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Inside The Chrysalis: The Four R's of Creative Metamorphosis

These are the periods in our lives—often after long bouts of production or big changes in our circumstances—where the elements of our life and practice start asking to transform into something entirely new. This can show up as a feeling that our outer lives don’t reflect our inner landscapes, or that what had been working just isn’t working anymore. However it shows up, it is a message from the deepest part of ourselves, calling for change.

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Bless This Mess

Composting is not a sexy part of the growing process. It is messy. It's literally just turning over piles of scraps and waiting for them to transform into something new. WHAT. A. METAPHOR. Is this not the exact phase in the creative process that we most want to skip over? The part where we are knee-deep in the stuff we've realized no longer works for us, and we're just waiting for something to change? It is also one of the most essential phases. Without that time of rest, without tending those parts of our lives and practices that are ready to decay, there would be no fertile ground for new ideas.

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Let's Talk About Beauty

I see architects, designers, and builders waking up to the importance of beauty in the built environment for the health, happiness, and engagement of those who inhabit their spaces. They honor this essential truth: beauty reminds us what it is to be human. It is not just something that exists on the surface—it is a gateway that invites us into a deeper experience of ourselves, our world, and all the ways in which we're connected.

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Summer Slowdown

There is a stand of wineberries growing outside my studio: a big thorny vine that snags my clothes when I reach in to pick them. Lately I’ve been visiting them when I park my car in the mornings. I pick whichever ones are ripest—perfect little ruby red jewels—and pop them into my mouth while sitting on the hood of my car. They remind me what this time of year is all about: slowing down, savoring sweetness, letting yourself get a little drunk on thick heat and sticky juice.

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5.24 // Snapshots from the Studio

I have been spending more time in the studio lately, giving form to ideas that have been swimming around in my head for years. I’ve been cooking up some concepts for 3D forms that use layers of color and light to give new dimension (both physical and experiential) to my patterns. These are the very first baby steps in this direction, and it excites me beyond belief to imagine what these will grow up to become!

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Aurora

This mural is a tribute to Aurora, Roman goddess of the Dawn. It depicts her in the moment she is waking up, while the landscape around her is still rich and dark, just as she is inviting in the light of the new day. Her sister is Luna (the Moon) and her brother is Sol (the Sun), and Aurora tends the landscape space between them. She represents the magic time between waking and dreaming, nighttime and morning, when our imaginations are most open and alive. Like Persephone, Aurora embodies the power to bridge two worlds: one of darkness and one of light. With this mural, we celebrate her as a symbol of hope, transcendence, and the coming of a new day.

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