1 year ago

  • LaMeowVintage

    Regan from LaMeowVintage says:

    Beautiful shop! I am very temped to buy one of those convertible dresses.

    1 year ago

  • Redeye1985

    Lu says:

    Joy - Of course cultures have the right to want to be inclusive and keep their cultural items or stories from being "borrowed". It is only of western thought to believe you have the right to take anything you want. Having "roots" does not exempt some one of their ignorance or justify marketing a bastardized version of spirituality or inaccurate representation. Perhaps you feel and the seller feel this way because it is not direct, but it doesn't mean that I don't have the right to give my criticism as someone who IS Native especially if she or anyone else has the right to use Native culture/s. Doreen - Totally misappropriated the Gandhi quote. Unless you were speaking about me being the "one...to speak my mind, not apologizing", then thanks!

    1 year ago

  • Vecmor

    Vecmor says:

    The only thing I find more inspiring than your work is you. Thank you for your passion. Be well.

    1 year ago

  • Redeye1985

    Lu says:

    I know that there were other comments who felt the same and it is a shame to see them being censored. This goes along with what I said earlier. Where is the voice of the genuine Native artist and shop owners? Obviously Esty is an unsafe place for them.

    1 year ago

  • njavvi

    Neeta Inari from njavvi says:

    And to whoever thinks it's "just feathers": The product is not separate from its marketing, not here, not in Amazon.com, and this seller relies on a heavy selection of the nastiest minority culture tropes known to the Internet. I also see a lot of white people counting their ethnic heritage percentages like they mean something, but they don't. What you may think of as "interesting" mixing of genes and cultures was brought on by genocide and erasure of indigenous cultures that continues today. I repeat: it is not a thing of the past, and the current hipster trend that appropriates Native American cultures (PLURAL) is just the newest wave of that genocide. I repeat: please read a book. Or even just a blog. http://nativeappropriations.blogspot.com/ is (among others) a worthy source and will lead you to further reading.

    1 year ago

  • retiredsoldiers

    Mark Lam from Markfabric says:

    Are those a pair of shoes? Love them and the beautiful feet!

    1 year ago

  • vintageprose

    vintageprose says:

    Sounds like scapegoating to me Lu and how can one see if Etsy's censoring?

    1 year ago

  • pleiades7

    pleiades7 says:

    I would really like to see Native artisans and crafts people, of whom there are plenty on Etsy, featured. These "native inspired" trends that are so popular come from actual communities that are maintaining their cultures and traditions. How ironic that people from these communities routinely overlooked even when they *are* selling goods here. There's a reason there is a Federal Indian Arts and Crafts law; the comments to this post prove why this is still needed.

    1 year ago

  • Redeye1985

    Lu says:

    If you have read completely through the thread you will see many references to other comments, but where are those comments? This has happened before with many subjects.

    1 year ago

  • MoonflowerNatureArt

    Doreen Dethmers-Rhea from MoonflowerNatureArt says:

    Lu, I certainly meant no disrespect to you. I don't live in your shoes. And yes, the quote is meant for anyone. I do, however, feel that when people create their own interpretations of art or whatever, if the intent is not malicious and is done respectfully, it honors other cultures rather that steals from them. This feature is about an artist who seems to embrace her art with honesty and compassion. She should be celebrated for that. I am new to Etsy, so I can't comment on your feelings in that regard, but I do hope that, and encourage Etsy to embrace all types of artists around the globe. It is suppose to be a community that helps to connect all cultures and artists and those that appreciate handmade.

    1 year ago

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage from accentonvintage says:

    Great work and story! Very inspiring!

    1 year ago

  • njavvi

    Neeta Inari from njavvi says:

    Doreen, do you think intent really means anything? If I accidentally hit you in the eye with my elbow I'll still have hurt you and I will apologize, regardless of my intent. People do this with indigenous cultures all the time but somehow the desire to apologize for hurtful people is totally absent when they're faced with some weird non-white people with weird effnick folkways. I can't understand why.

