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Meet Hannah Tidechild of Embellished Organics in Salida

Today we’d like to introduce you to Hannah Tidechild.

Hannah, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I’ve considered myself an artist for most of my life, although not professional. I’ve dabbled in many mediums but none of them ever really stuck until I discovered the pairing of glass and bone. Originally from North Carolina, I moved to Colorado in 2015. The southwest immediately inspired me! I delved into painting and embellishing bones and skulls and sold a few pieces here and there. During one of my mother’s visits, who is a mosaic artist herself, we both worked on mosaicking a steer skull together using stained glass. I enjoyed the process immensely and the final product was so neat that I was hooked! I haven’t stopped creating mosaicked skulls since.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
My journey down this road has not been long, but that does not go to say it has not had its own challenges. My biggest obstacle yet has been work/life balance. These pieces take a very long time to create, some up to 30 hours or more. It’s hard to have to say “no” to outings with friends and family in order to finish a project on time. Keeping my inventory up whilst maintaining a decent level of public display can be quite taxing. Despite these challenges, you’ll never hear me complain, every single second is worth it!

Please tell us about Embellished Organics. What should we know?
Embellished Organics is a one-woman show specializing in mosaicking bison, longhorn, ram, deer, and elk skulls. I use primarily stained glass, but also include other elements such as beads, gemstones, and upcycled jewelry.

The honoring of each individual animal before and during my creative process is paramount. I procure skulls from ethical sources such as small ranches and hunters throughout the west. I approach each piece and design as a soul of its own and do my best to let its spirit help write the story. Every animal seems to exude a certain energy and it always materializes within the artwork.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
I am constantly striving to create a better product. My pieces today are better than those of yesterday, and tomorrow’s will be better than today. Such is art, right? I probably care (too) much about tiny details and the finished quality of each piece. Above all, I want my customers to be ecstatic every time they look at their mosaic skulls! I’m not sure that these qualities are particularly the most important to my success, but they are what matter most in my heart and my work. I can only hope that they contribute to success!

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