THE LUCKY 13!
What is something new you have learned about creativity by observing children?
It’s not really anything new, but I am always reminded to be free without judgment, to create with wild abandon.
My best work as an artist has always been impulsive and fast. No thinking, just down and dirty painting or ripping fabric to sew or grabbing my iPhone for a quick selfie on the roadside in the middle of rush hour !!
Children don’t really think…they just make !! And that is pure creativity reminders for all of us !!
*In Mad Hatter terms* In a time when you lost your "much-iness,” what did you do to get your much muchier back?
Travel. Always gets me out of my hole. Even if its just a short day trip to museums, art galleries or a new beach.
My “muchier” returns and I begin again with a fresh start. I see things differently as if they become new again ! Our eyes need a break from our daily surroundings.
How does a regular creative practice infuse other parts of your life?
I seem to be more aware of little and simple pleasures. Like the weed flowers that grow in my yard…they are so beautiful.
I run to the river to photograph a sunrise, sunset or Full Moon rising over the water.
I go all out in the kitchen with colors and textures and exotic spices to prepare meals !
Do you practice any moon rituals? If so, please share.
Every cycle, yes indeed !! I have several lovely glass bottles and jars I fill with purified water and place on a vintage silver tray in the backyard. I gather some of my favorite crystals and stones, drape them all around this tray.
And then if I am working on a sacred sewing project, I will include the fabric to be infused with the celestial energy of that Moon cycle. Each of these items I truly believe become pure and energized by the charge of the Full Moon.
I savor the Moon Water all month and sip it with reverence.
What truth do you whisper to yourself just before you go to sleep?
You did good work out there today.
What do you consider to be home and how do you get there?
Lately home is many different places. The common denominator is when I am surrounded by my favorite family members, both birth families and chosen families. That feels like home to me.
I travel a lot to get there…mostly to Texas. I gather with friends and family. It’s comfortable to be with friends who you have a history with. They know all the creaks and wonkiness of my weirdness, and they still love me.
And oh my goodness, that grandson of mine occupies a huge amount of real estate in my heart. He is my medicine, my elixir, my joy, my home.
Is there a ritual you use to invoke your creative Muse?
I turn off all devices, light incense, smudge my work area and take five deep breaths. and pour the wine, of course.
Name an artist that is currently inspiring you and share why.
Orly Avineri, Visual Art Journaler. . Her passionate approach to art journaling is drawing me back into the pages of my own art journals. She, like me, rust dyes paper, vintage photographs and fabric to be used in journaling. I have followed her for years, but what got me hook, line and sinker, was a video that showed her dragging her art journal down a dirt road and into the waters edge. Now that to me is digging in deep, letting go of expectations and surrendering. Open to receive whatever will be revealed.
I am thrilled to know that next February I will finally meet her and experience a weekend workshop in Sante Fe, New Mexico.
Tell us about something beautiful you saw this week.
The amazing Full Moon during all of her visiting hours. Her rising over the river at 8 PM. The soft glow overhead thru the palm trees in my yard at 2 am. The setting at 5 AM, in all her robust golden glow.
Write us the opening lines to your next week.
Dear Seven Days,
Be easy, gentle and kind to me. I need softening, rest and peace.
What color means something to you currently and why?
Dull pinks and rusty browns. Because I have been eco dyeing fabric every day. This is not my normal color palette of bright oranges, yellows and turquoises. But there is a season for everything, and this one involves rusty bits rolled up in fabric bundles.
Flowers and leaves gathered from neighbors yards rolled tightly into bundles for steaming. And like a kid, unrolling and revealing the colors, I have no control of…is quite the pleasing surprise !
Do you collect anything?
Ha ha !! Do you have enough room for this answer? I am such a collector of things…my pockets and car console are always full of found treasures !! But here goes my list ( just a few things ) …
vintage linens and barkcloth, elephants, vintage glass citrus juicers, vintage Pyrex, anything rusty, religious icons and statues, handmade jewelry, vintage bedsheets, seashells, feathers, heart rocks, bones, sheds and antlers
What’s the last great book you read?
Cookbooks. All cookbooks. I read them like a novel. My mouth waters, I dog ear the pages and begin planning my next culinary adventures for my family.
Deb Taylor, living in Sunny Florida, is a colorful mixture of artist-photographer-foodie-red wine lover-hippie-gypsy-beachcomber-peace seeker.
Her fervor for life is intoxicating. She believes drinking in all the possible moments of every single day is vital to her soul…after all,
it’s what keeps her young at age 58.
She cracks her heart wide open and shares her vulnerable brave stories at She is Three
and also invites you to come sit a spell at her blog What’s Deb Doing?
You can read about her passion for photography here
Thanks for reading this artist interview! These interview questions were written collectively by the 2016 Centerfold Artists and THIS IS THE FINAL INTERVIEW! The Secret Message Society Centerfold Artist featured here also designed the centerfold pages for the current zine. The centerfold pages are one sheet of full colour, tear out guerilla art. You can cut them up and leave the individual secret messages around your community for others to find. Sign up to become a member of the Secret Message Society HERE.