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Creativity Tribe Pop-Up Shop Sneak Peek

Creativity Tribe Pop-Up Shop Sneak Peek

This sneak peek at the Creativity Tribe Pop-Up shop was promised in last week’s post. I shared the big news that Creativity Tribe can be found as a year round vendor at the Corpus Christi Southside Farmers’ Market, Saturday mornings.  This week, I want to dig a bit deeper and share some of the goodies we have created.

You can find Creativity Tribe at several local markets and events. We set up our Creativity Tribe Pop-Up Shop featuring handmade mixed media art, jewelry, cards, smaller prints of larger works, and spiritually influenced art-ifacts.

Small Sculpture Art

Hand-built ART-ifacts and Prayer Boxes

Both Eric and I love to make art with a wink towards spirituality.  The Creativity Tribe Pop-Up Shop has been a fun way to connect with that part of our creative spirit.  I have sculpted works out of clay since my early 20’s, and these little art-ifacts are some of my favorite small works.

For Eric, the little prayer boxes or travel altars have allowed him to dive into his roots as an eco-artist.  The Altoid Boxes are perfect for small but meaningful art.

 

Creativity Tribe ART-ifacts

 

Wearable Art

Crowns, bracelets, and necklaces fit for a Queen.

When I began making art, I would go hide out at my favorite-ever bead shop… Artitude.  Artitude is no longer around, but it lives on in the handmade jewelry of artists from my area… including me.  That is where I fell in love with wire.  The love affair is still quite steamy!

 

Creativity Tribe Golden Butterfly Queen

Amanda Mathews of Love is a Seed as Golden Butterfly Queen

 

Pretties…

Mixed media works, prints, handmade cards, stickers, and magnets

These are some of our newest pieces.  We have made prints of our larger paintings, including a mural Eric did for a local business.  It’s a great way to share big pieces with more people. Once we joined the Farmers’ Market, we decided to expand to include handmade, one-of-a-kind cards as well.  One of our best sellers, though, is consistently our stickers…. we have originals and prints.  We are pretty much in love with them ourselves and can’t wait to add more to our collection!

 

Slap Sticker

This sticker grabbed up by @ohliveeyuhhh.

Creativity Tribe Pop-Up Shop Stickers and Magnets

More to come for the Creativity Tribe Pop-Up Shop…

The last several months, as we have increased the offerings in the Creativity Tribe Pop-Up Shop and increased our presence in the art community, we have been beautifully embraced by art lovers.  We are looking forward to making more goodies to share over the course of the coming year.  More to come!!

Life Coach Rachel Payne

Loving the Farmers’ Market

Recently, when I began telling people the big news that I am about to share with you about Creativity Tribe, I would say it and wait for the Earth to rumble back in delight.  The actual rumbling never happened, but my heart would leap ever so slightly, and I would know that my decision to apply as a year-round vendor at the Corpus Christi Southside Farmers’ Market was the right choice. And with that…. it’s not hard to guess my announcement… You can now find Creativity Tribe at the Southside Farmer’s Market on Saturday mornings!

Yep!  There goes the heart leaping… and the tummy fluttering with a bit of nerves too!

As a matter of fact, sitting here, just a few weeks since joining the Farmers’ Market family, I keep thinking about what makes us a good match for the Market…. and the Market a good match for us.  Before I go there, let me talk about the US in that statement.

Since the beginning, Creativity Tribe has been my baby …  with my sweetie Eric Payne acting as my biggest supporter, official Creativity Tribe roadie, occasional contributor to projects, and A-number-1 creative consultant.  Eric is an artist in his own right and a creativity advocate.  And over the last year, we have begun to blend our talents more and more. I am creative consultant to his projects, and he to mine.  We brainstorm about artwork we produce and often create art together for the Creativity Tribe Pop-Up Shops.

So, when I say WE are a good match… I mean Mr. Payne and Me.  AND… I mean Creativity Tribe as a creative biz and entity of its own right!