    1 year ago

  • Redeye1985

    Lu says:

    Thank you for your comment Doreen and as the first person to address me directly without being passive aggressive I thank you again. It truly does take a lot for me to be offended and chose my fights because seeing your culture continually get stomped on is pretty tiring, but I needed to engage in this particular thread and subject because I am tired of seeing actual Native sellers get overlooked on Etsy. A featured seller who is non-native is creating "native inspired" items is highlighted over authentic Native shop owners (of which there are many). This is an issue with Etsy, but how else will my voice and concerns be heard if I send emails and never get responses? Perhaps people feel I am singling out this seller, but it could have been anyone she was just the one who was featured. I understand people can admire Native cultures, but true admiration comes from supporting Native sellers themselves not copying. It is not honorable to see this sort of thing. I get people think they are honoring them, and I get there are other Native Americans who don't see an issue with (who think their okay makes it alright), but it is not honoring me. I may just be one voice on the opposing side, but there are a lot of people who feel the same. Just as mascots are not honoring me, neither are these "native inspired" sellers. Thanks.

    1 year ago

  • njavvi

    Neeta Inari from njavvi says:

    Whoops, was supposed to be hurtful *behaviour*. Also I see a LOT of white people counting their Native American heritage percentages as if they mean anything. Hint: they don't. What you may see as a cute and interesting mixing of genes and cultures is founded on the ONGOING genocide of the indigenous Americans, and this trend of appropriating Native designs and items into white people fashion is just the latest wave of this genocide and erasure. Also: Product and marketing are inseparable. They might as well be just feathers in a different context; in the context of a shop named "Run With The Tribe" they are not.

    1 year ago

  • njavvi

    Neeta Inari from njavvi says:

    Was meant to be: hurtful *behaviour*.

    1 year ago

  • vintageprose

    vintageprose says:

    Lu, Go to Etsy Community~Forums, click Business Topics and scroll to, "Can We Talk Cultural Appropriations"

    1 year ago

  • odelae

    Erica E. from odelae says:

    Alana, I am so happy to see you shine here~I see the warrior and heart in you, dear sister. It is that which cannot be contained by the color of one's skin or entitled ancestry. What you create comes from deep with in your spirit. It is born from the subconscious. I believe human beings are much greater than we believe we are. What if each and every one of our souls have traveled through time and embodied a life within one of the many native cultures that have existed on Earth (and dare I say beyond). Maybe, just maybe, you lived in an indigenous culture in a past lifetime (and I do believe each of us have lived many lives). Does our spirit have a memory of this? If not, why do I personally feel an absence of connection to the earth, the plants, the animals, the elements---my many relations? This feeling of loss that I experience suggests to me that there was once a sense of communion or connection my spirit once knew. I am not merely a Caucasian of Norwegian/Russian/German/Mongolian/Native American ancestry. I am so much more than that. We are a blend of it All. We inherit it all-- we must embrace every part of ourselves so that we can know the full experience of what it is to be human. Yes, that means embracing both the dark and the light of all cultures, for that is how we truly find the balance and come into a place of wisdom to make the right choices that will ensure our children and their's to live in a place of balance and beauty. I applaud you for speaking your truth and creating from your heart. No one owns a culture. Culture is not a thing. Culture is a way of relating, a way of being. To create from your heart is an act of honesty. Thank you for expressing your truth and choosing the path of the heart. That is the warrior's way.

    1 year ago

  • njavvi

    Neeta Inari from njavvi says:

    Why can't we talk this shop here and how this seller uses a murder slur — you know the Rroma are still being hounded and killed without much consequence? You did know that? — in her marketing? Let's talk about that. Cause I really want to know why is this deemed in any way okay enough to be *featured*.

    1 year ago

  • Redeye1985

    Lu says:

    Prose - I think I'll stick to this thread thanks. I'm not going to silence myself because you dislike when Native Americans speak online and publicly about this topic. This is where it is finally getting heard. This is the seller Etsy chose to highlight over a genuine Native seller, so this is where I will speak.

    1 year ago

  • cutezyclips

    Cutezy Clips from CutezyClips says:

    I love your shop! All of your items are totally up my alley!

