Meet Our Vendor: The Far Woods
We are super excited to check out the work by new vendor, The Far Woods! Gotta love when art meets education!
Who are you and what do you do?
We are sisters Nina and Sonya Montenegro, the designers and makers of The Far Woods. We live on a small organic farm outside of Portland, Oregon, and formalized our creative collaboration in 2013.
The things we make reflect our deepest desires about the world. We seek to contribute to a great Culture Shift in which there is a land ethic, a reverence for nature, a rejection of the dominant throw-away mentality, and direct connection to where our food and the things we use come from. Many of our artworks serve as educational tools and inspiration for reconnection to nature, food, and community. Our practice crosses disciplines, including teaching handcraft skills, beekeeping, and growing food, to work toward an ecologically-viable and socially-just future.
We use local & environmentally friendly materials & practices whenever possible. We strive to repurpose instead of buying new, believing that a well-made, hand-made, lovingly-made item is better than a shiny-new item.
What’s the latest thing you’ve been working on?
Our latest project is a shadow puppet crankie show featuring the journey of a lone wolf as it crosses the NW and encounters man’s overbearing presence and
altered environment. We are hoping that through art we can spread information about the plight of wolves and foster an emotional connections with these majestic yet often maligned creatures. We’re proud that 100% of proceeds from our October debut show will go to Center for Biological Diversity’s Predator Defense Fund.–
Any new exciting news you’d like to share with our readers?
In 2017 we illustrated and designed a new book! A Year in the Garden – A Guided Journal is published by Timber Press and available for preorder in our shop: www.thefarwoods.etsy.com. It is a bujo-style agenda packed with prompts that encourage organization, creativity and mindfulness. For gardeners looking to plan their time in and out of the garden, A Year in the Garden helps users track what they grow, what they’d like to grow, and features creative exercises inspired by plants
Is this a full-time business for you?
Yes! For both of us! In addition to our online Etsy shop, we also supply stockists nationwide and accept a variety of commissions: logos, murals, illustrations, quilts, and more! Even though there are many challenges in running our own small business, we are so grateful to be our own bosses and do what we love everyday
What’s the best experience you’ve ever had with one of your customers?
We are fortunate to receive feedback from our customers regularly and they tell us that they connect deeply to the messages in our art – helping one another, finding reverence and awe in nature and compassion for all creatures. Some of our most cherished feedback is from customers who buy our artwork for their classrooms – like the Rivers of America map – that gives youth a vivid perspective on the interconnectedness of our waterways.
Be sure to follow us on Instagram for your chance to win a 2018 Full Moon Lunar Calendar in gold ink on luscious black linen paper!