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Featured Shop: Nature’s My Friend

Sep 9, 2013

by Jessica Gowling

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

Hello, my name is Jessica Gowling and nature’s my friend; we make art together. I am a traditional printmaker, and I nest and create at my little home in paradise (also known as the beautiful Kootenay Mountains in British Columbia, Canada). I enjoy making art that brings more of the outdoors indoors.

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I do what I do because I am filled with endless visual ideas, burning creative passion, and a desire to explore the capabilities of my hands. I wandered away from art briefly after high school when I began pursuing a business degree, and it was a very unfulfilling time in my life. My heart yearned to create, so the following semester I transferred schools to get my bachelor’s degree in fine art. I felt alive, challenged and inspired, and I knew from that moment that I wanted to chase those feelings for the rest of my life.

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My work is fueled by the notion of beauty in simplicity. Sunny days sitting riverside watching birds, bike rides next to tall trees, close encounters with furry animals, and reading field guides for hours are a few examples of where my creations start. Sometimes my initial sketches naturally develop into watercolor paintings or graphite drawings; other times, they transform further into layered designs that I carve or etch into stencils. I hand-pull limited edition prints with these stencils on thick rag paper, and use my finished drawings, paintings and hand-pulled prints for my line of stationery, housewares and accessories.

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I try to be as involved as possible with every single one of my creations – even seemingly simple products like magnets are all printed, hand-cut and hand-pressed one-by-one, by me. My hands-on approach goes right down to the packaging; I use screen-printed mailers and carefully-selected vintage postage stamps, and write addresses by hand.

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Etsy has made many of my dreams a reality. It lets me sell my handmade pieces to conscious consumers who appreciate and understand the love, hard work, and personal touches that go into my work. I have founded a real and viable business using my passion and creativity here, along with accessible tools from Etsy and the supportive customer base that are part of this marketplace.

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Knowing that my pieces have been invited into hundreds of people’s homes greatly inspires me. When someone purchases one my creations, it means that my ideas, heart, and hard work become a part of that person’s everyday life – a magnet on the fridge greets them whenever they make a meal; a silk-screened notebook fits in their back pocket for important to-do lists and doodles; a hand-pulled print hangs in a special corner of their room. It makes me hopeful that my artwork will continue to reach plenty of new friends who also love nature and animals!

All photographs by Nature’s My Friend.