    1 year ago

  • njavvi

    Neeta Inari from njavvi says:

    "Of course, white "feminists" want to become only partly Indian. They do not want to be part of our struggles for survival against genocide, and they do not want to fight for treaty rights or an end to substance abuse or sterilization abuse. They do not want to do anything that would tarnish their romanticized notions of what it means to be an Indian." —"For All Those Who Were Indian In A Former Life" by Andrea Smith (http://www.manataka.org/page1113.html)

    1 year ago

  • pleiades7

    pleiades7 says:

    Also I'm curious why there is so often a default to people having "past lives" as indigenous people in these conversations, when they run out of percentages and vaguely referenced ancestry. Do people not realize how much of the current Indian population is urban and living in their own cities and towns? Why is it so difficult to engage with indigenous people who are right here now?

    1 year ago

  • prettymagic

    prettymagic from prettymagic says:

    I'm not sure if anyone has brought this up already but I noticed that some of this shop's feathers are stated as being "organic" and others not. "Organic” meaning what, where these feathers collected as they naturally shed off of the bird’s body? What about the other feathers in the shop? Aside from this specific Esty store and addressing the general feather trend amongst hipsters whose goal may be to convey a message of peace and oneness with nature, well let me just say on behalf of all these innocent beings this trend in nothing but peaceful. These defenseless creatures are being exploited and killed when their feathers are being "harvested". Birds experience extreme pain in the process and sometimes die in agony right in the middle of it, if not they are killed after and thrown out like a piece of waste as they are specifically being bred for their feathers. In the words of Joshua Katcher of The Discerning Brute, "It is a contradiction. I would go as far as saying that this aesthetic appropriation isn’t just a lie, but because of its insincerity or ability to live up to what it claims to represent (communion with nature), it is an incredibly perverted appropriation of traditional native and indigenous people’s aesthetics. It does to animals exactly the opposite of what it intends to visually represent"

    1 year ago

  • Azmera

    SaQuA Harvest from HarvestGirlLove says:

    "Our world doesn't have a "race" problem, it sometimes has a "humanity" problem, where at times it forgets its own humanity, and so therefore, it cannot see the humanity of its fellow co-habitators of the world. "If we can come into this life as physical incarnations, come to know our true selves, and truly love, then this life has been worthwhile."- Nysuttet

    1 year ago

  • wwfjr

    Wilbur W from wilbursvintage says:

    Hello, That was a Very Great Read, and an Awesome shop. Those Barefoot sandles, Amazing, I wish that I had your outlook on Life, It's just Great. I don't know what else to say, but I will be in a Better mood today, Thanks for Sharing that with us, Bill.

    1 year ago

  • flickerfeathers

    Jahnavi from flickerfeathers says:

    You do not need to appropriate other's cultures in order to experience your connection to the Earth. All of us humans are a part of the Earth, and it is good to remember your connection... this world needs that. I'm guessing most of us here were raised in a culture that is based on exploitation, genocide, disconnection, rape and pillage of people and of the Earth from which we came. Of course you feel a sense of loss! It is possible to heal those wounds and reconnect yourself to all the beings who surround you... but you will not be able to do that fully if you are disrespecting and stealing from other cultures. You are just continuing that way of being. I too believe that our souls incarnate into different bodies and different lifetimes, over and over again. Sure, our souls have probably experienced many different cultures, but that does NOT make it okay to stomp on/steal from somebody else's culture in THIS lifetime. Are you so consumed by your ego that you cannot just stop and hear what other people are saying? Please try to listen to the people who you are hurting. Even if it's not your intention to hurt and offend, if that is what you are doing, maybe you should examine why that's happening. White/light-skinned privilege exists, Whiteness exists. Indigenous cultures are still being exploited and eradicated, while the Earth is being destroyed. Is it really more important to defend your so-called "right" to do whatever you want, and use whatever you like from cultures that you were not raised in? I hope your answer is "no".

