We are inviting women to think about, create, and interact with media differently.
SEATTLE (PRWEB) October 01, 2019
Lucia (pronounced loo-SEE-ah), the Seattle-based independent print publication that seeks to inspire and enlighten the world by giving voice to the heart and celebrating true beauty, has released its third annual volume, Wild.
“I’ve witnessed the growth of mindful movements toward slow food and slow fashion, and I think Lucia is an example of slow media—we are inviting women think about, create, and interact with media differently,” says Laura Lowery, founder and editor of Lucia. “We make Lucia at a presence pace, without hurrying. Everything inside comes from the heart and aims to inspire and delight as well as inform.”
Founded in 2015, Lucia represents a break from the sponsored world and offers an evolved print media experience for women. Publishing a beautiful periodical filled with creative, intelligent voices, sumptuous photography and artwork—all without any advertisements—is a relatively novel practice.
“There is a cultural shift taking place around the kinds of magazines and periodicals we’re willing to purchase, read, and allow to shape our understanding of ourselves,” says Lowery. “Lucia represents an utterly different choice from print media—such as conventional monthly women’s magazines—that are fueled by advertisements which, unfortunately, are usually intended to make us feel like we must consume or own certain products to be beautiful or whole. Lucia softly says, ‘We already are.’”
Lucia is attracting a community of heart-centered creatives who quietly make supportive connections through reading, seeing, and sharing each other’s work. “I love hearing from women who discover Lucia and then wind up keeping their copies on the bedside stand or bookshelf to re-read again and again because, they say, this kind of magazine inspires them and makes them feel connected,” says Lowery.
Lucia’s third volume, Wild, includes stories, poetry, artwork and photography that collectively echo the heroine’s journey—the winding path inward where we discover our courage and find our voice. Wild is curated to encourage women to trust their intuition and celebrate their deep connection with nature and Earth.
“Wild is my favorite volume of Lucia so far,” says Lowery. “Fourteen incredible contributors have shared absolutely stunning creativity that inspires and speaks to our hearts. I'm in tears every time I read it, still.”
With an award-winning design intended to spark creativity and meaningful connection among its readership, Lucia evokes the sense of light, space, and softness. Every element of the design is intentional, making Lucia something women want to touch, pick up, hold onto, and read. It feels good in their hands.
“My hope is that Lucia’s Wild volume feeds our readers with delicious permission, sparks of inspiration, and the recognition we are connected to wisdom so deep and true that we can trust our heart callings are real and follow them,” says Lowery.
The creative team behind Lucia’s Wild volume includes Laura Lowery, Founder, Editor and Publisher; Karly Siroky, Design Advisor; Sarah Childers, Copy Editor.
Contributors to Lucia’s Wild volume include:
- Vanessa Ainslie (Seattle, Washington) is the founder of Capitol Hill Healing Arts Collective and Madrona House Apothecary & Healing Arts. She is a healing arts practitioner, mentor, and educator. She wrote “Soul Medicine” for Lucia.
- Cicely Andree Conway (Norwich, Vermont) is a licensed acupuncturist, massage therapist, and yoga teacher. She and her husband practice the fine art of parenting and dream of a full night’s sleep. She wrote “Bedtime Story” for Lucia.
- Cat Babbie (Charlotte, North Carolina) is a fiber artist, photographer and writer. She studied studio art at James Madison University and lives with her husband and three cats in a cozy, 100-year-old bungalow. She is the winner of Lucia’s photography award for her series depicting Wilderness.
- Molly Baker (Ventura, California) is a writer and editor at Patagonia. After traveling around the world as a professional skier, her heroine’s journey landed her in Ventura, where she’s traded skiing for surfing and mothering. She wrote “A Full Moon in Kyrgyzstan” for Lucia.
- Sarah Anne Childers (Seattle, Washington) scribbles at her kitchen table, pedals a cerulean bicycle, and joins kids in mess-making and bicycle riding at a cooperative school in Seattle. She wrote the cover story, “Starling,” for Lucia.
- Judy Ford (Kirkland, Washington) is a psychotherapist, writer, cartoon creator, and electric bike rider. Judy can verify from personal experience that the creative approach to everything is the cure for boredom, angst, fear, stress and self-doubt. She created the cartoon Wild Woman for Lucia.
- Sarah Gerritsen (Redmond, Washington) is a singer-songwriter. The music of Sarah Gerritsen and the Shadow Catchers is written with stirring narrative, tinged with grief and joyfulness that speaks to a life well lived. She wrote “Dirt” for Lucia.
- Zoya Lynch (Revelstoke, British Columbia) is an award-winning photographer. She translates her deep reverence for the natural world in a tapestry of light-filled moments, combining wilderness with stories of human connection and wonder. She photographed “Full Moon in Kyrgyzstan” for Lucia.
- Brittin Oakman (British Columbia, Canada) is a Canadian storyteller, wife, health and wellness advocate, and health psychologist. She shares her thoughtful writing, poetry and creative musings on mental health via Instagram. Her poem, “I Feel Wild,” appears in Lucia.
- Tamara Phillips (British Columbia, Canada) is a watercolor artist in British Columbia. Inspired by the raw beauty of the natural world resonating cellular life and ethereal vibrancy, her detailed paintings explore the connection between myth, dream, intuition, and reality. Her painting, Rebirth, appears in Lucia.
- Alisha Sommer (East Bay, California) is a freelance creative living in California wine country with her husband and three children. In between lunches and laundry she creates bespoke digital content for artists, visionaries and healers, and leads creative retreats for women. She wrote “A Recipe for Okra Soup” for Lucia.
- Teresa Williams (Seattle, Washington) is a poet, translator, and psychotherapist. Her poetry has been featured in: Psychological Perspectives Journal, Buddhist Poetry Review, Vine Leaves Literary Journal, and A Hundred Gourds. She is the winner of Lucia’s poetry award for her poem, “Estrangement.”
Book excerpts are printed in Lucia’s Wild volume with permission from the authors:
- Sharon Blackie (Donegal, Ireland) is a writer, storyteller and psychologist and has a wide international following through her Singing Over the Bones online community. An excerpt from her book, If Women Rose Rooted, appears in Lucia.
- Toko-pa Turner (Salt Spring Island, British Columbia) is a writer, teacher, and dreamworker. Toko-pa’s work focuses on restoring the feminine, reciprocity with nature, honoring grief, ritual, and making beauty. An excerpt from her book, Belonging, appears in Lucia.
Lucia is printed on FSC-certified responsibly milled paper, and purchases offsets to account for transportation emissions, making the publication 100% carbon neutral.
Lucia retails for $24 US, and is available for purchase and subscription at luciajournal.com/subscribe and at independent retail shops across the U.S., where creative people go to feel inspired.
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Lucia is an independent annual print publication that seeks to inspire and enlighten the world by giving voice to the heart and celebrating true beauty. Founded in 2015 in Seattle, WA, Lucia is available in print and on the web at luciajournal.com.
Media Contact: Laura Lowery, laura [at] lauralowery [dot] com, 206 799 5604