What is a Kindness Jetpack?

I’ve been taking a new approach to the creative process lately… and the Kindness Jetpack is a great example. As I spend time hustling around, feeling overwhelmed and overly focused on the “holiday buying season” I have thought about what I really want to say with the things I make.

I realized that I like conducing experiments. I like making things that have a ripple effect and carry their meaning into as many people’s lives as possible. I like making things that create interaction and carry the kernels of my personal ethos.

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So… extrapolating on an experiment I conducted last winter around Random Acts of Kindness, I invented the Kindness Jetpack! The Kindness Jetpack is a tiny little bundle of love you can inject around wherever you go. Its a tool you can use to brighten someone’s day. Its simple but also special. Each jetpack is loaded with 10 little notes of appreciation for you to leave wherever you see fit. Perhaps it’s in a tip jar, on a coffee table for a stranger to find, or on your best friend’s dashboard after she had a long hard day. I painted each note individually… so there are no two notes that are the same.

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If you think these are cool, I’d love for you to have one. We will never know the impact of the notes you leave around but we can both feel good about putting just one more tiny little ray of sunlight out there in the world.

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Making Ideas vs. Making Art
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Lately I have felt like I’ve been writing a lot more emails than I have been making art. Despite my craving for paint stained fingers and a messy studio, I think it’s okay to let the ideation process take the lead on occasion. For me, the creative process originates in storytelling and collaboration, new ideas and a deep desire to do something about my own impassioned callings. There are so many causes I care about, and statements I want to make, but I think it’s vital to distill down our own ideas and take action on one thing at a time. I keep being called towards the importance of INTENTION and how powerful a concept it is when you apply it to your life. I have always believed in the process of manifestation, but more and more I have been uncovering the science that supports the idea of a more conscious and connected mental landscape. Here are some of my latest favorite podcast episodes:

On Being: James Doty- the Magic Shop of the Brain

The Model Health Show: The Science Of Gratitude & How The World’s Top Achievers Utilize It

I look forward to distilling my ideas further and moving forward with the making of art that carries the power of action. My hope is to make things with the reciprocal power to evolve well beyond the tiny part I play in putting it into the world. Stay tuned!

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PASS IT ON... collecting pledges with kids at Basalt Middle School

I had the unique opportunity to spend time with local middle school students. The ArtBase in Basalt, Colorado asked me to come into the classroom with an engaging art activity so I decided to bring the PASS IT ON postcards. I collected pledges from kids and guided them into making their own Postcards with their own ideas. I couldn’t be more psyched about the postcard to the Governor!

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PASS IT ON… a social experiment
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I created a set of 12 “TAKE ACTION” postcards to inspire people to set and share their intentions for a happier and healthier planet Earth. The postcards are an experiment in how powerful the ripple effect can be- and how important it is to share our stories and inspire others through our own ACTION! The postcards feature my original artwork on the front and a “mad-lib” on the back with space for you to insert your own ideas. I choose 12 action verbs for the front that could help inspire the pledge you choose to take, or the person you choose to send the postcard to. I screen printed a limited edition set of the postcards, available in my shop, to capture the unique nature of our intentions. No two postcards came out the same. I’ll be featuring the pledges I collect on the PASS IT ON blog and look forward to the grand experiment of social change!

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