    1 year ago

  • spiderbunny

    Jessa Cady from Spiderbunny says:

    Thanks for sharing! This is an inspirational read. ^ . ^

    1 year ago

  • boobsRus

    Beth Yanda from boobsRus says:

    Very Inspiring, you go girl!! May your talents take you far!

    1 year ago

  • nineacesdesign

    DianaLoyd McCollum from NineAcesDesign says:

    What a lovely feature story/interview. Love your work studio and your shop. Your little boy is so sweet and what a handy carry bag for his toy. All the best for continued success.

    1 year ago

  • virginiaclara

    Clara Lambert from MarigoldandSage says:

    There certainly is much pain in this life for those who chose to see separation.

    1 year ago

  • jadedhippy

    Lauren Smith says:

    I'm exhausted by the way people feel that can simply appropriate cultures they were not born into, raised with and have only an "spiritual" or "intellectual" connection with, and that Etsy is actually rewarding such cultural thievery. I get that we all draw inspiration from all around us, and that is fine, but there is a fine line between that and cultural appropriation...and this store isn't anywhere near that line; Ms. Abbott has chosen to market the store in a way that is clearly meant to indicate to the shopper that these are First Nations designs. If there is any doubt of that, just look at the name of the store. This isn't ok, and Etsy shouldn't be highlighting these stores when there are ACTUAL Native artists on this site! Stop rewarding appropriators, and bring attention to those who are the real deal!

    1 year ago

  • vintageprose

    vintageprose says:

    Some ETSY basic searches: NATIVE ~ 57,931 items NATIVE AMERICAN ~ 41,015 items NATIVE AMERICAN INSPIRED1,515 items GYPSY ~ 53,804 items GYPSY INSPIRED ~ 1,346 items LET THE WITCH HUNT BEGIN!

    1 year ago

  • MzzzMagpie

    jessica magpie from MzzzMagpie says:

    As a native american women I find your shop/items/descriptions very offensive and borderline racist. We are not a costume. Do not use my culture for profit.

    1 year ago

  • MzzzMagpie

    jessica magpie from MzzzMagpie says:

    shame on etsy for featuring this.

    1 year ago

  • enrooted

    Lena from enrooted says:

    It truly disgusts me, that people use a featured seller/shop post to promote themselves and their opinions. This seller has wonderful, beautiful items and a true nature in her character. She takes everything around her, lives with and in nature and does with it, what we all should do: she takes it, preserves it, cherishes it and makes it into beautiful items for everyone to share. There is NOTHING, and I will repeat that NOTHING, that is bad about that. This shop is beautiful, one of the very few that really try to go for the natural approach. Bringing people back, closer to nature and maybe getting one or two to embrace again, what the modern life might have let them forget...think again before insulting someone who works this way. I appreciate this shop, I love all of those items as they are 100% my personal style and make me feel like home just looking at them. Congrats, VERY well deserved feature!!!

    1 year ago

  • Redeye1985

    Lu says:

    Obviously prose you have missed the point and you have allowed your comments to devolve into your last comment. Of course there are thousands of listing and hundreds of shops that use the label Native American, but as my original and every comment since then has said, this is about Etsy choosing to highlight a seller who is inauthentic over an actual Native seller. And the numbers you post only prove there is little integrity among those profiting from this trend.

    1 year ago

  • Ameliarosenthal

    Amelia Rosenthal from AmeliaRosenthal says:

    Way to go girl! You truly inspire me!

    1 year ago

  • Redeye1985

    Lu says:

    Lena - it is a well deserved feature for anyone who has the opportunity to get on the front page. The fact is this shop is on the front page while other genuine Native shop owners are being ignored. Of course her work is beautiful and she can emphasize the natural and spirited qualities, but choosing to promote her work as tribal is where the sub-issue lies. The real issue is of course an authentic Native seller was overlooked and they continue to be overlooked. Because you don't think anything is wrong with doesn't mean it's true. It should be the choice of the cultures what to share not the seller who is taking it. Anyone of us can critically talk about this feature and shop if we choose to because it is OUR cultures that are being used. I have a voice and I will make sure it is heard. So far no etsy forums or direct emails were successful in gaining any responses so expressing my views here are getting attention to the issues a lot of people take.

