Posts Tagged ‘behind the scenes’

Making the nü Icon Movie

Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

The nü Icon Movie was in creative process for close to a year. To create the stunning images you see throughout the movie I worked with photographer Kevin Thom. We traveled across Canada to the rainforest in British Columbia to immerse ourselves in nature. We also filmed a number of scenes in the Conversation parks in my hometown Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

nü Icon Movie white canoe

To create this year’s nü Icon Movie I did dozens of solo shots along with leading two group nü Icon Intensives. Many of the solo shots included elaborate hair, makeup, headpieces, costumes and set elements.  My studio was brimming with Iconic Essence art all year!


nü Icon Intensive

The first nü Icon Intensive started with 7 of the nü Icons from my current nü Icon Program.  Almost every continent was represented with people from across Canada, USA, Europe, South America, Australia and New Zealand, a true Rainbow Tribe!


nü Icon filming with Christina Szegedi

Everyone had their moment in the spotlight to shine their unique Iconic Essence. It was beautiful to witness.

After working together for close to a year, in the nü Icon Program, we had formed such a Soul Family bond. Being together in person left such a loving imprint on my soul, I will never forget the profound magic we experienced together!

Check out the behind the scenes nü Icon Intensive with my current clients.


Rainbow Dragon nü Icons

The second nü Icon Intensive was with creative spiritual entrepreneurs that I’ve been on the journey with for some time. We’ve all been riding the dragon for a number of years weaving our magic in the world.


nü Icon portal creation process

During our Intensive we created portals to open space for the next level of our unique expression and business success. There was a glorious feeling of resting into the feeling of being met by others who understand the entrepreneurial path with all its challenges and ecstatic opportunities. There is something so invigorating and peaceful about being with people who ‘get it’.

Check out our behind the scenes creative process.


nü Icon Singing Circle

All of the singing you hear in the nü Icon Movie was recorded during our Intensive. Then Kevin Thom produced our sounds into the music you hear throughout the movie.

See our behind the scenes music creation and sound healing sessions for the nü Icon Movie here.


Making Rainbow Canoe
There were lots of behind the scenes creations for costumes, headpieces, set elements, planing meetings and the biggest construction project was creating the Rainbow Feathered Canoe.

Check out the behind the scenes making of the Rainbow Feathered Canoe here.


nü Icon Movie


Creating the nü Icon Movie has been amazing, and it’s still in motion!

Watch the full nü Icon Movie today!


nü Icon Sound Healing

Friday, July 25th, 2014

Not too many people know this, but I actually had a very full life as a musician in my teens, traveling around the world performing with world renowned musicians at International Events like the World Series, before focusing all my energy on the visual arts.

When I left music at 18 I was scared of it.  Through my 20’s I rarely even listened to music. About 5 years ago I started my journey back into the arms of music by beginning weekly private voice lessons. Even my voice teacher will say it took me over a year just to feel comfortable opening my mouth.  There was definitely some deep healing to do with sound.

This year I wanted to nudge into this a little deeper and challenge myself to include sound in this year’s nü Icon Movie creation. Last year we had the luxury of recording Ariel White’s beautiful voice for our theme music. This year, I wanted to be part of the process in some way.

So we included a group recording session during our recent nü Icon Movie Intensive.


Our Rainbow Tribe of nü Icons including Summer McStravick, Alia Melissa Hall, Liz DiAlto, Laura Hames Franklin, Jess Johnson, Ariel White, Jody England, Cora Flora and myself flowed into the vibration of our own unique sound.

There was definitely some divine orchestration happening as we each discovered music and sound vibration to be a strong component of our own Iconic Essence.



Jess Johnson’s unique voice offered strong musical leadership. She became the Heart of the Dragon leading our rhythmic tunes.



Ariel White is a pure channel for sound. It was her beautiful voice that was featured in last years nü Icon theme music. She has been a huge source of inspiration for me personally to reclaim my voice.



Cora Flora’s liquid love sounds ooze with brilliance. It is a true honor to include her radiance in the musical recordings for this year’s nü Icon Movie.



All the nü Icons added their unique magic to the mix.  Music is one of those art forms that touches on a deep vibrational level.

I’m not sure how the recordings will turn out, but I know that as an artist there is always an edge to dance on. There is always the next level to stretch into. Music is my edge at the moment. I sense you’ll be hearing more of my voice in the years to come. I’m still a bit shy about it.

Since the visual arts are so easy for me it is humbling to nudge into sound again because I feel all the vulnerabilities that come with tapping into your true soul’s expression. Art in any form is a divine love affair that requires the deepest level of trust. To be able to share the intimate crevices of your being is nothing short of magic.

I look forward to sharing what we created in the upcoming nü Icon Movie. To be released in the Fall of 2014!

It is our Intention to guide and inspire thousands of people to connect with their Iconic Essence and open the door to the next level of their expression.

Share the magic!



nü Icon Movie Intensive Behind the Scenes

Sunday, July 20th, 2014

Rainbow Tribe Connection!


