THE LUCKY 13!
What is something new you have learned about creativity by observing children?
i have the incredible privilege of spending my days with children and we observe each other a lot. creativity and children are not separated as they sometimes become with adults. so in close observation, with curiosity and openness, i have come to learn that most every action and encounter contains creative elements. There are many lessons and gifts I have gleaned but perhaps mostly i have learned from the exchange between a child and the natural world. A young child shows a creative interplay with the elements around us and that has taught me so much. my time on the ground is deeply more engaging after witnessing and being with a child and a patch of earth.
*In Mad Hatter terms* In a time when you lost your "much-iness,” what did you do to get your much muchier back?
oh! i lose my much-iness so often it seems. i find it and say "oh, thank you for not leaving forever" and of course i then realize that it is me that has wandered away from the curiosities and wonders of my living. I have forgotten to practice my gratitude, my yoga, my child like wonder because i have let my dailies take precedent (again) i reclaim my muchier much-iness back by slowing way way way down. I head to the beach, the forest, the backyard if that works best. I find myself a spot and i sit there and i let myself breathe. this can take a while, repeated practice is needed. my much-iness is always accessible i have found so long as i meet it in a gentle and curious manner.
How does a regular creative practice infuse other parts of your life?
my regular creative practice is not all that regular because my entire life is seen as a creative expression. for me i do not call myself an artist, even though i engage in art. i do not call myself a writer, though i occasionally write. you get it yes? each part of my day, each moment has the ability to be mundane or creative; i chose creative. my home has become a canvas of creative expression and it is collaborative and ever changing. my creativity is a part of who i am and i can not separate that. when i do, as mentioned in the last question, that is when i lose my much-iness because that much-iness is creativity in real time.
Do you practice any moon rituals? If so, please share.
nope, i don't. perhaps they will become something i become aware of during this year of curious wonder that i am embarked upon.
What truth do you whisper to yourself just before you go to sleep?
"it's all going to be ok" and i list gratitudes. and sometimes i cry. but always "it's going to be ok." because it is. it really is.
What do you consider to be home and how do you get there?
home is where i feel present with myself. home is in the rhythms of my days. tea is home, the children arriving for school is home. my bigs saying hello and goodbye as they live their dailies is home. my IG accounts are home. My journal is home. My beach is home. My sbux drink is home. the yoga mat is so much home to me.
Is there a ritual you use to invoke your creative Muse?
I don't think so. my muse for many years has been my daughter and she is always present so i don't have to invoke her much:) I feel a shift coming though; a new muse is arriving. and yes, that is terrifying and exciting and curious all at the same time.
Name an artist that is currently inspiring you and share why.
oh my..so many. just so many. we are all artists yes? so i am honestly inspired by too many of us to list. there is big love in my heart for all of us who are finding our ways through this life with creative tools and expressions.
Tell us about something beautiful you saw this week.
this week i saw more than 15 little people gather around my Hannah to wish her well as she leaves for 8 weeks on an adventure. They laughed and cried and hugged and high-fived her. They gave her crooked and sticky and torn handmade goodbye cards and there were hot tears and loud open-mouthed laughter as she received their love. That was beautiful. Also, an irridenscent winged beetle landed on my leg last night as I sat in the lowering sun. She was beautiful as well. xo
Write us the opening lines to your next week.
this day is open to so much possibility...
What color means something to you currently and why?
i am crushing hard on tangerine and tropical blue these days. I think because i am going to Bali soon and well, the tropics right? OoOh! I am going to soak that up like never before, let me tell you!
Do you collect anything?
I do and then I don't. I collect rocks and shells, and driftwood sticks. I collect succulents currently as well but that is something new. I collect the art that is given to me by the children. And then, I let it all go. I also collect books (ahem) This is a bit of a problem. But I am going to be letting those go too because we are hatching dreams of tiny house living and my collection won't fit so off it must go:)
What’s the last great book you read?
the last great book I read was Original Wisdom; Stories of an Ancient Way of Knowing. I read a lot. That was a hard question Mandy! The last great magazine I read was "Wild Hope". My husband brought it back to me from a trip to Portland. I don't know if we have it here in Canada.
Tania is a barefoot wanderer living her wonder filled life with gratitude and grace. You will find her in the garden, playing on the floor with children or surrounded by her family; endless cups of tea in her hand and with flowers in her hair. She documents her journey on Ig at these two accounts: @taniass and @BlossomingSouls.
Thanks for reading this artist interview! These interview questions were written collectively by the 2016 Centerfold Artists. 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.