Archive for the ‘Conscious by Nature’ Category
Everyone posted some rad painting, photo, street art, and still life shots… But we had to pick just one of you little creatornators as the proud winner of a $500 shopping spree with Element Eden.
Proud to announce Katie Mclean, 21 year old graduate of Otis college of Art and Design, as our Create and Cultivate contest winner. She posted multiple masterpieces, featuring her eclectic,sensual, and naturally captivating vision through painting. We’re truly blown away and inspired by your beautiful style.
The extent of her work wanders much farther than paintings – scope her stuff on http://gypsyeye.com/ and @gypseye805
Can’t wait to see where your wanderings take you Katie and on behalf of the Element Eden family thanks for getting us inspire-wired!
Currently residing in the Cook Islands, our new guest blogger, Jess Cramp, is a force to be reckoned with. She is a scientist, pilot, diver, surfer, and conservationist traveling the world and making a difference. Her current mission; create one of the largest Shark Sanctuaries in the world.
Jess is also a regular contributor to Women’s Adventure Magazine, and a driven and inspirational philanthropist. Learn a little more about her from our Q&A and look out for her upcoming posts!
Some fun Q&A:
JC: I grew up in the Poconos in PA, climbing trees and playing baseball. I consider San Diego, CA my home now—at least, that’s where my storage unit lives. I moved there in 2001 and love it, but I haven’t been back in over a year!
Us: What you wanted to do when you grew up?
JC: I wanted to be a fighter pilot. No joke. I had posters of fighter jets all over my walls….even in college!
Us: Your present goal and where it has led you?
JC: My present goal is to inspire people to live their dreams and to take action for things that matter to you. DON’T be a fly on the wall. I’d love to look back and know that my life has had a positive impact on others.
Us: Best advice shared with you?
JC: I feel like this will be a collection of clichéd one-liners from my parents. In fact recently, I’ve found myself reiterating many of them to my younger friends. But in truth the best advice has been simply to listen to my gut. I’m the only one living this life and I have to trust that I will make the best decision for me.
Us: Best advice you hope to share with others?
JC: Not to let your fear of failure become the insurmountable barrier between you and your potential. You know where you want to be—or at least you know that there’s a direction you’d like to go. There will be plenty of people telling you that you shouldn’t or can’t. Life will put up more obstacles than you could have imagined. But somehow, you get through them, or you find a way around. And you get stronger. Just don’t allow your fears to stop you from starting.
Us: Funniest experience since your new venture?
JC: Oh boy, I have a list of “laughed until I cried” moments in a notebook. But I’ll just go with the first one that pops in my mind. We were in the middle of our sailing trip and on dinner detail. I thought it would be fun to make a limited ingredients version of tuna fish casserole because we had an international crew and somehow it came up (of all meals…I know!). Anyway, my friend Stiv and I improvised to the max and made the most disgusting meal on the planet, by accident of course. We had to sub canned tuna with canned corned beef. I broke apart lasagne noodles because there were no egg noodles. Stiv thought it was dry, so he added a soup mix—and lots of milk. We then proceeded to pour corn flakes all over the top and bake it, with hopes of evaporating some of the milk. It was so wretched a meal that we laughed our way through it. With a side of boiled hot dogs, we called our creation “white trash casserole” and served it in similar fashion. Of course, you had to be there, but all 16 of us on the boat were laughing so hard that sound ceased to come out. Every once in a while I watch that footage—and it still kills me.
Read more about Jess on her Matador Ambassador Webpage
Check out some her incredible adventures on Destination Global Good
Thanks to all our friends on Facebook who shared their Outdoor Adventure shots! We’ve loved getting a little inside look at the many ways you all seek adventure in this world!
We are still in the midst of choosing a winner… with almost 100 beautiful photos to scan through, Element Advocate Amy Purdy and the Element Eden design team are going to have a heck of a time choosing just one, but for now, here are just a few of our favorites!
Animal Collective – Summertime Clothes (Dam-Funk Remix) (you can dance around to this in your summertime clothes)
Still working on the painting for my friend Durek and too shy to share details yet, soon soon promise!
But here’s something you can lay your eyes on now, either here in this post or in real life, on your body all summer long!
Element Eden’s Summer collection is currently available and there’s four pieces I created in this line. I wanted to share the details on how these things travel from my imagination into your hands.
I also think it’s a little serendipitous that the designers traveled to India last year and said a lot of the inspiration for the summer collection came from the textiles, colors and prints they saw on their trip. Almost simultaneously, I was in Indonesia for a few months where I was inspired by the colors and textiles there. I drew all of these drawings during my stay and even painted one on the side of a friend’s cafe. Now they are available for you to wear on super soft oversized organic tees.
First I take my imagination to paper. I use tracing paper so I can redraw parts a million times over and over until it’s super perfect just like us virgo’s like it. I use colored pencils to keep track of updated sketches.
Finally I re draw everything one more time and then finish them in ink so the lines are clean and clear. Then I scan these drawings and either color them digitally or send them over for Esther (the graphics wizard) at Element Eden to color up and place on Tee’s.
Seriously did I say wizard? Esther Kim is my favorite graphic designer that I’ve ever worked with! This is my favorite part when she sends me back this magical stuff! She works closely with me doing revisions on color and layout to help my imagination + mixed with her awesome visions = come ALIVE. Aren’t these collaborations the best? I think so! XOXOXOXOXOXO I LOVE YOU ESTHER KIM YOU ARE SOoooooo SUPER AMAZING!!!!! XOXOXOXOXO Even just doing this post I get so excited at this point in the process, more than the actual tee’s.
And then elves in a workshop mix up some potions and VOILA! Super soft organic Tee’s for you to live and dance in all summer long!
Save the seed next time you finish off an avocado and plant yourself an avocado tree!
Not only are you one step further towards sustainable living… but it looks quite lovely in your kitchen window as well!