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With so many humans, and so many hidden talents, I see everything as a creative outlet. I am proud to say that the people surrounding us within this world, are the people who contribute to COLLECTIVE. For artists of all kinds, all with forms of their own creation, COLLECTIVE, is inspiration from the inspired. __ Editor Izze Rumpp
photo by Erika Astrid
cover & logo created by Austin Martin
Jackie Hutchins photography
Julia Kemp illustration & painting
Christopher Hunt cartoonist
Olive Wicherski illustration
Jeffrey Evans teacher & musician
Peter Barnes painting. illustration. musician
Treeline Outdoors outdoor products & apparel
Nathan Congleton photography
Miesh & Deco photography & styling
Amber Pollard vegan food art
Erika Astrid photography
Ryan Guerra creative writing
Matthew Wordell photography
Ryan Flowers illustration
Jackie Hutchins Boise, Idaho photography
“If my life were perfect I’d be traveling, taking pictures, drinking coffee, speaking Spanish, and going to shows.”
Julia Kemp Boise, Idaho painting & illustration
Boise, Idaho American Cartoonist
unt is currently working on CARVER: A Paris Story, a full length graphic novel which expands the story of, Francis Carver, the gentleman of fortune that premiered in Huntâ€™s self published, VOLUME ONE. A short film adaptation is in production as well, through the recently formed, Idaho production company, New Century Storytelling. This version of CARVER is unfinished, and still in production.
Olive Wicherski Boise, Idaho Illustration
hese illustrations are from my FabergĂŠ series. I imagine these eggs as objects that are found in nature after being neglected for a long time. They have become their own entity, with their own unique traits and adaptations to their environment. When I am drawing, I often think about the idea of nature taking over something that humans built, like when a building is abandoned and becomes a completely different entity. That interaction can be beautiful, dramatic, and even a little spooky sometimes. With these eggs, I try to strike a balance between them to discover something new.
Jeffrey Evans Portland, Oregon musician & teacher
“now we say who we are, what we say now we are”
“Oh Please Won’t You Be So Kind?”
A Rose City Collective is a musician’s collective in Portland, OR that provides a creative space for musicians to collaborate and share their art by providing high quality video and audio recordings at no charge. These recordings are broadcast on the collective’s Youtube channel weekly, and provide a tool for self-promotion for musicians in the community. The deeper goal is to connect musicians with the resources and support they need by establishing a community from within where art is encouraged, appreciated and shared with the community at large. First I’m submitting a video recorded at A Rose City Collective, recorded and engineered by Chris Riedl. It is an original arrangement of The Beatles’ song “Blackbird”
Brooklyn, New York
scillating between the beautiful and repulsive, my work is concerned with the populations ever growing sense of immortality and the lost connection to the natural world. Born out of anxiety and misanthropy, artificial mutations of the organic material that makes up the world we live in is what I strive to create or often times recreate. I am inspired by the fact that as an artist, I sometimes take the role of a god or creator. Skin & bone then becomes a moldable substance, which circles back to reminding us humans that we are made up of decaying, fragile, organic matter. These works are expanding foam and acrylic on wood panel, and the painting is oil on wood panel.
Photos by Erin Neale and Evan Lane
THE MOUNTAIN IS CALLING
Click above to watch Treeline Outdoors promotional video, â€˜The Mountain Is Callingâ€™
reeline Outdoors was founded in 2013 by a passionate group of outdoorsmen and adventurers. You can find them combing the back-roads of the Canadian Pacific Northwest in search of adventure and natural beauty, perfecting the art of camping as they go. Treeline Outdoors began with the introduction of the Roof-Top Tent and expanded to the creation of enduring and classic solutions for the modern outdoorsman and outdoorswoman. I had the opportunity to sit down with the founders of Treeline Outdoors, and ask them a few questions regarding the history, and inspiration behind the project. The responses I received are beyond passionate, witty, and well worth the read.
