Triple Goddess Stickers

Everyone love stickers! I have stickers all over the place. On my water bottles, on my fridge, on my computer, in my journals. Piles of stickers waiting to find a place to be stuck. Oodles! And it seems other people love stickers too! So I made some stickers. Huzzah!

Announcing my Triple Goddess Sticker Pack!

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The Triple Goddess stickers feature the Crone Goddess Cailleach Beara, the Maiden Goddess Flora, & the Mother Goddess Aine the Faery Queen. The images are from issues of my T H R I F T W I T C H zine.

These stickers are currently only available through a special offer on my Patreon. 

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If you aren’t familiar with Patreon, it’s an easy way for those interested in my work to see new exclusive content and updates before anyone else. By contributing as little as $1 per month, patrons enable me to dedicate more of my time to creating.

You gift me support with a couple dollars every month, and I celebrate your trust with a zine, or a piece of art, or an exclusive update about my life. and Now through October 17th all patrons will receive my Triple Goddess Stickers.

Become a Patron Today

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My Goals with Patreon

Thank you to everyone who’s taken a look at my Patreon Page since the launch of my special offer. Than you to everyone who is already a patron. I’ve heard your feedback and have made some changes. The first was to revisit my goals.

I now have two Patreon Goals!

1. TWITCH: When I reach $150 per month I will begin a weekly Twitch Stream where you can connect with me live while I work on zines and art. It’s gonna be a weekly art party! Twitch is the world’s leading live streaming platform, and although mostly used for streaming games it has an active artist community streaming live videos of all sorts of cool content. I’m looking forward to bringing my unique voice in art to live stream.

2. YOUTUBE: Friends and Family have asked when I’m going to start a consistent Youtube Channel, so I’m setting a goal. When I reach $365 a month or 50 followers, whichever is first, then I will begin making bi-monthly youtube videos with content around ritual, art process, and my zany magical art life.

If you want to help me reach these goals you can pop over to Patreon. AND now through Oct 17th when you are a patron you get an extra special perk! My Triple Goddess Sticker Pack! I can’t wait to share these magical stickers with all of my patrons. Be well and Blessed Be!

Become a Patron Today

 

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Reflections from my HeArt Zines Creative Play

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Sometimes a Playshop comes together with a delicious constellation of participants, art supplies, meaning, and creation. The HeArt Zine Creative Playshop I co-facilitated with the remarkable Dodi Jackson  was one such moment in time.

You can read about the creative process that lead to magic of this Creative Playshop in this post. 

Invigorated and cocooned by the intentional Heart energy that permeated the whole of The Body Now Retreat, hosted by Turning the Wheel Productions, a circle of woman gathered in a snug room separate from the expansive spaces the rest of the retreat. Everyone dropped into a creative process guided by their intuitive heart with ease. Dodi and I fostered the creative environment with embodying activities and meditations at the beginning of each session.

The first two days of the Creative Play were spent with colorful papers, feathers, Gelli-prints, and fabrics which were used to create some of the most evocative collages I have ever seen. Each one was a unique manifestation of the individual. As always I was caught off guard by the unexpected combinations of color and texture, swirling into existence in ways that I would never imagine myself.

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I always make the project along with participants. Not only is it fun to play as well but I have the opportunity to model different ways to work with the materials.

Once the collages were complete and dry we folded them up. This was a wonderful process to witness. The images completely transformed as they metamorphosed from a flat one dimensional image into an interactive booklet with eight tiny collages. Complete but separate. I adore this process of change. It keeps the process free of attachment, which so deeply mirrors the truth of our Heart space.

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The Beginnings of my Heart Message

The final step of the process was to discover a message from your heart to weave through the images of the collage. Dodi is a master found poem creator and brought her genius to this process, gently guiding people into discovery. I had also curated a luscious list of words and quotes, as well as shared the magical collection of love notes from my friend Lizzi. The combinations that appeared in the poems were surprising and profound and unique. I was deeply touched by each message.

