I’m really pleased to be able to share my interview with Kelly Rae Roberts for today’s Wednesday Indie Artist Fixx. If you are not already familiar with KellyRae, maybe you have see her book Taking Flight, since it’s been making the Internet rounds since its release earlier this month.
Kelly Rae is a self-described artist, author, and possibilitarian and her book is chock full of creativity and inspiration. In Taking Flight, you’ll find step-step projects (including creating a vintage book photo frame & a polymer clay dress form for a mixed media wood block among other projects), quotes & stories to inspire you & plenty of gorgeous eye candy from Kelly & the other contributing artists.
You want a copy, right? Well, you’re in luck! I have a signed copy of Taking Flight to give away to one of you lucky readers. Just leave a comment on this post and I will choose one random commenter to win Kelly Rae’s book. This contest will end tomorrow, October 2nd at 11:00 am EST.
Good luck and I hope you enjoy my interview with Kelly! 😉
1. What’s the name of your business, what do create and sell and how did you get your start?
I’m Kelly Rae Roberts: an artist, author, and possibilitarian. In addition to making mixed media paintings, I’ve recently authored my newest creativity/inspirational book called Taking Flight. I found my creative voice when I was 30 years old – like so many others, I was working an uninteresting day job for most of my twenties until I finally found my passion in art + writing after attending a five day art retreat called ArtFest in Washington State in 2006.
2. Do you have a mentor? If not, who would your dream mentor be?
Yes, my mentors are women who seem to own and understand their own capacities, and that they step into that capacity and live their lives fully, whether is has to do with their creativity or not. They are encouragers, wisdom speakers, visionaries, and women who know that when one of us finds joy, we all find joy.
3. What are your inspirations in your art and in life?
I am inspired by conversation + connection. By tapping into our potential + possibilities. By the delicacies of life – how small moments can make me cry with their extraordinary messages of finding the sacred in the ordinary. By messy art, meaningful art, tender songs, and on an on. I’m also inspired by bravery, both in sadness + and in love.
4. Is your home messy or organized? Which one do you think is ideal and why?
Before I discovered art, I was a complete neat freak. Everything was super organized. The dishes were always done, and the bed was always made. After discovering art, a balance entered into my home life. It didn’t really matter to me anymore that the floors be super clean or that the kitchen counters were spotless. I loosened up. I let go. And I’ve loved the balance and the freedom it’s given my mind + life. Nowadays, there is paint on just about everything and I don’t mind at all.
5. What three things can’t you live without?
Oh this is hard. I’d say my husband (because love seems to sustain me). My camera. And my studio (which would house paper + paint).
6. What blogs and mags do you read and what shops do you shop at?
Blogs: I love the blogs of my friends. Some are photographers. Some are writers. Some are painters + crafters. Some are mommas. My favorites include Jen Lemen, Brene Brown, Karen Walrond, Jen Lee, Jen Gray, Mati Rose, Hula70, Judy Wise, Stephanie Lee, Shutter Sisters, Ama Reynolds, Andrea Scher, and Boho.
mags: I’m not a huge magazine girl, but i do love these: Cloth Paper Scissors, Somerset, Selvedge.
shops: my favorites are Anthropologie, and a boutique in Portland, Oregon called Tumbleweed. And Lucky jeans are the bomb.
7. What’s the best thing about what you do? And the worst?
The best thing: The flexible schedule, the people I meet, sharing a studio with another creative soul, the traveling, the connecting with people who feel a connection to my art + words.
the worst: All the packaging + shipping that comes from selling my work. I’m so thankful for the sales, but sometimes my time gets eaten up by fulfillment.
8. What does indie mean to you? You can give a literal definition, choose to be a little esoteric or a combination of both. 😉
To me, indie means honoring the very unique gifts that you bring to the world – the belief that we are all beautifully different in our own ways and that we each have something uniquely individual to offer to the world – this could be a creative gift, or perhaps how we see the world – a gift of perspective. It all matters. And it’s all indie.
9. What are you reading, watching and listening to?
reading: My friend Brene Brown’s book called I Thought It Was Just Me. I’m also always reading Julia Cameron’s The Sound of Paper (my all time touchstone of wisdom).
watching: When I sit down to watch tv, I’m all about my dvr’d shows which include The Hills (omg!), Lost, and Grey’s Anatomy.
listening: Jonatha Brooke, The Weepies, Sean Hayes, The Be Good Tanyas, The Innocence Mission, Iron+Wine, Mason Jennings.
10. What’s one thing you’ve learned as an adult that you wish you knew when you were a kid?
That it all matters: the messes, the mistakes, the thrills, the love, the heartbreaks, the accomplishments, the disappointments. That it all matters and that it’s ok to feel the full breath of emotions, sometimes in the same day. It doesn’t mean we’re crazy. It just means we’re alive.
11. What’s new? Any new plans or products that you want to share?
I’m thrilled to announce that my new book, Taking Flight: Inspiration + Techniques To Give Your Creative Spirit Wings, released a couple of weeks ago to really great reviews. I’ll be doing book signings and an official book launch in San Francisco in the coming weeks. I’m also delighted to have entered the world of licensing which includes stationery products and decorative wall art. And finally, I’ll be teaching in a few weeks with my art+life friend, Mati Rose, at a beautiful art retreat in Tuscany, Italy!