Kim Krans is the amazing artist and creator behind The Wild Unknown, including a beautiful deck of tarot cards that have come to be known and loved by us and so many others. Since we've gotten a chance to meet in person, we've found ourselves inspired not only by her work, but by Kim herself and her way of moving through the world. For our 5 Questions Series, she shares some insights and wisdom, as well as a remedy for stress that anyone can try-- please enjoy!
1. What motivates you to do the work you do?
I do the best work when I am intrigued, when I want to know more. Then whatever I am doing - be it drawing or writing or collaborating - has a certain authenticity and drive behind it. The desire to know is a powerful one, in many ways its what leads us to growth.
2. Are plants a part of your work or daily life? In what way?
I’m a tea fanatic!!! That’s how I’ve come to know many plants - their flavors, qualities, and effects. Right now I’m having a serious summer fling with Tulsi. When I was in Africa last month I harvested it fresh from the herb garden each morning. The soil there is very rich and I had never tasted Tulsi so potent before.
3. What are the tools of your trade you couldn't live without? (Favorite books, materials, spiritual practice etc.)
Pens: Rotring Tikki Graphic.
Paper: Arches Watercolor Blocks
Books: On Writing By Stephen King (Seriously, all artists should read, and re-read this one).
Secret Weapon: My morning meditation practice is the ace up my sleeve, every day.
4. What do you turn towards for inspiration?
Aritsts memoirs, biographies, and interviews. Its easy to look at others and think wow, they have it all, their life is perfect, their success came easy, etc. This leads us to feeling disconnected and bummed out. But when you read the actual stories of people’s lives, you hear all that they have gone through to get where they are, all the resistance that could’ve stopped them at any point. Its very uplifting to read stories like this, to know the truth of an artist’s life instead of a projection.
5. Please include 1 recipe (which could include remedies, exercise, art methods, food, visualizations, etc - please interpret recipe in your own way):
“FIND THE WAVE, RIDE THE WAVE”
An easy, anytime, anywhere remedy for stress
1. Close your eyes and mouth.
2. Rest one hand (or both) on your belly, below the belly button.
3. Inhale gently through the nose. Feel the breath move down toward your hand. The hand naturally rises as the belly fills. Then the hand naturally falls as the belly empties on the exhale.
4. Let your hand ride on this gentle wave of your breath.
5. Continue as long as you are able, and repeat as often throughout the day as needed. This is a powerful practice, even 3-4 breaths like this will do a lot to change your mood!
Kim Krans is an artist, writer, and yogi living in Portland Oregon. She is known to many as The Wild Unknown. You can find her tarot deck as well as other works, at thewildunknown.com
All photos courtesy of Kim Krans and The Wild Unknown