    1 year ago

  • vintageprose

    vintageprose says:

    LU ~ I've not missed any point; you should've been authentically concerned a long, long time ago~ POLICING ETSY before the numbers got so BIG! YOU COULD'VE CREATED A FORUM ON THIS TOPIC LONG, LONG AGO!!! SHAME ON YOU LU!!!!!

    1 year ago

  • Redeye1985

    Lu says:

    Oookay? Since you apparently know my life. Just as you feel you have the right to knock down the concerns of those who are voicing their justified criticism, I have the right to speak as well. I've been trying to get the attention of Etsy since I joined years ago so how about keeping the conversation on track. Thanks. If you have issues with me then just message me. The issue I and the other speak of is relevant to this feature and thread.

    1 year ago

  • Redeye1985

    Lu says:

    Ooookay? Since you know my life. If you feel you have the right to knock down the concerns of those voicing their justified criticisms, then I have the right to speak as well. I have tried since I first joined etsy years ago to get attention to the issues. If you have an issue with me then please message me. Keep the conversation on track. What I and the others have discussed are relevant to this feature and thread. Thanks.

    1 year ago

  • dawnmeridian

    Dawn Beckwith from DawnofCreationArt says:

    If part of the issue is authenticity, not appropriating from another culture, how is a consumer to decide? Is simply being Native American enough to count your creations as authentic? The reason I ask is that I have frequented many Native American galleries where owners were very selective about where and by whom their artwork was created, but the gallery was still overrun with bubble gum pink and purple airbrushed pottery made by Native American artists. Nothing about those wares was traditional, so do authenticity and tradition live separately? This is ART. It's open to interpretation, right? And people buy things because of how they make them feel.

    1 year ago

  • Redeye1985

    Lu says:

    Ooookay? If you feel you have the right to knock down the concerns of those voicing their justified criticisms, then I have the right to speak as well. I have tried since I first joined etsy years ago to get attention to the issues. If you have an issue with me then please message me. Keep the conversation on track. What I and the others have discussed are relevant to this feature and thread. Thanks.

    1 year ago

  • BlueRoseRedeye

    L Redeye from BlueRoseRedeye says:

    Ooookay? If you feel you have the right to knock down the concerns of those voicing their justified criticisms, then I have the right to speak as well. I have tried since I first joined etsy years ago to get attention to the issues. If you have an issue with me then please message me. Keep the conversation on track. What I and the others have discussed are relevant to this feature and thread. Thanks. ~ Lu

    1 year ago

  • BlueRoseRedeye

    L Redeye from BlueRoseRedeye says:

    Ooookay? If you feel you have the right to knock down the concerns of those voicing their justified criticisms, then I have the right to speak as well. I have tried since I first joined etsy years ago to get attention to the issues. If you have an issue with me then please message me. Keep the conversation on track. What I and the others have discussed are relevant to this feature and thread. Thanks.

    1 year ago

  • oldtimethreads

    Shannon from CanterLily says:

    Loved your feature story. It is beautiful to see such devotion to what you feel is you and staying true to how you feel! Your stuff is Gorgeous!!

    1 year ago

  • oldtimethreads

    Shannon from CanterLily says:

    Beautiful shop, Beautiful story! You have a way with words! Whether authentic or not Gorgeous!

    1 year ago

  • oldtimethreads

    Shannon from CanterLily says:

    The discussion going on this feature is very strong. Your dedication to your beautiful culture is inspiring. I hope everything goes well with your fight to be showcased on etsy!

    1 year ago

  • oldtimethreads

    Shannon from CanterLily says:

    Beautiful story of your life, finding yourself in your crafts! Your items are beautiful and you have a way with words! Gorgeous!

