Dude, where’s my inspiration?

I’ve been noticing lately that several of my artist friends have been telling me that they feel uninspired or disconnected from their art or their creative flow. I myself had a moment recently where I looked at my entire inventory and thought: I hate it. All of it. I think as artists we all inevitably reach that point sometimes when we’ve stared at a piece for so long we get sick of looking at it, or when our creative juice simply runs dry. 

For me, I think I had fallen into a rhythm of what felt like “mass producing” custom pieces or those that were selling well, leaving no time for me to get creative about making something that I’ve never made before. That to me is when creating feels the most fun and engaging. It’s when I feel the most connected to my art and to my creative core.

I’ve been finding myself not knowing what to say, though, to my uninspired friends. It left me wondering where the inspiration to create comes from, and where it goes when it appears absent. I asked my roommate and dear friend what she thought, and it sparked an interesting conversation. She mentioned a theory about how creative expression doesn’t come from you, but rather moves through you from some external source as though you were a conduit. We talked about how it seems creativity often feels sparked by adventure.

I am writing this from a car that is on the way to an airport, about to embark on a plane to adventure.  I’m planning to see several people I know and love when I get there, as well as people I’ve only just met. I think I will continue this inquiry, asking friends and strangers I encounter where they feel inspiration comes from. Will report back next time, stay tuned . . . <3

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Hullabaloo 2018

Hullabaloo is a huge part of Flagstaff’s summer culture, and this is the third year we’ve been honored to play a part!  

This year we had 10 local artists- painters, jewelrs, a fiber artist, t shirt maker, a woman making bodycare, and even a henna painter! We always strive to be interactive with the festival goers, giving demonstrations and answering questions. Jill Sans and Kayley Quick even live painted for all to see! 

We hope to see you again next year! 

 

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The May “Flower Moon” Crown

The Full May Flower Moon Crown in Sagittarius!! A fun, playful, fiery, and imaginative moon and the crown to wear with it! This crown has 27 stones and long matching ribbons. 

The Flower Moon “We use Full Moon names that were used during Native American and Colonial times to help track the seasons. Depending on the tribe, May’s Full Moon was called the Full Flower Moon as well as Mother’s Moon, Milk Moon, and Corn Planting Moon. The May Moon marked a time of increasing fertility, with temperatures warm enough for safely bearing young, a near end to late frosts, and plants in bloom”. -

This crown was made for Sarah to wear in her "Moon Magic" video reading on YouTube. A day after the video was up, I was contacted by a woman in Sweden who is getting married in September. She wanted the crown that Sarah wore for her wedding day! She wrote, "I am swooning over your Flower Moon crown, that was worn by Sarah in her sagittarius video. I am wanting it for my wedding. But I'm just wondering - is there any possibility to buy the one Sara wore, the exact one? I am a tarot reader too, I really enjoy Sara's videos, and I don't know - for some reason I really enjoy the thought and idea of having a crown previously worn by a fellow tarot sister." I mailed her the crown last week and she promised to send photos after her wedding!

"Key words for this full moon? Exposure, tenderness, powerful, sensual, provocative. Fire burns and reveals. With some Mars energy in Aquarius and the beginning of this Uranus in Taurus transit this could feel pretty intense. Time to be true to what makes you feel playful. And then expose yourself to the warming flames. You game?" -Sarah Vrba

Sarah Tarot "Moon Magic" Video in Sagittarius.

Love and Light to you,

                             Tiffany

Flower Moon Crown Listing

Pink Lune Etsy Shop

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 Photo Source: astronomyclub.org

Photo Source: astronomyclub.org

The Vulnerable Cycle of Creation

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I am not a person who publically likes to show my vulnerability. I, like so many people, only boast about successes and major life events that make me look seamless. What I don’t share is the trial I have with every piece of art I create and every job that I do. I don’t share about my failures, whether perceived or real, because I am afraid for people to know how deeply flawed I can be.

To me, artists often have a perception of success and failure that is unrealistic. Either you 100% succeed or you fail… and if you fail, you pick apart every small fragment of that misstep until you go crazy. It’s hard to have a picture in your mind of “perfection” for your next creation and have a creation be different than that initial idea. What I create is never anywhere close to what I envision happening. That can oftentimes feel like a failure. Partial success isn’t even a reality. We can be blind to the millions of things going right for the one single thing that is going wrong. As I think about it, that is likely a true reality for many people in many circumstances. This may just be a vulnerable human condition.