Q&A Who started Treeline? Chad K. Erin N. Jonathan R.
hat was the inspiration to start
Treeline conception began after my fiance/co-founder and I were on a month long camping trip in early May of last year. We started in Vancouver and took our time driving back through to western Alberta checking out new spots and fishing over a dozen lakes (river fishing season wasn’t open yet). We found ourselves deep in the BC interior at a freshly thawed mountain lake. About 3am I was awoken by my fiance in a quiet panic shaking with fear. There was a grizzly just outside of our tent rubbing up against it and grunting, I did my best to keep her calm and tell her it was alright knowing that my bear spray was in the truck and I didn’t have my defender shotgun with us. With no options I was lucky enough to remember the truck alarm on my keychain. I scrambled for my keys and set off the alarm 3 times. We waited until the bear couldn’t be heard anymore then bolted to the truck and spent the remaining hours of darkness cramped up and sleepless. After that I figured there had to be a better way to do this, there had to be a better way to enjoy nature and sleep in relative safety while still having the freedom of light travel for those hard to get to places. I have always encountered bears in the wild but it is a different feeling altogether when you’re lying on the ground, vulnerable, in a tent. I started researching and doing my homework, soon after a few inspiring conversations between Erin Neale (my fiance) and Jon Reimer (business partner) Treeline Outdoors was born and and our flagship product the Treeline Roof Top Tent was off and running! The rest will soon be history.
s the founder(s) of
Treeline, have you always been inspired by the outdoors?
Jonathan - Yes, from a very early age we have all been inspired by the outdoors. Whether it was skiing, Hiking, Fishing, Camping, etc.. We were doing all these as soon as we could walk. The thought of not growing up with that is mind blowing. I’m not sure theres anything else I’d rather be doing than being outside soaking everything up and living life. That is of course when I’m not answering these great q&a’s for awesome online mags. haha!
â€œ... we wanted to create a nostalgic sense of simpler times.â€?
Outdoors has such a unique
theme, you are creatively capturing
the outdoors in a way that has become sort of a ‘trend’ within this technological world of ours.
Anyone can go outside
and explore, but to be inspired to take the step out your front door, and get off of your phone, is something that
Treeline has been a part of creating. Are you yourself the photographers? The eye behind the camera? What do you envision the capture will represent once the final product comes out?
Chad - First of all thank you for your kind words, we are flattered! Erin and Jon are our main photographers and Erin is the mastermind behind our whole instagram feed so the credit definitely goes to them. We also love to re-post pictures from other Instagram users that inspire us equally, in this way we are trying to create a community that encourages each other to spend more time in nature. If this is successful in anyway then we are all winning! When it comes to taking the pictures I don’t believe there is a conceived outcome, the final product is the act of being present in nature at that time. We are already there in the moment and the photos represent this. There are no models or backlighting or unnatural product placement to consider.
hen did you start integrating photography?
Instagram has been a valuable platform for us right from the start and with that came photography. We really encourage everyone to show us their “Treeline” We hope to create a place where everyone can come and share their beautiful pictures and stories. Looking back at all the pictures of our families in 50’s, 60’s and 70’s camping and exploring the outdoors you really get a sense of community and camaraderie between outdoor enthusiasts. We would love to be able to bring that back in any way we can.
s a writer, reader, editor, viewer,
I know that to better connect with your reader, you must make yourself personable & relatable, as if you’re sitting there talking with them. So for Treeline, what is it that makes you connect with your viewers, consumers, readers, writers, photographers, adventurists? Chad - This is a great question! Lets be honest, at the end of the day Treeline, on paper, is a business. We make products and we sell these products to consumers. The difference is that what we sell is a lifestyle, its beyond fashion, its beyond trends and its beyond our daily ‘wants’. We strive to give our customers a reason to be in nature, a chance to step away from our daily grind and cleanse the soul, we believe we do this successfully because we live this passion. This is our daily lives and we want to share it with whomever will listen. When people connect with us on Instagram, facebook, email or in person its evident that we seek each other out and share a common goal… The Wild! Jonathan - I think the main thing that connects us to everyone is the fact that we are all avid outdoor enthusiasts. We’re not just selling a product, we’re living the lifestyle and using the products we create. We ask ourselves what would make our own trips easier and more enjoyable then make it happen. If we can connect with others in the process by hooking them up with some great gear then we feel pretty blessed. It goes beyond that though. The chance to connect with like minded people that have the same passions as us is pretty special in itself or… Maybe its Chad’s beard that connects us to everyone!? That thing is so large and in charge you can’t help but to connect with it. ha!
hat is your most favorite adventure memory?
