thegreenwolf

Taxidermy Inspired Art and Nature Spirit Books by Lupa

Oregon, United States · 8089 Sales

thegreenwolf

Taxidermy Inspired Art and Nature Spirit Books by Lupa

Oregon, United States 8089 Sales On Etsy since 2008

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Lupa

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Announcement   The Green Wolf is on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TheGreenWolfLupa and Patreon at http://www.patreon.com/lupagreenwolf

Custom work and layaway are also available!
If you have any questions, please contact whishthound (at) gmail.com

Since 1998, I have created thousands of neopagan and neoshamanic ritual tools, from pouches to jewelry to dance costumes and more, made from hides, bones, feathers, beads and other such things. Many of the technical designs, such as the braided belts for tails or the multiple sets of straps for full skin dance costumes, are my own unique designs that stem from my early experiments and have been further developed over time. I offer years of experience and finely-honed creativity in my work, and a strong spiritual component to my creations.

The majority of the animal parts and other components are secondhand or salvaged, either from old fur coats and the like, or discarded from the fur coat industry, or old jewelry and other found objects, though be aware there are some newer/not recycled remains incorporated in some projects as well. You are most welcome to ask me about the specific origins (secondhand, hunting/trapping, fur farming, etc/) of anything I make an expect and honest answer; I will not misrepresent something just to try to appear more eco-friendly or ethical. If you would like to source something with less environmental/etc. impact, I can do so to the best of my ability, though be aware there are limitations--animals that die in the wild, for example, very quickly become food for others, and so "natural death" remains are rare.

Everything made with animal parts, regardless of origin, is ritually purified, and offerings are made to the appropriate spirits; additionally, a portion of the proceeds goes to various environmental and animal-based nonprofits. This has been an integral part of my spiritual path for over a decade. (In fact, I've written an entire book on the spirituality associated with my work with animal parts, Skin Spirits--and yes, there's a listing for it here on my shop) Also, I AM NOT NATIVE AMERICAN NOR HAVE I EVER CLAIMED TO BE. I create art as a European mutt neopagan from the Midwest and currently ensconced in Cascadia. More information on legalities surrounding Native art may be found at http://www.artnatam.com/regist.html

I can only ship animal parts and art made from animal parts in the U.S. I also follow current state restrictions on possession and sales to the best of my knowledge; buyers are responsible for knowing their state's restrictions; you can research US-relevant laws at http://www.thegreenwolf.com/partslaws.html

I am a licensed deer hide and antler dealer; in the state of Oregon, this license is necessary A) to sell deer hides and antlers (not as art), and B) to purchase deer hides and antlers, to include for the purpose of making them into art. You can find out more about legalities at http://www.thegreenwolf.com/animal-parts-laws

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Last updated on Mar 29, 2016

The Green Wolf is on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TheGreenWolfLupa and Patreon at http://www.patreon.com/lupagreenwolf

Custom work and layaway are also available!
If you have any questions, please contact whishthound (at) gmail.com

Since 1998, I have created thousands of neopagan and neoshamanic ritual tools, from pouches to jewelry to dance costumes and more, made from hides, bones, feathers, beads and other such things. Many of the technical designs, such as the braided belts for tails or the multiple sets of straps for full skin dance costumes, are my own unique designs that stem from my early experiments and have been further developed over time. I offer years of experience and finely-honed creativity in my work, and a strong spiritual component to my creations.

The majority of the animal parts and other components are secondhand or salvaged, either from old fur coats and the like, or discarded from the fur coat industry, or old jewelry and other found objects, though be aware there are some newer/not recycled remains incorporated in some projects as well. You are most welcome to ask me about the specific origins (secondhand, hunting/trapping, fur farming, etc/) of anything I make an expect and honest answer; I will not misrepresent something just to try to appear more eco-friendly or ethical. If you would like to source something with less environmental/etc. impact, I can do so to the best of my ability, though be aware there are limitations--animals that die in the wild, for example, very quickly become food for others, and so "natural death" remains are rare.