The completed HeArt Zines were placed in the space for the closing ritual of the retreat to radiate their deep heart wisdom into the room. The coven of creators also had the opportunity to embody a piece of their poem in front of the whole retreat, moving and speaking and showing off their zine. There is a video of all the zines together on my Instagram. Be sure to check it out and follow me over there.  It’s pretty magical!

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I hope to bring this HeArt Zine Playshop to more people and other venues. I was so nourished and satisfied by the process. I now have three HeArt Zines, and going back and reading them I still receive fresh wisdom from my found words each time. If you would like to join me for my next HeArt Zine Playshop be sure to Sign Up for my Newsletter to never miss an offering or Like my Facebook Page to see upcoming events. 

Be well and Blessed Be! 

 

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Shamanic Dolls ~Pattern Disruption~

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Last May I participated in a Ritual Theatre Workshop hosted by the Shamanic Dolls called Pattern Disruption. The premise for the workshop was to create a character to disrupt some pattern in your life. I met Melinda, one of the two facilitators, at a Denver Immersive Theatre gathering earlier in the year and as soon as she told me about the Shamanic Dolls I was itching to get involved with their magical work.

Shamanic Dolls is an interactive theater company devoted to the expansion of consciousness through ritual, activism, sacred comedy, political-burlesque, and embodiment of the divine. Our collaborative approach allows us to offer a powerful platform for artists to explore relevant topics in a unique and compelling way. (from the website)

I jumped in, despite a few nerves, already in a different character. The first day of the workshop coincided with the Pearl Street Tulip Festival and I didn’t have time to change costumes before rushing down to Denver. I knew I was in a good spot when I was welcomed with enthusiasm.

The performative and ritual practices of the workshop definitely challenged me in new and interesting way. I didn’t always enjoy the activities, but I could feel new ideas emerging and growing and manifesting so like a good long run or visit to the dentist I felt like I was benefitting A LOT.

The other facilitator Maria encouraged us to dive deeply and quickly while holding sacred space. The intention set was clear. “The intention of this workshop it to ARM you with lasting tools, techniques, and practices that will enable you to powerfully CRAFT your ritual performance and ACTIVATE your unique performative signature.” It felt good to be in a circle of people committed to heal through the arts. I am no stranger to the idea the creativity is a vital part of any healing journey, and it was refreshing to come at this idea from a new angle.

The Character

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Sing to the stars!! Absurdity!Epiphany! Anything can and will happen. ~~ Quantum is time. A vast radiant Self that has been awaiting this remembering. Reality is to be manifested. @spacedancekitten as QuanTime~ the Quantum Time Traveller Pattern Disruption 2019 Photo by Devotion Earth Media

Through the course I created the character Quantime, the Time Traveler. Here is her story:

Quantum was born with the Star Beings when the story of time birthed out whole and complete. She knew her place in all of time and space. 

And then forgot.

Forgot through the trial and error of relation and assimilation and now finds herself in a linear dimension caught in a cycle of give and regret. She has placed every part of her self up and out of herself, in buoyant balloons. They are playful, like she was, and free floating, like she was, and she keeps giving them away, whether she is sure to give them away or not, with the hesitant hope of being met or being loved or being seen. But its not working. Each time she gives away a precious piece of herself the weight of regret is heavier, a loom of disappoint, mixed with embarrassment and shame and loathing, a veil of memories that keep the truth of space and time and self away. And then Give turns to Take, the story continues to skew further out of focus. 

And then all the balloons are gone. 

The linear cycle exhausts itself. In sleep or dream or day dream with nothing left to give.

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Remember. I am here. This is trust. This is connection. This is health. I exist here. Quantum exists above, beyond, within, without stepping to and from which ever time space dimension is needed to be in connection, in love, in pleasure, in trust, as this time is right time best time and all time is happening now. Keep this feeling. Through friendship the veil is lifted away. 