Whether it’s the first time you climbed an incredible mountain or saw an epic sight, tell me about a time when mother nature inspired you. (Secretly I know there are three of you, so if you all want to submit a story, I would most definitely love it) Jonathan - As a child growing up in the Foothills of Alberta we were always only a 30 min drive away from the Rockies. Every weekend our parents would take us to Kananaskis to go camping. I remember exploring for hours on end with my friends and marveling at all the amazing scenery. The mountains and the forest were our own never ending personal playground. It was amazing. Now that I think of it though, I’m surprised we never got lost or eaten. We would be several KM’s away from the camping site for hours on end at the age of 8! God only knows what all our parents were up too?! ha! Chad - I would never be able to recall my favorite adventure memory, my life has been blessed with an endless supply of them. My father was the quintessential mountain man, he was an avid fisherman and hunter and our lives revolved around the outdoors. I learned to fish before I could walk and if my brothers and I were not in school or playing sports then we were in the mountains learning the ways of the forest from our parents. We would always be somewhere deep in the mountains with no sign of human interference. My father found many of our sacred spots from nothing but topographic maps, passion and advice from native indians he would meet along the way. His sense of adventure and wild abandon will remain with me till the end.
Nate Congleton New York City, New York Photographer for MSNBC
just want to record things, things that I don’t want to forget. When I think about the things I know I have forgotten, that’s what keeps me motivated enough to never leave my camera on the shelf.”
This summer I reunited with my best friend after 8 years, and quickly figured out that 8 years will never again pass before we see each other again. I dont like to write, which is why i record my thoughts with a camera. This is the story of the greatest summer two friends have ever had.
The Electric Blues A Miesh Deco collaboration
Miesh Photography Concept/Production/Hair: Camilla Dahlin Orosco for Deco Hair and Makeup Concept/Production/Makeup: Marissa Lyons Makeup: Lauren Fisher Models: Courtney Money Elisabeth Pena Erica Van Noy Mackenzie Thiry
â€œI am inspired by everything around me. It is a goal of mine to find beauty and inspiration in the ordinary. I believe that creativity is like a muscle that must be tapped into daily to grow and strengthen. I started working on photo shoots for fun, to help myself stay fresh and current in my craft. Editorial work has now become a passion of mine and I cherish the relationships I keep with photographers and others in the fashion world.â€? - Camilla Dahlin Orosco, Deco Hair and Makeup
“Like any artist I love being able to create something that no one has to approve of but myself. The art of creating images simply for the sake of creating them. Getting to know myself through my camera has been a huge part of my life as a photographer. As I create concepts I realize what I value, how I interact with people and ultimately my “view” of the world; which is something I never realized would evolve when I started into photography.” - Miesh Photography
Miesh and Deco have collaborated in the past, but this project was probably our most developed. The most important part about doing a quality shoot is having an incredible team. Marissa Lyons, a makeup artist and stylist at Deco, provided input on creative direction and wardrobe styling and of course brought her unreal makeup skills to the table the day of the shoot. Lauren Fisher, who introduced me to Michelle last year, is an incredible makeup artist. She and Marissa collaborated on the makeup looks for the shoot. We were also blessed to have some seriously rockin models. A few of them have a lot of experience and model professionally, and one had never modeled (you would never guess who). Each of them was so strong and held her own even into the wee hours of the night. We had superb contributions from Solestruck, Desert Rose Jewelry, Vaux Lifestyles, Madonna Enchanted, Q Clothing in Salt Lake City and more. Putting the looks together was a collaborative effort between all of us. Our final team member was Ty McBride, brand manager for Solestruck. When I shared the final shots with him he fell in love. Ty ended up sharing the images on the Solestruck Blog and Mainpage as well as their Instagram. I think sometimes the best images are produced when you are just shooting for the pure joy of the art. I look forward to working with Miesh again and hope you enjoy the images.
