Kindred Artisan Shop embodies the lost art of craftsmanship—featuring local artists who specialize in using reclaimed and recycled materials. You will find a wide array of media from glass and metal jewelry, handcrafted clothing, toys, felted hairpieces, bags, hats, bath and body products using the finest natural ingredients and even some local gourmet favorites.

Heather Rafferty • Handcrafted Clothing 

Heather loves to be crafty. A connoisseur of thrift store alterations, she has been making clothes since high school.  After a 10 year stint as a dancer and pilates instructor, she decided to go back to school for fashion design. She graduated from Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM) in 2005 and worked in the industry for a number of years before moving to beautiful Truckee.  Now a mom of 2, she is thrilled to be able to create again, sewing during nap time and any spare minutes she can find.

 

Nicole Seaton • Flameworker 

Nicole Seaton is a local flameworker specializing in custom glass and multimedia jewelry and fine art. Raised on the West Shore of Lake Tahoe, Seaton developed an early appreciation for nature, and also for hours lost in creation during Tahoe’s snowy winters. She graduated from Truckee High School in 1997, and earned a dual major in Spanish and International Affairs from the University of Nevada, Reno. Seaton has studied abroad in Argentina and in The Basque Country, and she speaks Spanish and Basque.

 

Glass, Seaton believes, is like time: it is fluid and mutable. In the art of flameworking, hours melt by as imperceptibly as minutes, and time drips, warbles and flows on its own accord. The secret of glassblowing might very well be the secret to happiness: never stop moving. One of the main tenets of glassblowing is to maintain a steady, constant movement. If motion ceases, the glass will slump! The objective of art is to evoke feeling and emotion, and each JavaFlame piece has a story and distinct symbolic value.

 

Denise Kowal • Soap Maker

Treat yourself to Tahoe with beautifully hand-crafted soaps, balms, lotions and candles from Tahoe Naturals. Each of their truly unique soaps is lovingly made with natural botanicals and pure essential oils. Experience Tahoe every day, with Tahoe Natural Soap.

 

Ted Koutz • Metalworker  

Ted Koutz creates intricate, functional items from scrap metal. He has worked as a finish welder manufacturing structural steel components for large buildings in the US and Canada. One of his tables has been included in the We HeART Bikes Show at Reno’s Holland Project gallery. The others are in his friends’ homes. He lives in Reno, Nevada.

Shelley E. Rike H.H.P., C.P.I., L.M.T. • Heart Beat Groove

Born with an innate desire to dance and a deep awareness of the body’s ability to heal itself, she embraced a lifelong adventure of studying as many holistic healing modalities as possible. She has lived and studied around the globe learning many modern and ancient healing practices. She has integrated these practices into her own interpretation of an intuitive holistic practice that she teaches through integrative movement classes, workshops, urban and destination retreats, and her private family practice in San Diego.

She studied at Fort Lewis College and the Silver Sword Academy of Healing Arts in Durango, CO. Graduating as a holistic health practitioner. Her internship was in trauma and pain rehabilitation and then moved on to work with professional athletes for peak performance understanding a full spectrum of different bodies. She then moved to Santa Barbara and opened Metamorphosis, an integrative wellness center. There she continued the study of many different modalities of yoga and pilates as well as studying advanced craniosacral and somatic emotional release. She found how easy it was to combine these practices into her own intuitive modality. Realizing there needed to be a body, mind, soul connection that became the foundation of her approach.

She sees and understands a connection with nature and has a passion for discovering and preserving ancient natural healing practices. She has integrated craniosacral therapy with myofascial, structural integration, thai massage, rolfing, subtle energy therapy and reflexology to create a conscious bodywork modality of her own that supports the initiation of her clients bodies to balance themselves. Her movement therapy is a combination of yoga, pilates, dance and moving energy to create her own style of watching the way the body moves and fine-tuning posture and function. This along with study of herbs, Ayurveda and Chinese medicine principles, whole food body type nutrition and vibrational medicine she has created a holistic complementary approach. She uses her understanding of nature and the body to make natural remedies combining herbs, flowers, and nature essences with homeopathy and aromatherapy.

She consults medical facilities about integrating alternative healing practices and continues to write the curriculum for integrative holistic medicine and movement continuing education. In her free time she travels the globe with her four year old son discovering nature and creating art.

 

Cesarina Vaughn Pulleyn   • Mixed Medium    

Cesarina Vaughn Pulleyn has been an artist for as long as she can remember.  It was back in high school where she was highly influenced by her wonderful teacher Loni Albin. It was here that she learned an appreciation for all mediums. Thankfully life and circumstances has given her wonderful opportunities to try different avenues of art.   She currently enjoy designing products and painting and considers herself a mixed medium artist because she loves all art forms and can never decide which one will move her next to try and create.