8 nü Icons joined me in my studio July 11-14th for a Movie Intensive. Each nü Icon explored their Iconic Essence in their color vibration as we worked/played on creating more segments of the upcoming nü Icon Movie. Here’s our incredible rainbow of nü Icons:

PinkSummer McStravick

RedAlia Hall

Orange Liz DiAlto

YellowLaura Hames Franklin

GreenJess Johnson

TurquoiseAriel White

Indigo BlueJody England

PurpleCora Flora

I wore white throughout this Intensive and explored its energy as a space creator.

The dragon has been a guiding force for this whole project, so it felt especially magical to find this dragon while filming on location in the forest.


When starting any nü project I always tune in to see if there is any special symbol, animal, spirit guide or mythical creature that wants to be part of the creation. This year the Dragon came forward in so many ways with a strong wind of magic snapping on its tail.



It is one of my deepest pleasures to guide creative spiritual journeys. I feel like I enter the zone of bliss, love and magic!



All of the nü Icons opened effortlessly to their own unique expression and played with all the creative processes as if in a trance.



The creative process has waves of deep silence along with pulses of wildness. We rode it all.



Part of the creative process included making Portals that would become the skeleton of a dragon. A Portal is a type of Dream-catcher that opens a sacred gateway for the next level of expression. Each nü Icon built a Portal to open a door to the next level of their Iconic Essence expression.



At moments I just watched in awe. I am a true believer that we are all creative and have the capacity to activate magic, we just need the sacred space and the belief.

My Intention with the upcoming nü Icon Movie is to guide and inspire thousands of people around the world to connect with their Iconic Essence through this movie experience.



My studio absolutely loves holding space for sacred gatherings. It seems to dance with delight as people gather for a deliberate purpose of circulating love through creative inspiration.



We also experienced healing sessions by Laura Hames Franklin throughout the creative process. It was the perfect compliment to all the intensity of creation.



Ariel White, Turquoise, and I on the magic Star-ship discussing some very important galactic ideas!



Ariel, Turquoise, grounding her beauty as we venture out on location to film outdoors. Nature is such an important part to all the work I do. I feel the true nature of everyone’s Iconic Essence connects with nature in some way. At the root of who we are, we are Nature.



Cora Flora, Purple, taking a moment to nourish on the abundance of the moment.



Friendships ripen through soul recognition. When we see each other through the eyes of our Iconic Essence there is instant connection.
Here’s Laura Hames Franklin, Yellow, and Summer McStravick, Pink, enjoying a soul connection moment.



Nature nourishing the nü Icons, returning them to the knowingness of their essence!



Kevin Thom and I on location.  Kevin is the photographer, videographer behind all the visions I conjure up, including these behind the scenes shots. We’ve created so many projects together, we are truly creative soulmates!

We took a moment to acknowledge each other and our special bond and celebrate the creation of this nü Icon project.



We linked all our individual portals together to create a Rainbow Dragon.


Building a Rainbow Dragon on location is an adventure!



Oh my gosh, we had no idea how it looked as we ran through the tall grasses, but we were a unified Rainbow Dragon on a mission! We sang, laughed and sweat a LOT. We were also happy to take it all off and feel the warm breeze blowing up the hill.  I think we’re all eager to see the movie to know how that turned out!



Back in the studio I interviewed each nü Icon about their journey to discover their Iconic Essence and how it connects with their lifestyle and entrepreneurial career path.

I had many flashbacks to my radio years where I interviewed thousands of creative, spiritual thinkers from around the world. I love interviewing creative people because I’m genuinely curious about them and their unique journey. I also love excavating the gems that shape a persons brilliance.



We truly created magic!  Our nü Icon Movie Intensive opened my eyes and heart to the next level of what is possible in collaborative co-creation.

The nü Icon Movie is an innovative, interactive movie experience that guides you on a Vision Quest to connect with your own Iconic Essence.

Keep watch for the nü Icon Movie to be released in the Fall of 2014! 

Share the magic! We want to inspire thousands of people to connect with their Iconic Essence!

Crystal Skulls and Rainbow Canoe

Saturday, April 26th, 2014

Art is a journey into the forgotten realms of the known Self.

My studio is my sacred space to explore and express this sacred journey.  In my studio anything goes, including riding a magic canoe through the kitchen!


I recently acquired a canoe to be used as a journey vessel for some upcoming creative projects.

I’m having an absolute blast playing with this canoe and letting  my crystal skulls navigate the ship.

Check out a behind the scenes video (taken with my cell phone camera) and
meet the 3 Crystal Skulls that have been helping me….

Let’s take a magical creative journey together….

Watch for a special Soul Art Day invitation on May 1st!

Movie Making Magic

Sunday, August 11th, 2013

Colors, magic, love, beauty, nü paradigm business and transformation are singing through my cells!

After a full week of filming my nü movie I’m in a state of total creative bliss.

7 nü Icons joined us during the week to express their iconic essence and embody one color of the rainbow.

Here’s a behind the scenes sneak peak into what we’re up to…


We’re stirring up a vortex of rainbow energy!


Making a mess while creating sacred objects to be used in the movie!


Dancing to warm up for outdoor filming.


Filming in Soul Art Studio.

Magical connections blossoming.  Behind the scenes photos by Kevin Thom.


