Flying Edna is a small studio centered around creating beautiful, earth-friendly art pieces that remind you who you already are and invite you to get in motion towards a world that works for everyone.
Concerned about minimizing our impact on the environment, we choose planet-conscious practices and work with sustainable materials.
We not only write and design all the work in our studio, we also handcraft & distribute it around the world, just the two of us. In a world where so much of what we interact with is created by the hands of those we'll never meet, we enjoy inviting you to know us through our words & art.
We believe that every thing in our lives carries energy. There is a lifeline to each piece that leaves our studio... its story began long before it came to us, and will continue far beyond. So, our aim is to do no harm while the piece is in our hands. This means we carefully research every material and company we work with, to be sure we are supporting folks that offer living wages and working environments that are safe for employees and also the planet.
Everything we write, create, and teach is about interconnectedness and cultivating the practice of presence: ways to be more mindful in how we move through every day, no matter what comes in our direction.
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 or a dark cup of coffee, I'll tell you some wild stories about her).
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 of 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. A few months later, he left California and 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.
The third member of our pack is Yoshi, a spirited Belgian Tervuren - our constant companion & loving reminder of what it is to be perfectly present.
Since meeting, the three of us have journeyed together through 45 states, temporarily making home in the Midwest, Maine and most recently, Montana. Ever the mindful wanderers, we moved once again across the country to Cape Cod, making our home in the quaint town of East Sandwich.
No matter where our journeys take us, you can always find us at flyingedna.com.