The Who and the What
Hi, I’m Grace Spath. I live with my husband and 3 kids on a hobby farm/homestead in Southern California where my husband operates an agave Nursery- If the spines outside don’t get you, the needles inside will! That’s how Needles and Spines originated. It’s a combination of all that is me. It’s also a play on words for my love of all that is nature-from the desert spines to the forest pine needles.
I create and I make because my soul yearns to do so. I need it almost as much as I need air to breathe. I attended Memphis College of Art on scholarship and then studied fashion at Palomar College. In 2015 I dived into natural dyes and fell in love with the spontaneity of color it gave. in 2018 we moved to our 7+ acre homestead in North County San Diego, where all my loves of creating and natural living combined.
We took slow living a step further when I started homeschooling my children through a Waldorf philosophy right here on the farm so that they may cherish all the wonderment childhood and nature has to offer.
When I look at a ball of native dyed wool, I see everything I love in this life wrapped up together. I see my husband who pushed me to find the beauty in native CA flora. I see my children growing up to love nature, identifying plants and asking their purpose at just the tender age of 3. I see sheep thriving in open farms, rather than being pinned up and mistreated. I see my love of textiles and fibers that I have been working with since middle school. I see a product not mass produced, but rather made with love and passion in every step- a product made solely because I truly and thoroughly enjoy it.
We started off at a Waldorf Charter School and slowly transitioned into homeschooling full time in a Waldorf-inspired method. I am so lucky to have spent time at the charter and was able to learn so much about Waldorf philosophy and putting it into action. Our homeschool days are relaxed and full of play. Lessons are centered around stories, art, nature, and movement with festivals and activities being an exciting part of the process.
I love to host workshops and events for all the ways in which I live slow and naturally. Farm tours, dye classes, Waldorf festivals, crafting workshops, herbalism walks are a just a few of my offerings. Send me an e-mail, join the e-mail list and/or follow me on instagram to stay in the know.
Farmed + Foraged
Foraged and farmed goods are from right in my own ‘backyard’. This leaves out the mystery of if it was sustainably grown/harvested. Foraged items are only harvested when their is plenty. Farmed items are non gmo and are never treated with synthetic pesticides or fertilizers.
Before making a product, I do not ask myself. “Could I make this?” Instead, I ask, “Should I make this?” While designing I often think of a line from a Kimya Dawson song, “Is the price of every living thing what your product is worth?” Sure, that may sound a little extreme, but in the grand scope of things it is not. There are all different types of approaches when it comes to sustainability. My biggest worry and focus when creating is how much waste will ultimately end up in landfills because of this or how much will our earth suffer because of this? There are greater things in this world then running my own creative business, like the World itself. So what am I doing about it?
I only use Young Living essential oils. This is the only company in complete control of their farms, distillery, and products.
I dabbled in essential oils for years before finding my friends at Good Vibe Oily Tribe. I can sit here and explain the difference in qualities till the moon shines, but its nothing compared to experiencing it yourself. I use essential oils for emotional and immune support. I use them to make all kinds of DIY items from cosmetics, toiletries, crafts, herbal products, and more. I turn to them for support when we are sick or hurt. It’s a lot of things, I know, but that’s why it’s nice to have your oils AND someone to help you learn your way around them. Click here when you ready to get started with your own kit.