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•  •  •  Contributors to Mabel No. 3 — May 2015  •  •  •

Our Regular Columnists

Amy-SiuAmy Siu inspires people to find more joy and connection in their hearts, homes and work through art, creativity and kindness.  She believes in the power of Love and handwritten notes.  Look for her regular column in Mabel called Serving Refreshments for the Spirit.  You can also find her at: amysiu.com

Barb-SkoogBarb Skoog: Cloud artist, cocktail wizard, friend maker, word diver, late-night pillow talker, nature lover, nature lover, nature lover.  Follow her at barbskoog.com and find her here at Mabel Magazine writing a regular column called Off-Trail Tales.

Grace-MooreGrace Moore, a life coach, spiritual counselor and writer, lives in Boulder, Colorado. She is fascinated by this business of being human. Her insights are direct, often humorous and always honest. You can read her regular column Grace on Demand, and visit her at grace-on-demand.com

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Aimee-DolichAimee Dolich is a hand-letterer, illustrator, writer, small-moment documenter, traveler, and whatever else she feels like being when each new day strikes. Some call her Aimo, and 2 special girls call her Mommy. She has a little world called Artsyville, which is her place to play, experiment, invent, celebrate color, and explore: artsyville.com

Alexandra-EldridgeAlexandra Eldridge is a mixed-media painter whose work has been acclaimed for its symbolic imagery, rich colors, textures, and devotion to the written word. alexandraeldridge.com

Amelia-StraderAmelia Strader has been knitting, sewing, and crafting since she could hold onto a needle. She uses her skills to create designs and patterns for her San Francisco-based mobile craft workshop, GoGo Craft.

Aimee-BowersAmy Bowers blogs at Mama Scout. She has spent the last few years writing and developing labs and communities to help women reclaim their stories, fuel their dreams and connect their creative identity with family life. mamascout.com

Amy-TingleAmy Tingle co-founded Food for the Soul Train— the mobile creativity company that offers creative writing, art, and self-empowerment classes.

Anna-HewettAnna Hewitt is a writer, artist, and mother living in southern Maine.  Road the Farm.

CMM2Christine Mason Miller is a Santa Barbara-based author, writer and explorer. Her mission to inspire has provided the foundation for a body of work that has generated seven figures in retail sales through commercial illustration, licensing, gallery exhibits, writing, teaching and speaking since 1995. She is currently organizing retreats and workshops for 2015 and writing a book about her family. Follow her adventures at christinemasonmiller.com

Danielle-DonaldsonDanielle Donaldson Danielle Donaldson is a mixed-media artist, illustrator and soon-to-be-author. She is always scheming up new ways to infuse her love of watercolors and other mediums with as much color as possible. Danielle’s art always tells a story through her use of color, depth and light. Some say it’s whimsical; she says its fanciful with a smidge of sassy. Currently, Danielle is working on a book about her art and process, preparing for colorFULL retreats, and imagining new pieces in her head while finding time to put them on paper. You can see more of her work and her schedule of classes at  danielledonaldson.com

Jen-GrayJen Gray & Animyst: Friends, colleagues, booty and soul-shakers, Jen and Michelle bonded over twinkle-light installation, bad 80’s lip-synching contests, and skype cocktail hours. They are producers, video editors, photographers, writers, creative project managers, space-holders, and midwives of possibility. Always able to get to the heart and soul of the matter, one thing they’ve learned is often the biggest spiritual breakthroughs come when you are crying from laughing so hard. You can find them casting spells at Animyst.com

Jen-HewettJen Hewett is a self-taught printmaker and surface designer best known for her silkscreened and block printed textiles. A California native, Jen pulls inspiration from her state’s diverse landscapes and flora, reducing both to their most graphic elements. She incorporates her love of texture and saturated color into her vibrant, highly-tactile work. Jen works out of her tiny (54 square foot) studio in San Francisco, alongside her tiny (11-pound) studio assistant/Italian Greyhound, Gus. jenhewett.com

Jenn-LeeJennifer Lee is the founder of Artizen Coaching and the author of Building Your Business the Right-Brain Way and the bestseller The Right-Brain Business Plan, which has helped tens of thousands of entrepreneurs around the world launch their creative businesses. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and sweet husky-lab mix.

Jennifer-CatalanoJennifer DeVille Catalano is a recovering academic who now calls herself an artist. She lives on a farm in rural New York with her husband, two children, and two cats. Jennifer believes in the healing powers of writing and photography, and feels most like herself in a field of wildflowers. She makes her virtual home at someplaceserendipitous.com

Jolie-2Jolie Guillebeau is a painter and potter who lives in Portland, OR. She spends way too much money on pens and notebooks. Hear (and see!) her story here: jolieguillebeau.com

Kari-ChapinKari Chapin is an entrepreneur living in Portland, OR. She writes books, design products, teaches and speaks across the country. She also hosts a popular podcast called AIM with Kari Chapin. In 2015 her whole business is changing and you can follow along by joining her newsletter by visiting karichapin.com. She loves coffee, Instagram and making lists.

Kim-CambronKimberley Cambron works as a consultant to the energy industry, but lives in the world of unexpected tangential experiences. Her path has taken her through Nepal, Haiti and most recently into the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. Her writing is largely unpublished, possibly due in part to the fact that she has not sent it anywhere. Kimberley lives in Houston, Texas with her beautiful partner, her miraculous children and two dogs… all of whom conspire to create a sitcom of a life. kimcambron.com

Kim-SteelKim Thompson Steel creates visual narratives through her photography and video work. Follow her at kimthompsonsteel.com

Laurie-WagnerLaurie Wagner is a writer and writing teacher. She teaches Wild Writing at her home in Northern California + online + hosts the 27 Powers Traveling Writers Series, which brings the brightest, grooviest, most unusual writers to Alameda to teach. 27powers.org

Leonie-WiseLeonie Wise • photographer • adventurer • life enthusiast • leoniewise.com • instagram: @leoniewise_

Lily-C-DLily Chien-Davis is a writer, a mom, and a virtual assistant for creative entrepreneurs. She is working on a novel and enjoys being around creative people. You can find her online at: virtual-lil.com

Lisa-FieldLisa Field is a mother, a lover, a finder and a seeker. She travels in search of the All and shares her experiences, in words and images, at doorwaystraveler.com

Lisa-KurtLisa Kurt is an artist and illustrator. Her work entails traces of nostalgia, melancholy, childhood, nature, allegory, and dreams. She is a faculty member at the Nevada Museum of Art and received her BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Lisa exhibits in solo and group shows regionally and nationally. She currently lives with her husband and son by the mountains and tumbleweeds in the high desert of Reno, NV. lisakurt.com

Maya-Stein-2Maya Stein is a Ninja poet, writing guide, and creative adventuress. Since 2005, she has kept a weekly writing practice, “10-line Tuesday,” and her poems now reach 1,300 people each week. She also leads workshops, both live and online, providing mentorship and guiding students through simple, often playful exercises and activities that help strengthen their creative instincts and develop a writing practice that sticks. You can learn more about Maya’s adventures at mayastein.com

Melissa-DinwiddieMelissa Dinwiddie is an artist, writer, performer, inspirationalist and creativity instigator, on a mission to empower people to feed their creative hungers. She coaches and consults with individuals and groups, and leads creativity workshops and retreats in inspiring locations around the world as well as online. melissadinwiddie.com

Michelle-GDMichelle GD is an artist living in northern Virginia. Using writing and photography as forms of meditation, she explores the connections between the beautiful and messy bits of life. You can find her at MichelleGD.com

Michelle-Madden-SmithMichelle Madden Smith & Animyst: Friends, colleagues, booty and soul-shakers, Jen and Michelle bonded over twinkle-light installation, bad 80’s lip-synching contests, and skype cocktail hours. They are producers, video editors, photographers, writers, creative project managers, space-holders, and midwives of possibility. Always able to get to the heart and soul of the matter, one thing they’ve learned is often the biggest spiritual breakthroughs come when you are crying from laughing so hard. You can find them casting spells at Animyst.com

Mira-RubianoMira Rubiano is an economist by training and a nomad at heart, Mira is a believer that we can all effect change. She resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico with her husband Eduardo and her two fluffy children. She is a writer, field producer, and owner and lead teacher at Santa Fe Thrive, an Indoor Cycling and Hot Power Yoga studio. She loves foreign languages and pepperoni pizza. Find her at mirarubiano.com and santafethrive.com

Mouni-FeddagMouni Feddag is a recent illustration graduate and happy human being. She has gradually given up most of her interests in order to have more time to draw, except for going on very long walks. You can see her work at mounifeddag.com

Sherry-BelulWhen it comes to celebration, Sherry Belul has a simple philosophy: life is extraordinary and fleeting; celebrate now. As the founder of Simply Celebrate, Sherry helps people appreciate who they are and the people they love through customized tribute books and other one-of-a-kind imaginative and impactful gifts, life coaching, and inspirational books/articles. www.simplycelebrate.net

Shiloh-McLoudShiloh Sophia McCloud is an internationally collected artist and was the top grossing artist in the USA for over ten years. You will find her most days in her studio having tea with her muse and contemplating the mysteries of the universe through quantum creativity. She believes every single being in the world is a creative being with a longing to express their inner soul fire. Her sacred work in the world is to extend a red thread of connection to others in the dance of creation. Are you ready? She lives with her husband in the vineyard dotted hills and oak groves of Northern California. shilohsophiastudios.com

Susa-TalanSusa Talan is chief creative maker at her teeny tiny home studio in Western Massachusetts. She has a wholesale line of greeting cards, prints and a calendar that are being sold in shops and bookstores around the US. You can find Susa teaching at Squam Art Workshops in Spring 2015 and on her blog at susatalan.com. When not in her studio, she heads for the wilderness and big open sky.

Theresa-ReedTheresa Reed (aka The Tarot Lady) is an intuitive Tarot reader, teacher, mentor and yogi on a mission to take Tarot from hippie to hip. When she’s not reading tarot, she’s busy helping broke-ass mystics learn how to create sustainable + profitable businesses. If you are ready for straight talkin’ tarot and a side of biz whizz, get to her online hood: The Tarot Lady

TiffTiffany Han is a business coach who helps highly-creative women take bold, inspired action in their businesses . . . and their lives. She’s been called a Professional Yoda and helps her clients — ranging from bloggers, illustrators, and graphic designers to cubicle jailbirds who are tired of putting their creative dreams on hold — raise their hands and say yes: to those things they’ve always wanted to start, to those ideas that feel crazy, and to themselves. Find out more at tiffanyhan.com

Tricia-AlexanderTricia Alexander is an artist, bookbinder, graphic designer, and art journaler. She recycles books into lovely handmade journals and teaches bookbinding and art journaling workshops. Her dream is to connect everyone’s inner artist to a tangible place to record feelings, goals, dreams, and secrets in written word or through mixed media art. She can be found working in her home studio surrounded by paint, vintage books, and lots of paper. Her handmade journals can be found at tricia-alexander.com

XantheFilling the frame with bright colours, movement, sunshine and smiles; my work centres around family life and adventures. xantheberkeley.com

 


•  •  •  Contributors to Mabel No. 2 — November 2014  •  •  •

Aimee-BowersAmy Bowers blogs at Mama Scout. She has spent the last few years writing and developing labs and communities to help women reclaim their stories, fuel their dreams and connect their creative identity with family life. mamascout.com

Amy-HartsoughAmy Hartsough is a student and teacher of writing and poetry in Louisville, Kentucky.  This year, she is completing her work for her Master’s degree in Religion. Currently, she is studying poetry in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. She has recently reclaimed ownership of her life in terms of: wellness, sacred space, creativity, writing, voicing/speaking her truth. You can find her at: The Write Stuff

Amy-SiuAmy Siu inspires people to find more joy and connection in their hearts, homes and work through art, creativity and kindness.  She believes in the power of Love and handwritten notes.  Look for her regular column in Mabel called Serving Refreshments for the Spirit.  You can also find her at: amysiu.com

Anna-Oginsky

Anna Hodges Oginsky believes all the answers we will ever need already exist within us. She uses art and writing to access the wisdom she carries. She is a heartist and guide at Heart Connected where she holds space for others to tune into their hearts with art. Anna lives and creates in the Mitten (aka Michigan). You can find her walking the shoreline of Lake Michigan gathering stones, shells, and feathers, or at Heart Connected

Arbor-Lee

Arbor Lee is a playfully curious creative who is currently exploring once hidden dreams and previously unspoken desires through Intentional Daily Living. You can follow her process of cultivating creativity through daily awareness at: arborleestudio.com

Barb-Skoog

Barb Skoog: Cloud artist, cocktail wizard, friend maker, word diver, late-night pillow talker, nature lover, nature lover, nature lover.  Follow her at barbskoog.com and find her here at Mabel Magazine writing a regular column called Off-Trail Tales.

Bella-Cirovic

Bella Cirovic: Woman. Mother. Beloved. Photographer || Story catcher. Telling tales, one photo at a time. shetoldstories.com

 

CMMChristine Mason Miller is a Santa Barbara-based author, writer and explorer. Her mission to inspire has provided the foundation for a body of work that has generated seven figures in retail sales through commercial illustration, licensing, gallery exhibits, writing, teaching and speaking since 1995. She is currently organizing retreats and workshops for 2015 and writing a book about her family. Follow her adventures at christinemasonmiller.com

Cynthia-LoudenCynthia Louden is passionate about iPhone photography, dancing, road trips and chocolate. She blogs at cynthiasblog.com

Darlene  KreutzerDarlene-Kreutzer lives in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and is grateful for family, the light that casts beauty across shadows, music that lifts emotions, a little house and garden filled with colour and love, friends and inspirations, the beauty of nature, the cold spray of a wild lake, the soft barnacle skin of the grey whale and the possibilities that exist in life. hippyurbangirl.com

Deb-TaylorDeb Taylor is a colorful mixture of artist-photographer-blogger-foodie-hippie-beachcomber-peace seeker. She drives a sewing machine, threads a needle, paints the pages of her art journal, creates delicious foods and at the end of the day, still makes space for a walk on the beach or sunset photo-shoot.  diddebdoit.blogspot.com

Elke-May-Glendenning

Elke May Glendenning  is an altar maker, photographer, illustrator and painter with a deep love of antlered creatures. Inspired by nature, travel, magic, creative community and the desire to make memories sacred and palpable, find her on instagram as elke may

Faith-Evans-SillsFaith Evans-Sills is a painter, wife, mother and teacher making her home in Charleston, South Carolina. She lives with her husband and their three young children by the sea, where they enjoy exploring southern beaches and maintaining a close connection with nature through frequent trips to wild places. With over 20 years of personal painting experience she enjoys inspiring others to manifest their most heartfelt ideas through creating art. faithevanssills.com

Flora-BowleyFlora Bowley is an internationally celebrated painter, workshop facilitator, author (Brave Intuitive Painting) and inspirationalist. Combining twenty years of professional painting experience with her background as a yoga instructor, massage therapist and lifelong truth seeker, Flora’s unique and holistic approach to the creative process has inspired thousands of people worldwide to “let go, be bold and unfold.” Flora lives among a vibrant community of artists in Portland, Oregon.  florabowley.com

Gail-McMeekinGail McMeekin is the President of Creative Success LLC in Boston and is a Creator/Strategist/Mentor. She helps you to activate your creative software (we all have it) and helps you to design a prosperous, creative, and fulfilling life. She was dubbed the “Queen of Imagination” by SHE and is the author of many books, including the best-sellers, The 12 Secrets of Highly Creative Women and The 12 Secrets of Highly Successful Women. She and her photographer husband also developed the “Creativity Courage Cards” which were featured in Artist Magazine and a Guide called “The Power of Positivity” for the Huffington Post GPs for the Soul. Her website is creativesuccess.com where you can download her free book The Path to Creative Success.

Gina-KimmelGina  Kimmel is witness to nature’s divine beauty each and every day, extracting truth and meaning from the sky, the sun, and the stars.  Her writing has also been featured in Amulet: A Field Guide for Living Wise. To read more of her poetic musings, visit ginakimmel.com

Grace-Moore

Grace Moore, a life coach, spiritual counselor and writer, lives in Boulder, Colorado. She is fascinated by this business of being human. Her insights are direct, often humorous and always honest. grace-on-demand.com

Heather-A-Mattern

Heather A. Mattern is a writer, speaker, blogger, and poet from North Carolina. Her writing has been featured in Natural Life magazine. Her words reflect the raw naked bits of her chaotic yet beautiful life as she juggles homeschooling three children, a writing career, and a romance with her high school sweetheart. You can read more of her ramblings on her blog soulskinsong.com

Jennette-Nielsen-2Jennette Nielsen is a PNW based Maker, Writer, and Medicine Woman. She is a community centered herbalist, bee priestess, Smashing Rubbish vintage junk dealer, Cauldron and Hive designer/producer, and Make-to-Mend, her lifeline and spiritual practice, is rooted in her belief that hand-making is a midwife between trauma and mending.  Discover more by visiting jennettenielsen.com or on Facebook and Instagram at Smashing Rubbish

Jennifer-DavisJennifer  Davis  has exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions including the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (Minneapolis, MN); The DeVos Art Museum (Marquette, MI); Soo Visual Arts Center (Minneapolis, MN); Foster Museum (Eau Claire, WI); Bloomington Art Center (Bloomington, MN); and Turchin Center for the Visual Arts (Boone, NC), as well as several galleries in major cities across the United States. Davis is a recipient of the 2013 Next Step Fund Grant from the Minnesota Regional Arts Council/McKnight Foundation. She holds a BFA from the University of Minnesota. JenniferDavisArt.com

Jennifer-Catalano

Jennifer DeVille Catalano is a recovering academic who now calls herself an artist. She lives on a farm in rural New York with her husband, two children, and two cats. Jennifer believes in the healing powers of writing and photography, and feels most like herself in a field of wildflowers. She makes her virtual home at someplaceserendipitous.com and is also the founder of two online collaborations: sheisthree.com and makingsofmotherhood.com

Jenna-McGuiggan

Jennifer (Jenna) McGuiggan is a writer and editor who lives in the southwestern corner of Pennsylvania and daydreams about the ocean. Visit her online in The Word Cellar, where she offers classes, mentoring and editing services, and stories about living the writing life (plus some others about playing roller derby).

JonathaJonatha Brooke has been writing songs, making records and touring since the early 90’s. After four major label releases, she started her own independent label, Bad Dog Records in 1999, and has since released seven more albums—her most recent, the companion CD to her critically acclaimed Off-Broadway show “My Mother Has Four Noses.” Find her at jonathabrooke.com or on facebook

Kat-McNally

Kat McNally is a writer who lives in Melbourne, Australia. Her mission in life is to wield words that soothe weary souls. She offers regular reflective writing challenges, including the opportunity to connect with kindred spirits, at katmcnally.com 

Laurie-Wagner

Laurie Wagner is a writer and writing teacher. She teaches Wild Writing at her home in Northern California + online + hosts the 27 Powers Traveling Writers Series, which brings the brightest, grooviest, most unusual writers to Alameda to teach. 27powers.org

Lisa-Field-Elliot

Lisa Field-Elliot is known to write, to take photos, and to spend as much time as possible in wild waters or on the dusty trail. A mother, a wife, a finder and a seeker, Lisa shares her life at doorwaystraveler.com

Lisa-Parks

Lisa Parks is a photographer, artist, writer, teacher, social worker, yogi and native Californian living in the rolling hills of Lynchburg, Virginia.  You can visit her at curiousgirl-lisa.blogspot.com

Maddie-Mulvaney

Madelyn Mulvaney believes in love, magic and exquisite human connection. She writes about creativity and how to be a happier human being for many publications and is so honoured to have her photography  represented by Getty Images. She is the founder of The Luminous Elephant Arts Studio in Vancouver. She also write poems. Every now and then. She is deeply proud of what she has created. However, whether in a breath or a shout, the touchstone of her heart is the love she shares with her family and friends and ways she is daily moved to make a difference in the world. She is adoring life in a magical little house in Vancouver and belongs to a very wonderful, loving family. She cherishes her beautiful children Tess and Noah with all of her soul. madelynmulvaney.com & luminouselephant.com

Mary-Ann-Mhina

Mary Ann Mhina is a Writer, Anthropologist and Story-teller with a passion for making a difference in the world.  When she isn’t lost in her own words she helps others to find their voice through her StoryPower and Story Party offerings and supports a range of women’s rights initiatives.  She also teaches Nia and brings body-centered movement practice to her story-telling work. Find out more at maryannmhina.co.uk

Mary-Anne-RadmacherMary Anne Radmacher’s words have made their way around the world via eleven books and hundreds of products.  She’s quoted broadly and she’s included in The Oxford Dictionary of American Quotations.  Her husband and three dogs keep her happily returning to Whidbey Island in Washington State. maryanneradmacher.net

Maya-and-Tingle

Maya Stein & Amy Tingle are founders of Food for the Soul Train, a mobile creativity business housed in a vintage caravan named Maude. They live in New Jersey, for now. food4thesoultrain.com

Michelle-GDMichelle GD is a photographer and writer playing with lens and verse.  She believes there is beauty in tiny moments and healing in image and word.  You can find her at:  michellegd.com

Niya-SiskNiya Christine explores psychological themes of courage, irony, humor in her work as a writer, designer and painter. She has authored four books: a story collection, children’s book, south of France illustrated travel essays, and a recently published hardback book: The Art of Daily Cultivation a memoir in story themes and paintings based on her year of daily painting. Niya recently shared her story painting methods teaching Cows & Canaries narrative painting with Carla Sonheim’s 2014 Summer camp. Visit her at: Niya Christine

Rhea-ZimmermanDr. Rhea Zimmerman Komarek is a chiropractor, pro-activist, and producer. Her mission of igniting people to their vitality, gifts, purpose, and passion is the driving force behind her practice, Blossom Family Chiropractic, humanitarian organization, Blossom Life Projects, mind/body retraining CD, Breathe Love, and feature documentary, Love Bomb. lovebombthemovie.com

Sandy-BartholomewSandy Steen Bartholemew is an author, illustrator, mixed-media artist, and a Certified Zentangle® Teacher. She is inspired by juicy, jewel-tones and rusty-crusty, peeling, earth-covered things, magic, mystery, bits and pieces, and weird little creatures. If it sits still, she’ll paint it. SandySteenBartholomew.com

Susan-Westbrook

Susan L. Westbrook, Ph.D. is a transformational author and coach, passionate teacher, and masterful life leaper. She is author of the book The Five Tibetans Yoga Workshop: Tone Your Body and Transform Your Life and director of Love Your Leap Coaching and Consulting. Learn more about Susan and her work at susanwestbrook.com

Susannah-ConwaySusannah Conway is the author of This I Know: Notes on Unraveling the Heart (Globe Pequot Press). A photographer, writer and teacher, her classes have been enjoyed by thousands of people from over 50 countries around the world. You can read more about her shenanigans on her blog at SusannahConway.com

Tracy-VerdugoIf Tracy Verdugo was given the opportunity to coin a term for a new art movement based around what she teaches she might call it Curiosity and Wonderism maybe Loosen-upism‚ or Endless possibilitism. Tracy is an inspiration instigator, prolific painter, singer/songwriter and lover of the written word, smitten traveler and soaker up of all that is beauty-full.  She teaches her Paint Mojo and other creative workshops all over this amazing planet and reminds her students of the wonder that already resides within them. tracyverdugo.com

Vanessa-Simpson

Vanessa Simpson chaser of light, chaser of moments. photographer, yogini, geographer. Vanessa can be found photographing the people, places, and events of the Pacific Northwest and Reno-Tahoe areas. focusinphotography.com and @focus_in_photography on Instagram

Victoria-MusgraveVictoria Musgrave is a writer and creativity coach. After leaving a career in communications, she went on a mission to explore the transformative power of writing, and help others do the same. Victoria lives in Toronto, Canada with her black cat Mini. She blogs at victoriamusgrave.com where she provides equal doses of inspiration and practical tips.


 

 •  •  •  Contributors to Mabel No. 1 — June 2014  •  •  •

We want to thank all the contributors who stepped forward to share with all of us their beautiful images, real words, and heartfelt thoughts about Beginning. The June issue–the Debut Issue–of Mabel is in part due to their willingness and enthusiasm for this particular Beginning.
Thank you all!

Aimee-DolichAimee Dolich is a hand-letterer, illustrator, writer, small-moment documenter, traveler, and whatever else she feels like being when each new day strikes. Some call her Aimo, and 2 special girls call her Mommy. She has a little world called Artsyville, which is her place to play, experiment, invent, celebrate color, and explore: artsyville.com

Barb-SkoogBarb Skoog made the move from Minnesota to Southern California with her husband 11 years ago and discovered that when you live in sun and warmth all year long, you are very, very happy. She blew her savings on a convertible and surfing lessons and then quit her corporate job to begin a second life as an artist, a writer, a wanna-be chef, and an avid traveler. Follow her adventures at barbskoog.com

CMMChristine Mason Miller is a Santa Barbara-based author, writer and explorer. Her mission to inspire has provided the foundation for a body of work that has generated seven figures in retail sales through commercial illustration, licensing, gallery exhibits, writing, teaching and speaking since 1995.  She has organized and facilitated workshops and retreats at Esalen Institute in Big Sur, Villa Ojai, Squam Art Workshops and other venues around the country, and is currently putting the final touches on a new e-course – The Conscious Booksmith:  A Mindful Approach to Creating Your Book – a collaboration with Animyst. Learn more about The Conscious Booksmith and visit her online here: christinemasonmiller.com/

Deb-TaylorDeb Taylor is a photographer, blogger, mixed media artist who resides in sunny Merritt Island, Florida. She is a foodie-beachcombing-hippie-gypsy, free and wild spirit. diddebdoit.blogspot.com/

Grace-Moore

Grace Moore, a life coach, spiritual counselor and writer, lives in Boulder, Colorado. She is fascinated by this business of being human. Her insights are direct, often humorous and always honest.

Heather-A-Mattern

Heather A. Mattern is a writer, speaker, blogger, and poet from North Carolina. Her writing has been featured in Natural Life magazine. Her words reflect the raw naked bits of her chaotic yet beautiful life as she juggles homeschooling three children, a writing career, and a romance with her high school sweetheart. You can read more of her ramblings on her blog soulskinsong.com

Jen-EverittJen Everitt is a Midwest native with a wanderlust intuitive spirit.  Her parents joke that she always had a pencil in her hand doodling images and crafting my story.  Writing is a ritual for her regardless of form.  She craves the words and articulating them on a page is rhythmic to her soul.  She started playing with cameras when she was about 7 and was gifted with her first camera from her father. She fell in love with being able to share what she found through the viewfinder.  Her creative play comes out through jewelry making, mixed media, knitting, and painting.  Writing and photography are magic making for her. Travel and adventure are a necessity to her being. She is a storyteller who enjoys romps through new haunts slowly revealing her path on this incredible journey of life.  photo: Kate Inglis

Jen-GrayJen Gray & Animyst: Friends, colleagues, booty and soul-shakers, Jen and Michelle bonded over twinkle-light installation, bad 80’s lip-synching contests, and skype cocktail hours. They are producers, video editors, photographers, writers, creative project managers, space-holders, and midwives of possibility. Always able to get to the heart and soul of the matter, one thing they’ve learned is often the biggest spiritual breakthroughs come when you are crying from laughing so hard. You can find them casting spells at Animyst.com photo: Galia Alena

Jen-LeeJen Lee is the director and producer of the new documentary film,  Indie Kindred, which offers an intimate look at creative collaboration among independent artists.  A publisher, producer and a performer in New York City’s storytelling scene, Jen has been featured on public radio’s Peabody Award-winning Moth Radio Hour and The Best of The Moth: Volume 15. She is a sought-after mentor and guide for workshops and retreats unleashing creative expression. Jen’s soulful-meets-artful resources for off-map thinkers and makers at jenleeproductions.com include apparel, books, course curriculum, audio learning programs and film. photo: Bella Cirovic

Jennette-NielsenJennette Nielsen is a Pacific Northwest-based Maker, Mama, and Medicine Woman.  She is a wild seeker, sacred gatherer and magic forager.  She’s the visionary behind Make-to-Mend, Smashing Rubbish and Cauldron and Hive – three expressions of her passion for healing, transformation, beauty and the divine feminine.  Fueled by the belief that the practice and act of Making is a catalyst for Mending and unfurling personal growth, Jennette hopes every woman will thread their needle with soul sinew and stitch their own wild and free nature into their mending while marveling all the while. She has been tending her hives of honey bees for several seasons.  you can learn more about her at jennettenielsen.com

Jill-SalahubJill Salahub writes about the tenderness and the terror, the beauty and the brutality of life, and of her efforts to keep her heart open through it all on her blog, A Thousand Shades of Gray.

