Cascadia Inspired around the web…and thoughts to mull over

I’ve been quiet here lately, but you can find quick thoughts and comments on the Cascadia Inspired Facebook Page, and visual inspiration on the Cascadia Inspired Pinterest account! Some of my recent questions (visit Facebook for the full context):

  • Do our cognitive abilities decrease with speed?
  • Is what makes us human that we want to be what we are not? (Inspired by this video of an eagle-eye view of flying in the Swiss Alps.)
  • Can all artistic movements be expressed in any medium, visual or not, or are some movements limited to visual means of expression?
  • Is some art inextricably visual?
  • Do you have any “creative traditions”?
  • Does your natural setting influence your perception of possibility?
  • How much does your natural environment shape your thinking?
  • Do you think animals have names for each other?

What to Expect on Cascadia Inspired

Cascadia Inspired aims to help you find inspiration in nature and connect with other Cascadians by building a shared sense of place through nature and art. Here’s what you’ll find on the blog:

  • How To: life hacks for creatives and outdoor enthusiasts
  • Reflections: ponderings on creativity, wilderness, and active lifestyle
  • Playlists: a monthly selection of music inspired by the seasons, plus a matching cover
  • Excursions: photo slideshows of a natural area in the Pacific Northwest
  • Inspiration: examples by other artists, prompts, and seasonal PNW happenings
  • Nature Lessons: naturalist and conservation information
  • Local Bites: recipes and food inspiration for seasonal produce
  • Appreciations: thoughts on an overlooked or underloved aspect of nature or outdoors living
  • Motivation: encouragement to create

What is Cascadia Inspired?

Cascadia Inspired is an inspiration blog devoted to Pacific Northwest nature, outdoor lifestyle and nature-inspired arts and crafts. Next winter, an online-only community art show will be open to professional and hobbyist artists, designers, and craftspeople, with all types of art welcomed. Our project goals are to inspire people with art and information, provide a free online venue for emerging artists and to promote appreciation and conservation of the Pacific Northwest’s natural resources. The Cascadia Inspired blog launched in summer 2012. Check back in the fall for more information about submitting to the art show.

I’m looking for guest and staff bloggers as well as project partners to help with:

  • marketing and outreach (twitter, facebook, pinterest, press releases, etc.)
  • co-curating the show, especially folks with formal art training

Contact Tracy Durnell at tracy [at] for more information or to lend a hand.