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DesertTalismans

Primal Adornments :: Artifacts of the Desert Dreamtime

Placitas, New Mexico · 919 Sales

DesertTalismans

Primal Adornments :: Artifacts of the Desert Dreamtime

Placitas, New Mexico 919 Sales On Etsy since 2008

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Announcement   I've got a wonderful set of spike earrings for you today that are truly primitive. They were molded from a boulder in a desert wash in the Tucson Mountains. More new work is coming over in my website shop...stay tuned! Those of you who have placed orders with me recently have noticed that I have been deviating from my usual packaging, and even experimenting a little. This is because I have a supply of older boxes that I want to use before buying more, and also because I feel a need to reduce the amount of packaging I use in general. Deciding how to package something has always demanded a balance between something that is aesthetically consistent with my work and something that protects the piece in transit. I also love to create a beautiful experience for you when you open the box, because I want you to feel as special as you are to me. But lately it's just seemed like I've been using a little too much paper and ribbon, so I am contemplating how to convey the desert energy with less waste. I have already done away with the piece of paper that wraps around the postcard/handwritten description/note and am simply wrapping them with twine. I think I would like to incorporate more local items and natural found artifacts...for the holiday season I've been adding juniper sprigs, for example. So, in a nutshell, I will continue to refine my approach in as mindful and beautiful way as I can.

Desert Blessings,
Dawn
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PLEASE NOTE: I do not do commission work. I've received many inquiries about this, but try as I might, I have found that the creative energy just doesn't flow for me in that way.
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RESERVED ITEMS: If you are an established customer with me, you may request that an item be placed on reserve for you. As a rule, this period is limited to two weeks, but I will take extenuating circumstances into account. You may purchase the item at any time before the reserve period is up.
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My talismans are all about connection to the land...the spirit within the desert. I believe we need these connections in our increasingly artificial lives, a link to the timeless, deeper reality of stone, light, heat and earth. There is a beauty and a healing power in the severity of the desert...be still and listen.

These Desert Primitive talismans are the children of my soul: primal and elemental, they evoke a timeless Dreamtime world centered in the American Desert Southwest. They feature unusual stones, materials or ethnographic talismans and are completely handcrafted. While I work I am in a meditative, quiet space, infusing each talisman with beneficial energies and my prayers and blessings for you...the unseen energy at the heart of each piece is the true center of my work. Each piece is sent to you beautifully packaged in a hand-decorated gift box or handmade Tarahumara Indian basket.

I do my best to photograph and describe each item carefully, and my shop policy section is as thorough as I can make it. Please read through these, and if you find that they don't answer your questions, contact me through Etsy. As one of my customers, I will stay in touch with you throughout our transaction until I am sure you have your talisman safely and are satisfied.

Thanks for stopping in, and I hope you enjoy your look around!

Desert Blessings,
Dawn

Announcement

Last updated on Dec 9, 2016

I've got a wonderful set of spike earrings for you today that are truly primitive. They were molded from a boulder in a desert wash in the Tucson Mountains. More new work is coming over in my website shop...stay tuned! Those of you who have placed orders with me recently have noticed that I have been deviating from my usual packaging, and even experimenting a little. This is because I have a supply of older boxes that I want to use before buying more, and also because I feel a need to reduce the amount of packaging I use in general. Deciding how to package something has always demanded a balance between something that is aesthetically consistent with my work and something that protects the piece in transit. I also love to create a beautiful experience for you when you open the box, because I want you to feel as special as you are to me. But lately it's just seemed like I've been using a little too much paper and ribbon, so I am contemplating how to convey the desert energy with less waste. I have already done away with the piece of paper that wraps around the postcard/handwritten description/note and am simply wrapping them with twine. I think I would like to incorporate more local items and natural found artifacts...for the holiday season I've been adding juniper sprigs, for example. So, in a nutshell, I will continue to refine my approach in as mindful and beautiful way as I can.

Desert Blessings,
Dawn
_______________________________________________________________________

PLEASE NOTE: I do not do commission work. I've received many inquiries about this, but try as I might, I have found that the creative energy just doesn't flow for me in that way.
_______________________________________________________________________

RESERVED ITEMS: If you are an established customer with me, you may request that an item be placed on reserve for you. As a rule, this period is limited to two weeks, but I will take extenuating circumstances into account. You may purchase the item at any time before the reserve period is up.
_______________________________________________________________________

My talismans are all about connection to the land...the spirit within the desert. I believe we need these connections in our increasingly artificial lives, a link to the timeless, deeper reality of stone, light, heat and earth. There is a beauty and a healing power in the severity of the desert...be still and listen.

