day #3 & sun-kissed!
inspiration: stimulation or arousal of the mind, feelings, etc, to creativity
since starting on this entrepreneurship path in Aug’11 i have been working on creating a schedule intended to keep the momentum building (while keeping me organized), with the goal of harmonizing my creative and business self. along the way, i found inspiration trips, be it local or distant, to recharge my creative self.
“searching for inspiration” was always part of the design process at my previous permanent gigs from shopping trips to frequenting leather shows. there was always a sense of urgency with the search-approach and in some ways i found it to be limiting.
now that i am not committed to one gig, i have the opportunity to take a different approach to “inspiration trippin”.
for this particular trip i invested time into creating a list (a bit is below) of intentions and reflecting on what food was needed for my creative soul.
#2:immerse into a world outside of self
i started on a 5-day road venture from LA to NM to Grand Canyon and back to LA, a total of 24+ hours on the most scenic roads i’ve experienced along side a good friend Mariela Zapata (of Mariela Zapata designs). i can not express how important it is to have a partner-in-crime on the same level of thought as you when roadtrippin…it makes the experience twice as rewarding.
so here we go, as i paint the picture of the most rewarding inspiration trip to date!!
day#1: the 12-hour drive through the Mohave desert consisted of views of flat lands to grand rock formations day#2: while exploring downtown Santa Fe I came across some of the most intricate graphic pottery designs. after some probing i learned that each pottery design varies per pueblo (more info on a future post). below is from the Acoma pueblo. each line is created by hand using a yucca plant leaf
day#3: we drove up north to Taos Pueblo, home of the Taos tribe and the oldest inhabited pueblos in US. the skies were the bluest, clearest i have ever witness and is accredited to the vast sage bushes that are said to clear the air. there is a sense of oneness that ties the Taos to their scared land, their art, the sky…it was inspiring to connect with them.
day#4: after visiting the Georgia O’Keeffe museum in downtown Sante Fe and learning that one of her homes was nestled up north in Abiquiu at The Ghost Ranch, we decided to take the 2-hour drive up to explore the sources of inspiration of one of America’s greatest painters of the twenth century.
Georgia O’Keeffe marker on the side of route 85
Ghost Ranch trail leading to the Labyrinth
being the fire signs that we are, we made it a point to venture out as much as possible. so after the Ghost Ranch visit, we drove south to Bandlier National Park. Bandlier is over 33,000 acres and was inhibited by humans going back 11,000 years with ruins, canyons, waterfalls. Ancetral Pueblo people created homes within the canyons…you know we checked them out
*we didn’t realize it at the time but it was actually Earth Day, I can’t imagine a better way to have spent it than being immersed within the gifts of the Universe!
day#5: the 12-hour drive back to LA was ahead of us, however we wanted to get two more stops. first, to the Acoma Pueblo, being so drawn to the graphics used on their pottery i had to dig deeper to understand the meaning behind the art. second, the Grand Canyon. our trip couldn’t end on a sweeter note than to catch the sunset set at Hermits Rest!
Grand Canyon 7000 feet high
- sunset 7000 feet view