She doesn’t want to forget again. She doesn’t want to forget herself. She doesn’t want to regress back to the linear cycle. She is a magnificent Time Traveler with wild and wondrous powers. Still hesitant. Watching. Slow. Distant. Elevated. Apart from. Drifting. Safety through stillness, caution, steadiness. Fear of losing herself again. Seeing the illusion and seeing time and space, through lenses, through her bones. Seeing allies in the dimensions beyond time. She wants to forever stay the same. In this place of knowing.

Seeing the forces at work that teach a cycle of consumption she freezes. Static. 

A solution. If she captures this moment. If she sinks deeply inside herself. Into the bones knowing then there will be safety. Knowing that this knowing is the solution. Satisfied. FLASH

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Paradox through freedom. Stillness is not the solution. The bones are never still. They are water and grow and change and heal. Absurdity. Epiphany. Anything can and will happen. Quantum is time. A vast radiant Self that has been awaiting this remembering. Reality is to be manifested. She is much much much more than she could have ever hoped for. From here anything and everything is possible. Expansive. Let’s play! Let’s play in the magic of it all! 

The Pattern Disruption Performance

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The culmination of the workshop was the opportunity to perform. I LOVE to perform! And the opportunity to place this character into the alchemy of ritual and improvisational theatre was enticing. Costumed and Rehearsed as an ensemble we had two delicious and unique performances.

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The first was at the Nalanda Campus of Naropa in an intimate studio room. “Step into a constellation of celestial time keepers, dreamers, and healers. This performance will be the alchemy of a seven-week shamanic journey through the psyches, dreamscapes and cellular wisdom of 18 magnificent human entities. Hold ritual space. Meet them. Touch the heart of desire and fall in love with humankind.” The audience sat in and around three stations for vignettes to appear. The show was deeply complex, as each participant had an arc they wished to complete. That in itself was a learning, seeing how we all negotiated the script and the improvisational elements to activate the stories that needed to be. In all the show was beautiful, like a waking dream.

The second performance was even more fluid, appearing at the Howl at the Moon festival, outside in the elements. “Relish in a deep Full Moon Ritual as you explore this caravan of wild beings from beyond. Tour the mystic menagerie and discover what gift each has for you. Immersive exploratory theater experience followed by a procession of spectacle which will capture you in a time beyond time.” The show began loosely with the cast of characters out in the crowd. It felt good to explore the edges of giving away balloons, the hesitancy and uncertainty of loss with strangers. Once the show began it was filled with serendipitous encounters. It began to rain as a water blessing began. My camera, which hadn’t worked the night before, caught many wonderful photos of the finale. The “Flash” of epiphany came through sideways when the lights for the show began to blink unexpectedly. Originally I felt stirred up by the shamanic portal opened under the full moon. Now I feel gratitude for whatever needed to shift inside me.

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With the perspective of time I am so glad I had the opportunity to be a part of this experience. I learned and grew in unexpected ways. I am especially thankful for the abundance of friendships, collaborations, and opportunities that have manifested since the workshop. I look forward to many more performances with the Shamanic Dolls, as the work they are doing is deliciously complex and nourishing to the soul.

You can learn more about their exciting work on their website. They are also hosting a workshop this weekend Sept 22nd at the Circus Center in Boulder. I’ll be there!

“Chasing the Sun, Dreaming the Dark”

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Birds of Paradise Paintings

Before reading this blog post on my new series of paintings take some time to go listen to The Feather Heist on This American Life. I recently listened to this podcast on a road trip to California, and it solidified my desire to create a series of paintings focused on the magic of the Birds of Paradise, the bird, not the flower.

Birds of Paradise are a group of 39 birds found primarily in New Guinea and Australia. They have been shrouded in mysticism and adoration by people forever, with their vivid plumage and outrageous dancing. When they first began importing these birds to Europe they quickly became the fascination of collectors and philosophers who wondered about their connections to the divine. Later these prestigious birds went on to contribute meaningful findings for the theory of evolution, shaping our understanding of the cosmos to this day.

All of this history paints a fantastical image of these birds in my mind and I had to create a series to honor these magnificent creatures. Painted in a style similar to the “Sphere’s of Self Realization” series I completed last year, these new paintings are a mirage of color and movement. Holding all of the weight of history, myth, and imagery of these birds in my minds eye I worked to paint the essence of these creature.