It’s an odd pendulum. I am drawn like a moth to the flame to create. I hunger deeply for it. When I’m unable to create I feel a little bit dead inside. I don’t mean to over exaggerate here. I feel lifeless, like my soul is numb. When I dream of the initial idea and begin the planning phase, my soul is set on fire. I could work for 10 hours without an inkling of time passing. Soon after, I hit a wall. My creation excitement turns into anxious self-loathing and I can’t proceed. I turn into a ball of sludge on my bed and can’t create any longer. These are the times when I am grateful for deadlines, because the only thing that can get me out of the “I hate this piece” blues is a nice solid deadline. The only thing I dislike more than my art in these time is the thought of disappointing someone.

Every time I post a piece online it is like I need the validation that I am, in fact, a decent artist. The praise helps me remember that it is okay and worthwhile. It’s like seeing it through another’s eyes. I can’t begin to express how meaningful it is for me when someone receives something emotional, a love or a feeling that is connected with my work. I am always surprised, because of my trial with it.

I do recognize that this is deeply flawed. I only share about it because so many artists have shared their similar experiences with me. Self-love is a daily practice.

I am curious about what other experiences creatives have with their own creative process. Do you experience this similarly? Do you have a way you manage it? Please feel free to leave a comment with your experience. I would be grateful and overjoyed to read.

Thank you for your time <3

To Create Something from Nothing

To create- what does it mean to make something out of nothing? Following Mother's Day weekend this thought has been on my mind. As an artist this is a daily task, to constantly be making something, birthing new ideas and dreaming of non-existent realities. Sometimes ideas are born out of necessity, to create something that is needed. Sometimes to manifest something tangible into this world that gives us meaning. To shape a thought from one perspective into a form that can be shared with others. An insight into another person's world.

Through our art forms whether it be painting, writing, music, gardening, cooking and so on; creation starts with our minds and manifests through touch. Wether it be touching a brush to canvas for the first time or digging hands in the soil to literally plant seeds, there is an inception. The moment a new life starts, a story begins to unfold. A commitment is made to moving forward. We step into a blankness, an emptiness to build and grow.

Creation takes trust in what is not there now but will be later. To know mistakes will be made, perfection is not the goal and the process is the joy. The labor pains of creating is where we find growth, understanding, respect. Visions expanded and sometimes tossed in the garbage to start a new. All while making our way to completion, a goal, the finale. At that point we have to let go, walk away from what has become and let it bring joy in the world in it's own way. Like a deep inhale, it fills us up and nourishes us, gives life. Then the exhale, release...

For more artwork and writing you can visit www.jillsansart.com

Courage and creation: What makes an artist

For most of my life, I never considered myself an artist. I actually told myself I was a terrible artist, basing this assumption on the fact that I couldn’t really create two-dimensional images that looked how I imagined or wanted them to. I had established this in my mind as the benchmark for what makes people good artists, and knew that I clearly didn’t meet criteria. I believed this until around my mid twenties. This is when I discovered my medium.

A friend of mine showed me how to open and close a jump ring using two pairs of pliers, and that was it. My love for manipulating metals was born, pairing nicely with my pre-existing love for pretty rocks and gemstones. Turns out I art in the third dimension. 

Imagine the surprise of my younger, "not artistic" self if I could tell her I'd one day open an art studio.

This post is for those among us who have yet to tap into their inner creator because of an old, self-critical tape playing in their head, or an outdated idea that art is supposed to look or be a certain way. I submit the argument that everyone is an artist, and if you don’t think you are, I  think you just haven’t found your medium yet.

I challenge you to tap into what inspires you. What has always drawn you in? What is the thing you have always been interested in learning but perhaps lacked the confidence to try? Ceramics? Cello? Installation art? Up-cycled fashion?  Ecstatic dance? Photography? Digital art? Poetry? Mixed media? I think it matters less what it is, or that is resembles any particular modality or style, and more that it is uniquely and authentically reflective of what truly moves you, something you can get lost in, that divine connection to your creative core.

As the French artist Henri Matisse said, “Creativity takes courage”. Be brave, friends. Give yourself permission to be bold, to try and make mistakes and try again, and to be responsible for creating even more beauty and inspiration in this world that surrounds you.

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What on earth is a “fiber artist”?!

it’s a question I get asked a lot. The simplest answer I can give is this: it’s an artist who works with fiber. But as that’s just repeating the question, let’s delve a bit deeper.

