Flying Edna is a small studio. Two artists & a dog.
Everything we write, create, and teach is about experiencing interconnectedness & cultivating the practice of presence. It's about going towards a life you love.
Which is why, in our studio, we choose environmentally conscious practices & work with sustainable materials we find from fellow makers & vendors who share our respect for the planet.
Since meeting in 2015, Fia, Brian and Yoshi have journeyed together through 45 states, temporarily making home in the Midwest, Maine and most recently, Montana. By the time you read this, they may be off on another journey, but you can always find them at flyingedna.com
the story of Edna & why she flies
Early in my teaching career, I received a gift from a young woman: Women of Discovery. As I paged through the book, I learned of
women who changed the landscape of the world, simply by being the all of who they are
(which often meant not being who others thought they should be).
Some of the women in the book I recognized but others were entirely new to me – their lives no less significant simply because history books had overlooked them. What most amazed me most was
a willingness to listen to that voice inside.
This book of extraordinary women has traveled alongside me on countless journeys, a talisman of a sorts, a permission slip, a reminder that we have
one body, one life, infinite possibilities.
And as my own life began to move in a hundred different ways I never anticipated, I found myself listening to an inner voice that helped orient and guide me. Amusing, direct, raw and unfettered, I decided to give this mouthy voice the name of Edna Mercury. (some day over a bottle of Alaskan Amber, I can tell you some wild stories about her).
And why she flies….?
Because she can.
always in motion, fia
The year was 2015.
He was up to his thing (as the internationally celebrated writer & artist behind StoryPeople. Author and illustrator of numerous books and countless stories...)
She was up to her thing (balancing life as a professional actress and professor of voice & acting, a recipient of national & institutional teaching awards...)
They met at a dinner. On April Fool's Day. And that was it. He left California. She left Indiana.
Within 6 months of being together, we published our manifesto, Creative Anarchy; took a 6949 mile road trip through 14 states in 72 days in the middle of winter; and began a collaboration that will take a lifetime to explore.
Yoshi, short for Mooseboy the Windherder, is our spirited Belgian Tervuren - a constant companion & loving reminder of what it is to be perfectly present.
Currently, we work out of our home studio in the beautiful mountain town of Bozeman, Montana.