The Coping Calendar has become a cherished annual tradition for me and part of how I support myself artistically, financially, and soulfully. Below you can see how much it changes (and stays the same) each year.
This year’s calendar feels like a significant shift in energy both visually and in the creative process itself. Feeling some growing pains artistically and personally as I struggle to balance the material world and its many demands with the dream world and its ever-breaking, ever-growing heart. Each year I set an intention to preserve the spirit of the original Coping Calendar - the feelings of care, connection, and gentleness - while asking myself to be courageous and wild with experimentation and play. It’s important to me that this project is always exploring, always changing, always a living thing.
This calendar project, to my surprise, delight, and bewilderment, has become integral to my sense of time, process, and growth. Four years ago I had no idea that I was falling into such a significant and lasting learning experience - personally and professionally - when I began the first Coping Calendar. It was by far the most ambitious project I had taken on in the realm of visual art - which helpfully I didn’t realize at the time - and it was only thanks to the generosity of friends and community who supported and mentored me that I was able to complete it. That first calendar was also my first adventure in photoshop, which I learned thanks to Nik Payne, Conner Quinto, Nathan Kennedy and Ross Newport. Over the next few years so many others of you offered your care and support in the form of purchasing calendars, spreading the word, sharing your stories, teaching me skills and guiding me to think strategically without abandoning my heart (YT Wong, Jack Sanders, Lily Clifford, Allie Cannington, Miyuki Baker, Ayanna Harris, Tara Firenzi, my family and many others come to mind when I think about that). The staff at Community Printers, Bookshop Santa Cruz, The Garden Company, The Bonny Doon Garden Company, and Cabrillo College (especially Beth Regards and Carl Rohrs) have all nurtured my growth and the growth of this project. My goodness! It takes a village and I am beyond lucky to have this one. Thank you, so deeply, for supporting my work in whatever way you do - even if this is the first time you’ve seen it and these are the first words you’ve heard from me. Thank you for the gift of your time and attention right now.
Thank you for taking this journey with me, dear sweet humans. Thank you for your encouragement and your support in whatever form it takes. I’m thrilled to connect with you in this way and grateful to you for allowing me to share my work with you.
Love & Magic,
(Written October 2018)