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What's Your Bag ?

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I started this project as a way to make “one thing a day”. You know, to keep my brain, my petals, and my fingers limber. My intent was to make 1/day- whether it was any good didn’t matter. Just pressing on was the goal. 🥅 🙌

Turns out, this project has become an internal check-in for me. Where is my head, heart or gut on any given day? Emojis can say it all in a wink, a tear, or a prayer. That’s why we love them so much and use them so freely.😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍

Also turns out, I can't make one of these in less than 5 hours. 😕 I thought these would be faster to make but alas, my work is painstakingly slow. There are many steps to completion. I've adjusted my timeline and the project is now 1/week. ☑️

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As for the bags, there are two reasons: First, because the medium is the message, as every designer knows. We carry around these emotions i.e. emojis with us all day in real life. They're what’s inside of us and we bring them with us wherever we go. And always in our pockets or bag, is a cell phone, just waiting to communicate something. Second, because I’m focused on using more recycled materials in my work. To make do with whatever I have on hand. This is another useful way to create something with what is readily available. Scraps into Art!

What I like best about emojis is discovering the new ways people choose a particular one to express themselves. Sure there are definitions for each little yellow face (and beyond) but how do you use them in your everyday life? There is much room for interpretation and it's fun to see all the variation and meanings from different people. It can go on forever. What do they mean to you ? 🤔

Whenever I'm ready to make a new one, I think "what's my #mood today? #whatsmybag ?

#Moodoftheday, #whatsyourbag, #bagit, #instamood, #me, #you, #nofilter, #life.

What is GROWLOVE?

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GrowLove is a collaborative project I'm starting out of a desire for more. More money? Nope .... More material things? Definitely No … More meaning? Yes! More Fulfillment? That's It! More love? Sign Me Up!

With all of the blessings and opportunities I've received in support of my creativity, I've always known that there's more to life than just creating art. There's no doubt that art-making, for me, is a valuable and wondrous practice.  Doing it makes ME feel better. It brings me personal satisfaction, feelings of euphoria, and a great sense of accomplishment. But at the end of the day .... then what ? Does any of it really matter ?

Sure it feels amazing to contribute something you’ve made and share it with a tiny corner of the world. But when I look at our world as a whole, with all it's creatures great and small, trying to live, work, and exist together in unison -- does making art actually contribute in a real, actionable and meaningful way? Yes, I think it can, AND......

GrowLove is a response to these questions. We are interested in supporting a variety of causes including :

CHILDREN WITH ILLNESS

FIGHTING TERMINAL ILLNESS SUCH AS CANCER, HEART DISEASE & DEMENTIA / ALZHEIMERS

EMPOWERING WOMEN

DISASTER RELIEF

ENVIRONMENTAL INITIATIVES

COMMUNITY OUTREACH

FIGHTING HUNGER

HEALTHCARE

EDUCATION

During the past 7 years of "growing" my work, I've looked for ways to share my gift with others. Donating art pieces to Lopez Island Hospice, Seattle Children's Hospital, St. Andrew's School for low income Families, fundraising for the Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center and Emergency USA - a life support for civilian victims of war and poverty - and most recently, sending an original Wonder Woman piece to little Maya who was diagnosed with Leukemia at 4 yrs old...these are all tiny things, but it's a start.

Because the Wonder Woman story was such a hit with all the gals who saw it, my next small step was to create some posters and give them out to anyone looking for some inspiration. This gift is more about the message, not the print...Here's the letter I wrote that goes with the poster:

GrowLove is about actively bringing joy and positive messaging into the world - even if it only lasts a minute. The power of love is the strongest and most positive force we have, and it’s contagious. The act of giving back (even in the smallest way) immediately opens doors for more of the same. Join me in planting a seed for someone, something, one tiny thing, that you can feel good about. Then watch it grow.