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Fallen Angel, Acrylic Gelli Mono Print on Metal, (2019)

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 To Play & Dance, Acrylic Gelli Mono Print on Metal, (2019)

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Curiosity Cabinet, Acrylic Gelli Mono Print on Metal, (2019)

These paintings, as well as a small number of prints, will be for sale at Lafayette’s Art Night Out this Friday September 13th, 2019, and any not sold there will be for sale on Etsy.  These are one-of-a-kind acrylic paintings on metal. They can hang or stand to be featured on a wall or on an altar. Once they are sold there will never be another one available so claim your piece of this magic before they are gone. To honor the power of these paintings I will not be reproducing these images on Print on Demand sites like Society6 or Redbubble.  However, snippets of these images were used in the Birds-of-Paradise issue of 52 Feathers, which is also available for sale in my Etsy Store, and a portion of proceeds from this zine are donated to bird conservation groups.  

 

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Kaleidoscope Collection at Still Cellars

IMG_0482Thank You Still Cellars for hosting my art. 

Thank you Midnight Medicine for playing amazing music!

97975E68-6153-427B-890B-B45A2B464F66I thoroughly enjoyed creating a new collection for this show. I ended up hanging the collection on a series of repurposed frames. The end effect was extremely satisfying, reminding me of a cabinet of curiosity. I hope to bring this art as an installation to other venues in the future.

You can read about the creation of this collection on my blog here.

In addition to selling individual butterfly canvases from this collection I would also happily sell a whole frame. Send me a message if that speaks to you and we can work something out.

There is one opportunity left to see the Kaleidoscope Collection at Still Cellars.

The Tasting Room will be Open Friday, August 16 @ 4:00 pm – 8:30 pm. Check it Out!

1115 Colorado Ave
Longmont, CO 80501 United States

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The Butterflies from this collection will also be for sale at Lafayette’s Art Night Out September 13th

See you there!

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The Healing Helix at Arise Festival

Calling in the Wishes!

Sending out the Grief!

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I was gifted an amazing opportunity to co-create an interactive installation for the Healing Village at Arise Festival. It has exceeded all of my expectations for collaboration, creation, participation, and beauty. My heart is brimming with gratitude.

After a brief conversation about my Wishing Well at Enchanted Forest from last year, I found myself in a whirlwind of creation. I didn’t know exactly what I was creating but I knew I was bringing the opportunity for wishing and manifesting to Arise.

I had the joy of collaborating with Damien, Greg, and Beth AKA the Grief Freak, and we conceived of a spiraling temple where wishing and grieving, two extremes of human emotion, could dialogue, expand, manifest, and release.

Beth came up with the truly ingenious plan to tie together sticks into portable panels. Two altars would exist at either end of the double spiral. From these altars individuals were invited to add their own mark on the installation. It was a brilliant plan!

So rarely a vision comes together in reality with such ease. When Beth and I first came together to work on the “Healing Helix” we were both visited by snake energy. I found a fully intact snake skin in my yard moments before gathering the first sticks from my spring deadfall, and Beth’s cat found a snake in her yard when she went home to put together her first panel. What a fortuitous visiting!

Beth (the Grief Freak) and I building the “Healing Helix” Credit: Beth Erlander

The “Healing Helix” began its time at Arise as bare skeleton. People at the festival were immediately called towards its simple beauty. As the weekend unfolded it only became more poignant. The Wishing Well was covered in hundreds of wishes concealing all manner of wondrous desires to be called in. The Grief Altar was adorned with hundreds of bundles made from fallen bracken.

As part of the weekend at Arise Beth and I both held events to amplify the power of “Healing Helix.” I offered two Wish Dances, where I gathered an intimate group around the Wishing Well and we embodied our wish through a guided dance. Beth led Grief Ritual.

I was deeply moved by the ritual, experiencing and moving my own emotions. And after we gathered all of the bundles from the weekend and burned them in the sacred fire at Wisdom Village, letting all the Grief go.

