Lily Hope is a cultural and creative force in the Juneau community and she rallies behind every artist she meets - building her legacy by teaching others and lifting them up. We are so proud to have Lily as both a friend and an artist whose work we showcase here at Kindred Post. Her curating choices are top notch, so you're gonna want to read on for all the goodies!
"Being a maker and a mother requires a lot of support. This collection embodies the best of KP to nurture an exhausted mother maker."
KP: What do you do by day and what do you do by night?
LH: I am a Chilkat and Ravenstail weaver and teacher by day, full time mother all night and weekends and an enthusiast of other artists embracing and pursuing their best work.
KP: Describe a recent a-ha moment or precious moment.
LH: A recent aha moment is that rest and “not working” is just as important as productivity. And asking for help is a sign of strength.
KP: What are you looking forward to in 2022?
LH: I’m looking forward to traveling with my children, sharing more about textiles from the North West coast and being more intentional about recreation and rest.
If we can’t have a calendar of Formline *hint hint crystal worl* gorgeous florals are the next best. Analog is not dead and I still get the best productivity out of handwriting my tasks/appointments/and playdates.
My best resets for productivity and creative inspiration are found in our landscapes. These books and pencils accompany me to the water’s edge, to the mountain meadows, ultimately to my next best work.
I’m forever seeking the next uninterrupted 20 minutes of quiet where my children are happily occupied not on the screens and squealing about their activities. I imagine collaborative mayhem while the older children lead the youngers through science, music and magic.
I choose Sunbloom to bring in the sun. This fragrance happily masks the un-scooped kitty litter and the not yet washed dish towels. The reeds feel safer than incense around my small children.
As an extension of my analog life, I find the magnetic pages of this notebook necessary and reassuring. That I can make creative scribbles, and easily archive them. I love the weight of this pen, the color of this pen, and the line that it makes on paper. These paired together are my black and silver brand of lily hope weaver so of course I had to have them.
I hate dinner. I hate the interruption of thinking and planning and making dinner. I can open this cookbook and present an Alaskan feast for my children without fancy shopping lists or spending two hours in a kitchen. Try the three sister’s salsa!
The sweetest hour of the day comes on the heels of snoring children. I save the good chocolate and special drinks for my solo quiet time, happily binge watching whatever show and weaving a pair of earrings. I pair my cocktails with Amalga Distillery Rhubarb Gin or any of their whiskeys.
I have these glasses in three colors… but the amber is specifically energizing and for creativity (it’s also my favorite color used in Chilkat ceremony blankets). I have to pair them with Copper Canoe Woman, for fashion, for identity, for fun!