Inspire Me, Hafiz

7 Dec

Caught the poetry bug. Enjoy!

Hafiz, c. 1320 to 1389, a beautiful, mystic, Sufi poet from Persia

The Day Sky

Let us be like

Two falling stars in the day sky.


Let no one know of our sublime beauty

As we hold hands with God

And burn


Into a sacred existence that defies –

That surpasses


Every description of ecstasy

And love.

Faithful Lover

The moon came to me last night

With a sweet question.

She said,

“The sun has been my faithful lover

For millions of years.

Whenever I offer my body to him

Brilliant light pours from his heart.

Thousands then notice my happiness

And delight in pointing

Toward my beauty.


Is it true that our destiny

Is to turn into Light


And I replied,

Dear moon,

Now that your love is maturing,

We need to sit together

Close like this more often

So I might instruct you

How to become

Who you




WORKSHOPS by Loralei Rose in NY Times Magazine!

6 Dec


This morning I woke up to the wonderful surprise of finding this link in my mailbox:

It lead me to a section of the NY Times Magazine where readers submitted photographs from around the world that illustrate the importance of educating girls and empowering women. In it was a PICTURE and DESCRIPTION OF ONE OF MY WORKSHOPS HELD AT UC BERKELY’S  2009 Women of Color Conference! The pix was taken by the wonderful Dianne Que.

As I sat, read and re-read the notes under the photo, I felt refreshed, re-energized, and re-inspired. I acknowledged the universe creeping into my gmail and giving me a huge love tap on the top of my head reminding me of the work I do and why I love doing it so much.

Pushing forward…

We Can Be New

8 Nov

“Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.”
“We Can Be New” by Amel Larrieux

It is crazy how the universe knows exactly what you need and gives it to you just at the right time. Last Wednesday, I arrived at work at 8am only to be walking out the door and straight home at 8:15am. I was told that my position was no longer effective as of that particular morning. I don’t know how my colleagues reacted when they got laid off earlier that week, but in all honesty, I was rather ecstatic about it. See, for 11 months I went to work day in and day out, feeling like a robot. (I attribute this to the fact that my sole purpose was to file papers for 8 hours a day with little human interaction.) My life felt routine. I wanted to escape the monotony. I wanted my body to be free to move however it wanted once again.

Although I am worried about how I am going to pay my bills, etc. I take whatever life gives me as a sign that I need to be moving in a certain direction. With this layoff, I know I am being guided to something bigger, something better, something where all my talents and skills can be put to use for the good of the community. The universe did it’s part to set me free. Now, it is just up to me to put in the effort into making things happen.

What is next? I am not too sure. But I know that I am gonna do my best to make sure that I stay true to myself and that I follow my heart. Hopefully the universe will take me somewhere where art, social justice, community, and joy surround me in a way I have not yet known.

Love Extraordinarily

2 Nov

In the past months since my last post, I have been contemplating life. This isn’t uncharacteristic of me, as most of my ponderings do have to do with life, love, and soul. However, ever since my mother was diagnosed with cancer last year and as her health continues to disintegrate before my eyes, my thoughts have been focused on the question, “What really matters in this life?”

Last weekend I attended the Expressive Arts Training course I am enrolled in in Manhattan Beach. My instructor must have read my thoughts because during her lecture I found  it synchronistic how she made a point about the thoughts of dying people. She said that when a person knows death is near they often ask themselves the follow questions:

1) Did I love well?

2) Did I learn to let go?

Given my current family situation, I am now striving to make these questions the those which drive my choices and thought patterns.  I want to learn to love unconditionally and to always see the good in people. I want to be able to let go of petty things, of all the hurt I have experienced, of all that which is trivial.

To do this is not going to be easy. I realize I need to let go of all my human tendencies to hold on to pain and start really living in tune with my soul. Living aligned with soul nature is to live with a free spirit that only knows love. It is forgiving, being joyful, laughing, and seeing the beauty in all creation and in all experiences life brings.

In order to guide this journey to soulful living, I plan on asking myself the following questions before I go to sleep:

1) How well did I love today?

2) Did I let go of the trivial?

3) What can I do better tomorrow?

I want to leave this world knowing I did everything in my power live well. In my eyes, the key to living well is to LOVE EXTRAORDINARILY.



New HeARTwork Products Debut @ FPAC THIS WEEKEND!

10 Sep

Babaylan Tee. Available @ Vintage Renewals Booth. ONLY $20!

"She is Extradorinary" Wallet

Limited Edition heARTwork + Vintage Renewals Collabo Wallet Collection. $8 each

Yippie! I can’t wait for this weekend. Not only will my heARTwork PRINTS be for SALE in the FPAC Artist Pavilion, but I have been working hard for quite a while to get these products out to you.

