One of our favorite things to do is to ask the folks we are inspired by what they are inspired by. We’ve shared some of their responses below.

Heidi Iverson | Artist, teacher, designer, & Natural Dye Advocate

So many things inspire me. The mundane is probably my biggest inspiration. I love shadows and patterns you find in nature, especially tree rings. I’m obsessed with circles. Aerial photography, patched concrete and graffiti that has been repeatedly painted over with bland mismatched colors. How much these things look like quilt patterns and faded textiles. I’m always looking for patterns in unexpected places. Old textiles are another huge inspiration. The older and funkier, the better. The way colors fade, the fragility and history they contain, the lives they lived, if transformed, the life they can still live. Read more>>

Keep Your Secrets | Pop Punk Band

We were in the middle of quarantine when the band Meet Me @ the Altar released their music video for “Garden,” and it was really cool to see an all women-of-color band blow up in the pop punk scene. That was one of the main inspirations for us to start this band. Read more>>

Rebecca Picker | Art Educator

Kids inspire me. Their openness, excitement, creativity and willingness to take risks and try new things. The next generation is truly ready for a better world and they deserve it. Their eagerness for truth inspires me to plant seeds for change. Their hearts and minds are open and I feel responsible and passionate about guiding them towards a better world. Read more>>

Nifa Mousai | Artist

Ursula K. Le Guin has a passage in her book ” The Carrier Bag Theory of Fiction” that says: “If it is a human thing to do to put something you want, because it’s useful, edible, or beautiful, into a bag, or a basket, or a bit of rolled bark or leaf, or a net woven of your own hair, or what have you, and then take it home with you, home being another, larger kind of pouch or bag, a container for people, and then later on you take it out and eat it or share it or store it up for winter in a solider container or put it in the medicine bundle or the shrine or the museum, the holy place, the area that contains what is sacred, and then the next day you probably do much the same again – if to do that is human, if that’s what it takes, then I am a human being after all.” Read more>>

Mo Moeller | Creator, Engineer, Forever Student

For me, inspiration has always come from a feeling like claustrophobia. The world, especially the world I saw in magazines and on tv growing up, didn’t seem to include people like me. I was very boyish; I didn’t understand all of the unsaid rules of ‘politeness’ – I use that word because that’s how it was pitched to me, when it was much more like doling out unearned respect. I was nonbinary and autistic and fat, looking at a representations of the world that didn’t include me. So, I would draw and write. I would build my own worlds that included me, quite literally as the self-insert creator. Read more>>