Amber Pollard Boise, Idaho vegan4one
â€œMy intentions have never and will never be driven by a need to convert the masses into tree-hugging, hippie, vegans. I honestly just want everyone to eat their vegetables.â€?
4 beets Cornmeal Crusted Green Tomatoes 1 large green tomato, sliced 1/2 c pumpkin puree 1 1/2 c cornmeal 1 tbsp sugar 1 tsp salt Toppings 3/4 c seeds 1 sweet onion 8 tiny tomatoes leafy greens
Preheat your oven to 400. Throw your beets in there immediately to get them going. Combine the cornmeal, sugar, and salt in a shallow bowl. Coat the tomato slices in the pumpkin puree (or whatever egg substitute you’d like to use) and coat in cornmeal mixture. When all the slices are coated, take them to the oven party so they can hang out with your beets. In a small frying pan, combine the sliced sweet onion and seeds (I used a mix of sunflower and pumpkin) and let them cook on extremely low heat. Combine the ingredients (cashew-dill) in a blender. If you don’t feel like making the maple jalapeno mustard I used, use any honey mustard type condiment you wish. I also put this mixture on the stove on extremely low heat. Whisk together the vinegar (use any kind you want) and olive oil to make a dressing and set aside. Put your tomatoes in the oven with the beets and cornmeal crusted green tomatoes until they start to secrete their juices and split. When the beets are tender, take them out to cool. Once they’re cool, peel the skin off, slice them, and start assembling this shit however you wish. Here’s my line up: lettuce leaf or two, beet slice, dijon cashew cream, green tomato, dijon cashew cream, beet slice, dijon cashew cream, caramelized onion and seeds, drizzle of the vinegar dressing, and roasted tomatoes all around. Delish.
Dijon Cashew Cream Sauce 1 c cashews 1 c water 1/4 c nutritional yeast 1 tbsp stone ground mustard 1 tbsp Jalapeno Maple Mustard 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar 1 tsp tamari 1 tsp garlic powder 1 tbsp dill Vinegar Drizzle 1/4 c pepper dill vinegar 1/4 c olive oil
4 medium zucchini, halved and center scooped out 1 c oats 2 c vegetable broth 1 bunch of kale, minced 2 tbsp ground flax 4 tbsp nutritional yeast 1 tbsp olive oil 2 tsp stone ground mustard 1/2 tsp garlic powder 1/2 tsp onion powder salt, pepper, and sriracha, to taste 1 c cooked chickpeas Preheat to 375. Cook the oats in the veggie broth. You know it’s done when all the liquid is cooked down; when that happens turn the heat off and with the pan still on the burn, add in your minced kale to get it all nice and wilted. Add all the rest of the ingredients. Make sure you taste that shit to make sure it tastes good to you. Don’t be scared to add more ingredients, or adjust to your palate’s pleasure. Stuff those hollowed out zucchini shells and put them in a baking dish with 1/2 c water in the bottom of the dish. Bake for 40 minutes or so.