A Good Match

The day we found out we were accepted, my mind began dreaming on all things agricultural.  I don’t think my life necessarily screams “country-girl” at first sight, but my beginnings had strong whisperings of it.  I grew up on a couple of acres on the outskirts of town.  My parents had what I called a micro-farm.  We had chickens, an occasional cow or goat, horses, and a sizeable garden.  In the morning when Mom made breakfast, we would ask her if the eggs were homemade. They usually were. We could even tell her when they were store-bought by the color of the yolk.  When my mom passed, I leaned away from homemade things.  I relied more and more on store-bought.

Additionally, when I met Eric, I loved that his family had strong agricultural ties. We made natural, slow food a bigger and bigger part of our life.  Our country living roots have shown up more and more in our life the last several years and that is due in some strong ways to the Southside Farmers’ Market and its people.

Loving the Farmers’ Market

The Farmers’ Market first hit my radar when I was working at the Women’s Shelter of South Texas, now called The Purple Door.  I was the weekend case manager.  Every Saturday, a bit after noon, a bright-eyed woman named Sharie would ring the bell with a delivery of farm fresh veggies she would have brought straight from the Market.

I loved delivering the basket to the kitchen of the shelter.  Over the course of the week, I would watch as women incorporated the veg into meals for the families there.  Sometimes, the vegetables would seem foreign to the ladies.  Inevitably, one woman would teach another how to use it, or they would research what this was and how to prepare that.  It was one of my favorite parts of shelter-life…seeing the community reach in and inspire creativity and wellness for the families there.

Consequently, I began wondering what I would do with the veggies if they were in my home, and eventually, I made my first trip to the Southside Farmers’ Market. While there, I discovered the donation basket that Sharie would bring.  I was one of the few people to see its offering in full circle. That was the beginning of loving the Farmers’ Market.

Sharie is now a dear friend…..

 

Creativity Tribe at the Farmers ‘Market

In February of 2011, (wow… 8 years ago!) an opportunity came up to share my art at the Farmers’ Market Craft Fair. Seasonally, the Market expands itself for a day, opening to more handmade art and crafts vendors. I jumped in and did Creativity Tribe’s FIRST EVER pop up shop there.

Here is the progression of our set up there over the years.



When I first began, my set-up was small and rather rough around the edges, but it was a start!  Each year, I tried to improve. Over time, I have honed my art-offerings and developed a pretty sharp-looking tent.  Nowadays, I adore the Creativity Tribe Pop-Up Shop!  It is colorful and overflowing with whimsy!  I am so very proud to represent handmade art side-by-side with the other makers and to offer all the support I can to our fabulous Farmers.

This picture was from Instagram Story for our first official Farmers’ Market a few weeks ago!

What’s to Come

Next week, I will share a peek at some of our regular art lines.  In the meantime, I would love to encourage you to fall in love with the Farmers’ Market in your area.  And if that area happens to be OUR area, hop out and come visit Creativity Tribe

Corpus Christi Southside Farmers’ Market
Saturday’s from 9 am – noon
5800 Everhart, Corpus Christi, Texas
Event page

Come out and say, HEY!!!

On a Roll Art Shows

The last several months I have had some art shows pop up locally.  One was part of Contemporary Art Month- Corpus Christi (in March), and the other, a series which features a local artist each month.  As it happens, they are also at two of my favorite local sipping spots. One, for tea; the other, coffee.

Lotus Dreams Tea

This is my second year to join with a local business for Contemporary Art Month – Corpus Christi, sponsored in part by K Space Contemporary.  (Last year’s show celebrated the year after cancer.) I have been partnering with the tea divas at Lotus Dreams Tea for workshops and creative happenings since the first of the year, so, it made since to connect for this event.