 

 Lucy spins yarn, much to the delight of passersby outside of Rainbow’s End in downtown Flagstaff, AZ.

Lucy spins yarn, much to the delight of passersby outside of Rainbow’s End in downtown Flagstaff, AZ.

You all know people who crochet, or maybe you yourself were taught by your grandmother years ago! Or perhaps you have a friend who knits, or sews, embroiders or cross stitches, maybe one who weaves or even spins their own yarn! Anyone who uses these mediums in a manner to express a creative impulse can call themselves a fiber artist. It’s a pretty niche, but encompassing term. 

For me personally, it means I crochet, knit, weave, and spin my own yarn. I do these professionally, meaning I get paid for my work. At times I even dye my hand spun yarn using natural items such as avocado pits, pine needles, mushrooms, or flowers I come across in the forests of northern Arizona. 

To see more of my work behind the scenes, follow me on Instagram @EarthLotusArts, or stop into the Indigo Art Collective to see my newest works!

 

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Earth Lotus Arts crochet mandalas up on the Indigo Wall 

 

 

 a Koi fishcale Wall hanging available at  www.earthlotusarts.etsy.com

a Koi fishcale Wall hanging available at www.earthlotusarts.etsy.com

The Full Pink Moon

Hey All!!
April 22, 2018 was Pink Lune’s second birthday!! I started this biz on the Full Pink Moon in 2016 and I am overwhelmed by all of the love, support, and beautiful success that has come into this little shop. I am so incredibly grateful!  

The Full Pink Moon this year is on April 29, 2018 and it is all about planting new seeds, rebirth, ease, joy, and for me; SOOO much laughter! In honor of the full Pink Moon, my "Crown of the Month" is the Pink Lune Crown. I have made two so far and I am IN LOVE!! It is made up 21 Aura Quartz stones of fuchsia, blush pink, natural clear quartz, and charcoal. It is now a 'Made to Order' listing in my shop.

The two I have made so far were for Sarah and I for her 'Moon Magic' video. Did you know one of my besties is a Tarot Card reader? Sarah has a HUGE following of 63,000 (and growing) subscribers on YouTube and she asked me to join her in April's 'Moon Magic' video. I have to be honest.. I was REALLY nervous! Being in a video and speaking to such a huge audience was quite a vulnerable place for me. But with her leadership and confidence, we just started to flow and who we are as friends began to emerge. Normally, every month we meet and I make her new custom pieces based on her needs and she mentions my shop and her subscribers receive a 15% off using her code SARAHTAROT. She’s amazing and I am grateful for her friendship. Here’s her YouTube video for the full Pink Moon in Scorpio. 

So much Love and Light to you all,
             Tiffany Blevins of Pink Lune <3

Pink Lune Etsy Shop

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The pink lune crown in gold

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View from the top

 This is us. &lt;3

This is us. <3

Disappearing into the World

Disappearing into the world to find something lost in myself. Stepping out of a comfortable box and trading it in for a small box on wheels to take me where my heart desired, the Pacific. As someone who enjoys to organize, to plan, check off boxes at completion I had to let go, lack of time for preparation gave me that ability. This trip had no real plan, no set destination just a window of time to disappear into the wildness of the earth. The trip started later than I hoped, with a friend literally helping me load things into the car just so I could get out of the house. “Did I have everything?” Didn’t cross my mind too many times, just figured I would deal with that when the time came. 

I made routes as I went, not intentionally but the paths became the one’s less traveled. Tiny little towns in the middle of nowhere, lands forgotten. Stopping to discover places I have never heard of; surprises unfolding. At one point driving in solitude down highway 50? In Nevada, I had this thought, this sure is a lonely highway. Turns out signs later calling it the “loneliest highway in America”. This made me giggle in agreement. 

Camping along the way as best I could, never camping without companions. Only my four legged co-pilot, Bodhi, who would rather be running wild in the woods back home than be confined to a leash and a car. I had bought a map, love reading maps, didn’t realize till out in it that it lacked to mention mountains or any topographical markings. To my surprise the routes I had chosen were entirely through mountain ranges, twisting and turning, up and down, like a rollercoaster with no ending. 

