#FridayFive: Creative Empowerment Goddess Alysia Reiner


The life of Orange Is The New Black star Alysia Reiner

is an act of love and creativity. With mindful attention to her craft, the broadening of the depth of field of her characters appears to be second nature. As a humanitarian her efforts to raise awareness for the conservation of our planet’s resources are tireless. This week the award winning actress prepares for the Emmy Awards on August 25, standing in solidarity with the women of #OITNB, as the Netflix Original Series makes Emmy History.

With the emergence of her new role at the helm of Broad Street Pictures alongside Sarah Megan Thomas(“backwards”), she puts her multi-dimensional talents to intricate work as she carves an empowered place for women’s roles on the big screen.

In her own words, Alysia shares her #GoddessWisdom on this week’s #FridayFive:

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#FridayFive: Surreal Color Goddess Elizabeth Joy

Her name says it all: Joy. Elizabeth Joy brings exuberance and light to her metaphysical art and hair styling. In her work as a stylist, she harness the imagery of Jem and the Holograms, turning women into heavenly hosts of rock star proportions. In her art, Elizabeth identifies through her spiritual experiences of rebirth, renewal, and feminine empowerment. Located in Manheim PA, her work is here to expand the mind and bring sisterly love to the Philadelphia area.

#FF: How have you learned to create a safe place for yourself in your artistic expression?

EJ: I feel like society places a lot of importance on being practical, being a responsible grown-up, and working all the time just to make ends meet. It makes us feel safe to do what is expected of us. When you decide to live creatively, you blaze your own trail and it threatens the status quo. To me, living creatively is about being true to yourself regardless of what everyone else wants you to be. There isn’t a lot of security in it, but it makes you feel alive. Artistic expression never feels safe, but that’s what I love about it!

#FF: When were you the most connected to your artistic process?

EJ: A few months ago, I was involved in a very traumatic accident. I stopped going to work and going out with friends because I was just too heartbroken to function. Every day, I would sit in my room for hours painting. Art was one thing I could funnel positive energy into. It was a very ugly time in my life and creating images that were positive and beautiful made me feel more balanced. It made me realize the importance of staying creative. Now more than ever, I feel that art & creativity are what make life worth living. Why focus on things you can’t control when you can focus on creating something you love?

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#FridayFive: Photography Goddess Mallory Bertrand

Unassuming Portland native, Mallory Bertrand is a dark horse in fashion photography. You wont see her coming until you are destroyed a little inside from the vulnerability and beauty of her work. She deftly pulls unrelated elements of nature and ephemera together to tell a story in one shot. In her own words, Mallory shares how her gift as an artist has changed her perception.

#FF:  What does being an artist mean to you?

MB: Being an artist is everything about me. I have always been involved in art whether it be music, painting, drawing , or photography.  It is me being able to create something no one has seen and making them say wow with a plain canvas and turning it into a vibrant piece of magic.

Art is me.

#FF: How have you developed a relationship with the camera?

MB: I don’t know what I would do without my camera.

 #FF: When was your most fearful moment in your creative process?

MB: My most fearful moment was probably developing my ice queen shoot. I had the vision and was hoping all things would fall into place as we were working against nature.  The goal site was frozen waterfall.  We had to battle ice, snow, freezing water and on top of it all, freezing temps.  Luckily I had the most amazing model who was willing to do what it took to get the shot.


#FF: Where have you seen a difference in your work since you first began?

MB:  the biggest difference is the experience itself.  I have come so far in learning how to use the elements to get the best quality photo. I have always had my own style, but mastering it and learning new things over the years has helped me become a better photographer. 

 #FF: Who inspires you to be the person you are today?

MB: Everyone. I cant say there is just one person. The love amd encouragement I get from the many people I work with inspires me. It Makes me believe I can keep going and keep creating bigger and better.

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#FridayFive: Fashion Goddess Brigid KO


Brigid KO’s star is fast on the rise.

Her commanding presence and ethereal beauty is the jaw dropping fuel that is the essence of her work.  She has discovered art in environmentalism, repurposing rubber inner tubes from tire graveyards into haute couture.  Her art has caught the eye of the A-lister crowd – she has recently dressed one of Lady Gaga’s dancers in her epic creations.