    1 year ago

  • enrooted

    Lena from enrooted says:

    Lu...maybe the 'other' native shops you are referring to are not good enough to be featured? :) Or maybe their time just has not come yet. The featured seller doesn't even claim to be native - she claims to find inspiration there which is absolutely fine. And she tags her items with words that people will search for when looking for items like hers, which is totally fine as well. She doesn't claim she is native, she doesn't claim her items are original native designs or anything like that. You have no right to insult someone, their journey in life, the things they create...anything really - just because you feel personally insulted. If nobody can take anthing of any culture and make something out of it, we would have NOTHING to sell. Get over yourself. Your goal might be genuine in the basic purpose of promoting true native artists more - absolutely GO FOR IT! But don't force your point of view on everybody. Everything that exists in this world has at one point been taken from, inspired by etc. some culture...think about that for a second before claiming that native culture has a copyright on everything they ever made. Especially since she doesn't even take any original designs - she makes her own...

    1 year ago

  • PhylPhil

    PhylPhil from PhylPhil says:

    Love your style as well as your peaceful and gentle spirit. All the best to you!

    1 year ago

  • enrooted

    Lena from enrooted says:

    Seems like my comment got deleted... Lu. Maybe the 'other' native shops you are talking about simply are not good enough to be featured? :) Or maybe it is not their time yet - there are hundreds of awesome sellers on Etsy who didn't get a feature yet. If all of them would ome here and complain for whatever reason, what would you think about them? I would call it jealousy. Because there is NO true reason to hate on this woman and her shop. She doesn't claim to be native, she doesn't claim her items to be. She claims to be inspired and maybe lean on native designs here and there...and that is her telling the truth. And honoring and cherishing the sources of her inspiration. And if every culture on this earth was as close minded as what you are portraying right now, we wouldn't have ANY art whatsoever and nothing to sell on Etsy. Because everything in existence has been inspired by some culture. Don't put yours over all the others in the world. Things are meant to be shared - which is exactly the spirit this beautiful lady is showing. She doesn't take original native designs and claims them as her own...she comes up with her own ideas. That's HER in her shop, not you or what you claim to be your culture or anybodys culture really. We are all children of our parents, children of our upbringing and the influences we came across along our journey of life. As soon as something is out there, unless there is a copyright on it, it belongs (or should belong) to everybody, as long as it is treated with respect and the origins are honored. I seriously do not get your point - well I do, but I don't think it is valid. Not when you are saying this shop shouldn't be featured because some 'true' native shop did not get featured...because that just doesn't have ANY validation whatsoever.

    1 year ago

  • luxdivine

    Jessica Neil from luxdivine says:

    All these negative comments on here are a big bummer...

    1 year ago

  • vintageprose

    vintageprose says:

    Lu~ just went to your website and your art and jewelry is absolutely beautiful!!!

    1 year ago

  • Redeye1985

    Lu says:

    Okay, Lena whatever you say, "Maybe the 'other' native shops you are talking about simply are not good enough to be featured? :)" ....since this has official devolved to your sort of comments I guess it's time to leave the conversation. Its no longer a discussion.

    1 year ago

  • alilz

    alilz says:

    Does Etsy really have to "honor" a store that makes money of cultural appropriation? I'm sure there must be an actual Native/First Nations shop that can be featured?

    1 year ago

  • Redeye1985

    Lu says:

    Side note: What was with my comment posting multiple times? That's annoying.

    1 year ago

  • realfaery

    realfaery from realfaery says:

    I loved this story and the pictures. I believe "tribal" is a style/ trend in fashion and in Etsy, not referring to the origin. There are other styles referring to minorities, like i.e. gypsy style. I never heard they were upset that their culture is appreciated by actually spread by the fashion style. All of us would like to be a featured seller but not the way spitting on the other ones. Lu, I suggest you write an article about yourself and you send it to the relevant email/admin with great pictures. Or you make your "About" page nicely in a way it is presentable for a feature. I think that is a better way to get featured than demonstrating here. You won't be selected based on your origin, but if the writing is nice, pictures are nice, we will read about you too in future:)

    1 year ago

  • SteampunkPoe

    SteampunkPoe says:

    " I never heard they were upset that their culture is appreciated by actually spread by the fashion style. " You're hearing it now, and receipts please. Otherwise this is just more white myth being spread so people and appropriate our culture. (PS: There are plenty of Traveller/Rroma/etc. people on the web trying to speak out against people appropriating and using racial slurs [gypsy], but once again they are drowned out.) We are telling you it's upsetting, and people are not listening because it means having to admit to their implications in colonialism, genocide, racism, and cultural appropriation.

