Dear Friends, Family and Followers!
As the snowline descends Mt. Marathon here in Seward and the days seem shorter by the second it seems winter is upon us. Despite all of the craziness and disruption in the world many of us artists and makers are managing to patch together a semblance of a holiday season—a season many of us rely on to get through the winter and into the new year. On behalf of Stray Goose Studio and my fellow makers I want to encourage you to think of us as you begin holiday shopping and to consider sharing your favorite makers on social media to help spread that love:) Collectively we super, super appreciate it! I also want to thank you. I cannot express enough how grateful I am for your continued support of my work which enables me to support myself with my own two hands. This is so very meaningful to me! I deeply hope the work that passes from my hands to yours has a reciprocally meaningful role in your own lives!
Stray Goose Studio Upcoming Events:
Virtual Wonderfully Made Christmas Bazaar
Virtual Saturday Art Soiree Show at Strphen Fine Arts, 7-8:30PM
Stray Goose Studio Pop-up Shop at Double Shovel Cider Co, 4-8PM
Stray Goose Studio pop-up Shop at Slack Tide Gallery, 12-5PM
Makers Pop-up at Zudy’s Café, Time TBD
Stay tuned both here and on Instagram @straygoosestudio for updated info!
Due to Covid-19 all of the spring and summer events Stray Goose Studio had planned on and was preparing for have been canceled. The status of Salmonfest and fall/winter events have not yet been determined but the health and safety of our communities depend on all of us being flexible and willing to continually adapt as this crisis unfolds in its own time.
For my little business this means embracing more online and virtual opportunities to share my work with the wider world. In the coming weeks I will be rolling out updates to my website inducing re-structuring my web store from a "made to order" format to "ready to ship". The Scale Collection is live now and the Salmon Leather Collection will go live on May 30 at 10AM for the Mountain to Sea Virtual Art Collective happening LIVE on Instagram (see below or visit @straygosestudio for details)!
I am still amazed that orders are coming in without the buzz of face to face conversation and am so thankful for those of you who are keeping me afloat! I am also want to express my gratitude for the local Shops and Galleries who carry my line and who are inventing creative workarounds to keep their businesses going as well. If you find yourselves in the neighborhood of Dos Manos, Slack Tide, Ranting Raven or Salmon Sisters please support them too if you can:)
Dos Manos - 1317 W Northern Lights Blvd #3, Anchorage, AK 99503
Slack Tide Gallery - 1553 Alyeska Hwy, Girdwood, AK 99587
The Salmon Sisters Flagship Store - 1554 Spit Road, Homer, AK 99603
Ranting Raven - 238 4th Ave, Seward, AK 99664
Like businesses of nearly every kind Stray Goose Studio too is affected by COVID-19. The wonderful galleries that carry my jewelry are closed until further notice. Some would have been upcoming shows are cancelled with others pending decision. Supply chains are interrupted... Mostly its just been hard to know what to do and where to direct my attention. Should I keep making as normal in hopes the economy will rebound quickly once the health crisis abates? And what if my hopes for Stray Goose Studio are dashed, what should I be doing instead?
As the enormity of this pandemic spreads, reaching closer and closer to home and the homes of my friends and family, the challenges of my one little business are put into scale. This is way bigger than my health/lively-hood or the health/lively-hoods of folks I know. To state the obvious this is GLOBAL, I honestly can't think of anything else in my lifetime that can make that assertion, so whatever ambition I have as an individual just isn't that important.
Whatever happens I want to say it has been a privilege to adorn beautiful people with the things I make. I sincerely hope to keep doing so. Amazingly, quite a number of you have continued to purchase my work in spite of it all and for this I am extremely grateful. Thank you, thank you, thank you and be well!
Stray Goose Studio had a great time at Girdwood's 44th Annual Forest Fair, thank you to all who came and said hello or took home jewelry! Its always to encouraging to hear your support and feedback in person:) Now I am back in the studio preparing for Salmonfest from August 2-4 and after that will be participating in the Seward Music and Arts Festival September 27-29! Hopefully I find time to sneak some re-supply production for galleries in between as well as some backpacking!? Hope to see your lovely faces at some point this summer:)
For more info about the venues visit their respective websites:
Dear Friends, Family and Followers, how did it come to be December?
I feel you're all owed an apology for my lack of presence here, trust that my heart often wished to be! Instead my time and effort have been spent in other corners of my life.
This spring I had the exciting opportunity to build an entire PWS seine net, from scratch, with all bran new materials - smack dab in the middle of Fisherman's Terminal in Ballard, WA. Without pause, a long and challenging rebuild of the F/V Scotch Cap followed. A steel hulled limit seiner, the F/V Scotch Cap was acquired by my captain last February but needed some work in order to seine. Unfortunately the project got very behind schedule and then was set back even further after it ran aground while traveling to the fishing grounds. After the repairs were complete the fishing season finally began on the first of August and continued a few short weeks before ending abruptly with a broken skiff. Seemingly a rotten hand had been dealt but what can be done except to endure?
It was sweet relief to go home briefly in September after 5 months from my own bed. This time could not be completely given to rest and recovery however because it was also the time for final preparations before setting out to thru-hike The Long Trail, an almost 300 mile footpath in the woods of Vermont and a dream I have wanted to make reality for some time. So, again, on September 12th, I steered south with 6000 miles to drive.
The Long Trail was incredible. It certainly deserves a post all its own, with pictures and maybe even some of the poetry it inspired me to write. Vermont is truly an amazing place and there is nothing like a month long walk with a beloved dog, especially after months of working in a very stressful environment. Living out of a backpack is a great kind of challenge and one that through revisions and innovations becomes more and more rewarding with each day. For my trip, last winter, I took the time to dehydrate and prepare all my own trail meals and I could not have been happier with that investment. I felt healthy and alive and connected in a way that daytrips cannot equal; I hope to plan a long walk, although maybe closer to home, as soon as I can.
While I was on the east coast I was also able to visit family and even celebrate an early Thanksgiving before the journey back to Alaska. My immediate family had not been united in one place in almost 6 years! We relished each others company and revisited some of the landmarks from my childhood: the Rochester Public Market, Tom Whall's, Wegman's... just to name a few.
The long drive home in wintery weather began to make me feel anxious so it was time to go. Sadly my feeling of urgency was not enough to grant safe passage. While driving in British Columbia I hit a sudden patch of ice and lost control of my truck. After careening back and forth across both lanes my Toyota summersaulted into a very steep ditch. Both Finn-dog and I were miraculously unhurt, I did not even bite my tongue and when we flipped Finn landed in my lap! For my Toyota however the result was a complete loss and this complication added four days of logistics figuring out the best way to continue home. Thankfully I'd been caravan-ing with my boyfriend so after shipping away some weight we were back underway.
We arrived in Girdwood on Thanksgiving Day with so much to be grateful for. I was grateful to have survived a grueling pre-fishing season mentally and a near boat sinking physically. Grateful too that my feet stood up to 300+ miles without a blister. While I was also sad because my poor truck was dead I was very much grateful that I was not. 2017 has been a wild ride.
I am so glad to be back home and look forward to what in comparison will seem mundane hours of intense focus in my tiny cabin studio, with a cup of tea, and NPR podcasts for company. All of that to explain my absence! I hope all of you have been well!
Here's to 2018,
Libby Ferrara - Owner of Stray Goose Studio
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