These Desert Primitive talismans are the children of my soul: primal and elemental, they evoke a timeless Dreamtime world centered in the American Desert Southwest. They feature unusual stones, materials or ethnographic talismans and are completely handcrafted. While I work I am in a meditative, quiet space, infusing each talisman with beneficial energies and my prayers and blessings for you...the unseen energy at the heart of each piece is the true center of my work. Each piece is sent to you beautifully packaged in a hand-decorated gift box or handmade Tarahumara Indian basket.

I do my best to photograph and describe each item carefully, and my shop policy section is as thorough as I can make it. Please read through these, and if you find that they don't answer your questions, contact me through Etsy. As one of my customers, I will stay in touch with you throughout our transaction until I am sure you have your talisman safely and are satisfied.

Thanks for stopping in, and I hope you enjoy your look around!

Desert Blessings,
Dawn

Dawn Wilson-Enoch

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Dawn Wilson-Enoch

About

A sharp-edged and unconventional beauty

The desert has always called me.

I work with the textures, shapes, and colors of desert places, making talismans that are to be touched and worn as a connection to the desert in daily life. I create artifacts that honor the spiritual quality of the desert and hold that energy within them.

I see beauty in quiet things, worn things, weathered things...bones, rusted metal, spines. Earth and stone. The ever-changing clear light, the long horizons. All of these translate into my creations and give my talismans shape, but on a deeper level it is the spirit within the land that informs my work.

These pieces are born of tranquil days in the small sunwashed studio in my home. For over 20 years, it has been my center place, a sanctuary where I can watch the progress of the sun and seasons, the weather, and the many birds and animals that live here. I've seen snakes, jackrabbits, hawks, owls, coyotes, roadrunners, even bobcats from my studio windows which are almost always open to the high desert air.

My talismans are a part of my spiritual path and each one that I make is infused with blessing energy, made to honor the earth and the desert I love. Each piece is like a stitch between the worlds, helping to bring together and balance all in wholeness and beauty. They exist as points in a network of light and are intended to be conduits for beneficial spiritual energy to the wearer.

While my spiritual path can best be described as shamanic, it goes beyond any one tradition. Put simply, it is about working with energy and the communion between the dimensions of the spiritual world and our physical one.

My home and studio are ceremonial, sacred space. It is where I keep close to the spirit world, feel the gentle presence of the ancestors, and walk the spiritual path I have been on for over a quarter of a century. I smudge almost daily with burning sage, copal, cedar, or palo santo which helps create a beautiful energy in which to work.

+++ DON'T FORGET TO VISIT MY MAIN WEBSITE AND SHOP! You will find much more over there including complete news updates, photos, and blog. The link is just below. +++

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  • Dawn Wilson-Enoch

    Owner, Talisman-Maker, Photographer, Package Designer, Shipper

    I'm a lover of desert places, a creator of talismans, a bridger of worlds, a desert dweller. I live on desert light. My home and studio, shared with my husband Michael and cats Zia and Jasper, is in Northern New Mexico.

  • Jasper

    Studio Assistant

    A new member of our family, this little guy was adopted along with his sister, Zia, last year from Animal Humane. He's a sturdy friend and dedicated lap cat.

  • Zia

    Materials Inspection

    Named for one of the nearby Pueblos, Zia is small but very bright and inquisitive, and is the main reason I can no longer keep jewelry materials in the open. She was adopted along with her brother, Jasper, from Animal Humane last year.

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Last updated on Mar 19, 2016
Frequently asked questions

Custom and personalized orders

Sorry, my work is one of a kind and I do not accept any custom orders, including requests to recreate previously sold items.

Sizing details

The size of each item is given at the bottom of each listing. The only variations in size are for rings that are adjustable. See the listings for details.

Care instructions

Care instructions are provided at the bottom of each listing.

Gift wrapping and packaging

All items are giftwrapped and carefully packaged for shipping. See my Sample Packaging listing for details.

Wholesale availability

Sorry, wholesale is not available at this time.

Copyright

All items and images in the Desert Talismans shop are copyrighted and may not be reproduced in any form, or in any medium, without the written permission of Dawn Wilson-Enoch