BEWILDER: art & products from Sarah Tonin
painted bones . prints . original art . patches . posters
BEWILDER: art & products from Sarah Tonin
painted bones . prints . original art . patches . posters
In my most recent Kickstarter video I discuss my tattoo history, ambitions, and goals surrounding my growing intuitive series, Anatomical Sanctity.
In promotion of this transformative work and to further enhance the quality in this style, I painted a (legally acquired) bear and doe skull in the flavors and movements that are associated with the visual renderings in Anatomical Sanctity. I have plenty more bones to paint! I will be selling these on a web store – and soon.
As I continue to post content to this web site and build a gallery, I will have an event / scheduling calendar for any and all prospective guest spots. Please do not e-mail me asking ‘when’ or ‘if’ I will be anywhere. Because I don’t know until I know.
If you are in Alaska and are interested in scheduling a tattoo appointment or consultation with me, I accept clients and concepts purely through an e-mail exchange. I charge 150/hour for all creative, collaborative work that does not involve Anatomical Sanctity and will take on your project only if it resonates with me. My e-mail is spiralunwinding(at)gmail(dot)com.
In the continuous push for my Kickstarter, here are some scans from my sketchbook. These are all various, unrefined designs and ideas for future projects and products – posters, patches, lunar calendars, coloring books, illustrated novels; the likes of which will be invested into being when the project is funded.
Womyn King is ink and acrylic on 16 x 20 clayboard and she is available at My Kickstarter as an additional pledge to the pre-existing ink commissions: you may raise your pledge or start anew if this image speaks to and inspires you to overcome any and all fears that slither within you.
She is intended as a figure for personal empowerment for Every / Any One who feels that they might need her message.
“Ravel Together for Revolution and FEAR NOT, my sisters, my brothers – for we are united in this living experience by our blood. No matter the abstract traps of our thoughts there is no distance from this source – and in whatever way you paint this force, in whatever word you personally use to define it – it remains: shapeless and formless, you are in constant collaboration with it for as long as you have a heart to beat. All of these belief systems are transcriptions for this greater, shared mystery. Don’t trust me? Touch your hand to your heart and close your eyes if you must – and feel it. Not all communication exists in words and you must undefine yourself from their literal and linear grasp – remember the wordless knowing buried in your guts, that inner healer, that inner teacher. Too long have we tipped the scales into our cerebral labyrinths: a vast and incredible thing, our minds, capable of so much creation and fabrication. Miraculous, really, for lack of any better word. My heart Loves what my mind can Do. Do you feel that there is also a sickness in the minds of humankind? That this spell has eroded your physical sense for personal power? That power is Your Choice and the Answer is You and the Truth is Now. And now, humankind needs you. We need your movement, not your stagnance – like those interwoven life cycles recognized and repeated in all of nature – for which you are undeniably woven from, every fiber within you a thread to the all-inclusive tapestry of mere, sheer existence – and as all cycles are – your body, your True Given Temple, will one day return to the source of nature – and therefore, you should not fear, as all cycles must feed into the next: this is the common, inevitable, profound law, and death does not care how you look when you get there. And Just as your movement is needed I must also implore of your stillness; for it is in reception that we learn and can participate in the giving and where, like the bees of a hive, we can transform the nectar of our lessons into honey. Remember: the choice is yours. To my kin, I ask that you unravel from language that confuses this primitive truth: your heart and mind are necessary dualities that spin and oppose and polarize and unify all in the chaotic cacophony of natural order – and when harmonized, spurred by the necessary symbiosis created in conflict; life and death and night and day and earth and sky and all the revolving chases – there is balance at the center and there resides the key to this perpetual dance- the dance of opposition and magnetism, the very motion that keeps the spiral unwinding. So have courage and Be Open: your vulnerability is brave, your story is valid, the part you write is necessary for our Kingdom of Earth – a Kingdom unified by the blood red thread that moves and weaves and spills – and be humbled, be strong, be fearless – and know that I Believe In You.”
I’m crafting intention for a new video to post for my Kickstarter but for now I wanted to keep it simple.
Here are two ink commissions from the Kickstarter incentive, recently completed:
Every evening I play the fiddle that was given to me last summer. Recently, after hours of waltzing strings to the moonlight, I had a sensation of devoting myself to this instrument as much as I can and I came up with an imaginative gesture of promoting a debut album called ‘The Witch Doctor is In’ – in jest, at first, for although it gave me the giggles I very sincerely would love to shape my winter around the arts and especially my favorite synesthesia of all: MUSE-IC.
“Communication breakdown to rebuild the communication breakthroughs.”