    1 year ago

  • Redeye1985

    Lu says:

    Thank you realfaery, but I wasn't talking about myself or my own shop/work. Not directed toward you but in general I don't understand why there have been multiple people commenting on their criticism yet no one will listen. Its not like I'm registering multiple usernames with purchase histories to pretend anything. Clearly more than just I feel this way. Other than that, personally I don't believe my work can compare to those I find much more deserving. Especially those who have been on here longer. I was just standing up for them.

    1 year ago

  • realfaery

    realfaery from realfaery says:

    SteampunkPoe, I hear you, and yes, I should not have generalized about it. Certainly we know different people:) THe other thing, there are more types of gypsies, and some hate being called roma but they use gypsy for themselves. Anyway, using 'gypsy' as a style has nothing to do with racism here, as there is no negative implication of it. Some people might feel differently, but hey, we can't please everyone in the world.

    1 year ago

  • KimFong

    Kim Fong from KimFong says:

    Amazing work, cool!

    1 year ago

  • phoenixrunes

    Sarah from babygeekshop says:

    As one of that tribe - thanks for sharing your work and thoughts. :) Letting go of expectation and bringing in that "allowing" energy brings a lot of grace into life. Seems you are very successfully channeling your balance into your work. Congrats :)

    1 year ago

  • imogenskyefreeman

    Imogen Skye Freeman from InkPaintings says:

    I read a variety of authors and subjects, but someone whose understanding may apply for some here is that of David Deida. He primarily writes about sex and masculine-feminine sexual polarity, but to do so, he lays out some groundwork for defining what he's writing about. Anyway, he writes that women (with an innate predominance of femininity) typically have three stages of life. The first is one of needing others to care for her, as in childhood, and oftentimes this continues into her romantic relationship(s), too. Then through disappointment with partners not taking adequate care of her, she develops a shell of protection and self-reliance. This shell manifests as self-sufficiency, forceful and masculine-style discourse and polemics, ardent activism, competition, etc.... It is wonderful because she develops her masculinity to a point of excellence. But the femininity is neglected at this point, and mindbody tension turns to depression, rage, self-destructive habits or thoughts, and even chronic illness. Then, when the continual dissatisfaction of that stage becomes apparent as futile, she realises that even though she can take care of herself, be heard and influence others, out-perform and enforce her values with skill, she is not content and these things don't bring her peace or give her fulfillment. Even though she's so good at them! She still feels a lack. An emptiness. At this point (which may have been a long time coming, or may never come at all depending on her openness to life and to her truest, deepest yearnings for fulfillment), she wants instead to open up to life, to be a conduit of love, to shine and be seen as radiant, as love itself. She no longer wants to fight others down, even though she could. She no longer believes in self-sufficiency and separation from others. She sees herself in everyone and everyone in herself. She can take care of herself, but there is no need to strive in that way anymore. She can genuinely invite others in, invite all of life in, encourage other women to shine their light and radiate their love, to cooperate in kindness and nurturing. She wants to surrender to life rather than to beat it, or force it to conform. I do not begrudge all the women here who want to, by force of their logic and urgent-angry pleas (even if warranted- or not), force others into submission to their values or points of view or philosophical outlooks. This is a necessary stage in life, but sometimes, it can help to just know that this feeling (which looking at the passion of some of the responses is not only strong, but negatively so in many cases) of discontent and urgency does not have to be the colour of the rest of your life, that this stage is to be experienced and honoured, but it is not a destination. It is a leg of the journey, and just knowing that, it no longer has to be so wrought with tension and stress. It can just be as it is. There is a life stage that awaits if you can allow it, and it is sublime, even amidst the innumerable hell-like circumstances of our present human experience. It is not one of ignorance, indifference, or lack of compassion; it is all- everything, but lacking nothing- still passionate, but without lack. Still yearning, but without urgency. Emotionally aware, intellectually alert, open, light, alive, radiant, receptive. :) I jut wanted to encourage the light within, ladies. <3

