THE LUCKY 13!
What is something new you have learned about creativity by observing children?
We all start out completely uninhibited in our creativity. It is only as we get older, and we are taught how things are "supposed to be" that we start doubting ourselves and losing confidence in our creative abilities.
*In Mad Hatter terms* In a time when you lost your "much-iness,” what did you do to get your much muchier back?
I feel like I'm in a constant back-and-forth process of getting my muchness back. My perfectionistic tendencies and deep need for approval are very good at keeping my muchness safely contained. I am working on trusting and acting on my instincts, and listening to my inner wild nature to break it free.
How does a regular creative practice infuse other parts of your life?
I would love to build a regular creative practice that infuses every part of my life, but creativity seems to come in short bursts with long pauses in between for me these days. I suppose currently, I am enjoying just observing beauty. I am energized by noticing little details, and really seeing the beauty in everything around me- strangers' faces, the quirkiness of our little town, sunsets, frost on the plants...
Do you practice any moon rituals? If so, please share.
I love following the moon's cycles, and learning about how her energy affects me. I might pull some Tarot cards on the full or new moon (something which is fairly new and experimental for me), and I occasionally place my crystals out under the full moon to charge them. A fascination with the moon's beauty is something I share with my mom and sister, and we frequently text each other "Look at the Moon!", when we notice her looking exceptionally beautiful. I love how that little act can help us feel connected even though I'm far away.
What truth do you whisper to yourself just before you go to sleep?
I've always been one to go over and over all the things that I didn't accomplish that day. I'm striving to change that, and would like to whisper to myself something more like, "You made it through another day. There were beautiful things, and there were hard things. You did the best you could, and you get another chance tomorrow."
What do you consider to be home and how do you get there?
Home to me is someplace where I feel at peace, alive and free to fully embody mySelf. I feel like I am finally getting closer to finding that kind of home. I am getting there by trusting my instincts. It is being sure of who I am and what I want my life to be, and living in that reality.
Is there a ritual you use to invoke your creative Muse?
Spending time in nature is always inspiring and helps me feel grounded. Also, just going for a drive alone with some good music is a really great way for me to clear my head and refocus.
Name an artist that is currently inspiring you and share why.
I can't name one specific artist that's currently inspiring me more than others. I'm living in a very artsy little town, so there is inspiring art everywhere. Just walking through town, you pass gallery after gallery of beautiful paintings, handmade jewelry, sculpture and pottery. Being surrounded by all these different kinds of art makes seeing myself as an artist feel a little more possible.
Tell us about something beautiful you saw this week.
Oh, there are just so many! Bright orange sunsets. The growing sliver of moon. My kids playing together on the riverbank in the warm sun. A pair of coyotes running across our yard. My husband cooking me some delicious salmon, even though he doesn't like fish. A tall, skinny man with a long white beard and hair, well-worn jeans and no shirt strolling down the main street of town, casually carrying a cardboard box of unknown contents on top of his head.
Write us the opening lines to your next week.
The week begins as usual, battling kids to get ready for school, packing lunches, heading to her mundane job. Then the 15 minute country drive to work awakens her senses to the possibility and wonder the week may hold.
What color means something to you currently and why?
Orange. It feels like warmth.
Do you collect anything?
Oh, lots of things! Mostly rocks and crystals. I have a collection of them from my childhood, and began adding to it again a few years ago. (I have a pile of rocks on my dining room table right now that I gathered on an outing to the river with my kids a few days ago.) I also collect feathers, bones and other little interesting bits of nature. If you asked my husband, he would probably say that I also collect old furniture. I love to pick up pieces from garage sales or thrift stores, paint them up and give them new life. I just love old things; I can feel the stories and past lives in them.
What’s the last great book you read?
The "Wildwood" series by Colin Meloy.
Erin is the mother of two wonderfully wild boys. She is married to her high school sweetheart, a talented aspiring chef. She is currently Re-claiming her Wild in the enchanting high desert, mountains and forests of Northern New Mexico, where they recently moved from the Texas Panhandle. She occasionally writes on her blog, and sporadically makes art and crafts when inspiration is able to push her past her fears.
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.