This week's post is written by Marianne Wilson Stein of Gifts from the Earth.
One of my favorite things to do is to be on the receiving end of a facial. This past week I was fortunate enough to get an amazing facial with our official Gifts From the Earth esthetician, Jewelz, using my product line. While lying on her table blissing out, Jewelz asked me from where I draw inspiration for the products. I told her my inspiration comes from nature, especially the Pacific Northwest, the rich verdant valleys, the lush forests and endless waterways. I also look to the mountains, the wind as it speaks and the ocean.
Products are inspired by first thinking of the ingredients I want to use, where each item comes from and how each will work together to create a synergistic blend. I then have to let the ideas percolate in the creative vat for days, weeks or months. I know when the time is to pull it all together and create!
Early on in my business I was inspired to create a logo that represents the bond between our beautiful earth and women who hold her close. This is their story:
A sensual curve in her lips, like that of the mountains soaring up from the earth.
Fire - a spark igniting her incredible passion.
Reflecting pools to soothe the world.
The wind whistling through her hair beckoning to follow her dream.
Follow your dreams. Believe in your dreams…
Remembering what inspires me, I then wondered what inspires some of the other Artists at Artistic Portland.
Rand Russell of Grinn Graphics is inspired by the magic which surrounds us if we look for it every day.
It is “the challenge” for Ben Gilbert of Crayons and Cardboard.
Sherry Bingaman of Nueva Vida finds her inspiration in color, and texture, the love of research and the textiles of other cultures, especially Mexico and South America.
Doug Owen of Doug Owen Photography and Karin Kaufman of Nadelwerk are both inspired by nature, and Karin finds additional inspiration in family and friends.
I also wanted to know what items at Artistic Portland inspire them. For Karin it is Denise Krueger’s ceramic pods. Cathi Newlin of C Newlin Cermics is inspired by Helene Hughart’s knitted cards. Sherry has fallen in love with Lucy’s fairy houses with all their details. I adore Laurel Swetman’s polymer clay work, especially the boxes.
When posing this question to Doug, He said, “Honestly, my favorite thing about the store are the artists.”
I welcome you to come in and meet our artists. We are a diverse group and have a passion for creating! Come in and get to know our inspirations. By the way, what inspires you?