BeadedSpirit

"Hailstorm Horses"© on unique Handmade Leather bags

Wisconsin, United States · 6 Sales

BeadedSpirit

"Hailstorm Horses"© on unique Handmade Leather bags

Wisconsin, United States 6 Sales On Etsy since 2011

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Announcement   Inspired by her dream, Kathy Kershaw's Hailstorm Horse©s are vibrantly colored horses created by using dye-base pigments on a variety of leather purses, pouches, and wallets. "Hailstone" seed beads sewn on the animals make them true Hailstorm Horses© and Animals.

Kathy offers her unique artwork on two lines of leather items:

"The Traditionals" (no zippers). Kathy designs, hand cuts the leathers, sews, and embellishes each of her genuine leather purses and pouches. She has a keen eye for balancing the colors and textures of the leathers she uses in each unique bag. Using her skill and high attention to detail Kathy produces the stylish, durable, one-of-a-kind purses and pouches that she then embellishes with her own Hailstorm Horse© artwork.

"The Moderns" (with zippers). Kathy implements the use of high quality leather bags and wallets she procures from outside sources. She uses these leather items as a "canvas" for her artwork.

Each and every piece of either line offered is made of genuine leather and is individually hand decorated by Kathy Kershaw in her Midwest home/studio.

Announcement

Inspired by her dream, Kathy Kershaw's Hailstorm Horse©s are vibrantly colored horses created by using dye-base pigments on a variety of leather purses, pouches, and wallets. "Hailstone" seed beads sewn on the animals make them true Hailstorm Horses© and Animals.

Kathy offers her unique artwork on two lines of leather items:

"The Traditionals" (no zippers). Kathy designs, hand cuts the leathers, sews, and embellishes each of her genuine leather purses and pouches. She has a keen eye for balancing the colors and textures of the leathers she uses in each unique bag. Using her skill and high attention to detail Kathy produces the stylish, durable, one-of-a-kind purses and pouches that she then embellishes with her own Hailstorm Horse© artwork.

"The Moderns" (with zippers). Kathy implements the use of high quality leather bags and wallets she procures from outside sources. She uses these leather items as a "canvas" for her artwork.

Each and every piece of either line offered is made of genuine leather and is individually hand decorated by Kathy Kershaw in her Midwest home/studio.

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Last updated on February 9, 2012
Kathy Kershaw received a dream of colorful running horses, some with Indian riders, on leather covered cigar boxes in 2002. The dream inspired her to create pieces of art on the boxes similar to those she saw in her dream. From this beginning she has developed a variety of leather items on which to apply her colorful Hailstorm Horse© artwork. Kathy was prepared to receive her dream by having spent years in her past professionally training horses and, overlapping with horse training, she spent numerous years working as a maker of historical reproduction American Indian style beadwork on leather items she made. Kathy's sacred dream brought two halves of her life together to produce her special art depicting the Hailstorm Horses she envisioned. Every Hailstorm Horse is truly one of Kathy's dream horses.

Each piece Kathy makes is one of a kind creation. She desings each bag, personally hand cuts the leathers, and sews them into a special work of leather art. She sets each snap, stud, and strap attachment by hand for a lifetime of use. Kathy also makes an adjustable length leather shoulder strap. Then she pairs a strap with each bag to complement its unique qualities.

And that is just the leather work! Next Kathy will hand "paint" her leather creation with her own visionary Hailstorm Horse© or Hailstorm Anima©l designs. For this she uses dye based pigments - never paint! She says "leather and paint eventually part company". Her pigments penetrate into the leather making very long lasting artwork.

The piece isn't finished just yet...

Next Kathy hand sews tiny seed beads onto the Animals, into the leather. The beads she sews represent hail. Just as Crazy Horse painted Hailstone marks on his horse to invoke the power and help from the Great Spirit's helpers - the Thunder Beings - her beads signify blessings from the Thunder Beings.

The art is complete. The last step Kathy is to add a protective coating over the piece to add protection. Now it is ready for you to use and enjoy. Your piece will be uniquely yours. No one else will ever have one exactly like it.

Accepted payment methods

Payment
PayPal is my highly preferred method of payment.

I can take a variety of other payment methods if you aren't set up with PayPal. Feel free to contact me for more information. Other options include Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express payments, you will need to call me with the information. Checks and money orders are also accepted, however, shipment will be delayed until payment has cleared my bank.

Payment is expected within three business days of order. If payment has not been received within three business days, the item will be re-posted UNLESS you contact me with what I consider a valid reason for delay.

Wisconsin residents: I have to charge sales tax on your purchase at a rate of 5.5% Sorry, believe me, I don't like being a tax collector any more than you like paying it.
Shipping
Usually items will be shipped USPS with delivery confirmation. Insurance is highly recommended, but, is at additional cost. If you prefer a method other than USPS please contact me. I can also ship UPS or Fed Ex, of course additional cost may be incurred.

At this time I do not ship internationally.

Most items will be wrapped in a plastic bag before packing for shipment. I generally re-use boxes for shipping. If it is important to you that I use a new box please contact me.

Shipments will be mailed in 3-5 business days after payment has cleared, sometimes sooner. Once shipped I can not control the carrier's speed.
Refunds and Exchanges
I basically consider all sales final. However, I do want you to love your purchase. If you have a major problem with your bag PLEASE contact me within 48 hours from receipt of your item we can discuss it.

I do not issue refunds nor do I cover shipping costs.

If you have questions, please inquire BEFORE making your purchase. My pieces are made of natural leathers with whatever nuances the leather includes. Leather is not cloth, it will vary and have "imperfections" adding to each piece's unique qualities.

I try to accurately describe and photograph each piece. Although measurements are very close they may not be exact. Please ensure that the measurements meet your requirements before making your purchase. I also do my best to take clear photographs that display the colors and textures as accurately as possible. However, please note that colors vary on different computer monitors.

I am always happy to answer any questions about your purchase.
Additional policies and FAQs
Custom orders based on my "standard" styles in my Traditionals Line may be possible. Order requests will depend on the leathers I have available as I use limited edition hides, my Art Show schedule, and your patience. You may have to wait until I have time to devote to a special order piece. If you can work within this frame work feel free to contact me if you have a special request.

Please note - I use dye-based pigments to hand "paint" the Hailstorm Horses© on my handmade bags. The dye penetrates into the leather. This means it will not work on dark colored leather. Please don't ask for an all black bag with my artwork on it as it not possible. Thank you.