We let the Grief go, and the Wishes have been collected. I will be weaving the wishes into a magical rope of manifestation over the next few months, creating a lasting monument to the dreams that were called in at Arise.

Be sure to follow Beth and I on instagram to see even more pictures & video of the installation, and also so you can see what continues to grow from the “Healing Helix” at Arise.

Blessed Be. 

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The “Healing Helix” on Day Three photo credit: Beth Erlander

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Offerings at Arise Festival 2019

I am bringing art, movement, performance, and play to Arise Festival this year with the amazing Healing Village.

I have attended Arise a few times, however this year I am more excited than ever because I am bringing my whole artistic being to the event. Healing Village has offered me awesome opportunities to share what I bring with Arise and I am so thankful to be a part of their team this year. I am offering two awesome Playshops, participating in several Performances, and helping build a Wish/Grief Temple for the village. It’s pretty stellar.

Healing Village has an amazing lineup, bringing tons of workshops from a truly remarkable community of people. I am deeply honored to be included among such a knowledgeable and creative tribe. Healing Village is focused on somatic practices that create health and community.

The Healing Village is a gathering place to celebrate the wholeness of you. We invite you to explore what it means to Heal through different modes of EMBODIMENT as we dive into the richness of community, vibration, tissue, breath, movement, stillness, laughter and so much more. Come home to your embodied self and carry that fullness forward, enriching your connection to the Sacred Nature of Self, Other and Place.

It’s going to be an amazing weekend. If you are at the Festival be sure to stop by and check out one of my Playshops, performances, or art pieces. See you there!

Playshops

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Authentic Mask Making

Who are you? Who do you want to be? Who can you become? Create a mask to bring to life a character for the Healing Village “Body Earth” Procession. Multi media materials will be provided so you can let your creativity manifest in this make-it-and-take-it Playshop.

 

“The Body Now”: Embracing the Power of Play

Spend an hour in delicious retreat moving and playing with Turning the Wheel. Our deep body wisdom remembers the importance of play and through improvisational movement and playful community games we can tap into our innate creativity together. Let out your inner child to play, dance, sing, laugh, and move! Learn easeful practices to re-integrate the healing potential of play back into your daily routine. Activate a sense of well-being as wells as new pathways in your brain by moving spontaneously, possibly moving a new way you’ve never done before! You will emerge with a smile and a renewed sense of yourself!

Performances

Wish Dance, an Immersive Performance

“Think of a wish. No wish is too big or too small. Let your Wish lead you on a Dance. Feel where this wish lives in your skin…” Every Wish is gift and ripples out farther than we can even fathom. Manifest your intentions for the festival, or ground your learnings from the weekend at the Healing Village Wishing Well in a guided community performance.

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Body Earth Procession

We are part of the earth and it is part of us. We walk with the earth, we grieve with the earth. Our joy is its joy, our nature is its nature. Let us walk together to honor it.

Installation

Wooden SpiralI am collaborating with “The Grief Freak,” Beth Erlander to build a space where one can come to tend to and honor grief in a visceral physical way, or ground an manifest your wishes and dreams. Bringing together theses two powerful and opposite human experiences in a nexus of exploration will create opportunities for dialog and expression.

The space will be constructed out of fallen branches and fabric, with two interactive altars, one for grieving and one for wishing. My piece of the collaboration is inspired by the Wishing Well Cavern I brought to Missoula’s Enchanted Forest last year, and I am thrilled to be keeping the wish magic moving forward with this second iteration of the project.

 

ARISE MUSIC FESTIVAL


The 7th Year Celebration

August 2-4, 2019 • Sunrise Ranch • Loveland, Colorado

The ARISE Music Festival is committed to producing an annual gathering that is a vehicle for building and strengthening community. At the core of the ARISE mission is a firm belief that creating a festival experience which inspires positivity, joy and active engagement in issues of social justice is a call to celebrate the beauty and wonder of this precious life.

See You There!

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