Monday, July 18, 2011
Please Welcome Indy- our Featured Artist from Hawaii
Tell us a little about yourself, shop or selling venues.
I grew up in a suburb of New York City and spent every summer on the beach, walking the shoreline, searching for shells. And I dreamed that one day I would grow up to live on an island. Now that I’m all grown up, my favorite things to do have not changed and I am lucky to live in the Hawaiian Islands. Now I share the joys of beachcombing with my 2 young sons, photographing nature’s abundant beauty, and staying up late getting artsy and crafty! I love photography perhaps more than any art medium, and then digitally enhancing a photograph to create a certain look and feel. I like to create mermaid-inspired accessories which have that weathered, just-out-of-the-sea look, as opposed to refined and bright and shiny wares. And the other city-loving side of me is inspired by street art found on the back of old buildings or brightening up a subway station.
What are some things that bring you joy or inspire you?
I love being outside! Whether it’s exploring the green jungle, searching for shells and seaglass on the beach, or tending to my gardens, it is all so inspiring and soul-expanding. I love observing how nature is perfect and balanced, and capturing it with my camera.
Do you work outside the home, or are you self employed?
I am a stay-at-home mom to my 2 gorgeous, funny, and bright boys. I am also embarking on a homeschooling journey with them. I get creative at night after they go to bed, many times into the wee hours of darkness.
How long have you been creating, and why did you begin?
I have enjoyed arts and crafts basically since birth, as my mom and sister were also very talented in the arts. I grew up sewing clothes for my Barbie dolls, beading Christmas ornaments, making homemade cards and gifts for every occasion, etc. It is only recently that I have braved the world of sales, both online at SeafarerGifts.com and locally at craft and farmer’s markets.
What are some of your favorites (websites, materials, foods, books, other people’s work, etc.)
The amount of artists with such a high degree of talent, especially found on the Etsy.com website, humbles me to no end! I love walking through craft fairs and always wanted to be one of those people who could actually sell their crafts…until recently when I did gather up the courage to try it myself! I love the visionary artists like Alex Grey and Srimati Syamarani (www.bhaktiart.com), people who incorporate the ethereal into the material. I love Gluten Free Girl because she is untiring to develop great tasting food which gluten-intolerant people could otherwise not have. I appreciate restaurants devoted solely to vegetarian, vegan, and raw-food lifestyles.
Where do you live, and do you hope to live elsewhere?
I live on the mystical and magical island of Kaua’i and have no desire to live anywhere else… I’ve traveled all over, and can confirm that this is my home!
What are some of your short term and long term goals overall.
In the near future I hope to develop more of my stencil designs and get them integrated into my booth at my local marketplace. I also would like to feature more of my photography. My ultimate goal is to have a constant flow of green/money energy exchanged for my designs!
What is your most treasured possession, and why?
My most treasured material possessions are tied between my camera and computer because they both capture, create, and store memories, ideas, and visions, all which are part of me but allow them to be expressed and shared.
Do you have a religious or spiritual background?
Spirituality is the backbone of life. The material world is but a temporary illusory and muddy reflection of a real, eternal spirit realm where the divine dwell. We are not the body; rather, we are eternal individual spirit souls whose nature is to serve God’s divine love. And that is the thread which connects all religions. In my life, I have studied and practiced a few different paths and have found Krishna Consciousness to resonate the most with who I am. It is not a form of religiosity, but a philosophy and way of life.
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Thank you, Indy, for sharing your love for nature with us all! I wish you all the success in your new venture selling online.