Montgomery Sheridan

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Nomad Earrings

Montgomery Sheridan

Jewelry is something that has to do with emotion. That aspect of jewelry really interests me.
-Ann Demeulemeester

 

New work for Nomad Earrings
 

Katy Nelson, the maker behind Nomad Earrings.

Katy is a force for natural beauty. She amazes me with her talented jewelry making while doubling as a wilderness ranger/field biologist. After recently photographing her works, I found myself inspired to interview her for my blog.   

Where are you from?
Nebraska

Where do you hang your hat now?
Idaho

 Where may your studio be?
My studio has been wherever I find myself.  All of my earring making supplies are packed into movable totes.  I've been a Nomad in my adult life.  However, now that I have a homebase in Salmon, I look forward to creating a more stable studio space. 

Favorite Place to create?
In a cozy place with good company.

Job?
Wilderness Ranger and Field Biologist (Wolverine Chaser) 

What was your first job out of college and how did you land that position?  

My first job after college in Nebraska was on a trails crew(maintaining trails) in the black canyon in Colorado. I couldn't wait to move to the mountains.  I had no trails experience so I talked about painting picnic tables in my resume.  Surprisingly, it worked. 

What was the first piece of jewelry you ever made? How have your designs evolved?  How do you go about creating a new piece? I’d love to know about your design process—choosing materials, design development, how the team works to do this, etc.

 
My designs all come from some element of an adventure, some tangible piece of a place.  I am a nostalgic person and a daydreamer.  These qualities resonate in my designs.  For example, when I look at the willow tree design, I am transported to my childhood backyard. The wave design takes me to a boulder strewn beach in Northern California that I walked with my best friend.  Joe has added some designs as well, like the Karma design.  And my friend Becky has drawn some, too.  I imagine their designs are personal as well.

If you could see anyone wearing your earrings, who would it be?
My Sister, my best friend, my mom...because if I'm seeing them wear my earrings it means we're all in the same place. 

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What advice would you give to your 23-year-old self?
Love yourself for who you are but wake up each day and try to be a better version of yourself.

Favorite Quote?
My best friend has this quote on her bathroom mirror and I love it:  "I awake in the morning torn between the desire to save the world and the desire to savor the world.  This makes it really hard to plan my day."

Soundtrack To Your Life?
I've had this song stuck in my head since the 7th grade:  Annie Lennox "No more I love yous"  I can't explain it.  Now I just embrace it:  "Doobie, doobie, doop, doop, doop.  Aaah, ah."






For inquiry on purchasing the earrings, email montgomery@montgomerysheridan.com 

Wilco

Montgomery Sheridan

Wilco, thank you for playing a great show. Between dancing and signing along I somehow managed to snap a few shots :) 

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Mac DeMarco : Woodstock, NY

Montgomery Sheridan

Howdy! Glad you found your way over to my blog. On Sunday, October 11th I headed over to Woodstock  with some friends to catch Mac DeMarco's sold out show at the Bearsville Theater. 

 Band Beer

Band Beer

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Mac and his crew put on a badass show. I also have to point out how friendly they all were, it's always a plus to meet humble, talented people. 

Until next time!

Grand Point North Festival

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I was lucky enough to score a last minute ticket to Burlington's own Grand Point North festival yesterday afternoon. I grabbed my camera, and off I went to the waterfront. Upon arriving, I was happy to see all the smiling faces even though the skies were giving us some rain. I got to catch some talented musicians including Spirit Family Reunion, Marco Benevento, Greensky Bluegrass, The Flaming Lips, and lastly Grace Potter. Greensky Bluegrass played a cover of Bob Marley's Could You Be Loved which was SO outstanding, Wayne Coyne entered the crowd in his famous hamster ball, and Marco Benevento charged the crowd with his piano. Here are some photos from  last night :)

Overall, I was really impressed! Grace has a powerful voice that carried all the way across Lake Champlain and put on quite the show. You'll for sure catch me down at the Waterfront for next years Grand Point North. What was your favorite part? 

