I had my birthday a few days ago and am continuing to celebrate...so I figured now is a good time to share a little bit about my own work space. Additionally, all the amazing women I've featured and am in the process of featuring have had to answer many interview questions and endure my intruding upon their work space--it's only fair I do the same to myself!
What I find inspirational:
Nature, cycles, patterns, solitude, walks in the woods, my Faith, my Friends and Family, my yoga practice, dreams, the ordinary, food--especially beautiful and colorful fresh food in my kitchen like bright blood-red maroon beets in a jadeite bowl with purple cabbage, orange carrots, red peppers and dark green kale
How I approach my work:
Subconscious, free flow, not too much thought but more on feeling, trying not to art therapitize myself, not analyzing or judging but questioning in order to learn more, I am where I am right in this moment, everything is connected
A bit about my life journey:
I've always made art. I remember copying and tracing illustrations out of old joke books and "National Geographic" publications when I was very young. I illustrated fashion designs as well for many years, well into my late teens. I studied French and art in high school and a bit in college. I planned on moving to Paris to design clothes. After seriously pursuing fashion for a spell, I realized that not only did I hate sewing, but I really didn't care about making clothes either. After a brief stint in geology, I came back full circle to art. I've had an interest in psychology for eons and decided to combine art and therapy. I've been working as an art therapist for nearly a decade now.
A time when I took a leap of faith:
I'm not sure about a leap of faith, but a recent jump of faith would have to be starting this blog. The idea came about in two ways.
When I visited my friend, Kristin (of Herz au Glas), for the first time, her living space filled me with awe and curiosity. I thought to myself, "This is like a dream, and I wish someone would photograph Kristin in her space. This is too beautiful and amazing and inspiring. Someone needs to document this." Then I thought, "Well, I reckon' I could do that."
The second piece came about roughly the same time I visited Kristin. I have a few blogs and webpages I view fairly regularly, kind of like inspiration boards. The funny (and ridiculous) thing about it is that I don't know any of those people. I thought to myself, "That's dumb! I know so many inspiring women in real life, and I would like an online space not only to feature and honor them, but for me to refer back to and feel inspired by!
However, I thought about doing the blog for months before I actually did it. There were so many reasons I could think of not to do it. I'm not a writer, I'm not a photographer, why would anyone want to participate and be featured?, I won't be able to keep it going, I'm going to fail, etc. etc. etc. Then I talked with Kristin one night and she told me, "Just do it!" So I did. And I'm having a ball doing this. I absolutely love having an online space to honor all of the creative women who surround me. I have grand plans...ultimately, I see a traveling caravan of women going on tour in their airstreams, motorcycles and wagons, having pop-up art shows...
My favorite space:
In the woods, and I can smell that fresh forest rot and decay. It's kind of humid but cool--like how it is when you're hiking down to a waterfall...I can hear all the critters scurrying in leaves and grass and trees around me, maybe it's a little foggy too...
Books on my nightstand:
I always have a few going. Sander Katz's "The Art of Fermentation" I am a total fermenting fool.
A book of short stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald, a book of poetry by my half-brother titled "Raven's Blood," "Mindfulness and the Arts Therapies" by Laury Rappaport
My go to music:
I like all kinds of music. Depends on my mood.
I like crackly: Patsy Cline, Hank Williams, Howlin' Wolf, Elmore James, Brother Claude Ely, Bill Monroe
I like mellow: Mazzy Star, Beach House, Ravi Shankar, Thelonious Monk, Marvin Gaye
I like heavy and raw: Mastodon, Baroness, old school Metallica (everything before the Black album)
A few old standbys: Jane's Addiction, Black Sabbath, Led Zepplin
Sleep, love, prayer, yoga, water, wine, clean food, shea butter (takes care of the fine wrinkles--a little secret I learned from the elderly African-American with whom I used to work), oils (Seabuckthorn oil, Rose oil, Lavender oil)
"I am where I am." This is something I've really come to appreciate during my ashtanga yoga practice, and it's trickled out into a mantra throughout all aspects of my life. I am where I am. That's it. Period. I'm nowhere else physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally. Here I am, right where I am, fully present. I find that incredibly freeing.
Along those lines: Every second is a new beginning. That blows my mind. Each second is a new chance for anything--a positive thought, a healthy habit, a kind word, a smile, a hug, forgiveness. Now. Now. Now. Now. Now. Now. Now. Ad infinitum.
Kilim or toile:
Velvet! I like both kilim and toile too. And well-worn cotton. And corduroy when appropriate.
Mermaid or forest fairy:
Forest fairy. I have a bit of mermaid and desert queen in me too. Sanibel Island and Sedona. Oi.
Spoons/bowls or forks/plates:
Spoons and bowls!