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Dawn Wilson-Enoch

A Little About Me ~~

I've been a professional artist for over 30 years, taking a winding and circuitous path from my beginnings in drawing and painting to my current focus in jewelry. Today I consider my work to be inseparable from my spiritual path. I always feel challenged when trying to describe just what that spiritual path is, but in broadest terms I suppose I would be described as a mystic.

The non-physical dimensions are as close to me in everyday life as is the physical one, and my work is a kind of dialogue between them, for to me all of these dimensions are parts of an indivisible continuum, the ecology of the universe. I tend to experience things as energy, and it is energy that I try to embody and transmit through the pieces I make. I also work in partnership with what you would…

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  • Female
  • Born on August 22
  • Joined March 24, 2008

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snake bones, opals, silver, stone, silver and bronze clay, copper, polymer, fossils, ancient beads, artifacts, old trade beads, antler, fossil walrus ivory

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About

Dawn Wilson-Enoch

A Little About Me ~~

I've been a professional artist for over 30 years, taking a winding and circuitous path from my beginnings in drawing and painting to my current focus in jewelry. Today I consider my work to be inseparable from my spiritual path. I always feel challenged when trying to describe just what that spiritual path is, but in broadest terms I suppose I would be described as a mystic.

The non-physical dimensions are as close to me in everyday life as is the physical one, and my work is a kind of dialogue between them, for to me all of these dimensions are parts of an indivisible continuum, the ecology of the universe. I tend to experience things as energy, and it is energy that I try to embody and transmit through the pieces I make. I also work in partnership with what you would call nature spirits or devas...of place, of plants, stones, and the soul of the planet as a whole. Even though I have learned from both traditional and cross-cultural shamanic paths, my approach is always one of direct interaction with the other worlds.

The Desert I Love ~~

The Desert Southwest of the United States is my spiritual home, and I have lived with my family in the high desert of Northern New Mexico for over 18 years now. Here, the open horizons, vast skies, vivid colors and clear lines of the land are deeply nourishing to me, and the spirit of the land and the ancestors flows through my work. I find that making talismans is a wonderful way to work with the forms, colors, textures, rhythms, and lines that are expressions of the soul of the desert.

I've traveled widely through the Southwest and have always returned with stones, sand, clay, and plant and animal remnants...souvenirs of connection to the energy of a place and time. The larger stones eventually became a labyrinth in back of our house, and my studio is full of the rest, squirreled away in baskets and bowls. These, along with an extensive collection of beads, materials and elements, form the substance of my talismans.

My Process ~~

Each day is a new beginning in the studio and my process is meditative and intuitive. Pieces speak to me and come together almost of their own accord at times. I really do relate to all of the treasures I work with as living beings with their own consciousness, and try to respect them, as I try to remember the plants, animals or parts of the earth that birthed them with gratitude. Working is more like a dialogue I have with piece that is taking shape, and the talismans themselves have a life in them. I am also very careful about the energy I put into pieces as I work and do my best to maintain a positive and energetically vibrant studio space.

The Talismans ~~

On the dreaming level, I make pieces that look like they have been brought over from the timeless culture of the desert spirit world--a dreamtime landscape that is full of light and stone and a deep tranquility--and my intention is to have the pieces convey the energy of this place to those who wear them.

This is why I call my pieces "talismans": they're meant to be portable shrines, power objects that link one to desert places that nourish in some way, whether by appearance or by literal use of materials from those locations. When they are worn they directly link you to a place of uncompromising wildness and spiritual power that acts as a potent counterbalance to the superficial, hectic clutter of our human world.

Clearing and Blessing ~~

Before sending out a talisman, I always clear the energy and bless it just before I wrap it up and send it out to you; it's become a ritual of sending the piece off to its person and its new home. It's a little different every time, but generally I ask my spiritual lineage and coworkers to help, as well as the spirits of the desert. I give thanks to the Earth for providing such beautiful materials to work with, and I ask that any "heavy" or non-life-affirming energy be cleared from the piece. This is usually done either by blowing scented water onto it or by smudging it with burning sage, cedar, or palo santo. The talisman is placed on the Earth so she may receive those energies as an offering.

Then I bless it with my mesa--my shaman's bundle of sacred stones--and sometimes also with stones from our desert mountains or a sacred feather. Then I simply hold the piece and draw in the strongest and most refined spiritual energies for the greatest benefit to the wearer. At this time a flow will come in, which is different in quality every time. I sit with the talisman for a few moments until the flow is complete.

My intention is for your talisman to channel the highest and most powerful spiritual energy available to you. I want you to feel good wearing it and want it to be a source of beautiful, sacred energy in your life.

Blessings....and enjoy!

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