Who's That Guy?

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Benjamin Bogosian: Hang Drum Musician
 

Happy August! This month I met an incredible musician who has a plays the hang drum, an ethereal, melancholic sound that bewitches everyone that hears it. I learned about his vast travels, how he creates music and listened to his playing while we met at the beach for an interview.

Thanks for sharing Benjamin!

When and how did you start the hang drum?
I was in the middle of the desert in Utah working with wilderness therapy and a friend showed me the drum and I was instantly interested. I had never drummed before I bought mine in 2007. 

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What does your music express?
It means theme, meditation, and authenticity.

Where were you when you wrote your first song?
8 years ago in Liberty Park, I was in Salt Lake City.

If your music was a place, where would it be?
It would be imaginary. A mixture of 3 different places being the Caribbean, Nepal, and New Orleans.
 

Where do you draw inspiration for your music?
It comes within faded memories, experiences, and people
 

What is your favorite place that you’ve travelled to?
Kangra Valley in India from being with the refugees. Tibetan buddhism had a huge impact on me.
 

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If you could collaborate with any other musician, dead or alive that you haven’t played with yet, who would it be?
I would love to create music with my sister more than anything. But to answer the question correctly, a friend in Portugal Nuno Moreno.
 

What inspires you every single day?
True hearted community. People coming together at farmers markets with rooted foods. Feeling embedded with the people on Earth surrounding me.
 

What would you be doing if you weren’t a musician?
I would be in back Portugal working with youth and ecology which is what I primarily do.
 

What’s next for you? What are you currently working on/excited about?
I'm working on making my music available to people without having to pay me.
 

What makes your soul alive?
Authentic human connection that exemplifies trust and truth. Community overcoming the patterns of society.

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Jamie

Montgomery Sheridan

I have been feeling very clearheaded lately and what I want to write about today is the sea. It contains so many colors. Silver at dawn, green at noon, dark blue in the evening. Sometimes it looks almost red. Or it will turn the color of old coins. Right now the shadows of clouds are dragging across it, and patches of sunlight are touching down everywhere. White strings of gulls drag over it like beads.

It is my favorite thing, I think, that I have ever seen. Sometimes I catch myself staring at it and forget my duties. It seems big enough to contain everything anyone could ever feel.

Anthony Doerr

Wilco's Solid Sound Festival

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Festival season is well on it's way. Last weekend I made my way down route 2 to catch Wilco's acoustic set, and I'm so happy I did! Every other year the band hosts a music/arts festival at Mass MOCA in North Adams, Massachusetts.  The combination of music and art in one happy grassy place allows your mind to wander with happy discoveries. 

This was my first time experiencing Wilco. I was SO impressed! The sound they created acoustically was so beautiful and the entire crowd was swaying' and singing along.  I also caught a few songs from Real Estate, an indie rock band. 

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My favorites were Wilco's acoustic performance of Jesus, etc., and I Got You At The End Of The Century. So, go add some of their songs to your playlists and have the most wonderful Wednesday. :) 

Until next time,
Montgomery 

Mothers Day Interview

Montgomery Sheridan

“My mother is my root, my foundation. She planted the seed that I base my life on, and that is the belief that the ability to achieve starts in your mind.”

I sat down with a couple of my favorite kiddos to chat about their momma. Calla did most of the talking. However, Shiloh did provide a few grunts. Here's what they had to say :)

Who is your mom?
Shannon Bannanon!!!! Hehe, that rhymes funny.

What is your favorite thing your mom does for you?
Take me to the park.

What is her favorite song?
Twinkle Little Star and You're My Sunshine

What is the one thing your mom always tells you?
She always tells me she loves me

When is your mom happiest?
She is happiest when I am smiling. Oh! And when I sing her to sleep.

What is the best thing your mom cooks for you?
Pizza! WAIT!!! Bacon pizza! 

