With each new issue of our magazine we feature handpicked artists in our magazine as well as in our banner space gallery her on our website. Our second featured artist for the Imagine Education issue is the fascinating collage art of illustrator Gry Emily Thelander.


Gry Emily Thelander. 36. Dreamer. Lives with husband Michael, Selma My (9 year old daughter), and Storm Nor (6 year old son) in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Tell us your story? How did you end up doing what you do? 
I am an educated nutritionist, body therapist, health coach and spiritual healer. Through the years it has become very clear to me that I can not separate myself from my spirit, from nature or from art. Every time I try to move myself into some kind of conform situation I simply loose the connection to my inner self. So being creative - weather it is making jewelry, a nutrition plan for a client, or illustrating a tee-shirt - is like meditation and self love. 

What's the best part? That I can move on my dreams - that only the sky is the limit. 
The worst part? That I can move on my dreams - that only the sky is the limit. ;-)

If you weren't doing this - then what would you be doing? 
I would be doing it some more! I have a big dream of opening a creative center offering workshops in traditional skills, illustrations, plant medicine, jewelry making, self treatment aso. Located in a rural countryside so it could offer hiking, outdoor camping and homemade organic meals. 

What makes you very happy? Being with my family. Making art when it's only for fun, but ending up being business!

What are your future ambitions professionally? 
I am comitted to a new project - Dreams+Dust, which is a development of Secrets of the Tribe. I am so blessed that a vey dear girlfriend wants to be a part of my adventure. We are soon online with - a unique webshop offering personal potent wild plant tonics, jewelry made of vintage parts, organic home & body fragrances, home decor and a small clothing line.

3 words that capture the very essence of your artwork? 
California Dreamin' Symbolism

3 most important things to you when working?
That I have the time to commit to the piece, that my desk is clear of to much mess, some really good music.

3 best sources of inspiration? 
Nature, People, Decoration.

Why is art important to you? 
For me art is free from inner judgment. It's a personal playground. 


Favorite subject in school?
Art and history classes

Best teacher and why? 
My 12th grade Danish Language teacher, for introducing me to some amazing writers, and for taking on a more philosophical approach to her teaching. 

Things you miss about going to school?

Things you don't miss about going to school? 
Being bored, feeling lonesome

Best thing you learned in school? 
That knowledge is nutrition to our mind, body & spirit. 

 Worst thing you learned in school? 
That learning has to be done in a certain way. 

 How will school be in the future if you get to decide? 
It will take place outside more often, using the surrounding environments as a platform for learning, using natural and architectural constructions. It will be much more fun and playful. Including more creative subjects. More attachments to nature and nutrition. 

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