Lotus Dreams Tea and Creativity Tribe event

The art show centers around two large pieces.  I worked on them simultaneously, along with a handful of the smaller works.  I floated around the studio anointing whichever canvas spoke loudest to me until it felt settled in the moment, then I would move to the next.

I worked on the two larger pieces as my extended family struggled with a very difficult loss….a little girl child.  I took my feelings to the canvases and moved them out with each brush stroke, each finger swipe, and mark. This is how I first came to know art after losing my mother over 20 years ago, a deep grief that lead eventually to a new understanding of life… and the life after life.

This time it was no different. I moved from the electric grief of Baby Emery’s illness and passing into the brilliant blessings that her life brought in its short but powerful existence. To see the work, you may never know it was seeded in difficulty, but that is the magic of art…. healing art.

Rachel Payne art Corpus Christi

Cafe Calypso

The coffee house show is at Cafe Calypso.  This is where hubby and I go most weekends.  We met our roommates and some of our closest tribe there. I was honored to be included in their artist line-up.  I wasn’t sure I had enough work but I pushed to finish a work of art that I began as part of a Masterpiece in a Day event led by Corpus Christi’s Marina Arts District.  VivaCC! The premise was that we were invited to go out into the Marina Arts District and create one piece of art that same day that captured the essence of the district.

I had such a blast.  When I was done, I felt a bit high from doing what I love in the midst of such a dynamic environment.  The sun, wind, water, and visitors were so energizing.  But with just 6 hours or so, I was not pleased with the work as a finished work of art.  I hung it in my living room and pulled it into the studio every month or so to work on it a bit.

Masterpiece in a Day Corpus Christi

When the Cafe Calypso art show came around, I spent a few nights working late into the early morning. Little by little it came together.  The night before it was to be hung, the dancer turned into the goddess Calypso, and finally, I fell in love with her.

Dance Calypso Dance artist Rachel Payne

On a Roll Art Shows

Over the course of the Summer there are a few more art shows I have the opportunity to join.  Every time I put my art out into the world, it is a stretch for me as an artist.  It feels risky in the beginning, but in the end it is exhilarating.  These upcoming art shows are collaborative in nature, and I love that.  Celebrating other artists while celebrating myself as a Creative…that is the nature of Creativity Tribe.

Invitation to Stretch

If you have found yourself here, you are most likely a Creative.  Maybe you paint, draw, write, dance, or just have a creative way about you.  Creativity is a mindset.  I would like to challenge you to share your creativity with the world.  Put yourself out there and dare to express something.  It doesn’t have to be deep.  It could be playful, sensual, or just spontaneous!  Let me know if you are planning on it and then drop back by when you do.  I want to celebrate you!

Life Coach Rachel Payne
Invitation: Read about last year’s Contemporary Art Show
and how it was a reflection of my life after cancer.  Here’s to healing art!

Art Opening {Apocalypse Show}

mixed_media_art

A story in images……..

Old Kress Building

The old Kress Building…now the upstairs studios to the KSpace.

Night shot into the studios.

A quiet start to the evening.

Contemplating Ascension.

Ascension, an assemblege by Eric Payne

My piece behind the bar.

Existentia, mixed media by Rachél Payne

Writing in a thank you journal for Michelle Smythe

Artist stands beside self portrait…multiple realities.

What kind of chaos would await us after the Apocalypse?

In what would we find comfort and refuge?

Where would our anger rest?

Who would stand with us?

Congratulations to KSpace Contemporary for their 5 years of keeping the doors open and the art flowing.  A special celebration and thank you, too, for Michelle Smythe who has been the main guiding force for KSpace (as a gallery, studio and non-profit) for 13 years.  I know that I personally owe a debt of gratitude to her for opening the KSpace studios to me when I was a very novice artist just over a decade ago.  Since then, KSpace and the artists who have continued to cultivate its place in our city’s culture have been guiding lights for me.  The work I do here at Creativity Tribe pays homage to that spirit of giving.

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