This summer 8 Limbs held its very first t-shirt design contest!. We received many wonderful designs, thank you all for your submissions! The winning design was by Heather Elder, an Seattle illustrator. Though we have not been able to fix our photo function on this blog (help! WordPress experts we need you!), you can find the last of these beautiful t-shirts at the 8 Limbs Boutique. Or visit our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/8LimbsYoga

Heather Elder, of Lead Feather Studio, is an Illustrator from Atlanta, GA, which is where she refined her talents as an artist while completing an MFA in Illustration at the Savannah College of Art and Design. Heather has gone on to use those skills to illustrate her unique and tender voice. While there is a playful and delicate feel to her work, the subject matter and execution is reminiscent of spiritual ritualism, which leaves one pondering. Her love of nature, which is apparent in her work, has landed her in Seattle, where she now lives and works solely as an artist. You can find Heather’s work at Solstice Designs in Pike Place Market or online at Etsy.com, or at www.LeadFeatherStudio.com.

ARTIST STATEMENT

“People say that what we’re all seeking is a meaning for life. I don’t think that’s what we’re really seeking. I think that what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonances with our own innermost being and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive.”                                                                               –Joseph Campbell

I make images as one way to find that rapture of being alive and to experience the transcendent. Illustrating is “the thing that gets me,” as Joseph Campbell might say. It is the thing that I can trade for food, shelter, etc., but that also results in a deeper, and often spiritual, satisfaction.

When creating an image or object, I feel like I am tapped into something bigger than myself, and I know true joy.

My fascination with interconnectedness, mystical interpretations of the great traditions and the cycle of life results in illustrations often incorporating reconstructed sacred designs and natural elements. I use these structures to capture subtle moments that others might overlook with a playful, yet slightly dark, nuance.

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