If you aren't familiar with this amazing woman, you are in for a treat. She has an incredible story and spirit that shows in her life, her work and her photography.
Here's Her Story:
My story starts sitting on a film shoot, somewhere in East Asia, realizing that I needed to do something more purposeful with my life. I prayed a lot asking what I should do, and kept dreaming about horses, I knew I needed to get back to my roots. Two months later I moved to Durango Colorado where I cut my teeth as a rancher and outfitter. Let me tell you there is nothing better to teach you morality, work ethics and grit, than about 10 years of 16 hour days! I remember walking thru the 100's of saddles on the ranch, intrigued with the old 1800's high back saddles fender leathers, silver spotted parade bridles, Comstock and Visalia concho's and old pawn silver. Each spring we would clean out the old saddle latigos and I thought to myself, this Must be repurposed! I began saving and collecting, and out of this love sprung a creative, heartfelt journey called Brit West. I now travel to barns and saddle shops, always in search for the 1800's teamster driving reins, and old retired cowboy leathers,that were used to form the American West. 100 year old leather requires hours of reclaiming, cleaning, conditioning, skiving, sanding and sealing to produce the back drops for our cuffs, hatbands, and belts. After too many "Critter Crunches" and a divorce I had to leave the ranch, I left the hard physical work breaking colts and bucking hay, to pursue my life as a creative. It wasn't easy, but I set goals, and told myself I would have my life back. I did not listen to the doctors that told me I would never ride again, or people who said I couldn't have my own ranch. I persevered and hope that my story inspires other young woman to truly ask what their purpose is and pursue it. I am really a one woman show, surrounded by amazing people who help along the way. Somehow we get thru setting shows, breakdown, and driving hours thru snowstorms to bring you our newest creations! So grateful for our great team, and Baby Jax!
When you find your bliss abundance will follow.
The rest of the story.... While healing from injuries, I worked with O'Farrell's hat shop in Durango, learned the in's and out's of the hat trade, and began building hatbands. That is really what inspired the entire line! The excitement of designing and creating these images that start in the mind's eye, really drives me. Our mission to produce quality, "classic and timeless" western art, the kind of product you will pass down thru generations, and cherish forever, is our goal. Handcrafting is fast becoming a lost art in our world of instant gratification and over sea factory production, but I have long held fast in continuing to produce in house, and working with US artisans to create these visions. My goal is to thrill you with photography, inspired by our western lifestyle. From native elders in Monument Valley to Cowgirls at a branding, or one of my 50's GMC trucks, I hope you enjoy the imagery as my skills and knowledge grow. Creativity keeps us in touch with our soul, and our purpose here, I hope it inspires you too!
Focusing on what we choose to create, and being grateful for the blessings along the way, is the key to our success. I want to thank everyone who has helped us, and thank you for allowing us to create for you! Made in the USA, better yet, "Made in Wyoming!"
1. Tell us a little bit about yourself and your business?
I feel blessed everyday to do what I do. Design is my passion. Cow horses are my sanity. I love photography and showcasing new designs for the website Honestly I'm the same ol' cowgirl, with different debt.
2. What is your proudest life moment?
When I broke my hip last year and didn't cry in-front of my trainer.
3. What did you want to be when you were a little girl?
Fireman... but honestly I always wanted to be an artist. I just said Fireman because that's what all the boys wanted... (I was epitome of a tom boy)
4. What motto do you live by and use?
Remember to manifest abundance and prosperity. Try to laugh as much as you can whilst putting out fires!
5. Tell us 3 random things about you?
I sleep with a loaded 44, and a dog, and a teddy bear. Never take yourself to serious...
6. If you were to give advice to your younger self what would it be?
Don't stand in front of the hitching rail that came apart and broke my neck at 24. Wait, that gave me the opportunity to work in retail, at O'Farrell hat shop in Durango. I learned the in's and outs of the hat biz there.... and truly inspired my line. Try not to see all "events" like that as bad, you never know where "bad" things will lead you.
7. Name a woman that you look up to and that inspires you?
Kristi Noem - South Dakota Governor. @govkristinoem An inspirational cowgirl who ran her families ranch successfully after her fathers death. All due respect to her conservative values, beauty and pride of her western heritage!
If you could have one thing for the rest of your life what would it be?
To eat well. Because if I'm eating well everything else must be ok.
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