Tuesday, October 5, 2021
Tuesday, September 7, 2021
Monday, August 30, 2021
Hi pals! It's been a while since I've written. How are you? How was your summer? Here we are, at the end of August already. WOW. It flew by and dragged by at the same time, didn't it? Mostly, flying by for me, as this has been a summer of getting back into art shows. Hubby and are don't know if we are coming or going lately, but it's been fun, and the turn out at the shows have mostly been wonderful! I think everyone was excited to get back to it again!
In between shows, the hubby and I took a quick little trip to Chicago that was purely for fun, not work. We had postponed tickets for the Frida exhibit at The Cleve Carney Museum of Art. Our tickets were originally for 2020, and well, we all know the rest of the story. Postponed. Until now.
Most of you know Frida's story, so I won't elaborate here....and if you don't know her story, it's easy to learn...many books and movies on her life, and what influenced her art. She has become an icon for many of us know....an example of strength in adversity, and a woman who was truly her own woman, not afraid to express who she really was. For the day and age she lived in, that was not easy. Hell, it's still not easy in this day and age. I was surprised by how moving it was to be in the presence of some her original works. To see the brush strokes and markings. Magical.
Friday, July 16, 2021
1.) Hi Shana! Thanks so much for doing this with me! First off, can you tell my friends a little bit about yourself and what you do? Hi Dori!! I am honored that you asked me to do an interview with you. My name is Shana Rainey. I am the artist/owner of Winged Goddess Studio. I live and create in Boone. I am married to Mark and we have one son, Will who is 17. I also work full time at my day job. Creating handmade jewelry and being surrounded by art it what makes me happy. I have a tendency to get bored easily so that is why I have such a wide variety of styles and collections.
2.) You and I became friends through doing the same art show a while back. I remember hitting it off with you instantly. You have such a wonderful positive vibe that I admire, and you really make people feel cared for and at ease. Do you ever feel discouraged or disappointed? If so, how do you deal with that? I am so grateful that we were able to become friends. As an artist there can be a lot of discouragement and disappointment. It can be discouraging when at a show a customer makes a negative comment about my jewelry. It has taken awhile but I try really hard not to take it personally. Not everyone will like what I make. I try to focus on my customers who do like what I make. It can also be disappointing to apply for a show and not get in. I usually will take a couple of hours being disappointed that I was not accepted but then remind myself of all the shows that I have been accepted to. I try to find the positive in the rejection. For example, it gives me more time to spend with my family or time to work on new pieces.
3.) You are so prolific! The amount of work you produce boggles my mind! How do you find time to get it all done? Do you have a schedule or routine you adhere to? It is sometimes really hard to get it all done since I still work full time and have a busy family. It truly depends on my schedule of shows and what I have going on in my day-to-day life. I don't necessarily have a schedule or routine. I will work on my jewelry during my lunch hour or here and there in the evenings and on weekends. I generally make all of my jewelry in large batches. Most of the time it takes me at least a month or more depending on what collection I am working on because there are several steps involved. It always takes me longer than I think it will to complete it too. It can be very challenging to balance everything. Most days it feels like I am failing. Right now, my house looks like a tornado hit, clean laundry is still in basket and we eat a lot of quick or carry out meals lol. I am grateful because my mom helps me do the finish work of adding price tags for me. You will also find me finishing up pieces during shows. I try really hard to be organized but it usually doesn't work. A friend once said "we have the best intentions but the worst follow through".
4.) What do you do when you are feeling uninspired and need to get the creative juices flowing? Feeling uninspired happens a lot especially after last year. It was hard being creative when there was nowhere to go or anyone to share it with. One way I get my creativity flowing is looking through the supplies I already have on hand and find a new way to use or create with them. Sometimes I will buy a new supply for an idea I have in my head and then my idea won't work. I will set aside the supply until someday I come up with something new. I also like to mix my different collections together to create a new look. For example, taking my leather earrings and adding wood to them. It seems like my new ideas always come right before a show so I am scrambling, trying to get it done in time.
5.) What is the ultimate message you hope comes across in your creative expressions? I just want my customers to enjoy what I make. I want it to be affordable. I try to create simple pieces that can be layered with jewelry that the customers already own or on its own. It makes me smile when I see a customer wearing my work. I want to make people smile wearing it or giving it as a gift.
6.) What’s coming up for you? I will be in Waukee this coming weekend and several more shows throughout rest of the year. I will be updating my Facebook and Instagram page detailing when and where.
7.) Where can we find you?
Shana's website, click HERE.
Shana's Facebook page, click HERE.
Shana's Instagram, click HERE.
Thanks so much to Shana for popping by to say hi and answer a few questions! I hope you will go visit her links and check out the goodies she has to offer! Personally, I'm obsessed with all of her stud earrings. I'm slowly building my collection! Ha! Have a great weekend, friends! XOXO -Dori
Tuesday, June 22, 2021
I work as a psychologist, author, art playgroundist, and speaker out of St. Paul, Minnesota. My deepest passion is listening to the beauty within people and reflecting it back through affirming words and vibrant colors.
2. You are one of the most colorful people I know! Your personal style is so joyful and inspiring! Did your personal style develop over time, or have you always been so sparkly?
Over time, my personal style has evolved back to the freedom, colors, and joy I naturally gravitated to as a child. The colors came into fuller bloom as an adult in my 40’s, when I began creating art daily. I found that as I created art, art created me. Three illustrated and written books later, I found my favorite clothing store in New York City, Gudrun Sjoden, felt my illustrations had magically come to life, and now am an ambassador for them and I can’t imagine dressing in anything other than my true self.
3. Are you ever discouraged? How does that affect your creativity? 2020 was a tough year for so many, your family included. What keeps you going? (sorry that’s 3 questions)
I would describe my heart as both strong and tender and my senses as highly sensitive. I also share much of my life force/love in all areas of my professional and personal life. Given all of this, my energy can wane and with it, sometimes my mood can feel more melancholy and vulnerable. When I am conscious of this, my response is to rest. Additionally, this has indeed been a tough year for many, as it has in my own home with the loss of both of my husband’s parents to COVID-19. In specific response, I found I had let my body go with not eating well nor exercising. The last two months and still, I’ve made radical changes with eating clean and recumbent biking and walks, which feels revitalizing.
Sometimes I schedule a weekend for creativity, or a window of a day, just like I would use my calendar for other appointments. If I’m really in the flow of creating something, I will naturally awake early before my work day begins and get busy alongside the singing birds.
5. What are you currently inspired by, and/or what are you most excited about right now?
I’m illustrating and writing my fourth book and also creating a new website. I’m quite excited about them both!
6. Where can our friends find you? (web, social media, etc)
Rachel's Etsy Shop
Monday, May 31, 2021
Hi pals! I’m so excited to finally share that I’ll be one of the teachers for the Make Create Express workshop this year! Woo hoo!
I’ll be offering up a lesson about my art journaling process, along with 27 other teachers from around the world. Make Create Express is a year long mixed media adventure that kicks off with a FREE Creative Retreat weekend (open to all). With a range of lessons you are sure to learn new techniques, new process and discover new ways to express your own unique creativity. And did I mention that there is a FREE weekend event where you can access 14 lessons for free? Join us for the FREE Creative Retreat weekend on July 10th and 11th! Or join us for the year long adventure- Make Create Express- the Creative Journey Continues.
To learn more or to register click HERE.