While driving through Northern California still hours away from the ocean, I had passed tiny little thriving farms with beautiful mountain streams and gentle deer for miles. At one point the trees got so tall and thick I could no longer see the sky, the daytime got darker and rainy. Winding and winding, I was shot out of the trees into some sort of magical land, like OZ or Narnia. On top of a valley, open and vast with wild fruit trees, wildflowers and purple bushes blooming everywhere like jewels on the side of the roads, adorning the mountain walls. The fields like emerald blankets. 

Being an artist, color is my expression. The colors I saw were something I could have never imagined, alive. And the plants, so alive in their vibrancy and abundance.

Trees older than time, knowing of the coming and goings of humans. There is a richness in the wild, something that cannot be contained in a box. Wisdom that cannot be learned on the streets, knowledge that does not come from books and beauty that cannot be captured through a lens. 

We can never really disappear into anything, we are never lost or broken just disconnected from our truths. It is always there just have to be willing to slow down, turn the noise off and let go of the plans. Let life take you where it may. 

Step out of your boxes, explore something new. Open your eyes a little bigger and soften into the wildness of you.

You can follow more of my writing and artwork at www.jillsansart.com. Coming soon a special series of artwork from this trip, stay tuned.

Jill Sans
www.jillsansart.com

 My journy began

My journy began

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My co-pilot 

When the world has gone mad, make art

Hi all, Amanda here from Etherea Jewelry Designs. It’s my turn to blog.

It’s an interesting time for me to write, as I stare down this deadline, feeling overwhelmed by the sheer amount of tasks I need to complete, in what seems like a surely insufficient amount of time. Like all of the Indigo artists, and probably like many of you, I have a lot going on in my life. 

The decision to take this project on did not immediately come easily to me. While on one hand it felt so magical and seemed so in alignment with our individual and collective visions, I was worried about this moment; right now. The one where I’m almost in tears because I’m confronted with the reality that I can’t do it all, even if I really, really want to.

I think a lot of us take on more than is really realistic, so setting boundaries and learning to say no becomes requisite practice. We have all been practicing this. Sometimes, when I’m being particularly headstrong or stubborn, it takes something resembling a complete breakdown, something that makes continuing without making some kind of change impossible before I’ll concede. Life has an insistent way of restoring balance like that.

When that happens, life also insists that we reexamine our priorities and figure out what is truly important, trimming away the rest. And while so many things feel important to me in my life, the things embodied by the Indigo Art Collective – community, connection, growth, and creative expression – feel among the most valuable. In truth, they sometimes feel to me like the only things that make sense in a world that so often seems to have gone mad.

Once I cleared away the extraneous things, the decision to move forward with this project became quite easy. I simply could not imagine reality where I did not take this leap.

I am so grateful that I have been given the opportunity to embark on this journey with these four remarkable women, incredible, heart-centered artists and my dear friends. It is requiring me to reorient my time and energy toward the things I say and know are important. It is forcing me to be creative, not just in how I create my designs and execute my business, but in how I choose to curate my life. It has built time into my busy schedule to create art, to connect with other artists, to be encouraged and inspired and to be put in check when my actions and choices fall out of alignment with my vision.

It is an ever-evolving process, already full of successes and learning experiences, harmony and disharmony, celebration and disappointment, but most importantly: abundant art. I am so proud of all of us, and excited for what’s in store. Stay tuned <3

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Before the Opening

Our grand opening was March 2, the first Friday Art Walk, but we had so much to do before that! 

This whole process has been pretty organic. Ideas that we’d been playing with for years and narrowing down for months suddenly popped into being when 17 N San Francisco St, Suite 1B opened up in the historic Switzer building in downtown Flagstaff. Throughout the years its been occupied by many little businesses, most recently Mountain Mojo Marketing. It’s a small space, but we immediately saw the potential. All of us felt like this was the correct place for us to grow the Indigo Art Collective. 

The first thing we did was paint, paint, paint! We painted the walls, the ceiling, and had the idea to paint our exhibit wall indigo! It turns out that indigo is a pretty hard color to pin down exactly. Somewhere between navy and violet, sometimes it’s depicted on the blue scale, sometimes more towards the violet side of things. We ended up swatching the wall 3 different colors, mixing the colors together, and finally going with our first paint color. Always follow your instinct, right?! Kayley Quick painted our beautiful indigo plant mural.

