Queer Craft Market 2019

Art, Events, Jewelry, Services

It’s been a long time since I opened myself up to the idea of vending at craft markets again. Tendonitis crushed my spirits a few years ago, as well as my ability to produce enough goods necessary to cover tables costs. Markets are a wonderful way to meet new people, connect with other craftivists and financially support my art endeavors, but concerns in the community have been raised about accessibility to those who may not be able to afford a spot.

However, the Queer Craft Market hosted at Ace Hotel by Assemble and WorkshopPGH has compassionately and Justly considered these issues: accepting all applicants and making table costs accessible to all who are looking to join the fun. I am proud to announce that I will be back at the booths as a vendor at this year’s Queer Craft Market!

From the event page:

The Queer Craft Market has been a community event for many years and taken on by several organizations. In 2016-2018 the Market was organized by Assemble, a fantastic non profit that supports STEM & maker education. In 2019, Workshop PGH DIY school began organizing the show to help expand the event to include more makers & community organizations. This event is a staple of the Pittsburgh queer community and is inclusive to all.

WHO.
We welcome:

Artists
Makers
Zine Makers
Creatives
Community Organizations
DIY schools & organizations that support the queer arts, handmade & Creatives
This event is all about the makers & folks involved, giving them a platform to sell and show their work. You can learn more about the vendors on the Vendor page as we update it.



It’s organized on a volunteer basis by Kelly of Workshop PGH (ally business & inclusive space) and several nice volunteers with support from Assemble, sponsors & the community.

WHEN.
The Market happens twice a year in Summer before Pride and Winter at rotating locations. In 2019, Ace Hotel Pittsburgh is gracious enough to host our event and is a Queer friendly event space and Employer. Thanks Ace!


I will be there, vending all sorts of witchy goodies (amount will vary based upon my physical ability to produce them):

★ Hand-burned, ethically sourced acorn runes
★ Upcycled jewelry: complete with semi-precious stones with metaphysical properties* combined with old charms and chains
★ Intuitive collage prints from my Book of Shadows
★ Holiday talisman keychains
Concept photography prints for personal reflection and cultivating intuition

Vending is a really fun experience. I love watching bewildered, intrigued eyes scanning my stock and finding themselves delighted by what they find. Each sale is a bright reminder that I am not the only one who wants to adorn themselves with Nature’s Wonders, but it’s really the conversation that I’m there for.

I can remember my days as a maiden witch and how vulnerable it was for me to ask about this tradition that was once violently kept quiet. I would have loved the opportunity to chat with a friendly face about what witchcraft is all about.

This will be the cherry atop my magical year: will it be yours too?

I hope to see y’all there!

*UPG: items with metaphysical properties are derived by Unverified Personal Gnosis.

Annual Pittsburgh Pagan Pride Day 2018

Art, Events, ReclaimingPGH, Tarot

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WHEN:  Sunday, October 7th from 11:00am – 7:00pm
WHERE:  Castle Shannon Memorial Hall, Pittsburgh, PA
COST:   FREE

ReclaimingPGH community members Critter and Juniper Caldera will be facilitating an Energy Raising workshop at this year’s Pagan Pride Day! Join them as they share the basics about Reclaiming Witchcraft, what our rituals are like and how we raise energy (also known as Cones of Power) with our bodies.

Pagan Pride Day is an annual celebration of Paganism in the Pittsburgh area! Complete with vendors, food, raffles and magical people of all kinds. The following has been copied from the event page on Facebook:

We have not one but TWO amazing keynote speakers coming in for our 2018 event:

Mary K. Greer AND Byron Ballard

HUGE Thanks to our 2018 sponsors!

Spirit Level:
Black Cats & Company
Elemental Magick
Journeys of Life
The Vegan Goddess
Wicked Wicc ‘N Candles

Air Level:
Green Mountain Energy

Fire Level:
Sassafras Grove, ADF

Vendors confirmed so far:
Amazing Ami’s Accoutrements
Angela Rocco Photography, Jewelry & Such
Apothecary Muse
Archaeotype Designs
The Artful Cricket
Arts & Crafts: Botanica & Occult Shop
Bella Moon Old World Metaphysics
Black Cats & Company
The BroomStick Bazaar
Crystal Dragon-Hawk Creations
Cybele’s
Dancing Dragonflies By Carolyn
Divine Scentsations Inc
The Dragon Guy
Dragon Wands
Elemental Magick
Gifts In Jars
Happy Hookers Detroit
Journeys of Life
Kesha’s Kingdom
Long Dogs Bakery
Maiden and Crone Adornments
Mastros & Zealot: Witches for Hire
Michele’s Menagerie
Phoenix Wynd Designs
Pretzel Crazy
Red Dragon Maille
The Rowan Grove
That Artist
Tintero – Custom Turnings
Twin Star Gifts
The Twisted Faerie
Jeff Watson
Wicked Wicc ‘N Candles
Witchy Crafts Corner
Wizard’s Emporium, featuring a selection from Portable Weirdness
Zedd’s Gifts

Readers confirmed:
Bellaire House Tours, LLC
Intuitively Tarot
PANARADIA
Readings by Ronda
Seriously Mythtaken

Groups/Organizations:
Golden Thread Camp OTO
Reclaiming Pittsburgh – a religious witchcraft tradition
Sassafras Grove, ADF


Be sure to check back on the Pagan Pride Day 2018 event page on Facebook for an up-to date list of vendors!

