Monday, August 31, 2009

Weekly Inspiration: The Lovely Package Exchange

*Forgive the delay: I tried to post this yesterday and I accidentally lost it right before I pressed post. Attempt #2:

Many of you may know that I very much enjoy putting together packages and wrapping gifts. I often find the process of putting together the package more enjoyable than the content itself. My father, also being an artist, taught me about what it really means to give a gift. It never has to do with the amount of money the gift cost (as it is often the free stuff that has the most meaning) but it's the love you put into it that lasts for the recipient. From the idea behind what you plan on adding to this person's life all the way to how you present it, I was blessed to grow up learning about how to make a gift really mean to make the physical package ripple love into someones life. And part of that has to do with paying attention to every. single. detail. Of course this kind of execution isn't always possible or necessary. Sometimes there is great power when there being no presentation at all. Simple gestures sometimes need to remain simple to be the most meaningful. That being said, I just love to get obsessive about presentation that it came as no surprise when a very good friend pointed out that I should join the Lovely Package Exchange.

I was assigned to 3 strangers in the US who also appreciate packages, art, details, craft, mail, and finding beauty in world. We don't know much about our package partners other than a brief description of their likes and links to their blogs and websites. So over the past month or so I have been collecting little here and theres, making little objects, collecting string and tags...all to culminate in 3 lovely packages that will make there way into the homes of these 3 strangers and hopefully give them a good dose of loveliness.

One problem I've been facing is that I've been working very long hours at my job and when I come home I'm exhausted. I spend the day with so much creative output that by the time I get home I'm at a creative deficit. So, I keep looking at all my gatherings for the packages and I can't seem to see how it all fits together. I've been too tired to hear the little objects whispering to me about how they wanted to be wrapped. Oh no! There is nothing that gets my sparks flying like putting together a bunch a little things into a package delight. Where can I find the fire to put this all together?

And then I got my first package:
Meet the lovely and amazing Natalia from Denver, Colorado.

When I came home from a very long day her package was sitting there smiling at me. As I opened up this package and explored each detail one by one, I felt the fire light up inside me. Not only was I a kid on Christmas because getting stuff is always fun, but it was the thought and the heart infused into every detail that made me feel so good. By the end of the my journey with the big reveal, my creative battery was re-charged and I was ready to go. My little objects were speaking to me loud and clear and I knew just how they wanted to be arranged. I will post pics of the package I put together...but not until Natalia receives it!
And that lovely flower bow you see below:Is actually a gorgeous handmade head-band.Many of you also know that I love tiny versions of things (and I love to MAKE tiny versions of things too!) which was one of the details I included about myself on my list of likes. Well Natalia must have taken note of that because she sent me the cutest ever waffle making set.Seriously though, take in how small. The syrup is my favorite. LOVE IT!But what really stole my heart and filled me with such appreciation is the scene she hand crafted on top of the box that held this tiny waffle maker. I really felt the love shared between this couple when a stranger took the time to make something like this for me. Beautiful.I also got an awesome journal (which is now a staple in my purse) which was wrapped by a drawing of buildings with handmade vines and flowers growing all over them...such great detail.And some paper balls hat revealed goodies and candy at the pull of their string.AND SO MUCH MORE!!! I could go on and on.

But what I really was left with was an awakened excitement and a reminder of why I love packages in the first place. Someone took the time to infuse these objects with good vibes and they traveled all the way into my home so I could enjoy those good vibes. Thank You Natalia for the amazing thoughtfulness and care you put into this package. Thank You for sending some good old fashioned love into my home. And Thank You for re-charging my depleted creative juices. I'm inspired.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Brief Mention in Apartment Therapy Blog

I'm gearing up for my solo show (opening Sept. 10th at Austin Art Garage pictured above...I'll post details soon) and someone pointed out to me I have a brief mention in the Los Angeles section of the Apartment Therapy Blog. The picture doesn't look as "crisp" as I would hope but I'm thrilled at the nod!

Click here to see it!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Weekly Inspiration

Every Monday I am going to post something that has really inspired me. While I really hope these posts inspire anyone who might be reading, it's also to help me remember to look. There is inspiration all around me and for some reason I see it mostly on days when I have no responsibilities, days when I've slept in and feel relaxed, days when I am out in the world with no particular time line. But I can't wait for these days to feel inspired. Days with nothing to think about are few and far between. I must remember be open to all that is extraordinary whether I am balancing a million things or whether I have the pleasure of simply just being. What's crazy is, despite being friends with a large artist community, having oodles of art magazine subscriptions, being married to an artist and being an artist myself, I often forget to look at art. Every time I do I always think to myself, "oh yeah...I feel so inspired...I need to remember to look at more art!" So I am building in this weekly responsibility so that I am never off the hook.

It's important to feel inspired.
It's important to look...and to see...

Sometimes inspiration feels like wanting to get to a piece of paper as fast as possible so I can start drawing.

Sometimes inspiration feels like realizing I had been stuck in a certain point of view.

Sometimes inspiration feels like being humbled in the presence of greatness.

Sometimes inspiration feels like a confirmation.

Whatever type of inspiration I feel, I will be sure to embrace it, feel grateful for the feeling, and post about it every week.

This weeks inspiration:

Santi Moix
His art on the cover of Art On Paper Vol. 13 No. 4 served as an important confirmation...which I really needed while putting together my current show.


Friday, August 21, 2009

A Long Time Coming

Welcome to my blog that will be dedicated to what I make, art I love, thoughts on creating, and more. I have been meaning to create a blog that will allow for more specific posts on my creative process and all that inspires that process. I hope to navigate around this blogophere into the hearts and minds of other creative beings who like to make and inspire. Welcome and stay tuned!