Archive for the ‘Eden Advocates’ Category
This past week we’ve been trecking around Oregon, visiting some of our fave shops and local ladies with Element Eden Advocate and inspirational speaker – Amy Purdy!
Amy inspired all by telling her life changing story and where her path has led her to today, from ranking top in World Adaptive snowboarding, to collabing with us on the Live Learn Grow (LLG) Collection.
Both trunk shows at Vanilla Urban Threads in Bend and Urban Laundry in Corvallis were a blast for us and our new friends. We were stoked to be out of the office, hanging, crafting, and styling the upcoming Spring 2013 line with the local girls. Here’s some shots of the crew in action.
Amy Purdy getting crafty with us! – super cute DIY gift soap with recycled packaging.
Oregon girls strut their stuff in a styling competition – sporting the Summer 2013 line for prizes!
And our favorite Holloway beanie from the LLG Collection, filled with goodies for all!!!!
When Element Advocate Amy Purdy told us that she was going to be embarking on an adventure of a lifetime (which we later found out was “The Amazing Race”),we were in the midst of designing her newest LLG Collection. So when we heard the news, Amy and the Eden Designers scrambled to make magic happen, and alas, our very own amazing race had begun.
After countless cups of coffee, and days blending into nights, it all came together, and just in the knick of time… Amy was heading out the door to compete, half-way around the world, in… China?! What?! Needless to say, we are on the edge of our seats, and cheering her on. Amy is an inspiration, and with her story of endurance and strength, she truly knows how to overcome any obstacle.
“Get outside, smell the trees, and take in the fresh air…” – Amy Purdy, Element Eden Advocate
“It’s always been my passion to perform on stage and to connect with people through the healing power of performing arts.” -Mataji Booker
Only 31 hours left to take part in helping our girl Mataji record her first album, Vertical Love. Describing her beats as acoustic folk-soul, Mataji has a beautiful sound that get’s your body moving and all the while slows you down to enjoy this life we’re living!
Crossing paths in the barren desert of Salton Sea California, we first met Johanna Cranitch as an assistant on our past Fall 2010 photo shoot. It didn’t take long before we found her true gift and passion lied within the music scene as a song bird of NY. Since then, we’ve had the pleasure to work with Johanna in creating the music for our seasonal videos, and with each lyric she writes and tune she builds… she continues to leave us speechless.
We had a beautiful heart to heart with Johanna recently on the story behind some of her lyrics… and her inspiring work as a musician goes much deeper than song. Johanna works to pull focus on building awareness of eating disorders and hopes to continue doing so by giving talks on the issue. After having her older sister pass from anorexia, Johanna felt passion to share her story and honor her sister by encouraging other women to find strength in themselves to overcome such a difficult disease.
Johanna described for us the meaning behind her song Heavy Heart…
Heavy Heart is actually a song I wrote about my upbringing and childhood. I have always had a pretty hard time letting go.. letting go of relationships, friendships, people dying. I think it’s directly related to fearing that I will feel once again, what I felt when she died. the theme of “can you grow up soon” is about letting go of expectations and realizing that you have to be your own person and cannot hid behind your parents protection forever. “I am building castles in the sand” – I am protecting myself, a child like image to go along with the theme of feeling like I need protection from sadness.
I am building castles in the sand
Digging circling with my two hands
I will build it nice and tall so you you can’t get to me at all
Can you grow up soon and take care of all of that you need to do?
Heavy heavy heavy heavy heavy heavy heavy heavy heart
I am digging for treasures in the sand
Someone else’s dreams might be in this sand
Lost long ago, on a trip outside
heavy rain has washed it all away
can you grow up soon? and take care of all that you need to do?
(Do you need some help, will you take my hand
I will show you how, i will show you how)
Is it time yet? my heart my heart won’t be still
I don’t know if I can grow up I can’t grow up yet
I can’t grow up I can’t grow up yet
I Want to hide want to sleep under the sheets so I can escape the world
I can’t grow up I can’t grow up yet I can’t grow up i can’t grow up yet
is it time?
i am counting all the sheep, like my mother told me to
i am brushing all my teeth, like my father told me to
can you grow up soon?
will you tell me how to wipe up this room
with all these tears
Starting her schooling in the realm of photography and further expanding into illustration… artist Juliana Neufeld’s partnership with Lomography for a DIY of their new La Sardina camera only makes sense!
Inspired by eighties graffiti, children’s illustrations and beautiful textiles, we love the final piece Element Advocate Juliana Neufeld created!
Stay tuned for some upcoming tee graphics in our collection by Juliana and check out her most recent project on our organic totes with West 49 HERE!
REAM MORE and get inspired to decorate your own camera!
Absolutely love the bright characters illustrator, and Element Eden Advocate, Juliana Neufeld drew up for our special collab with West 49! Although her home base is in Toronto, Juliana has made a name for herself internationally with her vibrant illustrations and the personality evoked in each one she drafts up.
We’re loving the perched owl and her sweet grin… but the serene stare of the mint color zebra is in as a close tie… Which character is tugging at your heart strings??
Element Advocate and artist, Miya Ando, may be most well-known for her intricate metalwork, implementing steel and pigment to create beautifully hand-crafted pieces. However, this past May, she took her artistic ability to Dorado, Puerto Rico, and participated in “Obon,” a 24 hour outdoor art installation sponsored by The Fist Art Foundation. This project celebrated the ancient Japanese festival of “Obon,” a ceremony to honor and commemorate the departed.
To represent Puerto Rico’s natural phenomenon of bio-luminescence and boat travel, Miya incorporated hundreds of floating leaves on an outdoor pond that appeared clear in daylight and emitted a soft blue light in the dark. The project involved skeletons of Ficus leaves, which are abundant and native to Puerto Rico.
Miya coated each Ficus leaf with a non-toxic, ‘daytime invisible, night time luminous’ phosphorescent pigment, which “charged” with sunlight during the day, and emitted a soft blue glow for a short period of time during the night, making it appear as if each leaf was glowing. We can only imagine how peaceful and beautiful this installation was to see in person!
Our beloved Element Advocate and renowned L.A. based artist Brooke Reidt has been hard at work surrounded by triangle canvases and wet paint brushes, prepping her art installation to be showcased at Design for Humanity July 25!!
Just a little sneak peek in on the action with some shots from her Instagram (@BeachGoth)… Can hardly wait to see the final project!!!
Miya Ando morphs her steel paintings with her first ever product design, “Tetsu to kinu,” an “iron and silk” scarf made of 100% silk chiffon and dye! The magical effect that her steel sculptures have on viewers carries on into her ethereal silk scarf, into a beautiful design of wearable art!
Even more beautiful is the fact 10% of proceeds will be donated to benefit Japan’s earthquake and tsunami recovery, still underway! The scarf is only available for a limited time though on Spoon & Tamago, sale closes on July 15th, so get yours quickly!
Size: 22″ x 22″ and 36″ x 36″
Photos by: Karen Kristian
“We all have disabilities. Just some are more visible than others. We all have challenges, we all have obstacles”
In part three of the Rise Above series, Amy Purdy, talks about non profit Adaptive Action Sports, and it’s mission to support youth and young adults with permanent physical disabilities through action sports programs. She hopes to change people’s perspectives on what it means to be able.