 

Waving the Wand

Art, Events, Jewelry, Mundane Magic, Tarot

It takes a bold soul to pick up a wand. To hold something that is pulsing with power, that fits perfectly in your hand and feels like an extension of who we are and what we are meant to do…. but does not come with a manual. There are no definite answers when we ask “how do you use this thing?” Just a feeling  of connection. Invigoration. A rush of energy that serves as an invitation to do something big that we cannot even understand yet.

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The Universe offers us wands of potential all of the time. They might not take the form of a wooden stick (although some do) it could be a crowd cheering us on before we go on stage. A phone call from someone we did not expect…. Wands make themselves known as tools that will help us transform ourselves and the world around us. It may not be our eyes that identify them, but our hearts being lit on fire. For me this year, it has been the deep Desire to create obscure beauty and share it with the world.

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I do not have absolute certainty on my side. I have not been given a road map of where I need to go or the specifics of what I need to do. I just follow the hope-fire and continue to take risks. I do this even when I am afraid or not feeling full of confidence. I observe my situation, take a moment and make the next best decision that I can considering the circumstances.

What I do know is that I love to conjure things that do not yet exist in this world. I know how to pick our the supplies that draw my attention and use my gifts to make things that others may enjoy. When I hear a song that someone else has composed or read someone else’s poem that does more to reveal a mystery than create one, I feel a connection to a deeper part of myself. I am moved and made more open. I am so grateful to all of the artists and rebels that put so much work into their craft. I, too, am one of those people and it is now time to give back.

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My work as jeweler, paper artist, photographer and tool-maker is now available on Etsy. Metaphysical jewelry, intuitive collages, divinely inspired magical tools, occult photography that serves as a way to dissect your psyche and much more can be found here, as well as many other creations that are on the verge of manifestation.

I wave my wand and grace is born. What are you creating in the world around you?

Spark of Service

Art, Jewelry

The creative process is riddled with peaks and lulls.

As June ends and July begins, I am finding myself inspired by the warm glow of summer to reveal what I have created. Some pieces are new, others have been selected to be showcased at this time… My archive is in heat with new work that is ready to be shared with the world.

 

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IMAGE: VasalisaTheWitch

 

I am reminded of just how much I love witnessing the spark that is released when a client or friend tells me what inspires them. Are you willing to share: your passion? What moves you to love? That thing that calls you to do something bold in this crazy world?

Contact me to schedule a consult. Let’s make some magic together.

Meet the Muse: Brittany

Art, Jewelry

Meet Brittany:

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Brittany is a writer and poet that is eclectically woven into the art-scene of her city. A Non-Fiction Editor of IDK Magazine, she helps select written work that “disobeys social norms [and] empowers the collective body of future humanity” to be published online for the millennial generation. Brittany also teaches creative writing classes at rehabilitation centers in Pittsburgh: using tarot cards, fairy tales and magical realism to encourage women to write about their addiction and trauma.

 

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“Superstition” earrings were created just for her. They were inspired by Brittany’s fashion versatility: her ability to transition between ensembles like a flowing dress and sunhat to breeches and a blazer is a skill that she has nailed down. This set features a single garnet stone, a hazy green marble bead, an amber-colored bead, copper wire and strands of copper chain. They were made to be worn with any outfit Brittany might construct.

 

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“Superstition” earrings by VasalisaTheWitch

 

Want to be featured recipient of A Paradigm By Design jewelry? Send a message and tell me about yourself! Currently, all prices are negotiable and determined on a case-by-case basis.

Feeling Connection

Art, Mundane Magic

Lately, I have realized how happy I am with my personal practice.

I used to scour the internet and books for a routine. I also relentlessly asked my spiritual friends, yogis and mentors what I “should be doing” to connect to my inner-most Self. I rarely asked myself these questions.

These people have it together I thought. What they are doing is clearly working.
That’s what I should be doing.

When I was told that writing in a journal about emotions can be a really useful way to experience them, I gave it a shot. Over time though, I realized that I’m a very verbal person…. I often use my mind to escape feeling things. Writing was intellectualizing what I felt and was therefore useless in this specific endeavor. This was a frustrating realization and the level of irritation I felt only reinforced just how badly I needed this outlet.

I took several things into consideration while tweaking this exercise. I decided that this practice needed to: be convenient enough to do on a whim, access my creative self, not take long to accomplish, and be something that I enjoy doing.

Collage was the answer. My collection of literary magazines, old college text books, National Geographics, art collections and children’s books served a turbo-charged source of inspiration. I find so much of the life I experience between those pages. Slicing them apart and piecing them together in a way that *feels* right has allowed me to match the emotion that I feel in the moment. The amazing thing about this process is that I am able to drop right back into that heart-space when I look back through old work.

