Today we’d like to introduce you to Michelle McCarver.
Michelle, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I guess as long as I can remember, I’ve been interested in the strange and unusual My attraction and curiosity of oddities, bones, and anything death-related just continued to grow long after my adolescence. I’ve always been a crafter, creating things, and coming up with new ideas. One of those ideas was a crown made of bones for a photoshoot I wanted to do and how else would I find a bone crown other than to make one myself and I just happened to have plenty of animal bones I had collected and acquired. After gathering the supplies and sitting at my work table, the bones and pieces just began to fall in place and the bone crown itself was even more beautiful than I had even imagined I couldn’t stop smiling for a week! That was it! I had found my passion and I started putting bones on everything, in everything, and decorating every skull I could find! Before I knew it I had nowhere to put anything! I had filled cabinets, countertops, tables, and any shelf I could find! I’m quite the introvert, so after some much-needed encouragement and pep talks from the Hubby, I decided to create Pretty Dead Things and attended my first show featuring my creations! I never in a million years thought I would receive the amount of support and appreciation as I did that day. It was just overwhelming and magical! Pretty Dead Things has continued to grow and I continue creating! I love doing this every day.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Yeah, I would say I’ve been pretty blessed. For me this is an outlet and a way I can express myself. Monetary gain was never really what it was about; but creating beauty in death. I’m a stay at home mom to three amazing little creatures, and we home-school so I’m able to work on my own time! I can create or not create, travel and attend shows or relax with the family and I think that has made this a smooth journey! I’ve had a few taken aback by my creations, the fact that bones are my main medium or have fear and misunderstanding of death. I find no offense in these things and can appreciate a difference in opinion. The idea that makes art is that art does speak, it just doesn’t always convey the same message and I am perfectly okay with that!
Please tell us about your business.
Pretty Dead Things officially opened in 2019. I utilize animal bones, skulls, and many other curios of nature to create a very different perspective of life, death, and the beauty found within both! I build anything from animal skulls adorned in crystals and floral to bone crowns, oddities, and I even offer wet specimens! All of my bones are ethically sourced and legally permitted && none of these sweet babes were harmed for the creation of any of my art! All of my pieces are handcrafted and made with much respect, love and appreciation.
Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
Oh, goodness, yes! My husband, children, family, friends, and especially my mom! She’s probably my biggest fan and seeing her excitement when she finds curios is a whole gift in itself! My whole community of Texarkana is just so supportive and have really just been amazing! I’ve had so much support from hunters, farms, animal services, taxidermists, Texas Fish and Wildlife and members of my community. These guys have either donated, helped aid me in tips, trade secrets, laws, regulations, and made getting licensing and permits a pretty easy process! I am so grateful for each and every person who has been a part of this journey no matter how large or small their part was! A huge Thank You to Crystal Moon, our local metaphysical shop for featuring Pretty Dead Things in their beautiful boutique! I’ll forever be grateful for all of the amazing souls I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and to all of my customers and supporters, I would not be here if it weren’t for you guys! I love and appreciate each and every one of you!
This interview was originally posted on VoyageDallas… Arpil 28,2020
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