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Hello, my name is Marie and I am a 20 year old artisan from Berlin, Germany who is currently living and working in the United States with her husband and two dogs; a German Rottweiler named Pueppie who accompanies me on all my travels, and a white miniature Poodle named Izzy.

About me and my work:
I spent four important years of my childhood on the Sinai Peninsula with my mother where you would often find me surrounded by feral dogs and cats and learning different crafts and skills from local bedouin tribes and their children, who were my friends and playmates at the time.

Much of the handcrafted leather art I sell here is inspired by the beautiful and rugged environment I partially grew up in. You will often find the elements of the sea and desert as well as the beaches and mountains, -which were my home turf for so long- to be reflected in the…

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  • Born on February 28
  • Joined January 30, 2010

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vegetable tanned leather, brass, gemstones, beads

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About

Hello, my name is Marie and I am a 20 year old artisan from Berlin, Germany who is currently living and working in the United States with her husband and two dogs; a German Rottweiler named Pueppie who accompanies me on all my travels, and a white miniature Poodle named Izzy.

About me and my work:
I spent four important years of my childhood on the Sinai Peninsula with my mother where you would often find me surrounded by feral dogs and cats and learning different crafts and skills from local bedouin tribes and their children, who were my friends and playmates at the time.

Much of the handcrafted leather art I sell here is inspired by the beautiful and rugged environment I partially grew up in. You will often find the elements of the sea and desert as well as the beaches and mountains, -which were my home turf for so long- to be reflected in the designs and one-of-a-kind art I bring onto the timeless medium of leather.

Because of my deep love for the species dog, I currently focus on creating handcrafted leather dog collars which I have the most enthusiasm and inspiration for.

My main focus also lies on genuine quality for the user, which has different definitions for different people. To me, the definition of Robert Pirsig is the most accurate, as he defines quality as "The result of care", and it has truly become my mantra and best indicator of value.


Future plans for my work materials (leather)
or 'The Happy Cow Project' :

As a true animal lover and an advocate of the dignified treatment of animals I am currently working on importing leather from an organic cattle farmer in my home country Germany who owns a cow herd he named URIA. I chose this farmer because of his innovative and animal-friendly approach to raising his cattle in a natural environment, free of stress and unnatural food and other influences. The animals are not separated from one another and all bulls as well as all calves are allowed to remain with their mothers and with the herd for life, or until they are butchered at the minimal age of three years.

Based on the belief that the animals have feelings and emotions like we do, and because of the uninhibited reproduction that takes place in this method of cattle farming, he thought of a way to modify the obligatory slaughtering process into a quick and peaceful one that does not involve any stress or fear for the animals.

Since each animal in the herd has their own name and all of them are tame and trust humans, the farmer is able to quickly and peacefully kill the animals in the pasture, surrounded by the smells and sights they are familiar with. He honors and respects each and every cow he raises and only kills approximately two cows per week. To meet hygiene standards, he also makes use of a portable slaughtering stall to bring onto the pasture. This way none of these sensitive animals have to experience the horrifying experience of a slaughtering transport which he finds to be a traumatizing and inhumane experience for the animals.
Ernst Hermann Maier fought for thirteen years to overcome Germany’s laws and regulations and get permission to practice this unusual form of raising cattle. He named his herd of cows the ‘URIA’ herd (uria.de) and believes that his cows are among the first to be granted a life similar to that of their ancestors-the ancient ‘Ur’ cows, (which once included the now extinct Aurochs.)

I truly believe that it is alternatives and people like Mr. Maier who dare to walk out into uncharted territory on behalf of the animals we are trusted with, that will bring us closer to a more compassionate and better world: for animals and humans, which is why part of the revenues of my sold items will go toward supporting his endeavors as well as importing his goods to the U.S..

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