The following is a peek into my Book of Shadows: the mirror of my Soul.

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“Hitched” by VasalisaTheWitch

 

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“Your Move” by VasalisaTheWitch

 

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“Mounting Transformation” by VasalisaTheWitch

 

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“Dawn of Silence” by VasalisaTheWitch

 

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“Triggered” by VasalisaTheWitch

 

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“Fingerprinting the Grail” by VasalisaTheWitch

 

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“The Chain Unveiled” by VasalisaTheWitch

 

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“Black Seduction” by VasalisaTheWitch

 

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“Porcelain Hand of Perfection” by VasalisaTheWitch

 

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“The Devil’s Direction” by VasalisaTheWitch

 

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“Cardiac Hymn” by VasalisaTheWitch

 

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“Impatient Dancing of the Dervish” by VasalisaTheWitch

A pocket of this blog will be dedicated to this Work. Some collages might eventually have some written context, some might not. Some of them may “make sense,” others might be totally bizarre. I love this Work because there is no right or wrong way to do it. The intention is to practice pure, unfiltered feeling.

How do you connect with your emotional Self?

Creating Magic

Art, Jewelry

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“Simmering Embers” created by VasalisaTheWitch

 

I have a vision of a community that is saturated with self-expression and I am committed to manifesting this idea. How many times have you sought out a piece of beauty in the world that reflects your true self?

My work is made of semi-precious stones, wire, charms and chains that come together just for you. I specialize in talismans, which materialize in the form of bracelets, earrings, or necklaces. I also enjoy repairing and re-vamping old jewelry into something that suits the wearer as they are right now.

 

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“Breaking the Egg” created by VasalisaTheWitch

 

My inspiration comes from learning about people and making something that cannot be replicated. I love getting to know the style and personality of my clients so that we can co-create this magic together. All prices are determined on a case-by-case basis so that all interested parties are able to acquire that which they desire.

Interesting in scheduling a consultation? Contact me and tell me what inspires you!

 

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“Electric Swirl” created by VasalisaTheWitch

Growing Sharper

Art, Mundane Magic, Tarot

Of all the divination tools out there, I really have quite an affection for the tarot deck.

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IMAGE: VasalisaTheWitch

 

Even before I had any inkling of what it was, the beauty of the cards called to me. After years of training and self-guided study, I have found the 78 cards of the tarot deck to be the complete set of archetypes that visually express what happens during life as a human being. These experiences occur in everyone’s lives and we cannot escape these happenings, no matter our sex, race, class, or creed. When paired with intuition and the humor of our fair Universe, I find them to be an invaluable tool of navigation.

Last April, I did a 12-card reading for my year. I laid out one card per month, to give me an idea of what energies will be present and pulsing. As October arrived, this guy showed up:

 

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IMAGE: VasalisaTheWitch

 

While there is no handbook to the original set of cards, I interpret the 9 of Wands as: on guard, anxious, defensive, prepared, ready to engage, challenges, showing some backbone, and courage. If this archetype is what I can expect from my month, it will be a time of being on constant alert. Nothing is actively happening and the opponent has yet to show up, but the air is charged and the armor has been applied. Ready, steady… wait.

So how can a tarot card that depicts a guarded warrior prepared for battle serve as a source of magic after I’ve put the deck away?

One way is to open up and explore this specific energy during daily check-ins with the Self. I can notice the thoughts that scurry around in my head or witness how I am reacting emotionally to the day’s events. Using this card as a lens for my month means consciously experiencing all of the nuances that are present within this energy, and making decisions for myself from this perspective. If I knew that a strong odor of defensiveness was present within my center, should I choose to discuss an issue with my boss this week? Am I really able to give unbiased feedback to a friend soliciting advice regarding how to deal with her unmotivated partner?

Another way is to embrace and express this energy; not change it into something different, but recognize it’s significance and apply it’s power. I can allow these nine wands to flow through me as I prepare for a long run or a busy night at work. I can be honest with myself and gently suggest that maybe meditation is just going to be difficult right now. I could choose to engage in some social justice work in the field. Giving this energy permission to guide me at this point in time allows me to celebrate it’s existence and understand who I am when I embody it. I often use this insight to inspire collage, which is my personal process of fitting the parts together to create a complete picture:

 

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“Stand By” collage by VasalisaTheWitch

It can be really difficult to *see* everything that’s happening when thoughts, feelings, energy and the physical world collide in complex ways. Tarot cards (and all tools of divination) give us the opportunity to pick a very decorated whole apart to be observed and understood. Just like a paint-by-number portrait, each color is necessary to create the image and make it complete. Even if one part is missing, the entire whole is affected.

The name of this magic is awareness, which is our ability to perceive and act from a place of conscious knowing. It is this separation, exploration, opening, embracing and expression that allows each of us to create our desired life while the mysterious hooded figure called The Unknown perches in the corner of our eye…

“The Universe Is Full of Magical Things Patiently Waiting for Our Wits to Grow Sharper.” – Eden Phillpotts

 

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IMAGE: VasalisaTheWitch