    1 year ago

  • MinjisShop

    Mary Wheeler from WheelerSalvage says:

    Wow, how did this poor seller cause soooo much anger? I for one believe she is a beautiful young soul trying........yes trying to find peace with herself. I believe we all come from Adam and Eve. I know that's not a popular viewpoint but I believe that God loves us all and does not care one bit about our ethnicity or skin color. My issue with her bio is the "Spiritual" wisdom she is professing to have. This seems to be incorporated in her whole marketing scheme and the "world" is always ready to lap up this kind of jargon because they are still searching and will practically worship someone that seems to have it all together. This young beautiful creative girl is just that folks. A young, beautiful, creative spirit. But she doesn't know what she's talking about in her "Spiritual" references. This is a continual frustration for me not only on Etsy but in the world and on the internet in general. Lets stop making up fairy tales and get down to the TRUTH which is found only in Jesus Christ. Yes I know that's offensive to most of you, but if everyone else can talk about chakras and universal spirit and bla,bla, bla, then I can talk about Jesus who is the LOVE of my live, the giver of ALL life and the Savior of all life. Alana you are beautiful!..........Just keep seeking and you will find. LOVE YOU ALL!!!!!!!!!!

    1 year ago

  • stinnovation

    ST Innovation from stinnovation says:

    eh, wow..... how many people like your create and this is a great artical, this is original and nature summon, them let my create method have a new understanding.

    1 year ago

  • AlongCameMary

    Mary Mailler from AlongCameMary says:

    Ya'all worried about whether or not she can use the word, "Native", and whether or not that's right if she's not native, She's no different, no worse, no better than the dime store copycat theives on here selling Mickey Mouse invitations and Donal Duck wall stickies. Etsy is a free for all, wild west where artists must police themselves because no one else is gonna do it. Look around! People are knocking off established artists and licensed work left and right here on Etsy! Etsy can't be expected and doesn't art police their sellers. My two cents: First, If you name isn't Walt, than you can't sell Mickey, no matter what. Second: It's an insult to Native Americans to sell knocks offs of their artistic and cultural heritage (however unintentional it may be on her part). Native Americans don't even like to sell their own handicrafts! Crafts are handed down from one generation to the next, not bought and sold like sidewalk sale trinkets. You can't buy and sell a culture... Having said that, I'm sure this seller means no harm. I congratulate her for seeking her own path in life. Yes, she has something to learn, but it all comes in time, maturity as an artist and a knowledge of who we really are in relation to the world, is not something you would expect a 26 year old to have a firm grasp on. I wish her every luck in the world, but I would recommend that she change her approach and language.

    1 year ago

  • xbag

    Dani K from xbag says:

    I agree with Mary Mailler above. When I was reading about feature seller, how she describe herself and her work, I sensed she is still very much work in progress. Perhaps many people respond to her work and identify with her because her works is not "authentic" in a sense she does not follow a strict adherence to a specific cultural tradition. The issue of cultural appropriation has a lot to do with commerece on Etsy and not much else. In context of Etsy, or "Run with the Tribe" is a featured seller, she models her wares, seems to embody the sprituality and the lifestyle...all these qualities represented so Etsy can promote her as working crafting person, meaning she is doing so to make a living. On a different note, have you seen that Starburst TV commercial where a Korean man is dressed as a Scot? That cultural appropriation is supposed to be seen as comical absurdity, get attention and sell candy. Every cultural "appropriation'", "borrowing" or "honoring" has many layers of socio-economical, political, historical, psychological contexts. I think it is good this seller was featured and people had chance to discuss the issue of "cultural appropriation"

    1 year ago

  • TeenAngster Admin

    Alison Feldmann from TeenAngster says:

    Thanks for all of your thoughtful discussion. However, please remember that calling out of sellers is not allowed on the Etsy Blog.

    1 year ago

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