No matter how you choose to experience Iconic -- whether on the dance floor, on the stage or in the audience -- you’re going to feel a way. That’s one of the goals for Nina Rodriguez, the visionary behind Montana's Iconic Dance Class.Read More
So many of my pieces are fun and playful. They bring out a childlike sense of creativity in me that many of us adults have lost. I truly believe that finding a hobby or having a job that stimulates our creativity is so important. I’m lucky that Forging Roots has done that for me.Read More
When art and design come together to blend function and beauty -- the possibilities are endless. Meet Brad Bernhart: engineer by trade, owner of Earlywood, and crafter of high quality, highly functional utensils and kitchenware.Read More
For the better part of my adult life, I walked the path less traveled. But it’s important to admit that “choosing the road less traveled” was easier for me than it is for others. Race, money, class, identity, place, family, politics, religion, appearance, abilities — these factors made risks less-risky for me and nearly impossible for some.Read More
Having the desire to be an artist is one thing. Having the skills and know-how to make it happen is another. But the key to long term success is having the ability to tap into the inspiration that keeps a person going. That’s the secret.
For Kelsey Dzintars, that inspiration comes from place -- both the natural place that surrounds her and the community she calls home.Read More
As someone still experiencing the first-year growing pains of owning a business, my question around inspiration is a little vague. How do I stay inspired to just keep trying?
I think about this often. And while I don’t have a single answer guaranteed to propel me and my business to the next level, here are five things I do to simply keep moving forward…Read More
As a full-time mom, Beth took advantage of the rare free moments when her daughter would go down for a nap or fall asleep for the night. Those moments became Beth’s opportunity to create. She would settle in, clear her mind, and let her confident hands skillfully go through the rhythmic motions.Read More
Upcycling isn’t a cost-saver or a short-cut, but rather an intentional choice that requires a lot of thought, effort and creativity. So why do it, then? If upcycling is such a challenge and a time-suck, why make it one of the pillars of my business?
Here are my top 5 reasons why I upcycle.Read More
Meet Greg Roberts of Burn Local Designs. Many of the pieces from Burn Local Designs are re-creations of the places that matter so much to us Montanans. Through open space and deep lines, Greg’s pieces transport us viewers directly into our favorite landscapes, plopping us right there on the ridge of the Bridgers or right at the base of Lone Peak.Read More
Well this is it. The first issue of Forging Forward, Rooted Together. There are a lot of reasons why I’m launching this newsletter. I’ll spare you the long list and just hit you with the two big ones. For one, I believe in supporting local artists. And two, I see myself as a storyteller first, artist second.Read More