Behind the Pack – The Artistic Talents of Some of our Mystery Ranch Employees

Your Mystery Ranch backpack arrives and it is a dream pack, sturdy and well built. Behind each pack is a crew of super skilled production employees, who meticulously hand-make and inspect each product that Mystery Ranch produces. The design was originally created, then prototypes were tested. The fabric is hand-cut, the pack is hand-sewn, the foam is hand-stuffed and many eyes have looked over every nook and cranny of the pack. Mystery Ranch employees sew through multiple layers of tough fabric and a myriad of fastenings and straps. The crew behind the packs are outstanding. Rigorous high standards and a crew known for their technical precision are what sets Mystery Ranch Backpacks beyond ordinary outdoor packs. Each pack is finely hand-crafted right here in the USA.

Skye Bear Designs earrings & felted wool recycled small purses by Erika next to Mimi’s wildlife & landscape art cards & prints.

Many of the employees are artistically creative and detail oriented, even outside of the usual workday. The “ranchers,” as Mystery Ranch employees are nicknamed, are a crew of artisans and craftspeople. Nearly every artistic discipline is represented by the current staff. One sews beautiful corduroy messenger hats and lined handbags, while another knits natural colored hats and mittens for the chilly Bozeman winters. A long-time rancher brews homemade beer, named Love Potion #9 and Nuttin’ but Trouble, while another sews decorative dog collars and baby onesies. Detailed and intricate threadwork are used to make tatted earrings and leather masks by a talented rancher along with her funky and fun sock animals, another keeps the 60’s style alive with her bright colored tie-dyed shirts. Another makes mini animal earrings adorned with glass beads and felted wool purses from recycled sweaters. Several painters are among the staff. One paints vibrant designs on delicate silk fabrics covering pillows and scarves. Colored pencil and ink drawings by another rancher brings alive an abstract world on paper, while another employee uses chalk pastels and colored pencils to capture the beauty and joy of wildlife and the natural landscapes that surround us. A newbie rancher is a potter who throws bowls and mugs glazed with hues of teal and green, while another is a wildlife and landscape photographer who shares the split seconds and action of nature through the observant eye of a camera lens. And we have an honest to goodness, rock hound who embodies the spirit of the West, hunting for gems and minerals in the Treasure State of Montana, the place Mystery Ranch calls home

Brigid’s messenger hats & handbags that can also be found at the Bogert Farmer’s Market in the Summer.

With a tremendous amount of talent among the ranchers and the Winter Holiday season around the corner, we decided to hold a Mystery Ranch Winter Arts & Crafts fair celebrating the festive season and supporting each other’s artistic talent at our soon-to-be new, larger location. The event coincided with our monthly employee social event, so holiday cookies, hot cider, hot chocolate and egg nog were served to the crew, along with friends and family. It was an exciting and successful evening, with 15 ranchers displaying their creative work.

Shoppers at Blake & Nic’s booth. Blake’s hand-sewn MR spinner logo ornaments were given to employees as a Winter Holiday thank you!

As the Winter holidays approach enjoy the peaceful time spent with loved ones and the gifts given and received. Thank you to our loyal fans and customers that believe in us wholeheartedly and support what we create!

Rock hunter Tom with his spread of local Montana minerals & gems.

Erika, Catey & Mimi displaying Catey’s tatted earrings.

Rainer’s tree of knit hats & mittens along with Ester’s colorful tie dyed t-shirts.

Emily’s hand-sewn dog collars & baby onesies.

Kaye’s hand painted silk pillows.

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  1. claire gleason
    Posted December 24, 2010 at 1:13 pm | Permalink

    I wish I could have been there to see everyones amazing creations and finds. But i was out in seattle helping to keep the quality controled. I hope we do another craft fair so I can see everyones amazing talents first hand! keep up the amazing work everyone!

  2. Kristina Urband
    Posted January 18, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Permalink

    My “dream job” would be to work side-by-side at Mystery Ranch with this crew of talented smiling Bozemanites. After looking through all the photos and admiring all of your personal crafts and of course, the multiple backpack designs…I just had to jot a comment. My next step is to see if there’s a spot for my skills at your workplace.
    Livin’ the Dream,

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