Photographs of Sue's Salves, creating in her Clinton County based studio.
Sue J. Morris, creator of Sue’s Salves, uniquely fuses herbalism, aromatherapy and astrology into the crafting of her body and skin care products.
The artisan creates soothing herbal salves with plants she grows in her medicinal garden in Mill Hall, PA.
“I do not outsource any plants and only use plants I grow in my organic garden,” explains Sue.
Her historic home has become an ode to her craft.
Outside, her gardens swoon full of mindfully planted and cared for flora.
Inside, the plucked ingredients are turned out in various stages for processing – some are hung in drying mechanisms; others are submerged in tinctures.
Her carefully packaged final products can be found nearby – from salves, spritzes and body care items, to herbal oils, botanical perfumes and all-natural bug sprays.
Through her products and by educating people about how they’re made, Sue is on a mission to demonstrate that medicinal herbs can help remedy common illnesses and ailments.
“Gardens are grown for beauty, for food and nutrition, to create sacred spaces, and for their wide-ranging benefits for the body and soul,” she said.
These images were captured by Bill Crowell as part of the 2018 Creative Makers Exhibit, a traveling showcase of creative makers working in the PA Wilds.
More about the show here. Proceeds from the sales of the Creative Makers Exhibit photographic tiles & posters will go back into the work of the Wilds Cooperative and the extension of this project as we will continue photographing the creative makers living and working in the PA Wilds.
Each tile measures 8 in x 8 in and is mounted on foam core that is approximately 3/4 in thick and comes with adhesive attached for wall mounting.
Please note: Orders for photographic tiles are placed in a batch at the end of each month with the vendor, and then take an additional 2 weeks for delivery. Please be prepared that your order could take 4-6 weeks for delivery.
Meet the Maker
Over 10 years ago, a groundbreaking effort began to brand a quarter of the Commonwealth as the "Pennsylvania Wilds" and invest in it to create a premier nature, heritage and cultural destination that would fuel local economies and inspire stewardship among the people who live, work, play and visit the region. Engaging the region's artists and craftspeople in the work is key to building a meaningful regional brand and infusing pride into economically-distressed communities. The Wilds Cooperative of Pennsylvania, our membership program that supports artisans and entrepreneurs through such regional branding, was born out of this belief. Today, nearly 200 local artists and craftspeople participate in this juried arts and business development program. "Creative Makers" reflects the splendor and uniqueness of the Pennsylvania Wilds landscape and rural lifestyle, and the resourcefulness and talent of the artists who live and work here. PA Wilds Juried photographers captured the images, and our goal with the exhibit is to help tell the story of the creative individuals living and working in the PA Wilds.
This project is made possible through grants from the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts.