I wanted to share these brilliant influencers & their articles/books/blogs/etc. that have been swirling around in my head lately, convincing me to embrace vulnerability, and step into this slightly new direction (that includes MORE ART!):
AMANDA PALMER (@amandapalmer)- This woman has figured out how to do what she loves, genuinely communicate with her community in dialogue, and tell her story well. After finding her TED talk over 2 years ago & taking some visual notes (see that blog post here), I’ve been paying attention to her process. She’s onto something! It’s in the questions! I’m 3/4 of the way through her book, The Art of Asking, and I’d highly recommend drawing in the margins as you read!
ELLE LUNA (@elleluna) – This woman is rocking her art and inspiring people to go for their own ‘must.’ I had been working for years to take the word ‘should’ out of my vocabulary & have taken to re-reading her article, The Crossroads of Should and Must, from the moment I found it earlier this year (blog post on that – too). It’s peppered with amazing art, too! (I believe there’s a book now too!)
BRENE BROWN (@brenebrown) – I hear the name Brene Brown and ‘Whoosh, there’s a guttural instinct that kicks in urging me to be the human I am, accept and stop pretending. If you haven’t found Brene’s work on vulnerability yet, then you definitely want to tune into her TED talk… and do your research on this researcher – she rocks! (Brene has books, interviews, and a few TED talks out there!)
MARIE KONDO (@konmari_method) – ‘Do I love this?’ is one simple question that has helped me better understand my own thinking process and make better decisions allowing me to let go of those things I need to let go of, physically and mentally! If you haven’t yet found the #konmari method of tidying, I’d suggest you look into it. She gets in your head – in a good way. Check out her best-selling book, and borrow it from the library or a friend!
KELVY BIRD (@kelvy_bird) – This woman leaves me speechless. She embodies deep listening in a way that creates presence like few that I know. I’m honored to know her. She has found ways to work within the roots of the ‘social humanness of this space and time’… (I made those words up… and so I don’t make up too many more, I’ll send you to her website.) She’s creating space for it to be ok for people to be different in the graphic recording field and beyond and for this I am humbled.
MEGAN KIMBLE (@megankimble)- I’m over half way through Megan’s book, UNPROCESSED: My City Dwelling Year of Reclaiming Real Food, and appreciating her incredible style. She has a way of integrating research into her stories that has me drooling for more. It’s an honest way to write where her inclusion of story & fact leads me to compare the raw & real life I actually live these days – the one where I’m bombarded with the rights and wrongs of my eating choices, assaults on my ignorance and often left in a puddle of a feeling closer to disgust at my unknown (or supposed known and ability to choose wrong…) than confusion. It’s complicated, and Megan presents her take in an almost unbiased personal way in a time when soooo very much bias not only exists, but is flung around. (More on this disgust in an upcoming blog post!)
ANDREA DORFMAN – This woman has made some seriously amazing films! I urge you to check them out… there are little ones and even a big one! How to be alone is the first film of hers that I came across and have shared widely as well as find myself coming back to watch it anytime I need a ‘tiramisu’ (= “pick-me-up” in Italiano). The incredible playful drawn style mixed with a challenge for people to spend time alone and be ok with it completely rocks. It’s a short, under 5 minutes! Go watch!
FRIDA KAHLO – A recent visit to the New York Botanical Gardens, where a few of Frida Kahlo’s drawings & paintings hang on display and a replica of her and Diego’s gardens embraces passerby’s to walk through, woke me up. I walked out feeling inspired by the plants living among bright colors (despite the bugs in my plants at home), hopeful of personal transparency as Frida’s way with her personal struggles and understandings showed up on her canvas, and reminded of the way art helps us deal – with life, with ourselves, with the context around us. Art allows us to express our struggle in a way that just words, or just one modality never could….
TO Amanda, Elle, Brene, Margaux, Marie, Kelvy, Megan, Andrea, Frida & all those other instigators and inspirators,
A HUGE THANK YOU for meddling in my brain waves, challenging my threads of thought and encouraging me to see the process, to acknowledge the process and listen deeper, to experience the dark bowels of the process (which might kick me while I’m down because I’ll learn so much more from failure). It’s through my own journey, reading into the art and writings (etc.) that you share, that I find myself inspired and hopeful that I will fail again! And again! And again! And I will learn more than I thought I could. And perhaps along the way I’ll encounter and collaborate on some interesting projects. I’m out seeking canvases, collaborations & color!
Lyons (as I’m known when there’s another Amanda around)