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Canadian Creatures Magnet Set - 1.5" - A Dozen Fridge Magnets - Animal Magnet Animal Decor Woodland kitchen Canada Animals Canadian Wildlife
Canadian Creatures Magnet Set - 1.5" - A Dozen Fridge Magnets - Animal Magnet Animal Decor Woodland kitchen Canada Animals Canadian Wildlife
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$21.56 USD
100 INK ANIMALS oracle deck - Animal Oracle Linen Finish Cards - Animal Guide Nature Spirit Energy - Tarot Cartomancy Divination
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Smiling Animal Portrait - wolf, bunny, swan, racoon, big horn- digital print - wildlife art print - cabin decor - black and white modern
Smiling Animal Portrait - wolf, bunny, swan, racoon, big horn- digital print - wildlife art print - cabin decor - black and white modern
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Orca Tote Bag - Killer Whale Tote Bag - Whale Illustrated Cotton Tote Bag - Book Bag - Gift for Animal Lover - Gift for Marine Biologist
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Owl pin - Barn owl - bird of prey pin - Animal Enamel Pin Lapel Pin Hard Enamel Pin Pin Game Pingame black and gold flair animal pin owls
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Barn Owl Tote Bag -  Illustrated Cotton Tote Bag - Book Bag - Gift for Animal Lover Gift for Birder - Black and White tote bag Bird Birders
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Owl and Moon Patches - Crescent Moon Full Moon Horned Owls - Owl Patch - Iron On Patch Horned Owl Iron-On patch Bird Patch Moon Phase
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Deer Pair Card - Doe & Buck - Deer Print - Illustrated Greeting Card - Animal Couple - Animal Lover - Animal Pair - Canadian Wildlife Card -
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Pair of Bears Cards - Grizzly Bear Print - Illustrated Greeting Card - Animal Couple - Animal Lover - Animal Pair - Canadian Wildlife Card
Pair of Bears Cards - Grizzly Bear Print - Illustrated Greeting Card - Animal Couple - Animal Lover - Animal Pair - Canadian Wildlife Card
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Owl, Wolf, Moon Magnets - Night Creatures Set of Strong Magnets - 1.5" - Fridge Magnets - Animal Magnet Animal Decor Woodland kitchen
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Sea Life Magnets -Orca, Seahorse, Starfish Set of Strong Magnets - 1.5" - Fridge Magnets - Animal Magnet Animal Decor Woodland kitchen
Sea Life Magnets -Orca, Seahorse, Starfish Set of Strong Magnets - 1.5" - Fridge Magnets - Animal Magnet Animal Decor Woodland kitchen
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Robin Earthworm Moon March Print of Original Graphite Drawing with Gold Leaf - Animal Portrait Bird Print Robin Print Gold Bird
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Fawn Patch Deer Patch Baby Deer Patch Flair Laser Cut Patch Sew On Patch Patchgame White Tail Deer Flair Animal Patch Black & White Patch
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Full Moon Divination Cards - Circular Altar Cards - Full Moon Names - Card Reading Oracle Tarot -
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American Beaver November Beaver Moon - Print of Original Graphite Drawing with Gold Leaf Animal Portrait Beaver Print
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Pair of Foxes - Red Fox Card - Red Fox Print - Illustrated Greeting Card - Animal Couple - Animal Lover - Pair - Canadian Wildlife Card
Pair of Foxes - Red Fox Card - Red Fox Print - Illustrated Greeting Card - Animal Couple - Animal Lover - Pair - Canadian Wildlife Card
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Gray Wolf Card - Pair of Wolves - Wolf Print - Wolf Art - Illustrated Greeting Card - Animal Lover - Animal Stationery - Canadian Wildlife
Gray Wolf Card - Pair of Wolves - Wolf Print - Wolf Art - Illustrated Greeting Card - Animal Lover - Animal Stationery - Canadian Wildlife
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Bear Patch Grizzly Bear Patch Flair Embroidered Patch Sew On Patch Woven Patchgame Bears Bear Flair Animal Patch Black & White Patch
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FUR FACE wolf fox Enamel Pin Wolf pin Fox pin Coyote pin Lapel Pin Hard Enamel Pin Game Pingame black and gold flair animal pin fox pin foxy
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Cottontail Rabbit Sprouting Grass moon April Print of Original Graphite Drawing with Gold Leaf Animal Portrait Rabbit Print Bunny Print
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Owl Magnets - Horned Owl, Barn Owl Set of Strong Magnets - 1.5" - Fridge Magnets - Animal Magnet Animal Decor Woodland kitchen
Owl Magnets - Horned Owl, Barn Owl Set of Strong Magnets - 1.5" - Fridge Magnets - Animal Magnet Animal Decor Woodland kitchen
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Magpie, Falcon, Swallow Magnets - In Flight Set of Strong Magnets - 1.5" - Fridge Magnets - Animal Magnet Animal Decor Woodland kitchen
Magpie, Falcon, Swallow Magnets - In Flight Set of Strong Magnets - 1.5" - Fridge Magnets - Animal Magnet Animal Decor Woodland kitchen
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Pollinators Magnets - Butterfly, Bee, Hummingbird Set of Strong Magnets - 1.5" - Fridge Magnets Animal Magnet Animal Decor Woodland kitchen
Pollinators Magnets - Butterfly, Bee, Hummingbird Set of Strong Magnets - 1.5" - Fridge Magnets Animal Magnet Animal Decor Woodland kitchen
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Elk, Moose, Bear Magnets - Big Boys Set of Strong Magnets - 1.5" - Fridge Magnets - Animal Magnet Animal Decor Woodland kitchen
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Twin Snakes - LOW STOCK - Gold and Black Enamel Pin Animal Lapel Pin Hard Enamel Pin Pin Game Pingame black and gold flair animal pin
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Animal Stickers - Platypus Sticker Beaver Sticker Falcon Sticker - vinyl die-cut sticker waterproof animal sticker glossy vinyl decal
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Bison hunter's moon october - Print of an Original Graphite Drawing with Gold Leaf - Animal Portrait Bison Print
