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Meet Jennifer Grant of Arubymoon in Lafayette

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jennifer Grant.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Jennifer. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I am originally from the east coast moving here nearly 25 years ago and falling in love with Colorado. I have four amazing kids that teach me new things and bring joy to my days. They are the inspiration for much of what I create. I was lucky to be able to be a full time mom to my kids when they were young and loved every minute of it. As they have grown and begun leaving home, I turned to art as a way of filling my days and this project/business was born. So grateful to be a part of the creative community here in CO and to have found folks inspired and interested in what I am doing.

I have always enjoyed working with many mediums but have had no formal art training. My degrees are in Outdoor Education and Occupational Therapy. These professions and experiences definitely informed and influenced the work I do today. I am a self-taught print maker. I love the challenge of carving a block, figuring out the positive and negative spaces and creating the image I am imagining. Printmaking became a terrific way for me to celebrate and honor life’s moments, passions, milestones

I chose to create flags as I have always loved the Tibetan Prayer Flags and their concept of spreading the written words, prayers, hopes, intentions across the world as the flags move in the wind. Years ago, I ran a mother daughter group. When our girls were about seven years old, we went on a weekend camping retreat. I brought blank flags tor us to create together to decorate our campsite and to bring home again and remind us of the experience. We wrote and drew on the panels, images and words of what we wanted to celebrate about ourselves and what we wanted to bring more of into our lives. Four years later they still had them hanging in their rooms. I realized there was something so special about creating them together and I began selling kits for folks to celebrate and honor their own milestones and moments. I made samples and people were interested in the samples so I began creating flags for many occasions.

Has it been a smooth road?
I have been incredibly fortunate for the many opportunities I have had to share my work and for the positive way the flags have been received. The greatest challenges I have faced have been in learning how to share my work with the various social media outlets and venues and in keeping up with all that is involved there. I have been grateful for the learning curve and the local community of vendors that are so supportive and willing to help each other.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
I create prints, greeting cards and flags with original hand carved block prints. I am proud to share my art with the intention of supporting, connecting and celebrating life’s milestones and moments. I am honored and grateful to be able to create something that speaks to people and gives them a way to connect and support each other in all sorts of moments and occasions.

I am probably known best for the flags I create. I love what the flags symbolize, spreading dreams, hopes, and intentions out on the wind to the surrounding countryside. They are a beautiful and colorful way to celebrate and honor many events and to show support to a friend or family member. I love to help people to connect, support and celebrate each other and the flags become a beautiful symbol and visual representation of this.

The flags stories are by far my favorite part of the work I do. I have many folks share their stories, ideas and intentions as to what they plan to do with the flags. It is impossible for me to choose one favorite. There are so many.

It is always moving and inspiring to me to hear about who the flags will go to and why. I had the privilege of creating some custom Mountain Bike flags for a Memorial service, I have sent many to support and cheer up children battling cancer in hospitals, I have made sets for weddings celebrating couples and families. I have sent many sets to college students to support their new adventure and decorate their dorms space. I have sent some with folks traveling to leave with hosts and people they meet along the way. I have sent flags to grandparents in rehab or a nursing home to be a cheerful reminder of their loved ones supporting them. I have created sets to celebrate new homes and to welcome new babies. I have created sets to support friends and family members in tough health battles to let them know they are being thought of often.

I think often of a customer who picked up a set to send to his sister who was living in Thailand and working with a nonprofit organization working to get young girls out of sex trafficking. I was so moved by his thoughtfulness to support his sisters work and by the work she was doing. I loved that perhaps the flags would be a connection between them and an inspiration and expression of gratitude to all those doing that difficult, important work. It is an honor I am grateful for every day to create something that brings people together to celebrate this beautiful, crazy life.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
I have loved being a part of the Denver/Colorado market. There are many different venues that provide opportunities for artists to share their work from large art shows to small farmer’s markets. It can be challenging sometimes as we have a large and vibrant community of creatives so the competition can be high. It has taken some persistence and willingness to learn and adapt to figure it all out, but it is a rich and supportive community that I have learned a ton from and am grateful to be a part of.

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