Me? I am mad about creating on the pages of my journal, I believe in following your passions, I spend time in the company of trees, I love my man, boast about our 2 grown daughters, and sing when no one is around. I drive fast cars too.
Teesha Moore: I am 53 years old. I have an amazing husband of 34 years who is an artist as well as a Fire Sprinkler Contractor (Moore Fire Protection) and I have 2 super cool daughters, Trista & Tiffany who are both over 30 now. We have two furry boys who are 2 years old, Odin and Rogue - one blue heeler and one red heeler. I live out in the country in Issaquah, WA. nestled among tree covered hills in a little valley.
Businesses I've owned: The Country Herb Stationery, Ornamentum Rubber Stamps, Rabid Rubber, Zettiology Rubber Stamps, The Tattered Circus, Alternative Arts Productions
Retreats I've planned: Artfest for 12 years (+ Artfest Rising for 1 year), Journalfest for 4 years, ArtFiberfest for 5 years, Art Asylum for 4 years, Play Retreat for 4 years and numerous other miscellaneous retreats.
Magazines I have published: The Studio Zine (21 issues), The Studio Zine Reloaded (4 issues), Play (4 issues), Art & Life Zine (12 issues)
Places I have taught: Art Continuum in Cleveland for many years, The Original Rubber Stamp Convention in CA. for many years, San Jose CA, Petaluma CA, Somerset England, Estoril Portugal, Nome Alaska, Texas, Boston, Walt Disney World in FL, Stampfest in Santa Barbara for 5 years, Portland OR, Tempe, Scottsdale, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Spokane, Santa Monica, Los Angeles, Solvang CA, Seattle, Federal Way WA., Snoqualmie WA, Santa Ana CA, Port Townsend WA, and numerous other places.
I've been published in books and magazines too numerous to list and currently am spending most of my time on my (almost 1 year old) venture called The Artstronauts Club.
The extremely long version if you need to know more:
Like all kids, I fell in love with art and the creative process early on. Due to not being allowed to watch tv, that love of creativity grew and developed. I knew I wanted to be an artist when I grew up. There was no doubt in my mind.
College didn't agree with my independent spirit, so I quit, got married and started down my art career. After some success with designing stationery, cards and prints, and getting them into specialized markets, I grew tired of it and sold the business (The Country Herb). This cleared my plate and gave me capitol for starting something new. That ended up being a rubber stamp company called Ornamentum. It was at this point in my life when I decided I wanted to do what pleased me, design-wise and forget about what I thought people wanted to buy. Because of that, business was so great that first year that I couldn't keep up with it. I sold it but continued to design for it for a few years. After awhile, I started Zettiology based on my husband's scribbled doodles in his journals. I thought they were fabulous and I really wanted to prove to him that people would be interested in his work. After the initial catalog came out I started adding to the rubber stamp images by designing some of my own and the rest is history. Zettiology has grown far beyond all expectations. As my interests grew and my talents developed in art, I started adding collage sheets so others could play with the images that I found so much fun.
Then we started doing mini 3-4 day retreats called Art Asylum where between 20-50 people would come and just make art with our stuff and the stuff they brought. We taught a gazillion things during those, leaving us all spinning with ideas. Some of these were held in Snoqualmie, WA. in our rented 1000 sf. studio, and some were held at Dumas Bay in Tukwila, WA. It was an old nunnery and people still talk about those retreats. Good times indeed.
Somewhere in the middle of this, we became involved with various art groups. Artistampers, Book Artists, Calligraphers and Paper artists and of course, the Rubberstampers. But I saw that each of these groups were wrapped up in their own little world and I realized the potential for mixing all the various elements together. I simply wanted to introduce everyone we knew to everyone else we knew. It was exciting and before I knew it, I was feeling a burning passion to organize an event with everyone involved. It was called Artfest, and it happened in Bellevue, WA. in the early 1990's. We had so many people come that it far exceeded my expectations, not to mention the fire department had to police who came in and went out since we exceeded the capacity for the building. It was a mix of vendor's and mini workshops and it was crazy. We did it again before I decided that it was too focused on selling and not enough about learning. I took a couple of years off until I got another idea. I wanted to have a camp-like experience and have people come for about 4 days and take workshops all day, each day. We would have a time and place to sell but it wouldn't be the highlight. This suited me much better and it happened in 2000 to a group of 250 (more than I had hoped for) at Fort worden in Port Townsend, WA.
The next year we attracted 400 attendees and ever since then we reached our max of 550. It became clear to me that it was an event that was needed for the sake of helping artists get back to their unique sense of creativity and to be with like-minded people. In addition to 12 years of Artfest, I held 5 Artfiberfest retreats, 4 Journalfests and 4 PLAY retreats during that time.
While all the above was happening, I started publishing a black and white 60 page magazine that kept me BUSY. The quarterly Studio Zine ran for 21 issues (over 5 years). I jumped into PLAY, a full color journaling magazine for one year before the high color printing costs killed me. I then did 4 more issues of the studio zine before I quit for good (or so I thought!). Before I knew it, I was getting the bug to go back into publishing and started a new magazine called Art & Life. I published 3 years (12 issues) of that quarterly magazine which started off in black and white but went to color in issue #7. By that time I was too stressed to deal with impossible deadlines that seemed to be around every corner. In the interest of good health, I decided to reduce my commitments and stress a little and gave up publishing.
While simultaneously running Zettiology, Artfest and publishing, as well as raising my 2 daughters who are now 30 and 28, I taught as much as I could and did rubber stamp shows about once a month somewhere in the US. It was a crazy crazy schedule for about 25 years.
The thing that kept me sane was journaling and because I did it so much I got better at it. People ask me what type of artist I am. I hate to say one thing. Even "mixed media" doesn't do it for me. I like to think that my specialty is creativity. I like the process of it, rather than the end result. I NEED to make art. It relaxes me and energizes me at the same time. I love ideas. and I have TONS of them everyday.
My inspiration has always been music and graphic design. I collect children's books, design books, art books, cookbooks, quote books, etc. I think of myself as a meat grinder. All these images and ideas are constantly going in through my brain, getting jumbled together and come out through my hands as art. It's a fun process and keeps me excited about life and everything else.
I feel that each of us has a purpose on this planet to do something for the greater good and we need to figure out what it is. We have been given the tools for doing it but usually are not aware that we even have certain capabilities inside us. Our passions help to point us in that direction. My passion was art, an undying desire to help others find their own inner artist, and an entrepreneurial spirit and it led me to being a retreat organizer and a publisher...2 things I never in a million years would have thought I could do, but I truly feel they are my purpose. Along the way I followed my gut instincts and I listened when ideas grabbed hold of me and would wake me in the middle of the night. I acted on them even when they were scary and I wondered if I could pull it off. And in the end, because I was willing to go, I was given help. I love this quote that says:
"Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation) there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: That the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. All sorts of things occur that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no (human) could have dreamed would come his way." -Goethe
To me, making art is play. I don't worry what others will think of it. I do it and if others like it, great. If they don't, I know they will move onto the next artist who inspires them. I create from my gut. I let whatever is inside of me come out, so I step aside as much as possible so that can happen. I am always happy to share any idea or technique I know with anyone who wants to listen because it is all about creativity and if something I say can get someone to shoot off down a path of their own creativity, there is no greater joy for me.