Jolie-GuillebeauJolie Guillebeau is an artist and storyteller who lives in Portland, Oregon. She’s preparing for her purple belt promotion in TaeKwonDo and stocking up on index cards. jolieguillebeau.com

JonathaJonatha Brooke has been writing songs, making records and touring since the early 90’s. After four major label releases, she started her own independent label, Bad Dog Records in 1999, and has since released seven more albums – her most recent, the companion CD to her critically acclaimed Off-Broadway show My Mother Has Four Noses. Jonatha has recently co-written songs with Katy Perry for her PRISM album, and with The Courtyard Hounds for their current release. She’s written for four Disney films, various television shows, and composed the theme song for Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse. Ms. Brooke is also working on three other musical projects–Quadroon, with legendary contemporary jazz pianist Joe Sample; and Hopper and Death and Venice, with playwright Anton Dudley.

Kiala-GivehandKiala Givehand is a creativity coach, mixed media book artist, writer, & publisher. She works with women who want to empower themselves creatively. Kiala is the creator of the Mixed Media Inspiration Deck™ and the Book-in-a-Day series on YouTube. kialagivehand.com

Laurie-WagnerLaurie Wagner is a writer and writing teacher. She teaches Wild Writing at her home in Northern California + hosts the 27 Powers Traveling Writers Series, which brings the brightest, grooviest, most unusual writers to Alameda to teach. 27powers.org  photo: Andrea Scher

Mary-Anne-RadmacherMary Anne Radmacher’s words have made their way around the world via eleven books and hundreds of products.  She’s quoted broadly and she’s included in The Oxford Dictionary of American Quotations.  Her husband and three dogs keep her happily returning to Whidbey Island in Washington State. maryanneradmacher.net

Maya-Pagan-DonenfeldMaya Pagán Donenfeld’s distinct designs utilize sustainable resources and fibers while weaving in elements from the natural world. She finds the imperfection of handmade endlessly inspiring and seeks out simple, and often humble, materials to transform into useful items of beauty.  Her award winning website, mayamade.com, is filled with projects, inspiration and eco tutorials to light a fire under anyone wanting to artfully recycle and repurpose. Her first book–Reinvention: Sewing with Rescued Materials, was published in 2012 by WileyCraft. Maya has contributed to many books, and her work has been featured in dozens of magazines including: Country Living, Green Craft Magazine, Sew Hip, Where Women Create, Family Circle, Artful Blogging, Food Network Magazine, and Create With Me. She lives with her two children down a country road, in an old farmhouse in New York’s Fingerlake Region.

Maya-and-TingleMaya Stein & Amy Tingle are founders of Food for the Soul Train, a mobile creativity business housed in a vintage caravan named Maude. They live in New Jersey, for now. food4thesoultrain.com

Michelle-GDMichelle GD is a photographer and writer playing with lens and verse.  She believes there is beauty in tiny moments and healing in image and word.  You can find her at: michellegd.com

Michelle-Madden-SmithMichelle Madden Smith & Animyst: Friends, colleagues, booty and soul-shakers, Jen and Michelle bonded over twinkle-light installation, bad 80’s lip-synching contests, and skype cocktail hours. They are producers, video editors, photographers, writers, creative project managers, space-holders, and midwives of possibility. Always able to get to the heart and soul of the matter, one thing they’ve learned is often the biggest spiritual breakthroughs come when you are crying from laughing so hard. You can find them casting spells at Animyst.com

Mindy-TsonasMindy Tsonas is an artist, feminist and wish alchemist. She helps women find the right mix of magic and meaning in their lives through their own unique alchemy of wish-making, kindred connections, core creativity, passionate work and play, fierce self love, and authentic sexuality. mindytsonas.com

Niya-ChristineNiya Christine has spent nearly two decades crafting products and brands for fortune 500 companies and start-ups. Recently, she completed her graduate studies in creative writing. Niya explores psychological themes of courage, irony, humor in her work as a writer and painter. She has authored four books: a story collection, children’s book, illustrated travel essays, and a book of 365 paintings and stories that comes out this spring. Niya enjoys the quiet mountains of Ashland, Oregon and the daily humor of living with rabbits. She hopes one day to fully sustain her life with painting, writing and teaching. niyachristine.com

Susan-SchwakeSusan Schwake is an artist, author, art teacher, curator and most recently has created Arts {Retreat} Camp (ARC) to bring creatives together on a beautiful island. Find her: susanschwake.com

Vanessa-SimpsonVanessa Simpson: Chaser of light, catcher of moments focusinphotography.com