~ About Me & My Crafts ~

Hi there, my name is Brittany. I am so excited to have you here! Midgaarb is my small shop, solely run and operated by me: A passionate seamstress, designer, photographer and plant witch. Bringing you custom, handmade historically accurate Viking Age garb as well as Organic and Wildcrafted herbal offerings, infused with pagan pride and the desire to honor and uphold Mother Earth and the handmade authentic traditions that honored her in generations past. My passion and connection with the Earth is woven into all of my crafts, through the use of Earth-based, natural fabrications and working with local and ancestral plant allies.
I have an endless need to create, experiment and discover! My goal was to create a career that allows me to embrace it all. My desire in my craft is to uphold my families fading traditions & keep them alive for us American Europeans. As a European herbalist living on sacred Native American land, I also have endless respect for the land I get to call home and harvest my medicines from. In my offerings I focus on restorative wildcrafting and do my best to steward the land and honor the homeland of Native Indigenous People's. Their stories are interwoven in my creations and paying reparations to them is of high importance to me, my spirit and my craft.
My home is located in the misty, mossy forests of the Pacific Northwest - in Northwest Oregon, where I bring all my creations to life. The energy that constantly surrounds me, living in this incredibly lush region with the elements and the plants is deeply channeled into all my work. I fully believe in living sustainably and ethically; the lifestyle of my beliefs, & I do so to the best of my ability.
My heart sings when I work with natural fibers; sewing, photography, herbalism, nature, music, writing, learning, European history, folklore & community connection.
ABOUT MY HERBAL CRAFT & OFFERINGS
I have been living closely with plant allies & studying herbalism for over 10 years. I have had various health problems growing up and many bad reactions through western pharmaceuticals, which is what brought me to healing myself with plant medicine. When I moved to Oregon in 2017, I was surrounded by so much incredible nature, that I brought my studies to a much more serious level, allowing me to fully connect the mind-body-soul healing energies and properties of plants and organ function. I studied herbalism through various schools for 3 years now, delving deeper into wildcrafting, medicine making and harvesting along with the celestial energies and moon phases, which brought me to making seasonal small batch offerings for my shop! I am so grateful to live in such an abundant beautiful part of the world, growing herbs & harvesting in the wild mountains. Honoring the Earth, ancestors and Mothers by utilizing her powers and sharing & supporting the healing journey's of others. All of the plant material I work with is either locally Wildcrafted by myself, from clean wild spaces, homegrown or sourced from local certified organic growers. I use the highest quality organic menstruums like local Raw mountain honey & Raw vinegars, Certified Organic NON-gmo gluten free alcohol, and everything I make is essential oil free, chemical free and preservative free. Please be aware of allergies and know that I am not a healthcare professional, and my statements are not approved by the FDA. Don't hesitate to ask me questions about my offerings!
ABOUT MY SEWING & DESIGNING GARB
All of my garments are infused with loving energy and inspiration to keep the old ways alive. My very first love in this lifetime is sewing, which I first learned from my aunts, grandmother & great grandmother. I am 32 & have been sewing for over 26 years and have a BFA in Fashion Design from Pratt Institute. All items are made by myself from start to finish and I create all of my patterns from scratch as well. All garb designs and patterns are created by me, through my training and based off of my extensive research of pre-Christian archeological findings. Utilizing authentic, natural materials such as 100% European linen, wool and leather in a vast variety of handpicked colors and trims.
I am a perfectionist by nature; paying special attention to aesthetics and detail, making Midgaarb ideal for reenactment and ceremonial purposes. My garb is also great for Renaissance and Celtic faires, LARP, SCA and similar events. Being that all my items are made from authentic materials they can also be worn by anyone who has a desire to engage in other forms of living history, or just enjoys wearing high quality, natural handmade pieces! Linen is so versatile and the silhouettes I create are so versatile, they can be easily mix and matched with any aesthetic and style, whether in reenactment or modern life. 
 If you follow my IG stories, you know I have a black kitty named Stitch who hangs out in the studio while I sew ~ (he doesn’t shed much & I still lint roll my items, but please note for anyone with kitty allergies!)
ABOUT MY PHOTOGRAPHY
I am the photographer behind all of my photos, and soon I will be selling prints allowing you to enjoy my work in your home, so check back on that! I minored in photography at Pratt Institute and have been taking professional photos since I was 13 years old when I was gifted my first film camera. Upon receiving it, I was  immediately obsessed with taking nature and landscape photos, and feel photography was one of the first ways I became truly aware of the incredible wonders of the Earth and it's creatures.
I not only enjoy crafting what I wear, the herbal offerings I use to heal myself, but my very favorite thing might be when it comes to taking my photos and I can see the end result all come together. I live in an absolutely gorgeous region, and interacting with the elements here, the wild rain and endless fog, capturing these precious fleeting moments of nature is so fulfilling for me. I am so excited to share them more tangibly with you.
ABOUT WORKING WITH YOU
To hear about my service and work from my customers themselves, refer to my 5 star ratings and customer feedback on my Etsy! I feel I am fulfilling my dream and purpose for this lifetime in doing what I do. My shop is my passion, making it easy to ensure the best customer service possible and to accommodate my customers needs to the best of my ability. I greatly enjoy sharing my passions with others which has naturally evolved into creating individually based custom made items and forming deep bonds with my customers. All garments in my shop are specially made for each individual upon order to ensure the perfect custom fit. Each customer chooses fabrication, their preference of trim and includes their measurements so I can make the garments fit their body specifically.

I love engaging in collaborations, trades and cross-promotions. Feel free to reach out to me for any creative inquiries or custom requests! I update my shop listings, Instagram and Facebook (@Midgaarb) daily, so follow or favorite it so you don't miss out on the latest action and special announcements! Check out my daily Instagram stories for a behind the scenes of my process, my lifestyle, making herbal offerings, recipes, forest adventures, sewing tips, wildcrafting & more. 
ABOUT MY UPCOMING MEMBERSHIPS
I am so excited to bring my studies into this virtual realm and be able to share them more with others. Please visit my "memberships" page to learn what they will be all about!
I am honored to create for you.
Thank you endlessly for your support!
Brittany