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Red Fox Pocket Mirror - Foxy Canadian Gift - Animal Pocket Mirror 3.5" - Large Make Up Mirror - Gift under 10 dollars Girl Gift
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Wolf Patch Moon Patch Iron On Wolf Patch Howling Wolf Fabric Iron-On Patch Patchgame Patch Owl and Moon Patch set Grey Wolf Full Moon
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Bunny Rabbit Mirror - Bunny Pocket Mirror 3.5" - Large Make Up Mirror - Cottontail Rabbit - Gift under 10 dollars - gift for young girl
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LONE WOLF TEE - Black Cotton Unisex T-Shirt - Wolf Full Moon Shirt - Full Moon Tee - Black Tee - Goth Tee - Black & White - Wolf howling
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NIGHT OWL TEE - Owl and Full Moon - Black Cotton Unisex T-Shirt - Full Moon Shirt - Full Moon Tee - Black & White Tee - Horned Owl Shirt
NIGHT OWL TEE - Owl and Full Moon - Black Cotton Unisex T-Shirt - Full Moon Shirt - Full Moon Tee - Black & White Tee - Horned Owl Shirt
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Owl Cold Moon December -Print of an Original Graphite Drawing with Gold Leaf - Animal Portrait Owl Print Horned Owl
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Rabbit Card - Pair of Bunny Rabbits - Rabbit Print- Illustrated Greeting Card - Animal Couple - Animal Lover - Canadian Wildlife Card
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American Crow Corn Moon September - Print of Original Graphite Drawing with Gold Leaf - Animal Portrait
American Crow Corn Moon September - Print of Original Graphite Drawing with Gold Leaf - Animal Portrait
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$21.56 USD
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Big Horn Sheep Card - Big Horn Ram - Illustrated Greeting Card - Animal Couple - Animal Lover - Animal Pair - Canadian Wildlife Card
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$4.31 USD
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Red Fox & Gold Moon - Print of Original Graphite Drawing with Hand-Embellished Gold Leaf
Red Fox & Gold Moon - Print of Original Graphite Drawing with Hand-Embellished Gold Leaf
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$21.56 USD
Grizzly Bear Strawberry Moon June- Print of original Graphite Drawing with Gold Leaf  Animal Portrait Bear Print Woodland Print Gold
Grizzly Bear Strawberry Moon June- Print of original Graphite Drawing with Gold Leaf Animal Portrait Bear Print Woodland Print Gold
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$21.56 USD
Smiling Animal Portrait - bear deer fox lynx duck - digital print - Grizzly Bear, White Tail Doe, Red Fox, Lynx, Mallard Duck
Smiling Animal Portrait - bear deer fox lynx duck - digital print - Grizzly Bear, White Tail Doe, Red Fox, Lynx, Mallard Duck
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$12.94 USD
Jumping Rabbit Tote Bag Bunny Rabbit Tote Dog Bag Illustrated Hare Rabbit Gift for Bunny owner cute bunny tote bag groccery bag
Jumping Rabbit Tote Bag Bunny Rabbit Tote Dog Bag Illustrated Hare Rabbit Gift for Bunny owner cute bunny tote bag groccery bag
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$15.53 USD
Snake Pocket Mirror - snake creepy Gift - Animal Pocket Mirror 3.5" - Large Make Up Mirror - Gift under 10 dollars Girl Gift
Snake Pocket Mirror - snake creepy Gift - Animal Pocket Mirror 3.5" - Large Make Up Mirror - Gift under 10 dollars Girl Gift
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$6.90 USD
Crow Pocket Mirror - American Crow Gift - Animal Pocket Mirror 3.5" - Large Make Up Mirror - Gift under 10 dollars Girl Gift
Crow Pocket Mirror - American Crow Gift - Animal Pocket Mirror 3.5" - Large Make Up Mirror - Gift under 10 dollars Girl Gift
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$6.90 USD
Raccoon Pocket Mirror - Canadian Gift - Animal Pocket Mirror 3.5" - Large Make Up Mirror - Gift under 10 dollars Girl Gift
Raccoon Pocket Mirror - Canadian Gift - Animal Pocket Mirror 3.5" - Large Make Up Mirror - Gift under 10 dollars Girl Gift
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$6.90 USD
Bison Pocket Mirror - American Bison - Animal Pocket Mirror 3.5" - Make up Bag - Make Up Mirror - Gift Under 10 dollars
Bison Pocket Mirror - American Bison - Animal Pocket Mirror 3.5" - Make up Bag - Make Up Mirror - Gift Under 10 dollars
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$6.90 USD
Ram Pocket Mirror - Big Horned Ram Canadian Gift - Animal Pocket Mirror 3.5" - Large Make Up Mirror - Gift under 10 dollars Girl Gift
Ram Pocket Mirror - Big Horned Ram Canadian Gift - Animal Pocket Mirror 3.5" - Large Make Up Mirror - Gift under 10 dollars Girl Gift
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$6.90 USD
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Rabbit Pocket Mirror - Cottontail Rabbit Bunny Gift - Animal Pocket Mirror 3.5" - Large Make Up Mirror - Gift under 10 dollars Girl Gift
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$6.90 USD
Beaver Mirror - Beaver Pocket Mirror - Canadian Beaver Gift - Animal Pocket Mirror 3.5" - Large Make Up Mirror - Gift under 10 dollars
Beaver Mirror - Beaver Pocket Mirror - Canadian Beaver Gift - Animal Pocket Mirror 3.5" - Large Make Up Mirror - Gift under 10 dollars
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$6.90 USD
Wolf January wolf moon - Print of an Original Graphite Drawing with Gold Leaf - Animal Portrait Wolf Print
Wolf January wolf moon - Print of an Original Graphite Drawing with Gold Leaf - Animal Portrait Wolf Print
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$21.56 USD
100 INK ANIMALS book - Animal Kingdom Animal Symbolism Monochromatic Drawings Ink Drawings Wildlife Illustration
100 INK ANIMALS book - Animal Kingdom Animal Symbolism Monochromatic Drawings Ink Drawings Wildlife Illustration
naturesmyfriend
$21.56 USD
Horned Owl Pocket Mirror - Owl Mirror - Owl Gift - Animal Pocket Mirror 3.5" - Make up Bag - Make Up Mirror - Gift under 10 dollars
Horned Owl Pocket Mirror - Owl Mirror - Owl Gift - Animal Pocket Mirror 3.5" - Make up Bag - Make Up Mirror - Gift under 10 dollars
naturesmyfriend
$6.90 USD

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