Poetic Wanderings + Whispered Truths

i have this ache in my heart for those who need love. i am this cup overflowing & i want to fill the empty. i want to stand for those who cannot & free caged birds. i want to go out into the deep & love love love. i want to carry light.
— jodi bond
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An Interview with Jodi Bond

BY HILLARY RAIN

I first came across this gentle artist quite some time ago. She is one who heals simply through being. She moves through life with timeless presence and the sweetest kind of grace.

Jodi is a poet, a writer, and an artist, but I find these things do not contain her. Rather, she contains them, sculpts these elements gathered from the finest essence of her soul and infuses them into a heart-soaked life. Her loved-on days enjoy the languid thrum of reverence and sacred observation, a refreshing celebration of innocence and quiet joy. Please enjoy our conversation.

Hillary Rain: Jodi, thank you so much for letting me snuggle up heart-to-heart like this. :) Imagine that we're sitting in a cozy, lightsoaked cafe, sharing something delicious. I'm drinking a velvety cappuccino with a bit of cinnamon and raw sugar fairy dust on top. What's in your mug?

Jodi Bryant: mmm yes! cinnamon latte with a double shot of espresso.

HR: I first discovered you through some of our mutual artist friends on Instagram and became mesmerized by the magical photos appearing in your stream. I found your blog after this which made me want to know the soul behind the pen, behind the words, behind the lens. What are your favorite elements to capture? What catches your eye? Can you share the process—what stills you, stops you, makes you notice and reach for your camera?

JB: i am mesmerized by the beauty of natural light & the dreaminess it creates. a field full of sunshine can stop me dead in my tracks. finding beauty in the mundane is glorious. i love to capture an ordinary moment & find the extraordinary that lies beneath, the beauty you might normally pass by without a second glance. capturing moments like those are sacred to me. what’s on my heart also prompts me to grab my camera, be my own muse, & work through my feelings in front of my camera/phone. i love to capture honest moments.

i am mesmerized by the beauty of natural light & the dreaminess it creates. a field full of sunshine can stop me dead in my tracks. finding beauty in the mundane is glorious. i love to capture an ordinary moment & find the extraordinary that lies beneath, the beauty you might normally pass by without a second glance. capturing moments like those are sacred to me.
— jodi bond

art + wildflowers

HR: I find that art and photography can be quite meditative. I'd love to slip into your skin as you work. Can you share an artistic experience with me? Walk me through what your eyes see, what runs through your mind as you capture your shots, how you feel in your skin? What do you look for as you create a photographic journey? What kind of emotional process is this for you?

JB: i feel that i view my life through the lens of a camera. it’s always been very natural for me to have a camera around my neck. i think small things are insanely marvelous. i rarely premeditate a photo, unless there is an absolute story i want to portray. it usually begins with a glimmer in my eye. wildflowers basking in sunlight & turning the car around to wander through them. feeling an emotion & looking down at my feet to see exactly where i stand & documenting it. where my feet wander. oh, people don’t seem to understand photos of feet. but i want to document all of the places my two feet have been. i love that our feet take us to so many wonderful places. it deserves to be documented. behind a lens (sometimes in front of) is this beautiful place for me to be. it frees me. it’s a journey of joy & freedom. 

spilled coffee + poetry

HR: In addition to photography, you're also a soul-stirring art journaler. What led you to begin documenting your soulful words alongside such heart-stirring art? What place do your journals hold in your life? What do you love about this process? Can you share your mediums of choice? Your artistic nook?

JB: sabrina ward harrison changed my life. i had seen her art before & thought it was rad, then a friend convinced me to purchase one of her books. i read her words, saw her paint splatters, & wept. it took me so long to embrace the way my own mess looked though. it took trying many things to find a home. both words & photos hold such healing for me. so pairing them together was like a heavenly chorus for this little heart of mine. i love to sit & spill. my writing + art can be as messy & raw as i need it to be. spilled coffee, watercolor, pencil, & ink are my go tos. investing in a typewriter & hammering out words has become one of the most freeing feelings i’ve ever known.

it took me so long to embrace the way my own mess looked though. it took trying many things to find a home. both words & photos hold such healing for me. so pairing them together was like a heavenly chorus for this little heart of mine. i love to sit & spill. my writing + art can be as messy & raw as i need it to be. spilled coffee, watercolor, pencil, & ink are my go tos.

HR: As I peek through the glimpses you share from your journals I'm struck by the quiet wisdom you offer, as well as the depth in your poetry ... we share similar language, especially in your piece entitled Wanderer. This one moves me deep. Can you share your inspiration behind this poem? Words like these come from deep waters.

JB: oh yes. the poem is about my heart for travel & loving the unloved. i have this ache in my heart for those who need love. i am this cup overflowing & i want to fill the empty. i want to stand for those who cannot & free caged birds. i want to go out into the deep & love love love. i want to carry light. when i picture Christ in my mind i see him as this wild one, this wanderer. the most beautiful portrait of an earth shaking servant. i don’t believe he was as conventional as we make him out to be. a beautiful outlaw. {book title by john eldredge.} that’s what i’d like to be. 

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most all of my art journal pages are coffee stained. so it’s this wonderfully aromatic start to my mess & it just soothes me.

HR: As artists sometimes we have to woo our muse in order to loosen our soul a bit, to shake free the sacred elements rooting in the dark so that we manifest something satisfying and contemplative. Does creation come naturally to you? How do you get into, and maintain, your flow? I'd love to hear any rituals you engage to keep your muse happy and abundant and awake. And when you get stuck, or quiet, how do you rouse her again?