Everything made with animal parts, regardless of origin, is ritually purified, and offerings are made to the appropriate spirits; additionally, a portion of the proceeds goes to various environmental and animal-based nonprofits. This has been an integral part of my spiritual path for over a decade. (In fact, I've written an entire book on the spirituality associated with my work with animal parts, Skin Spirits--and yes, there's a listing for it here on my shop) Also, I AM NOT NATIVE AMERICAN NOR HAVE I EVER CLAIMED TO BE. I create art as a European mutt neopagan from the Midwest and currently ensconced in Cascadia. More information on legalities surrounding Native art may be found at http://www.artnatam.com/regist.html

I can only ship animal parts and art made from animal parts in the U.S. I also follow current state restrictions on possession and sales to the best of my knowledge; buyers are responsible for knowing their state's restrictions; you can research US-relevant laws at http://www.thegreenwolf.com/partslaws.html

I am a licensed deer hide and antler dealer; in the state of Oregon, this license is necessary A) to sell deer hides and antlers (not as art), and B) to purchase deer hides and antlers, to include for the purpose of making them into art. You can find out more about legalities at http://www.thegreenwolf.com/animal-parts-laws

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I made some pouches out of vintage fur coats! They're now available at http://thegreenwolf.etsy.com :)
There are new necklaces I've made with plant-based ecoresin, including this one with lovely cedar needles. They're all available at http://thegreenwolf.etsy.com!
Have you seen all the bracelets I made with recycled and vintage fur? They're for sale at http://thegreenwolf.etsy.com :)
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About

Skin Spirits, Sacred Remains.

I've been fascinated with the wild world since I was very young; some of my earliest memories include me as a toddler roaming my back yard (and those of the neighbors!), exploring under trees and even bringing home a tire-flattened toad (my first roadkill collection!)

That fascination continues today, thirty years later. I'm an avid hiker and outdoorswoman, as well as a citizen naturalist. My experiences range from the cerebral (a Master's degree in counseling psychology emphasizing ecopsychology) to the spiritual (over a decade's practice in neopaganism and neoshamanism). However, it is the creative processes inspired by the world around me that are most prominent here in my shop.

Since 1998, I've been working with hides, bones, beads, and other such things in my artwork. I've created ritual tools, sacred costumery, jewelry and other devotional objects. While there are some perennial favorites, both for me and my customers, I enjoy a good challenge and am constantly exploring new projects and ideas as an artist.

It's not all about me, though. I began this work almost fifteen years ago as a way to honor the animals who once wore these skins and bones. I wanted them to have a better "afterlife" than being a trophy on someone's wall or a coat in a closet. The artistic and spiritual are very deeply entwined in my work, and every creation, no matter how simple, is a devotional to these sacred remains.

I'm also strongly influenced by sustainability and other eco-friendly pursuits. The majority of what I work with is secondhand or reclaimed in some manner, whether it's old fur and leather coats, beads salvaged from broken jewelry, or even cards from incomplete tarot decks. Nothing goes to waste--even the tiniest scraps from my art are collected and made into pillow stuffing! And as has been my practice the entire time I've been doing this, I donate a portion of the money I make to nonprofit groups that benefit wildlife and their habitats.

I've shared more about what I do and how others can take part through my writings. I have several books in print, including "Skin Spirits", a how-to book on the spiritual as well as practical end of working with animal parts and "Skull Scrying", a booklet on using animal skulls in divination. My latest book is "Nature Spirituality From the Ground Up: Connect With Totems In Your Ecosystem" from Llewellyn Publications. I am also a prolific blogger, both on my own blog, A Sense of Natural Wonder, and elsewhere, and have been published in numerous pagan and related magazines and other media.

Today I am incredibly fortunate; I am 100% self-employed, and my Etsy shop is a crucial part of that. Not very many people can say that they do what they love and believe in for a living, and I hope to make the very best of this opportunity. I have so many ideas I want to bring to fruition, and with luck I'll have just enough time to see them through!