If your mom were to take you on an adventure, where would you go?
To.....on a hike!

Describe what you mom looks like.
She is silly-ish funny-ish looking. She has pretty hair, I like when she twists it back. Her hair is black and she has green eyes!

What is your mom really good at?
She's REALLY good at jumping jacks. She's even better than me. She also is good at calling the ravens. 

How are you like your mom?
I can climb trees just like her. I think I look like her too.

What do you love most about your mom?
I love when she takes me to get ice cream. I also love her smile.

Why do you love your mom?
I just love her a lot. I really love giving her hugs.

Thanks Calla!

Make sure to hug your mom and tell her all the things you love about her not only on Sunday but whenever you see her! We owe our moms a whole lot of love. :) Happy Mothers Day to you mommas out there!

About a Girl: Shannon Woodcock

Montgomery Sheridan

Shannon, my sister in law has always been a very fun, eccentric gal. She inspires people around her and does a lot with the community. Shannon and Jared (my step-brother) raise everything from piglets to chicks to corn. They are even raising two of the most adorable little kiddos, impressive! I followed Shannon around for a day on Taproots Farm and then sat down for tea and asked her some questions. Enjoy!
 

 

What is your favorite part about owning your own farm?
Owning my own farm allows me to be home with my kids. Yet, at the same time I can live a healthy lifestyle. My life goals were compatible with farming, I could homestead while raising my own food.

 
 Jared is a professor at SUNY Adirondack and teaches sustainable agriculture.  

Jared is a professor at SUNY Adirondack and teaches sustainable agriculture.  

Where are you from? What brought you here?
I am from Omaha, Nebraska, born and raised! I got up on a Sunday morning, put on my bumblebee costume and attracted my life mate...Sunday Funday! 
What do you miss?
I miss a handful of my friends, my brother, the Henry Doorly Zoo. It's all nostalgia. I miss the childhood comfort and the good restaurants. 

Tell me something about love, or your husband Jared.
Even on days when I want to rip his head off, when I see him across the room at a party I want to go flirt with him before I even know that it's him...instincts.

When you were 18, what did you picture your future life as?
Honestly, I didn't picture it. I lived for the moment then, I only saw two months in advance. I thought it would involve more traveling. I did although maybe see myself in the Peace Corps.

Was farming something you've always been drawn to?
Not even remotely! When I was ten, I wasn't sure of the difference between a cow and a horse. 

Favorite Quote?

  1. "A bird in hand is normally a chicken"
  2. “I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve (or save) the world and a desire to enjoy (or savor) the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.”
     

What is the sountrack to your life?
Currently? Twaaaaang! Anything that includes a mouth harp. 
For all of my life I would say the Travelling Wilburys. They were a collab of Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison, and Tom Petty. They recorded two albums in 1988 and 1990.

Two words that describe your style!
Jesus...mom pants (help me) I'm going to throw some more in okay? '95, pig-couture, chick-chic and not again. Hey! But I do have cool earrings!

What is the weirdest thing you have ever been caught doing?
Licking somebodies eyeball!!! There is one more that I should probably share. I was caught doing naked yoga in a hot spring, downward dog and I see a hiker coming up between my legs. Yikes.... 

What is your favorite time of the day?
I love the morning golden light. Its beating everyone else in bed snoozing to wake up with world that I love.

What is your super power?
Probably that there are five kids sleeping in this house right now. Also the "high whiskey kick" dance.

For those who want to farm, what do you suggest?
Take it slow, or you will get burnt out super fast. Don't over do it. Work on a farm first to see if farming is something you are passionate about and can take on with your own hands. Enrolling in a sustainable agriculture program can help you better understand how to farm.

How have you grown from living this lifestyle?
Before farming life had separate aspects( friends, food, work, etc.). I can now see the connected cycles of life and the intimacy of it all. I understand the seasons. I learned how to appreciate how what I do effects other things on not only the farm but in life. 

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Shannon, it's been a pleasure! Thanks for having me!