Black Moon Made is the work and play of me, Chelcie Blackmun. I am an artist, learning herbalist, witch and wannabe psychedelic priestess.
When making art I draw, paint, print, and tattoo with seasonal forays into fiber crafts like knitting. (I also work as a graphic designer to pay the bills.) I love making art and images as food for the soul and psyche, as ritual markers, and as articulations of insights uncovered. I find great satisfaction in making items of practical use and am inspired by folk art + craft traditions. Knowing that an object will serve a purpose in addition to being well crafted and beautiful sets my heart at ease. Whenever possible, I try to reuse and repurpose materials when making. Waste sucks. (Plus, foraging for supplies at the thrift store is my fave!)
I like to call myself an herbalist vulgaris - vulgaris is a Latin word meaning "common" or "of the common people", it is found in the botanical names of many weedy and useful plants. I am a common home herbalist -- I care for myself and my loved ones, usually with only a small surplus to offer my larger community. I have studied in the Wise Woman tradition and hold nourishment, flexibility, respect, and simplicity as the pillars of my herbcraft. I work with plants that are close to me, that I live with and have developed relationship with. My potion ingredients are gathered by gardening, wildcrafting, and through responsible local herb sellers.
Both art-making and plant magic are spiritual practices for me. Herblore, wild creatures, and european folk traditions are my teachers and inspiration -- the art making then is an act of devotion. Together, they are my ritual magic and worship of the natural world. It’s a practice where mundane everyday routines of nourishment, observation, and expression become sacred. Silliness, celebration, and irreverence are critical parts of this mundane sacredness too!
Please don't hesitate to reach out if you'd like to work together in any capacity. I’d love to make you something! Small branding + logo projects, illustrations, tattoos, custom art, knits, and potions are all on the table. Or maybe you just want to have a conversation? That's cool too! Sock it to me. xo