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Linda Drake

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Linda Drake resides in Colorado and is the "leader" of our troupe. A bonafide "artist-at-large", she makes her living these days creating beautiful screenprinted items, including women's apparel and tote bags using her own hand-drawn designs. Not only is Linda talented, she is also a lovely person. I hope that I will get to meet her in person some day.
Linda's theme was "what moves you?" Uncovering what is inside of us is always a challenge. What moves us is sometimes so obscure that we don't even realize that it's a motivating factor. For me, it's my emotions. I have always been a very emotive person, and have made the majority of my choices based on how things "felt" (though not always for the best, I suppose). I'm also "sensitive" to others' emotions, often picking up on things that they project. It can be overwhelming but it is also a gift. I know exactly what a "gut" feeling means... I get them all the time. If only I listened to my gut more often (instead of just feeding it too much chocolate).
I thoroughly enjoyed working on this doll and journal. With each new project there is an awakening within me, both creatively and spiritually. The journal work started with a pencil sketch, which I then scanned and then altered in Photoshop and printed out each emotion on photo paper.
Inspiration for these came during a vulnerable time for me, while still mourning my mother's passing, and contending with some emotionally charged issues with my sister. This piece helped me tap into a deeper part of myself, and essentially helped me heal.