Welcome to my workshop
The idea for Cabin Week Projects began in 2012 with a week-long creative retreat to a cabin in the middle of nowhere. My husband and I brought every creative outlet at our disposal (and our dog) and disconnected from the world to make art. It's been my dream since then to make life a Cabin Week. This shop is that dream realized.
Everything you see is handcrafted by me, Cabrini. Thank you for taking the time to visit.
About Cabin Week Projects
Reciprocity: A Note on Sustainability
While I have access to 50-60 ferns and other varied plant life in my backyard, eight to ten fern leaves is enough for an entire season of making. In order to continue enjoying these gifts I only take what I need for a season and leave the rest to repopulate. I never take more than I need, and no piece in my shop is mass produced. In the words of Robin Wall Kimmerer in her book Braiding Sweetgrass: "We reciprocate the gift by taking care of the grove, protecting it from harm, planting seeds so that new groves will shade the prairie and feed the squirrels." Thank you for letting me share the gifts of this region with you.
The Symbolism of the Snake
The snake is a powerful archetype that appears in cultures and religions throughout the world and frequently makes its way into Cabin Week Project designs. It can represent many things: the spine's connection to the brain stem or the seat of consciousness; the gift of knowledge to Eve and the Buddha; or, when shown eating its own tail, rebirth and regeneration. Entwined together they remind us of DNA (the caduceus). To me, the snake represents QI and the energy or spirit that moves throughout the body. Because all things contain QI, the snake resides in all beings great and small. The snake is a story of interconnection.
The Skull and Other Symbols of Death
In the moments when we most fear death our perspectives become razor focused, bestowing upon us a sudden clarity to glimpse understandings of the most important things in our lives. We learn to love most deeply in facing death.
I frequently use skulls and other symbols as a meditation on death. Skulls juxtaposed with dried botanicals evokes the beauty of the cycle of life and death. Memento Mori - "Remember that one day you will die" - is an ongoing theme in my work and reminds me to face death at all times with an open heart. Change is the acceptance of death in everyday life and being able to face change with humility and compassion is critical to my understanding of growth.
Crystals, the Tarot, and other Occult Symbols
I use crystals and the Tarot as guides to understanding my inner world. In addition to regular meditation and other rituals, I use these tools as vehicles to access other states of consciousness. My art is guided most strongly by my intuition and visions that come forward in deep meditation so it is no surprise that these tools and symbols find their way into my work.
Thank You for Supporting My Small Business
When you support a small business, you are paying for the love, time, and thoughtfulness of that maker. If you ever have an issue with a piece of Cabin Week Projects jewelry, send it back and I'll fix it for free.