Hi, my name is Skye,
welcome to my Patreon page!
This is a space for reciprocating to people who value my work, promote sharing my creativity with a community, and gather together the financial support to continue nurturing and giving the fruits of my creative passions. In other words, if you appreciate my work and choose to sponsor my nature art with a per-piece donation, your votes free my time to create so I am able to continue sharing it with the world :)
The Story Behind the Gift
In the spring of 2013 I found myself embarking on a journey that would change the way I looked at the world. A notable moment came when I discovered the creative potential that exists in the wild world of nature. An avid outdoor lover my whole life, the unearthing of nature art opened an entirely new way of relating to the planet and expanded my understanding of our place in it.
My journey led me to creating my first nature art piece ever, " Formless Fibonacci", in Northern California during the fall of 2013. Across the three years since that inspiring moment I have found myself creating nature art in my hometown of Calgary, cities and parks throughout western Canada, many locations in California, and even down the Baja, Mexico peninsula.
Each of the creations start with inspiration received while walking barefoot in nature. They take form through a coalescence of found materials – such as rocks, leaves, and branches – brought together by my hands. They typically range between 2 to 6 hours of attention to create and then a photograph is taken to capture the transient art; rendering it digitally for a chance at permanence. More time is devoted in post-production, photo storytelling, and digital sharing afterwards.
The Story Emerging From the Art
We are all an essential part of the Earth, and when we fall in love with our home, we find a natural desire to protect and give back to our common life source. The art is an expression of the temporariness of life and the beauty in its impermanence. May they serve as a reminder of the beauty of the wild, the potential of co-creating with nature, and the healing power of a curiosity for the unknown.
The nurturing of this gift has grown my publicly shared gallery to over 200 photographs of nature art - including 57 creatively unique pieces and 49 different remixes (space photography blending, mirroring effects, etc.).
Thanks to the support of people like you who appreciate the art, I have been given the opportunity to continue creating and sharing the fruits of my creative freedom with others. Some of these fruits include:
- A public photo gallery with 11 albums, featuring yearly archives, annual wall calendar creations, samples of high quality prints and custom made framed pieces, and mirrored remixes of the raw art - all with multiple perspectives, locations, dates, and stories behind the artistic process.
- Facilitated a number of nature art field trips and workshops with communities and families, at music festivals in Western Canada, for children's summer daycamps, and through the corporate channels (Momentum in Calgary)
- Offered three years of nature inspired art in the form of an annual wall calendar.
- A two month, peer funded trash clean up and beautification mission along the west coast of North America with over 100 supporters.
- An instagram account and youtube channel to share time lapse videos and high quality print options available.
- A relationship with a local, family run print shop in Calgary that has led to the creation of over 50 one-of-a-kind framed prints made by me with fallen wood since May 2016. The frame art was featured in the 15 treatment rooms at Prema Health, the Loveland Festival, the 9th Annual Under $100 Art Show, and are now in the Raw Market in Kensington, Calgary.
- The creation of an edible flower garden to seed the potential for personalized landscapes (and an even better blend with the Permaculture Design Course I am taking).
The Story You Are Helping to Write
My mission is to reconnect people to their love of nature through creativity, wonder, and play. This simple mission guides my life-work and live-play each day as I aim to empower people in their actions and inspire others to follow their dreams. It takes a community to step into the trust of our creative gifts and path of service.
By supporting my gifts of nature art you are contributing to the world of the gift that invites you to participate as your heart inspires you. I offer my gifts as freely as they are given and ask those who feel called and able to donate, to please, do so. I am able to give today because others have given to me in the past and your support ensures the circle of the gift continues. This is your invitation to be a part of the journey.
The story of the gift is one of trust and reciprocity. I am completely transparent with my financial flow because your sponsorship says you trust me. Your donation is a vote of solidarity and support in my mission. Gratitude builds the trust in our reciprocity. Plus, you only donate if I'm actually creating, so that part is on me!
If you like my creations, feel free to share and support them as you are inspired. Check out the exciting perks on the right-hand side for what you receive directly from your patronage!
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The Story of Basic Income
I am a supporter of the Basic Income concept, especially in the form of Patreon, as it is grassroots and empowers individuals to implement solutions from the bottom up, re-building community and togetherness one step at a time. I have personally experienced the difference in life when operating from a space of love and support, rather than fear and survival. Energy and motivation return, inspiration ignites, and creativity flows out in unexpected ways. A basic income says, "Welcome to Earth! We are excited to see what you are here to create." This is an aspect of the more beautiful world I envision and aim to co-create with you.
Your Patronage and monthly financial support frees my time and attention to further practice and master my gifts of Nature Art and Storytelling, ultimately enabling me to not only continue, but also expand what I am able to offer to the world. I have many other projects on the go (including writing more blogs and another book, starting an eco-tour bus, offering gifting circles, spontaneously serving wherever I am, speaking and offering workshops, picking up trash, etc.) that you are also helping to bring into this world.
Every dollar pledged towards my goal of $1,111 per month ($1,000 after Patreon's average 10% total fees) will help me attain the level of basic income I personally need to thrive creatively and be free to more fully engage in the grassroots organizing required to achieve it for everyone.
I am excited to hear from you and begin building a relationship of solidarity, trust, and reciprocity. Check out the rewards to the right to see how you will receive directly from your monetary support!