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Interview with Brittney of Evoke The Spirit


Brittney! Can you share how you and Ivy first met?

Ivy and I met through mutual friends in Brooklyn 8 years ago.

Were you already hatching plans for Sayulita?  How did the whole move come about?

At that time I had not realized I was moving to Sayulita, it all happened very fast. A sort of love at first sight experience.

And did you already have the idea to work with local artisans well before moving your whole life there?

I had this plan to work with the local tribe making jewelry. The first pieces I made were in Love Adorned and Warm in New York and we had some pieces in LA at Roseark and in San Francisco at Erica Tanov and a few other places. It was encouraging to see the pieces placed so well and I wasn’t ready to give up the New York connection. But Sayulita it a little like Narnia and within months I forgot all about the “real” world.

What are 5 words to describe Sayulita?

Intense, Creative, dreamy, barefoot, supportive.

Sayulita has a super strong energy. The indigenous people I work with tell me that we are crazy to live here. They say it is the ceremonial place the ancestors came to face their demons.  Once you commit to that process it’s intense and unbelievably rewarding since there seems to be a spring of creativity bubbling up constantly. I used to call it Sayulita Fairy Dust. It’s that tangible.

And 5 words to describe Evoke the Spirit?

Raw, Organic, Natural, Modern, Cooperation

Where did EtS name come from?

Evoke the Spirit is a description of our process.  We attempt to bring a feeling or the spirit of something into materiality.   Whether it be bringing the spirit of a tradition into a modern form, or a feeling of nostalgia into a  new object.

(Real story)I was sitting in a Medicine Ceremony/hovering somewhere in Space and I was having a telepathic conversation with an androgynous intelligent being.  They told me the name. They even showed me the logo of this eagle flying over the horizon with the moon at its beak.  At the time I didn’t know what i was seeing, I didn’t know i was moving to Mexico and it was my first experience with tribal medicine. Within 6 months it all made sense. Like what i had experienced was seeing a completed puzzle and all I had to do was piece it together.

And what is important to you about powerful objects? 

Powerful objects aren’t important to me.  It’s just that I’m compelled to make them. I fantasize about not making them all the time. But I can’t stop.  Translating shamanic and organic objects for a modern discernment is my gift I guess. It’s a way to get these objects into peoples homes and into their lives, to Hopefully bring them some beauty or a connection with nature or Spirit.

So why did you leave NYC?

I forgot about NYC.  It just faded.

What do you miss about New York?

I miss who I was when I lived there. I believed in things when I lived there, I was part of a fabric, now I only want to pull at those threads, to see what they are made of. I don’t believe anymore.

I miss talking and sharing ideas in the way New Yorkers do. It’s like this fun game of building possibility. It gets me high. New Yorkers are the best in the world at this, and it’s my favorite thing to do.

I miss they way New York understands time. Their is a cultural directness born from a deep respect for your time. And I believe that time is the most valuable thing we have. It’s the only thing we really can’t get more of.

What don’t you miss?

I don’t miss the organizedness of the streets and buildings.  I don’t miss the obsession with proving your worth through hard work. I don’t miss spending thousands of dollars a week to just live a normal life.

But most of what I don’t miss is the United States of America-ness of New York.  The things that are uniquely New York will always be special and separate to that for me

Tell me about your experience with synchronicity.

I work with an indigenous tribe called the Waxirika . They live inside synchronicity. Their shamans call on synchronicity and expand its potential within their lives. I could tell you things that I have seen that would appear to be magic. But it’s only because we don’t have a cultural mythology or vocabulary for those kinds of experiences.  Now after 7 years, those experiences have become normal, even reliable.  It feels good to live like that. It feel very expansive.

Can you give me an example of one of these magic moments?

Sure, here is an example:  I needed to get my resident papers at a time when that was very difficult for Americans.  Mexico is taking its revenge on us Immigrants here for sure.  I get it.  My first attempt to get my visa in New York failed miserably. I was rejected at the consulate.   So in my second attempt, I explained the problem to Santos, he is my senior artist and has been studying to become a tribal shaman almost 40 years (basically since he was born).  He said he would look into it and everything would be fine.  I went to the LA consulate this time, because LA was Mexico at one point not long ago, and the connection to the land felt stronger.  In my interview I wore a beaded pendant of a peyote cactus, like the ones you have at Wilder.   I sat down and the interviewer, wearing a dark suit and looking extremely intimidating, started asking me questions without looking up from his paper.  When he finally looked at me his eyes settled on the pendant.  Wordlessly he unbuttoned and rolled back the sleeve to reveal a beaded bracelet with the same symbol.  It was practically glowing.  He nodded and stamped my application approved and told me to have a nice day.

Come meet Brittney and ask her to tell you more stories of synchronicity at our launch event, Thursday August 23rd from 6-9 pm at Wilder!

And you may shop a selection of available Evoke the Spirit pieces here: