Sea Turtle- Skirt
Ingredients: Made in the USA. Born in sunny California, this skirt is made from a mixture of rayon, spandex, a night under the stars, stories told in whispered tones, sand in my sleeping bag, a sketchbook, a 3B Prismacolor pencil, a black Micron pen, and a sea of freshly hatched turtles.
Wear: This skirt is a ladies fit with a wide waistband that can be folded down to shorten the length of the skirt or unfolded to transform it into a strapless dress. Perfect for a stroll on the beach, tossing over a swimsuit, or pairing with your favorite boots for a night on the town.
Heart: Machine washable (cold water please). Dry on low heat or let nature do the work of air drying it for you.
By Hand: Due to the handmade nature of each item, variations are natural and should be expected.
Wanderlust: Curled up in blankets while the cold from the earth seeped through to our skin and the sticky sea air floated over our faces, we quietly watched the mound of sand that hid the endangered turtle nest below. Our shift was sunset to sunrise, and we’d been waiting days for the hundred hatchlings to emerge. The members of our small group took turns at the nest, whispered stories of working with the turtles, and slept when we could. It would be another long night. Tucked away from civilization, the lights of town didn’t reach our little beach, The only light we had was the Milky Way beaming overhead. Earlier in the evening, we’d see one hatchling and knew the rest were close behind. During the darkest shift of the night, as I waited by the nest, I filled page after page of my sketchbook with turtles. Drawing by starlight (flashlights not allowed) and trusting my hand to connect the lines without my eyes seeing the paper was a fun exercise and produced the sketch to this design. Around three in the morning, the hatchlings began bubbling up from the sand. Turtle after turtle emerged, crawling over each other as they navigated their way to the sea. It was a truly beautiful site to watch. Sea turtles face many challenges early in life, only one in a thousand will survive to adulthood. Conservation efforts such as protecting them from predators (human and animal) as they travel across beaches, roads, and other obstacles on their way to the sea, as well as collecting valuable nest data, will hopefully give us a future earth that is plentiful with sea turtles.