Tiffany of Pink Lune was in the process of moving, so she donated some of her furniture that she refinished in our collective’s colors. She had a dresser from that 1940s that is now beautifully distressed and home to Jill San’s hand stamped dishcloths, some of Earth Lotus Arts pieces, and Etherea Jewelery’s earrings and necklaces. We wired an old framed box for lights and bolted it to the wall, and now it’s a gorgeous jewelry display! Kayley Quick’s prints are held in wire baskets that we found and repainted. The process is constantly growing and changing, so it’ll feel fresh every time you come in! 

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Lucy, the author of this blog post works with fiber- yarn, string, and wool! You can find her online shop at www.earthlotusarts.etsy.com

 

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1940'S DRESSER

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INDIGO MURAL

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INDIGO MURAL

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THE INDIGO WALL

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PAINT SWATCH CHOICES

Crown of the Month: Goddess of Spring

Hey there! This is Tiffany from PinkLune!
For my monthly blogs I will be writing about my Crown of the Month; for this first month I thought I could share a bit about me and my little shop: 

PinkLune was created after years of making jewelry for family, friends, and myself. I was a Special Education teacher and resigned two years ago from the toughest classroom I have taught in so far. I left the classroom grateful for the time spent with my students, exhausted because I always try to save the world, and a spinal injury from trying to protect one of my kiddos. After living in three states in three years, teaching in three different schools in three different special education programs; I was pooped! After the injury, I needed a change and I needed to recharge; a rebirth in fact! My shop is named after "The Pink Moon"; which a full moon in Spring. The Pink Moon was the sign for some Native American tribes to plant their new crops. The Pink Moon has also been called the "Egg Moon", "Sprouting Grass Moon", and "Seed Moon." The Pink Moon in 2016 was on April 22nd, 2016 and coincidentally, was the day I resigned and my honey and I made a plan to let go of all things holding us back and plant new seeds. 

Since starting this little shop I have made some incredible connections with some amazing people. One of those people is our dear friend Sarah who is an amazing Tarot Card reader on You Tube. When we met I told her about my shop and she said we should work together. So every month we get together and I adorn her with new pieces that we choose for her current circumstances. She then wears her new pretties in her videos and I offer a little discount to her subscribers.

Last month we started the "Crown of the Month" which are one of a kind crowns made for her to wear in her readings on her full "Moon Magic" videos then sold in my shop. Each crown is special and will have reasons for the theme and the stones chosen. The first crown we collaborated on was the "Goddess of Sight" crown. This one was created for Sarah whose intuition and true sight guides her followers using her colors of royal purple, smoky grey, and rainbow charcoal. This months crown was the "Goddess of Spring" inspired by the Greek Goddess Persephone. This crown has 21 stones and the stones used were chosen to represent a bit of our darkness before the dawn in a sense. The grey for our cloudy days, blue for the sunny skies ahead, and green and pink for the infant life just barely starting to spring forth. 
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Keep an eye out in our shop for a brand new Indigo Crown! For even more access to my pretties, stop in our store in downtown Flagstaff to check out our intricate display or check my Instagram page @pink_lune.

Indigo Art Collective Beginnings

Curious?
Wondering where the Indigo Art Collective came from?
Excited for the artistic possibilities that will undoubtedly come from our union?

We are the Indigo Art Collective and this is our story.
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In March of 2015 the Indigo Art Market was founded by one of our soul sisters, myself, Kayley Quick. I set up the market with the intension of creating a community space where artists/artisans of all levels could connect and gain confidence selling their unique crafts and talents. We held the market at The Green Room for a couple of years on First Friday’s. We were grateful for this large space and the opportunities provided to us by The Green Room.

As time passed, we began to explore more events and festivals. In 2016 we created our first space at Flagstaff Hullabaloo. We were very excited to branch out and try something new. In this space, we facilitated community classes such as ceramics and spinning yarn on a wheel. Additionally, we had a giant community coloring board. All the classes and the community color board were a big hit. This encouraged us to continue growing and pursuing our dreams of creation.

Over the years, we began gaining a close friendship. We loved supporting one another and encouraging each other to take the next steps for our individual businesses. We find passion in each other’s work and are continually impressed by the levels of craftsmanship and dedication our fellow sisters possess.

Finally, in 2018 we took a giant leap and created a business downtown. In this business, we host a monthly exhibit on #theindigowall, classes, studio space and a retail space. We are very proud of our accomplishment and can’t wait to see what the future holds for us.

To learn more about our classes, visit our classes section of our website. Additionally, you may always call 928-377-5781 or email indigoartmarket@gmail.com to speak with us personally.