January 10, 2017 1 Comment

The Turtle is a symbol of grounding and safety.

It was my friend Michelle (hi Michelle!) who requested a turtle design. As soon as she mentioned it, I had a clear concept of a turtle with a shield knot, which symbolizes protection, over the shell.  While creating this design, the important lesson I learned was that turtle was not going to be rushed.  What I thought was going to be a simple knot ended up being very complex and took me several iterations and many weeks to get right. The Turtle is a symbol of grounding and safety.


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Vicki Smink
Vicki Smink

April 23, 2017

As much as I love the Raven (my team) and bear (my son’s tribe), the turtle is my adoptive state’s symbol. There are currently over 100 loggerheads off the coast of Myrtle Beach, SC getting ready to come ashore to lay their eggs. It’s truly amazing to watch the babies leaving the dunes to head back to the ocean!

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