Last night was the grand premier at the Islands & Ocean’s Center in Homer, Alaska and these maps were on full display. What a sincere honor it was to have been asked to create these pieces for so groundbreaking a story; groundbreaking in that it is a true story with two tiny heroes and their big hearts. Children as a focal point for a momentous and universal message is brilliant, in fact, I would personally prefer that everyone took more time to listen to and consider the perspectives of our up and coming little people. They deserve our full attention. They have not yet been squandered by the illusions and unnecessary pressures that warp our perspectives in the adult world and, I might add, have so much to teach us if we gave them the time they deserve. Being an intrepid outdoor adventurer myself, I couldn’t help but be enamored by the spirits of the parents and the brave inclusion of their children but especially the wild and well-rounded personalities of sweet-hearted Lituya and sharp-minded Katmai as they rolled through the challenging landscapes. What a pair. What a compliment. What inspiration. You can read more about this family and their efforts at Ground Truth Trekking and let it be my sincerest recommendation!
Bjorn paid some immense respects to the amount of work that I poured into these maps and although I am deeply appreciative for this notation, the bigger heart in me struggles with so much credit – after all, how could I not give everything to these? The topographic details of recreating the Cook Inlet came from tracing nautical maps for accuracy but the artistic, flowing interpretations arrived from natural means of matching the breadth and personality of the landscape with a personal style that conveys the earth as a living, thriving, beautiful and worthwhile entity – a real and true and present paradise for us and our generations to love, cherish, and care for. The art speaks for this message.
It is for that reason alone that I devoted my entirety to the project because I believe so much in the cause (and: Bjorn is a badass and I respect just about anything he and his equally rad lady do). If there is anything I could ever give art for it would be to entice awareness to the wonders in our environment and especially to our empowerment, choices, and influences within it as a species that shares it with the rest. It is our responsibility to do something.
Having been a part of the film with my visual contributions permitted me the opportunity to view the documentary in its infancy before last night’s official debut. I was able to pick through the rough cuts as Bjorn submitted them but I felt it would be better to wait until the film was ready for a collective audience. Bjorn was wholly dedicated to the fine tuning of his craft and Heart of Alaska is his biggest and most determined effort. I am relieved to have waited. There was much anticipation over experiencing the music of this film and let me just break down all my bullshit formalities with writing this entry because … DAYUUMN. With my respects paid to the visionary director and the heroes, I’ll now flail in fangirl delight over the MUSIC of this documentary because Mark Teckenbrock is an undiscovered genius for manipulating melody! The Pacing! The Moods! The complimentary aural atmosphere to the overall storytelling was perfection and this is coming from a person who has suffered greatly from irritable, glorious perfectionism so I couldn’t help but be moved by every precise timing of the score. It got me all kinds of emotional at various intervals. When will it be released on vinyl? Because I want it! And I don’t even possess a record player!
There is one more showing tonight at Islands & Oceans and I will be in attendance again in support of the film. For those who are wondering: the original maps are for sale and so far I lack the funds to make prints of them.
So much talent and hard, dedicated work gathered for the conjuring of Heart of Alaska. I couldn’t possibly feel more privileged to have been a part of it. I anticipate the opportunities that are forming far ahead and I will greet any chance to speak for the earth with eagerness.
KICKSTARTER! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/684721467/quick-quality-ink-commissions // It involves inexpensive ink drawings to springboard my efforts to follow a stronger intuitive flow and build my skills with illustrative narrative.
In the meantime, I finished three new 10 x 10 inkwash paintings for the Bunnell Art Center‘s collective show, opening November 20th. This triptych will be on display and for sale. Follow my updates on instagram for more work as it arrives.
It’s been a long time since I scrawled my musings on the interweb. One fall night, moons ago, I disappeared so that I might one day rebuild: and today begins the tedious tinkering towards that patiently nested vision. I Am Ready.
Pouring time into a website does not interest me anymore so this will be plain and simple until the bare bones can be pampered with love and muscle. Why wait to write, meanwhile?
I’ve grown fond of the fun fuss of instagram and post anything and everything of my many endeavors there. I am open to fulfilling an online journal plump with new ideas, rewarding inspirations, and punny introspections – all flavors of my own blonesty. See what I did there? Blog + Honesty = Blonesty. Eh? Eh? I STILL GOT IT! All those years of waxing teenage wangst on Livejournal are finally paying off.
Whether you found yourself here through the exhausting upkeep of my frequent shapeshifts or you are entirely new – let me say, wholeheartedly: Thank You. Thank You for following, for supporting, and for believing. It makes a difference even now and I am so deeply grateful.
Alright! Back to work! More to come!