Artists ~ Raven Morgaine ~ Coventry

Artist’s name: Raven Morgaine
Shop name: Familiar Spirits
Twitter: @coventryvoodoo
Facebook: familiarspirits
Pinterest: familiar spirits

1. Tell us about your work: 
I create one of a kind spiritual art based on the New Orleans Voodoo style of spirit dolls, drawing from the rich history of Santeria , Voodoo and Candomble, I use my training in these faiths to create beautiful altar pieces as welvlas working tools I also am a painter,

2. Is there a story behind the name of your business? 
of course, because my spirit dolls become more and more like spiritual helpers for the user who works with them properly, we named the dolls and my brick and mortar shop Familiar Spirits after the witch's familiar. we also wanted a name that had a comforting sound.

3. How did you come to be a professional artist/crafter/designer? 
I decided to stop making other people money off my talents while i struggled to afford electricity, I said why cant i support my family making beautiful spiritual things? So I did, and I do .

4. Where do you draw your inspiration? 
New Orleans, Haiti , Cuba, Brazil, Africa, the religion that started in Africa and spread to all these other lands

5. What’s your favorite item to create? 
thats like asking who my favorite Baby is....I cant answer that LOL

6. What’s your best seller? 
My altar dolls, we have collectors in the UK, Australia , France, japan,Scotland , England, Queensland and all over the united states

7. How long have you been in Rhode Island?
A very long time

8. What do you {heart} about Rhode Island?
all the Witches and Pagans

9. Any advice for new/wannabe makers?
know your work,find your voice, dont look at other artists work while you're working on something, spend a little more on quality materials, be the beauty you want to create, bring it to a spiritual level, breath art,meditate, rip things up when you hate them glory in their destruction release that energy and start over. MOST importantly never let a single person tell you "you can't" Because that's the greatest lie ever told.

10. Please include anything else you’d like to say
when in the act of creating you are in that moment the closest to the divine you will ever be in this lifetime, That's why i do could I not? Ashe /Blessings to you ( for a wider range of photographs)


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