Ghost Dancer is Handmade, Timeless, and Perfectly Imperfect
Rhiannon Marie Griego, Owner
I spend much of my time in the studio or out in nature, hiking, shooting, occasionally taking the loom out on some back road where no one else is to weave. Most of my nature, unintentionally, comes direct from the environment I live on and dwell in. Since a child, I've been fascinated by rocks, minerals and the strata of the Earth. Once I began weaving, the translation was so direct that it moves me even more to seek out unusual rock formations for coloring.
Ghost Dancer is a collection comprised of handmade jewelry and textiles. The business began as a jewelry business but has since grown into a home decor, fine art, woven wearable journey. I love changing mediums when I can so the experimentation process is woven directly into the line. I consider my wearable work woven artwork, especially for those who seek to stand out. There are spells when I weave blankets, wall hangings, kimonos, pillows, jewelry, jackets, tea runners and altar mats. I enjoy the variety.
Ghost Dancer's original inception was in 2008 but was refined in 2011 in NYC through wholesale. At the time, I was focused on dramatic costume necklaces, chest harnesses with stones and long duster beaded earrings. With the introduction of fiber as medium in 2013, it's since evolved into slow process handwoven textiles. I consider the pieces luxury textiles as I seek out the finest materials and thoughtfully weave each and every piece into being. The whole process has been one evolving experimentation, just like the foundation of my Zen training in Saori Weaving. Constant experimentation with no mistakes, it's wabi-sabi imperfection perfection.
Ghost Dancer as a name was adopted in 2008 and is my spiritual understanding of relating to my heritage, the ghosts of my ancestors and the way I playfully move through life honoring all that came before, dancing.
Ghost Dancer is unique in that it's all made and has only ever been made by my two hands. It's an endeavor to be certain but when I calculate how much of my work has been dispersed around the world and how many collectors I have out there, it's mind boggling. Each piece I've ever made requires at least 24-120 hours and that's all done by me, start to finish almost 95% of the time and I'm running the business.
I am a one woman show. The textiles are perfectly imperfect, I design, weave my own patterns and everything is one of a kind. Time to time, I replicate but it's always unique with a subtle difference only I am aware of. When I think about how these pieces will wear in time, it brings me a deep satisfaction as I know they will be passed down and remembered not only by the quality but by my story, I wove it all. My essence is intricately woven into each piece so it's like traveling and uplifting whomever the wearer is with beauty.
My aim is to subtly educate consumers on the fine detailing of woven clothing as most of the world's production comes from machined mills. I want clients to slow down the consumerism process by investing in well made garments ( or artwork ), consider how long it takes to weave a tiny panel and wear the garment forever. There is no trend in my work, it's timeless elegance for all ages.
My personal favorite product from my own line are my Stevie Capes, I own one in black and white. I wove the original 3 years ago and I wear it at least 2 times a week. It's Bohemian Chic that also functions as an elegant evening piece or a blanket.