5 oz vegan dark chocolate, melted 5 oz coconut silken tofu 2 tbsp cocoa powder 1 tbsp maple syrup 1 drop vanilla extract 6 oz blueberries, smashed 1/3 c turbinado sugar juice from 1/2 a lemon Blend the tofu, cocoa, melted chocolate, maple syrup, and vanilla together and pour them into 2 cute dishes. Stash in the fridge for an hour, or so. Meanwhile, heat the berries and sugar in a pot. When the sugar is dissolved add in the lemon juice and crank the heat. When it starts boiling and looks sticky like candy its ready to party in the fridge with your mousse. When itâ€™s time for dessert, scoop a tablespoon or more of the blueberry reduction on top of your set mousse, and enjoy.
olive oil 2 cauliflower heads, all cut up 5 pears, peeled, cored, diced 3 cloves garlic, sliced 1 medium onion, sliced 1 c white wine 4 c broth 4 c water dill taragon unsweetened dissected coconut 1. Preheat to 400. 2. Toss the cauliflower, pears, garlic, and onion in some olive oil. Sprinkle with some salt and pepper and roast until starting to brown. 3. When tender, combine with the rest of the ingredients, except the coconut, in a soup pot and get that all rumbly for about half an hour. 4. Process that shit in a blender until super blended and dish it out. Top with a sprinkling of coconut.
Erika Astrid Boise, Idaho photography
Photographer: Erika Astrid Fashion Stylist: Jackelyn Hyland Model: Savannah Culp Hair and Makeup: Shaylinn Barlow Location: Idaho Heritage Inn, Boise
Ryan Guerra Colorado Springs, Colorado poetry I was brought up in Boise, ID, though now reside in Colorado Springs, CO, where Iâ€™m enrolled in the Creative Writing Program at Colorado College. My life pretty much revolves around climbing, travel and writing at this point. When I was 12, I had the opportunity to abandon the quotidian middle-school experience in exchange for climbing trips. I am thankful for that. Now, I spend most days behind my journal pretending to be a poet, getting out when I can, and taking in as much as possible.
Seventh Cigarette in Carbondale, CO The breeze, unabrasive, meets my match and the flame flutters as the brown trout flits below in the dying stream. Spring came late if at all. The waters thawed to dust, the air, dry as closed mines or martinis. In the local bar, men and women, lovers twenty years back sip bourbon and beer, smoke Fortunas and laugh like they remember where they came from but donâ€™t care to recall where it was they were going before they got here. No one weeps, but laughter wanes toward 2 a.m. and wasps revel in the cracking rafters.
Matthew Wordell Boise, Idaho photography
photo by Nate Congleton
Project title - Human / Balance This project attempts to investigate kinetic movement by abstracting human form while simultaneously maintaining the implied organic motion of the form itself. By taking advantage of layout and postproduction, I hope to interpret the subtle randomness of our own movements that so often go overlooked.
Ryan Flowers Boise, Idaho illustration
My name is Ryan Flowers & I am a child of contradiction. I have a difficult time referring to myself as an artist. I feel as though that title should be given to someone, not taken by someone. The word in a sense, has become so over saturated that it seems as if it has lost it’s meaning completely. Someday I’d like to call myself an artist. I am a minimalist that strives for detail. I prefer not to use color so that whoever is looking can fill in the blanks for themselves. I’ve learned over time that I have a very small window of opportunity to sketch what i see in my mind because it is constantly changing. If the opportunity is missed, that idea will be lost forever & that’s what makes this so fun for me. “Born to be mild.”
-Jackie Hutchens @tookindimpossible tumblr & instagram juliakemp.tumblr.com firstname.lastname@example.org. thechrishunt.com olivewicherski.com email@example.com jeffreyevans.bandcamp.com xanaxzombies.tumblr.com petergiovanni.com treelineoutdoors.com www.flickr.com/photos/nathancongleton/ iamphotonate.tumblr.com instagram: photonate Miesh Photography www.mieshphotography.com Concept/Production/Hair: Camilla Dahlin Orosco for Deco Hair and Makeup www.mydecoday.com Courtney Money: firstname.lastname@example.org Elisabeth Pena: email@example.com Erica Van Noy: firstname.lastname@example.org Mackenzie Thiry: Mackenziejthiry@gmail.com vegan4one.com erikaastrid.com Matthew Wordell // email@example.com // matthewwordell.tumblr.com // flickr,insta,etc + /mhwordell firstname.lastname@example.org Instagram: @hom_tanks Tumblr: smokingeffigy.tumblr.com