It has been an exciting pleasure to see Brigid’s  Goddess Magick in action over the years, from the time she started with accessories and small collections combining soft femininity and the gritty world of industrial ingenuity.

#FF: Who/What is your muse right now?

BKO: Inspiration comes in phases and at the moment, I have been looking at sculptural artwork and metalwork throughout the ages. I’ve been doing research on and experimenting with metals: soldering, welding, making cold connections, etc. And I am about to do some research on forging and firing. I’m excited about incorporating metalwork to my pieces. I am always studying new techniques and I find endless inspiration in the trial and error that comes from that self education.


#FF: What does your creative process look like? 

BKO: I go through phases of learning and then refining. I’ve been so excited about teaching myself new techniques lately that it has changed my creative process a bit. Currently, the process involves a lot of research and experimentation. I’m so engaged with learning right now that I am not worried about the final product becoming something a little different than what I had first intended. 
I often start by choosing a group of images- textures and shapes – and focus on the one attribute that I would like to focus on. One piece may be more about silhouette and another about texture….Often, the process of making one piece results in many new ideas of things to create.

#FF: When did you realize fashion was your calling?

BKO: I embraced fashion after I had my first runway fashion show in Nashville, TN. Until then, I had been making pieces as special orders and was either never seeing the customer, or just meeting people in my studio. I had not pictured my work off of a dress form and out in the world. Until the show, still thought of my work more as sculpture.
Once I had the show, saw all of my work all at once, on these amazing, beautiful women, I embraced fashion. I realized how powerful it can be – how people can be both physically and psychologically transformed and empowered. I know fashion will always be part of my fashion-art work.

#FF: Where do you go to revive your spirit?

BKO: I need to get out into nature to revive my spirit. I appreciate beautiful outdoor spaces being easily accessible here. And, I enjoy finding new places to explore for hiking and swimming.


#FF: How do you see yourself evolving as an artist?

BKO: I am always learning and refining. I know that will never change and so my evolution will be endless.

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#FridayFive: Indie Goddesses you Should Know feat. Megan Rox

Nashville  based Megan J. Rox is not just an indie music dream as the front woman of the melodically blessed band Scale Model, she is a goddess aware of her power to manifest, heal, and inspire. On this weeks #FridayFive we talk to Megan about her inspiration and visioning bigger moments to come.

What song(s) is on repeat?

MR: “Hmmm, I haven’t been listening to much new music lately. Some of my fav 2-3 yr old songs are anything from Beach House’s album Bloom, Caveman’s Old Friend.”

What has been your greatest moment as an artist so far?

MR: I’ve had some good ones – anytime someone tells me they love the music I’ve created ;) but the most recent in my memory is one of my favorite producers who agreed to mix our album, came to our show and was up front singing along to the lyrics!

**”I have a new greatest moment- a staff member at Minty Fresh Records in Chicago really likes our music and gave us a licensing contract and is personally managing us to help us get big nationally. He is my angel! I’m so grateful!”

Where do you derive creative inspiration?

MR: “Anywhere the mood strikes me. I keep myself open to possible future song lyrics just going about my day. When you ask for anything and keep yourself open to seeing/hearing what you’re looking for in anything…. Well, that’s where the universe provides. 
Same goes for vocal or keyboard melodies. It’s all divinely guided. Usually my desire to help people improve happiness in their lives (I’m a life coach, professor, and my other career goal is to be a motivational speaker) or to teach people how the universe works- to “wake up” is what inspires most of my lyrics. My song, Plato’s Cave compares Plato’s analogy of the cave to transitioning to the 4th dimension. I also have a vision board that helps inspire me.”

 What does your creative process look like?

MR: “It has to start with connecting to spirit because that’s where my lyrics & melodies come from. I frequently hear a melody pop in my mind and I always record it on my phone’s voice memo app. Or sometimes a melody or harmony from a song I hear on the radio will stick with me and I figure out how to take part of it and change it up to make my own melody. I’m very melody driven in my music and it’s what I look for in other music. I’ve become a bit of a snob when it comes to melodies. If a song doesn’t have a memorable melody, I’m probably not going to listen to it again.”

What is a message you want to share with other rock goddesses?

MR: “Get clear on what exactly it is you love about doing music and focus on that and ask for more of that and be grateful every time you get the opportunity to do it, whether it’s the songwriting part (I’m very grateful to have the connection & synergy to songwrite with my husband), or the performance or any other aspect. The more specific you are with your goals, the faster they’ll come to you. On my vision board is a picture of an auditorium from the stage of a band playing. However, there’s a caveat to that – if you’re not aligned with spirit in what you’re doing- if it’s not really in your nature (as Wayne Dyer likes to call it), than you won’t manifest it.

Ironically, I just wrote a FB post about this yesterday. I don’t know how to copy it here, but you can go to my FB pg, http://www.facebook.com/spiritrox.  Oh, and one of the most important things, You can’t worry about what other people think of you and your art. It’s when you show your true authentic self that people are attracted to you & your music/art.

‘As we let our light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.’ – Marianne Williamson”

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Crafting A Life: Heather Ordover on Creativity and Mindfulness

HOrdover“How do you craft your life?” asks writer, mindfulness expert and knitter Heather Ordover on her site crafting-a-life.com.  This question tantalizingly evokes a creative inspiration that also underscores the importance of recognizing personal responsibility.  We create our path to joy and happiness.  We craft our future with our choices.  Heather is a multi-talented renaissance person with a flair for the introspective.  Combining her love of literature, art, culture, and spirituality she has come to a deepened awareness with her life practice.   She has shared her wisdom with us through three important questions answered on the topic of mindfulness and creativity.  Thank you Heather!

1. What were the challenges you faced before your creative outlet became a source of nourishment?  

I’m a fairly scattered person. I’m interested in lots of things and throughout my life I dabbled in lots of crafts and hobbies. I don’t know if the restless spirit comes from being a fifth-generation Californian (covered wagons, the whole bit in my family tree) and it’s been bred into me or if it’s just the way I am, but I get the itch to move and to do and to try all the time.

However, for the last 14 years I’ve been knitting daily—which is curious as the only thing I’ve stuck with longer is my husband. Now the process is familiar and soft and comforting and productive—that combination seems to be magic for me. It keeps me grounded, keeps me attentive, keeps me happy.

2.  How have you learned from those challenges and the challenges of learning a new art form

I think for me what’s been important is how the knitting calms my restlessness. If you’re mindful about the process of knitting you could go two ways—knitting the same thing all the time (baby hats for donations to hospitals are what I did early-on), or you could constantly draw on new pattern techniques to acquire new skills and over the course of a project as your hands and mind repeat and repeat and repeat the same motion, you find a new sense of calm—excitement of the new at the outset and a grand sense of calm and accomplishment by the end. For someone who grew up having variations on “idle hands are the Devil’s playground” modeled for me, this kind of peace while being productive has been a lifesaver.

3.  How are creativity and mindfulness/spirituality connected? 

I’ve found in my own life that mindfulness and knitting are intrinsically connected. Watching the stitches grow and a piece of knitting go from being loops of string on a stick to an Actual, Beautiful Thing, is both marvelous and mysterious. There is a great sense of accomplishment that comes with something as simple as the attention you pay while turning a heel—in fact I spent all of last Saturday teaching various ways to turn a heel—and within those moments, those little stitches, is where you find the place where you can be still, and watch, and be.

I know there are many prayer shawl ministries where people actively pray for the recipient of the shawl as they knit. For me, most of the finished objects go to others and I like to think that the process of knitting attentively knits hopes and dreams and memories and love into each stitch. Other knitters, when they receive something from you, they get it on many levels—the time commitment that you made while making the item, the skill it took to be able to create something that beautiful, and the love that must go into making something soft and warm and comforting for another.

For more information on Heather Ordover peruse these links:

Podcasts: CraftLit.com – Just the Books • Knitting Blog: MamaOKnits.com • What Would Madame Defarge Knit? Books 1&2 Available now: WWMDfK.com