On today's episode I have special guest Robyn Frampton who was featured in the critically acclaimed short documentary, "The Gnomist".
Tune in to learn:
* what inspired Firefly Forest
* how soon people responded when she added the first door to Firefly Forest
* the heart breaking note Robyn received and her response
* how the cycle of life is played out in Firefly Forest
* how our creativity heals (no matter what that looks like)
Robyn is the creative force behind the mystery of Firefly Forest. In the Spring of 2013 she began the project as part of her personal journey towards hope and healing. A self taught carpenter, and with the help of her young sons, she conceived, carved and then secretly placed each door along a well-traveled and picturesque trail in the heart of America. Working together, their anonymous efforts strengthened the bond of love, sharing, and unity that was such an important role in their lives. However, none of them could have anticipated the impact Robyn’s work would have on the lives of so many others.
From the beginning of Firefly Forest, members of the community became followers and, as each piece of the collection was added, the group of followers grew. Families came together to marvel at the wonder and meaning of each work of art; those who had been strangers developed a different sense of community as they gathered to admire the workmanship. Everyone wondered who might be behind it all and an entire was community was brought together by the magical appeal of child-like imagination. But, most profound was what people found in their quiet moments in Firefly Forest—the peace, joy, hope and relief they so needed.
Robyn and her amazing sons now reside in Utah. She graduated Summa Cum Lade, with her Bachelors in Psychology in May and now works in marketing as she prepares for her graduate program, which begins in January 2017.
She continues her creative journey, most recently donating an enormous magical tree to The Hope Garden at Primary Childrens Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah in partnership with The Fisher family’s Team Little Owl.
You’re welcome to join her on her blog, Facebook, or YouTube channel where she provides a glimpse of the projects she’s currently working on and shares her knowledge and experiences in a ongoing series of video tutorials.
Robyn's Website: http://www.fireflyforestdoors.com
Team Little Owl: http://www.teamlittleowl.org
I love mermaids! One day as I was browsing instagram I came across a beautiful mermaid posted by effyourbeautystandards. I reposted the awesome mermaid and the artist, lizzie, responded by thanking me for reposting! After stalking her on Etsy, I saw that she made ugly Christmas sweaters and inspirational art. One of these pieces of art had an interesting quote from St Julian of Norwich "Our Savior is our True Mother in whom we are endlessly born and out of whom we never come." I had never heard of Christ referred to as our mother... so I had to find out more about lizzie, what was inspiring her art & more!
elizabeth (lizzie) mcmanus enjoys challenging cisheteropatriarchal linguistic norms by lower-casing her name. She is a proud graduate of Mount Holyoke College (Summa cum laude) where she earned a Bachelor's in religion with a concentration on gender and sexuality. She's lived all over the world and still is not quite sure what life looks like with a permanent address. Currently, she is wrapping up a Masters of Theological Studies at Duke, with a heart full of hope to be ordained as a priest in the Episcopal Church.
In the meantime, though, she teaches painting classes, makes art, re-reads Harry Potter, and smothers her two cats and one spouse with a lot of love. You can find her at www.elizabethmcmanus.com, on twitter as lizziemcmizzie, and on Etsy in the DoodlesBylizzie shop!