JB: i am not someone who can sit down & just create something. if it feels forced i end up with something that does not reflect who i am. anything that i write or an art journal page has to be inspired, usually by a certain emotion. it could be evoked by a song, words by another, sunshine, rain. i find myself truly inspired at the tiniest of things. my favorite ritual is brewing coffee on my stovetop. most all of my art journal pages are coffee stained. so it’s this wonderfully aromatic start to my mess & it just soothes me. oh my muse, she’s a bit stealthy. isn’t she always? i find that if i make a point to create some sort of sacred space for myself (let go of work & open myself up to feel it all) she comes out to play. she can be a hard one to keep around. keeping constant positive things in my life makes it easiest to express myself creatively. i’ve been really blessed with an amazing group of women & a wonderful husband that encourage the mess of living a creative life. 

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i am not someone who can sit down & just create something. if it feels forced i end up with something that does not reflect who i am.

home

HR: And your life is so gloriously creative, Jodi. I'd love to know—how are you inspired? What moves you?

JB: brave words. morning light. when a field catches a breeze & everything sways. rain with the window open. divine nobodies. bright stars at night. the sound of waterfalls. soulful music. coffee for warm hands. the kaleidoscope sky. belting it in the car. calling the troubles poetic wanderings & allowing them to run their course.

HR: “Calling the troubles poetic wanderings ...” Can I steal that? What grace. Lately I've been fleshing out the concept of Home and what it means to me in various forms. What does home mean to you? How does the word itself make you feel?

JB: i am tucked away in the hills of tennessee where the stars shine bright. home is a sanctuary. i have limited internet, no cable, no central heating & air, no dishwasher. everything in my home takes time, not one thing allows us to rush. i love it. home to me is the most simple joys: a bubble bath, twinkle lights, writing on the couch coffee in hand, cuddles with him, a playful puppy child, dinners cooked with love, baking cupcakes. 

brave words. morning light. when a field catches a breeze & everything sways. rain with the window open. divine nobodies. bright stars at night. the sound of waterfalls. soulful music. coffee for warm hands. the kaleidoscope sky. belting it in the car. calling the troubles poetic wanderings & allowing them to run their course.
— jodi bond

HR: What is your favorite room in your home and why? If you were to invite me in, what would be the first thing I'd see? What fragrances would I smell?

JB: oy, i love my kitchen. i love to prepare food or bake with the ones i love. the first thing you would note would be the windowsill full of bottles. you would most likely smell coffee & lavender. ah, that is home :) 

HR: As an introvert and a creative I find it so necessary to have a quiet sanctuary space for meditation, relief, stillness. Where do you go to find peace? Do you have a sacred space or healing nook? Where is your favorite place to write? Please describe it to me.

JB: my “living room” has a bay window that we’ve drenched with twinkle lights & funky thrifted pillows. i love to pull the curtains in & hide there.

playlist + playtime

HR: I love to go on road trips … long or short. :-) Let's find a beautiful place in mother nature to have a picnic and take photos. I'll bring soft blankets to spread out and lots of props to decorate ...oh, and I'll pack your favorite lunch. First tell me what it is. :-) What goes into your dream picnic basket?

JB: i like to think i’m pretty simple. ice cold water, pb sandwich, & lots of fruit!

HR: For our adventure, your project is to create a mix tape of your favorite songs for the road. There's nothing like the windows down, fresh breeze tangling our hair, the sun on our skin, and music. :-) What's our playlist?

JB:

  • Home Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes & the Womens Gulu Tribe
  • You & I Ingrid Michaelson
  • Hopeless Wanderer Mumford & Sons
  • Flowers in Your Hair The Lumineers
  • Tangled Up in Blue Bob Dylan (Blood on the Tracks my favorite album by Dylan) Brand New Key Melanie Safka
  • You’re A Wolf Sea Wolf
  • Let’s Get High Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes
  • Walking Far From Home Iron & Wine Fidelity by Regina Spektor
  • Magic Carpet Ride Steppenwolf Across the Universe The Beatles 

HR: Create your dream bio. What does it say, and what is it for?

JB: Umm... can i choose creative superhero? I have so many interests. photographer, jewelry maker, poet.

HR: I understand you're a newlywed. Congratulations! What is the most surprising thing you've discovered about marriage so far? Imagine that someone dear to you is getting married soon. What is the most helpful thing you can share with her based on your experience as a wife?

JB: marry your best friend. the best advice i can give is to truly love the other person selflessly & be honest about what you need!

poetic details

HR: Let's do a rapid fire burst of random yet delicious get-to-know yous. What are your top five favorite books? What do you love about them?

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JB: The Time Travelers Wife, oh so romantic. i feel the emotions of Henry & Claire. Traveling Mercies. the honesty. This I Know. the rawness. Thrashing About with God. every word resonates with me right now. Her Fearful Symmetry. haunting.

HR: How would you describe your style and where do you get your fashion inspiration?

JB: i do declare, i’m a free spirit. my outfit depends on my mood. whatever feels the most “me” that day.

HR: What's your very favorite shade of lipstick?

JB: black cherry by revlon!

HR: If you could spend an evening with anyone who ever lived, who would it be and why?

JB: there are so many amazing folks. Sabrina Ward Harrison, John Lennon, Bob Dylan, Mary Oliver. all of these people have or do inspire me immensely. i feel like this list is never ending!

HR: Thank you so much for sharing your heart and letting me spend time with you. <3 It's an honor, truly. So much love to you, dear Jodi. 


about herself, jodi writes:

i am: a dreamer, coffee enthusiast, aspiring artist, silly dancer, joyful lover of Christ, mess maker, wild heart, loud nonsense, & whispered truths.

Visit Jodi's shop to see more of her work, where she notes:

*i do not believe in perfection in my life or in my work. these truths are lovingly hammered out & i try to incorporate & embrace any imperfections that happen in the process of creating.*

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