The story of Wheat Stalk Boutique commences on a wheat farm in Pendleton, Ore., and converges at the Sequim Farmers & Artisans Sector in a booth stuffed with handcrafted, brass jewelry that includes polished gems, crystals and steel patina.
Erica Harris, owner and artist, exudes a peaceful confidence. From the second just one enters her industry boutique, a warm ambiance is emanated that prompts sector company to touch and tangibly explore the assortment of exhibited pieces.
Timeless, approachable, inexpensive: These are the text Harris chooses to categorize her wearable artwork.
“I needed my items to be obtainable,” Harris states. “They’re created to be noticeable, nonetheless pure. Straightforward to have on with something you have going on that working day.
“I truly feel like the geometric designs, in specific, convey a selected cleanliness.”
Harris is a master curator. A jewelry maker for far more than 30 decades, her pieces attribute factors collected more than a long time, in synergy with extra present day factors.
She factors to a unique evolution in her design and style as an artist.
“I’ve spent a whole lot of time sourcing,” she states. “Over time, I’ve begun to streamline issues. I’ve honed in on what I actually adore to develop.”
With a keen eye for texture, Harris brings together the components she finds most visually putting.
“The shine from the crystals blended with the texture of the metal is very appealing to me,” Harris suggests. “I also really like to mix diverse tones of metallic.”
Harris applies a natural chemical reaction to the floor of some of her uncooked brass items, resulting in a organic patina with brilliant tones of turquoise, greens, and browns.
“That instant when anyone places a piece of my jewelry on and has that sense of owning some thing new and lovely,” Harris suggests.
“The blend of looking at their joy and observing my piece on any individual, which is when it all arrives together for me. I just just cannot even think it. Seriously, I almost squeal sometimes, I get so excited.”
Harris adds, “The farmers sector provides us all jointly. Farmers and artisans, regionally with each other in one particular spot the place the local community can all collect. It also attracts the holidaymakers to see what we have likely on around below. To appreciate the fruits of our labor … actually!”
Becoming surrounded by farmers is in Harris’ blood. The decor of her sector booth and her business details to her agrarian roots.
Harris arrives from wheat farmers. Expanding up a self-proclaimed tomboy, Harris watched as her father and grandfather tended to the land and furnished a livelihood for the relatives.
“I learned to drive sitting down on my grandpa or dad’s lap steering the wheat truck. As quickly as I could get to the pedals, they experienced me driving,” Harris states.
“My father would be in the mix harvesting the wheat, he would dump it into my wheat truck, and then I would push the truck to the grain elevator.”
A enjoy for farming, jewelry, and neighborhood all converge for Harris at the farmers market.
Harris recently celebrated the momentous milestone of providing discover to her significantly-cherished day task to have a tendency to Wheat Stalk Boutique as a entire-time artist.
“My goal was always to work for myself,” says the farmer-turned-artisan. “Like my father did, like my grandpa.”
“The Sequim Farmers & Artisans Current market certainly propelled me into that, realizing that I have a residence by way of October, I imply that’s a large element of it.”
Visitors can abide by alongside on Harris’ journey by connecting with her on Instagram, @wheatstalkboutique, and can go to Wheat Stalk Boutique at the Sequim Farmers and Artisans Market from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. each and every Saturday by Oct.
Check out your community sector at Sequim City Hall Plaza at North Sequim Avenue and West Cedar Road, and at Centennial Place at the Sequim Avenue and Washington Avenue intersection.
Want far more industry updates? Be sure to tune in every single Friday at 4 p.m. to KSQM 91.5 FM for the reside radio “Sequim Farmers & Artisans Current market Hour.”
Emma Jane “EJ” Garcia is the Industry Supervisor for the Sequim Farmers & Artisans Industry.