Tell us a little about yourselves and your business. What do you make?
Amy and I are best friends who are passionate about brightening the lives of others through our inspired creativity. We both approach our diverse art forms from our individual roles as women, wives and mothers but we also approach our creative manifestations as life explorers and seekers of truth. Illuminate I & I’s theme is truth. We want to enlighten and or awaken our fellow human brothers and sisters to strive to their highest self. Just as every blade of grass is similar yet, definitely unique, we are all alike but different somehow. We try and reflect this infinite variation through making each piece unique and the oneness is met through illumination. Inspired illumination will be different for each person and is a gift we hope our crafts, art, written works and jewelry will give to those who are drawn to each unique piece.
What kinds of materials do you use?
We try and reuse anything first. Recycled goods can be incorporated into any of our arts, crafts and jewelry. For example, our jewelry often incorporates solid sections/items taken from broken jewelry, scraps of metal, feathers, string, etc. We also use various beads and charms: glass, plastic, wood, metal and stone. Our string use varies as well: hemp, sinew (made from plastic instead of animal by-products), fishing line, wire, thread and yarn.
Our paintings and drawings can be on a scratched up canvas that just needed a little TLC, scrap wood, or second hand poster board that just needed the ends cut off. By reusing as much as we can, we are subtly representing how each of us have thrown away or cast aside some very good qualities about ourselves. When we don’t appreciate our individual unique trait(s) we are throwing away perfectly good talents we could be sharing with each other. Similarly, people throw away perfectly good material to use for art, almost any material has potential for use in our art.
What led you to start your business?
Early on this year we both received various confirmation that we were to create, inspire and spread light.
Illuminate I & I came from our desire and great love for the highest human potential and all the beauty that is creation.
Through our roles as children of light, women, mothers, wives and co-owners of Illuminate I & I, we serve our purpose.
We want to share positivity, inspire gratitude and encourage others through timeless messages and unique wares.
Where do you find inspiration for your work?
If you can physiologically sense it, if you can intuitively feel it, if you can perceive or imagine it-we are inspired by it.
Life is truly amazing. We just observe and report through our various mediums.
How did you come up with the name for your business and what significance does it hold?
Similar to the definition of the word ‘illuminate’ we too are to brighten, to make lucid and to enlighten. We encourage
our fellow man and woman in body, mind and spirit through subtle enlightening that can be derived by each individual differently.
I & I represents one’s self and the higher self or spirit. It hints to the higher awareness of the Greater guiding energy within.
Illuminate I & I came from our purpose and represents our purpose very well.
Where can people connect with you? Do you have a website or will you be showing your work anywhere in your area?
Currently we are in progress of displaying our gallery on Facebook. Our business page is listed as Illuminate I & I, inc. and is under the theme, Community Supported. It’s very important for us to be accessible in person. We are happy to announce that we will be at our first public showcasing at the Arlington Urban Market on 11/16/13. We welcome anyone who is in the area to stop by and see us, feel free. Our goal is to be available in person more often, but for now mainly through Facebook, by phone and email (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please message us, we’d love to be inspired by you too. Also, we’re very excited to share that we are in the process of developing a blog we are calling, A Diamond’s View; watch for a link on our Facebook site soon.
What do you hope to accomplish with your work?
We would love to touch hearts and minds through our unique jewelry, art and rare finds. Illuminate I & I allows us to live out our gratitude and embrace the oneness that we discover in an infinitely diverse universe. We love to create written words, wares and art that inspire love, life, gratitude and unity.
Thanks so much for letting us know about your company and I’m looking forward to seeing how it goes!
Thank you so much for having us : )