Can you tell who the 7 nü icons are?

Guess the 7 nü Icons with their rainbow color in the space below.

Creating Global Art

Sunday, October 21st, 2012

Thousands of people participated in the Global Vision Quest to be get a vision of their Iconic Essence and be inspired by what is possible in the nü paradigm.

Hundreds sent in their Iconic Essence description. The energy of all these nü Icons became the foundation for a Global Art piece.

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The Global Vision Quest has been a spectacular event and experience. I am so honored to be co-creating the nü paradigm with you.

Continue your Iconic journey!

Join me on the 11 Day Iconic Embodiment Journey to become a fully embodied nü Icon!

There is a nü Tribe of people who are living their Iconic Essence and thriving.
Join the nü Tribe and be a nü Icon.

It’s your time to be Iconic!


Global Vision Quest behind the scenes

Saturday, September 29th, 2012

O we are so close!

The Global Vision Quest goes live on October 4th. You can sign up here.

This epic project has been in the works for close to 9 months.  I feel like I’m about to give birth!

During this live virtual event there will be interviews with nü paradigm ICONS to inspire you, wildly creative photoshoots to make your jaw drop with awe and a guided Vision Quest for you to get a vision of your own Iconic Essence.

It has been a creative storm here at Soul Art Studio to prepare all this inspiration for you!

I wanted to share some behind the scenes shots of the Global Vision Quest in the making…

Kevin Thom is the brilliant photographer behind all the video and photos you’ll see in GVQ.

In the summer I had a big shopping trip in Toronto where I bought heaps of fabric for all the costumes that you’ll see in GVQ. I worked closely with designer Lissa Hill to bring all my costume visions to life.

Global Vision Quest

nü ICONS from all over the world are featured in The Global Vision Quest including Deborah Skye King, Christina Morassi, Maria Andros, Rainbeau Mars, Jonathan Budd, Shanda Sumpter, Shakaya Leone, Karen Knowler, Renee Airya and many more leading edge beings.


Sue Upton is the wildly creative makeup artist that helped transform every scene into pure magic.

Global Vision Quest

Soul Art Studio is the set for all the GVQ interviews. nü ICONS flew in from around the world for their interview and photoshoot.


Global Vision Quest

We worked in the studio as well as outdoors on location in some of the most magnificent areas in Canada.


Global Vision Quest

One of my favorite parts of this project was the experience of meeting ‘Whisper’ the white horse. During the summer I took riding lessons so I would be ready to ride bareback for a scene in the Global Vision Quest mini-movie.

Stay tuned to see Whisper and all the nü ICONs in The Global Vision Quest. We go live October 4th!

You can sign up now to make sure you don’t miss a single second of this bountiful magic.

Global Vision Quest

I am bursting with anticipation. I can’t wait to share this with you!

Watch for a very special announcement going out on October 4th.

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The Global Vision Quest is coming!

Sunday, September 23rd, 2012

The Global Vision Quest is coming!

Soul Art Studio is leading a live, virtual event from Oct.4-17th.

This is our most creative, innovative, imaginative, inspirational project ever!

Check out some of the behind the scenes filming for the Global Vision Quest mini-movie.

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Sign up for the Global Vision Quest now, we go live on Oct.4th!

Global Vision Quest

The Global Vision Quest is a free, live, virtual event.

Sign up here

Behind the Scenes – Rainbow Tree

Sunday, November 27th, 2011

It all starts with an idea!

My ideas usually come to me while I’m hiking in the forest. Once I have an idea, I start playing with it to figure out how I can turn it into reality. Here is one of the initial sketches for the Rainbow Tree photoshoot.

Rainbow Tree

As the seasons are changing from Fall to Winter the landscape in the forest is quite mono-tone. I thought it would look so beautiful to have a tree glowing with rainbow amongst all the other sleeping trees.

To bring the Rainbow Tree image to life I gathered my team and we started to work on the  idea.

I worked with Sue Upton to do my hair and makeup with rainbow accents.

Rainbow Makeup on soul artist Laura Hollick by Sue Upton.

My hair was braided with the same wool and fabrics that were used to wrap the tree.

I worked with photographer Kevin Thom to bring the image to life.

The location for the Rainbow Tree was a bit of a hike in from the road so we used a cart to bring loads of fabric, the ladder and camera equipment to the location.

kevin thom

Then we went to work!

It took over 3 hours to wrap the trees. Once everything was wrapped I changed into my Rainbow dress and we snapped the shot. I always giggle at how fast the photo is compared to the hours that go into making that moment happen.  Kevin studied the composition while I was wrapping the trees so it was easy to put me in position and get the shot.

Here is the final image of the Rainbow Tree.

Rainbow Tree with artist Laura Hollick and photographer Kevin Thom.

Rainbow Trees, Laura Hollick. Photographed by Kevin Thom.


Click to watch the video of the making the Rainbow Trees.



Cast your vote!

Sunday, November 20th, 2011

What nü Native image do you like best?

‘nü Native Earth’ Laura Hollick photographed by Kevin Thom.


‘nü Native Air’ Laura Hollick photographed by Kevin Thom.


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