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    Lupa has been creating neoshamanic ritual tools and other sacred art from hides, bones, beads and other such things since 1998. She is also the author of several books on animal totemism, shamanism, and related topics. http://www.thegreenwolf.com

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Last updated on March 29, 2016
Since 1998, I have created thousands of neopagan and neoshamanic ritual tools, from pouches to jewelry to dance costumes and more, made from hides, bones, feathers, beads and other such things. Many of the technical designs, such as the braided belts for tails or the multiple sets of straps for full skin dance costumes, are my own unique designs that stem from my early experiments and have been further developed over time. I offer years of experience and finely-honed creativity in my work, and a strong spiritual component to my creations.

The majority of the animal parts and other components are secondhand or salvaged, either from old fur coats and the like, or discarded from the fur coat industry, or old jewelry and other found objects, though be aware there are some newer/not recycled remains incorporated in some projects as well. You are most welcome to ask me about the specific origins (secondhand, hunting/trapping, fur farming, etc/) of anything I make and expect and honest answer; I will not misrepresent something just to try to appear more eco-friendly or ethical. If you would like to source something with less environmental/etc. impact, I can do so to the best of my ability, though be aware there are limitations--animals that die in the wild, for example, very quickly become food for others, and so "natural death" remains are rare.

Everything made with animal parts, regardless of origin, is ritually purified, and offerings are made to the appropriate spirits; additionally, a portion of the proceeds goes to various environmental and animal-based nonprofits. This has been an integral part of my spiritual path for over a decade. (In fact, I've written an entire book on the spirituality associated with my work with animal parts, Skin Spirits--and yes, there's a listing for it here on my shop) Also, I AM NOT NATIVE AMERICAN NOR HAVE I EVER CLAIMED TO BE. I create art as a European mutt neopagan from the Midwest and currently ensconced in Cascadia. More information on legalities surrounding Native art may be found at http://www.artnatam.com/regist.html

I can only ship animal parts and art made from animal parts in the U.S. I also follow current state restrictions on possession and sales to the best of my knowledge; buyers are responsible for knowing their state's restrictions; you can research US-relevant laws at http://www.thegreenwolf.com/partslaws.html

I am a licensed deer hide and antler dealer; in the state of Oregon, this license is necessary A) to sell deer hides and antlers (not as art), and B) to purchase deer hides and antlers, to include for the purpose of making them into art. You can find out more about legalities at http://www.thegreenwolf.com/partslaws.html

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
  • Money Order
Payment
I accept Paypal, as well as checks and money orders. I do have a layaway plan, dependent on the amount of your purchase and what your ability to pay is. Payment MUST be received within seven (7) days of the sale, or else the transaction will bev canceled and the item(s) relisted.

Layaway is also available for larger orders; generally it's "What can you pay down now, and how long will it take you to pay off the rest?" though we can talk to figure out what will work best for you. Layaway payments already made may ONLY be refunded for store credit.

Due to people not following up on unpaid holds, I can no longer hold items (except custom orders) without a down payment.
Shipping
Shipping for wildlife parts is limited to the US at this time. I also follow current state restrictions on possession and sales to the best of my knowledge; buyers are responsible for knowing their country or state's restrictions; you can research US-relevant laws at http://www.thegreenwolf.com/partslaws.html

All shipping is at the buyer's risk. Once the package leaves my hands, I can't control the shipping company or its movements. Some packages includes insurance and/or tracking; you are welcome to inquire as to whether that's the case with yours.
Refunds and Exchanges
I do offer returns up to ten days after item was received. Items must be returned in the same condition that they were received in, and buyer is responsible for all shipping costs. Exchanges are allowed, but I must receive the item being exchanged before I mail out the replacement.
Additional policies and FAQs
I offer free repairs on anything I make; please contact me for further details. Buyer is responsible for shipping both ways.

You are responsible for knowing the legalities associated with possessing various animal parts in your state/country. If you are unsure, please contact your local fish and wildlife department. I do possess the CITES info and receipts for relevant species. You may also research US-relevant laws at http://www.thegreenwolf.com/partslaws.html

I am also a registered hide and antler dealer in the state of Oregon.

More information

Last updated on Mar 29, 2016
Frequently asked questions

Custom and personalized orders

Yes, I offer custom work! Please see the custom work section of my shop for some ideas, or contact me for more options!

Wholesale availability

I do offer wholesale on my art to brick and mortar shops, and my books are available wholesale as well. Please contact me for more details.