Archive for March, 2012
Element Eden asked me who I surround myself with and what draws me to those people. I thought I would introduce you to some of my friends who inspire me. Somewhere along the way they were planted like angelic seeds in my life and I love watching them grow! So many of my close friends are artists, constantly creating their own art and living out their dreams. There’s too many people like this in my life that I simply adore and are hugely inspiring to name here, so consider this a sliver. (A big sliver since I didn’t post yesterday.)
Meet Ixchel, such a small girl filled with so much magic! Ixchel is named after a Mayan goddess and she seems like she’s from another universe or perhaps a whole universe exists within her. She creates photographic images that you want to climb inside of and make a new life for yourself without boundaries. Just looking at her photographs takes you on a trip to places you can’t find on any atlas. All shot with film and no photoshopping! Look!
This is Niki. I met her on a porch of a house called “The Legion of Doom” in Ohio when I was hitchhiking across the country at 17. She very much seems a part of me. Living on opposite coasts I still feel like I grew up right beside her. She’s a genius the way she moves color around on canvas, wood or paper. You know that story about the boy who turned everything he touched to chocolate? Well this is the girl who turns everything she touches to beguiling beauties. Niki and her art are a spellbinding sea yours eyes need to swim around in. http://planticandwingishscenery.blogspot.com/
Mariqueen is a mermaid. No seriously, you’ve heard the lore of singing sirens that make ships wreck? This is her! Her voice gives you shivers and it does kind of kill you in a way. She’s a mother, lover and singer of the supernatural descent. Currently hypnotising, mesmerising and making waves in her band How to Destroy Angels drown your ears. http://howtodestroyangels.com/
Steve is cosmic. If Picasso came back to life as a hunter of life his name would be Steve. Steve is a magician of the arts, he dances to the beat of his dreams. From sculpture, mosaics & installations, to abstract paintings erupting in color he manifests a world of love you can live inside of. His art is not only a life of dedication but a life celebration. http://stevefawley.com/
This is Chris. I think you can see just from this picture that the energy of this being is extraterrestrial. Yep this picture was taken from one of his performances somewhere on a moon orbiting in the outerest parts of outer space. I know I wish was there too! The energy this alien invests into the music he makes can take you there! Listen to his project Free the Robots it will take you on that universal voyage you’ve been dreaming of. Chris is also one of the owners of a really impressive restaurant here on earth who is celebrating their 4th anniversary this weekend, The Crosby go! http://www.myspace.com/freetherobots
June June she’s sucha swoon you just want to spoon her forever! Aside from being sweet like a pile of puppies, she’s made of crystal prisms that cast rainbows of light on everything in her path. You know that Rolling Stone’s song “She’s a Rainbow”, that’s June. June is an artist, designer, blogger, film maker and snowboarder. She’s kind of a mystic sometimes she disappears and then resurfaces with some new zesty project or film that captivates your heart. http://blog.boatpeopleboutique.com/ http://www.peepshowfilms.com/
Finally there’s Paul who is one of my oldest friends. He divides his time between New York and traveling to the edge of earth. Right when he’s teetering so close to the edge you wonder if he’s fallen off and disappeared forever, he propels himself back to the present dimension sharing stories of people through photographic artifacts. His photographs transport you into intimate introductions with people and places that are so alternative to the nature you know, you wonder if it’s a dream. Paul has dedicated his life to exposing these hidden treasures through portraits you can see here.
While I’m beginning the painting to auction for my friend Durek, let me share a glimpse of some other things going on in my studio right now….
I wish I was sharing travel photos of amazing adventures but this week looks more like uncombed hair, coffee stains on my desk, dishes in the sink and stacks of stuff around the studio.
As many know, Element Eden was born with the mission to inspire girls along their own path, confident in their personal style and passionate to seek a different perspective from the old standard. To fulfill this mission, we created the Advocate program over a decade ago, with the Artist Brooke Reidt as the first woman’s Advocate.
Through these years, the Advocate program now 16 women strong, Brooke has not only developed her personal career as a fine artist, selling art across the globe, but grown and adapted her relations with the Element family as well. Each season Brooke works closely with our team of designers, sharing inspirations, visions and ideas to create this beautiful melding of art and fashion, with a personality and story behind each piece.
While we’re always keeping you in the loop on Brooke’s latest work, we’re excited to announce that she, herself, will actually be Guest Blogging this week… sharing her personal account on projects, inspirations, ideas and everything in between!!
As a little teaser, we did a quick Q&A with Brooke to start things off:
Us: What projects do you have going on for summer is there one you’re most excited about and why?
BR: There’s so many projects and more are bound to pop up, people always ask but you know I’m superstitious talking about things before they’re complete. I’m most excited for summer, I love summer! Summer love! The Element Summer collection? I’m wearing the Cabo skirt and the Avalon tank right now, falling in love, pretending it’s summer!
Us: Bring on the sunshine baby!
Us: Where do you most enjoy traveling to seek inspiration and why?
BR: Anywhere! Traveling is about exploration and introducing your eyes to new things. I’m a visual person I want to see all the beautiful parts of the world, things people make, plants that don’t exist where I live, creatures under the sea. The last couple of years I’ve traveled to Bali.
Bali is like a divine gift in the form of an island for artists. It’s everywhere my eyes look. It reawakens all the ideas that are living inside me and gives birth to new one’s that didn’t exist before. It rattles me up and shows me the true definition of art.
It’s so humbling watching women spend all day handcrafting offerings in gratitude of their gods, such a selfless activity that they probably don’t even identify as art. I want to live and create like that.
I really want to travel to sacred places. Have you heard about the floating islands of Uros at Lake Titicaca? I need to go there!
Us: What?! Floating islands?? Count us in… When do we leave? haha
Us: You have amazing personal style!! Where do you seek inspiration for the looks you put together?
BR: It surprises me that you say this because I feel like I wear the same 4 things piled on bedroom floor. Maybe it’s because I switch them around to make them look different?
Us: Ya girl!! We love that type of creativity!!
Us: Have you always been interested in fashion as well as art?
BR: Sometimes I think they go hand in hand. I’ve always loved both it’s like pizza I can’t remember ever not liking it.
Us: We couldn’t agree more… hence why we love working with you
Element Advocate Amy Purdy shares her story on ABC’s Nightline. Hear Amy’s life changing story, of how unexpectedly loosing her legs at age 19 brought her the motivation to become one of the world’s top female adaptive snowboarders and create non-profit Adaptive Action Sports.
A friend of the Element Eden family, we always look forward to our next encounter with Kyleigh, eager of the topics that will arise and the beautiful inspiration that will come of our time with her.
Our summer plans? We aren’t quite sure, but we know if will span from the mountain tops to the deep blue…
“Breathless, we flung us on a windy hill, laughed in the sun, and kissed the lovely grass.” -Rupert Brooke
Rural Revolutions jewelry has become a favorite here at Element Eden. The company, founded by Eden Advocate Kendra Jones Morris, provides jewelry and bags designed and created by artisans from all around the world!
These awesome pieces are from the Peru collection. Rural Revolution partners talented female artisans across the world with motivated sales ambassadors in the US to help empower these women as well as sustain local economies, and in addition you get to wear these incredible pieces of art.
What an amazing company, and a beautiful and rewarding way to give back!
Summer 2012 Collection featured in LoLo Mag
Element Eden Summer 2012 Collection feature in Transworld Business!