BABAYLAN SHIRT- You can get this @ the VINTAGE RENEWALS Booth. ONLY $20! Maria is the dope womyn you will meet at the booth. Cop a shirt and some of her one-of -a kind remade vintage fashions. She gots style and if you stop on by, you will leave more fly than when you came. 😉

LIMITED ED. WALLETS- These wallets are sooo cute! It is a collaboration design with Maria from Vintage Renewals and myself. It took us a year to finally have the time to crank these babies out, but they are here! Get one for you and your best friend! For only $8 you can get yourself some affordable / fashionable art and help out AF3IRM.

Hope to see you all there!



09.02.10 Poetry/Spoken Word + Music + heARTwork @ Common Ground Open Mic

23 Aug

Common Ground Open Mic. 09.02.10. Featuring heARTwork by loralei rose

Hellooooo Friends! If you are in or around the OC come thru to one of the newest open mic events, Common Ground. I will be taking my artwork down at the Coffee Studio in about a week and putting it up @ the VAALA Cultural Center on Sept. 2, 2010.

Prints will also be for sale.

Come kick it and enjoy a fabulous night of spoken word, music, and art. Hope to see some of the homies as well as make new friends.

What can I say? YAY for ART and EXPRESSION! Life would be colorless without them in the world. 🙂





1600 N. Broadway Santa Ana, CA

*co-sponsored by the Vietnamese American Arts & Letters Association (VAALA)
*Doors open at 6pm. Open mic sign ups @ 6:30pm.
$5 suggested donations

common ground:
connecting communities through creative expressions.
We are a collective of community members, artists, and activists committed to cultivating positive
and safe space for artistic growth and community empowerment.
every first thursdays

Meet Jenny (@ Magic Garage 6 08.21.10)

20 Aug

"Jenny". 8 x 10 Print Matted in 11 x 14 Frame. $35 @ Magic Garage 6

Meet Jenny

Jenny is a cool chick. She is laid back and will whoop you at any recreational activity. She loves music, especially hip hop and just chillin’ with the homies. Don’t get it twisted cuz this womyn is hella fashionable but down to earth. She is someone you want as your bff.

I made this piece for my bff Jenny a year ago. The description above captures her essence and what I was thinking of when I made this piece.

Come through to Magic Garage Art & Music Show tomorrow, 8/21/10 @ 5pm-3am to see this piece and maybe even purchase it!

JENNY. $35. Matted & Framed. Available @ Magic Garage.

You will love her as much as I do!

08.21.10 MAGIC GARAGE 6

17 Aug

Get your ART & MUSIC on! I promise this event is gonna blow your mind…

heARTwork by Loralei Rose will be on display and for SALE


August 21 at 5:00pm – August 22 at 3:00am

Catalyst Artist Collective, Downtown LA

1800 S. Santa Fe Ave.

Los Angeles, CA

The Magic Garage adventure has taken us through various venues throughout the last 5 years, and this time around the MG crew is thrilled to collaborate with LA’s Catalyst Artist Collective.

This year’s theme is “Choose Your Own Adventure”, inspired by a series of gamebooks where the reader makes choices during the story to determine the plot and outcome. It may just be the best Magic Garage yet!


David Haskell
Patrick Haemmerlein
Native Science
Rajiv Jain
Aaron Paul Rogers
Patrick McPheron
Trevor Wright
Barry Mulling
Shatto Light
Fitz Carlile
Brian Ostroff
Simone Elum
ARTsonist Woman
Seth Williams
Evan Stiles
Jen Davis
Reflect Thought
Peg Kennedy
Kaleidoscope Eyes
Flor Quinto
Chris May
Leticia White
Carson Marjaama
Miss Fruitfly
Robbie Monsod
Heidi Spring
Misty Rose
Carol Guerra
Heather Holyan
Jenny Liu
Christle Revolt
Judy Berberian
Nicole Fournier
Ericali J
Sergio Teran
Marcello Dolce
Katie Kane
Peg Kennedy
Jim Cruz
Nikki Cross
Morgan Leriah
Sebastien Roche-Lochen
Rene Castro
Andrew Lee
Loralei Rose


Live BODY PAINTING by Sparkle Sparkle B!/album.php?aid=4104&id=100000618274729


.. and much MORE!!!


Tarah Marie
Run River Run
Pedestal & The All-Girl Band
The Great Machine
Mike Dobler
Demon Slayer
Icy Lytes
Random Patterns
DJ Brock

+ surprise guests!

Check out pictures from our 2009 event, Magic Garage 5, by amazing photographer, Barry Mulling:

Also, a short MG5 documentary by Abel Boaz:

I am Soultable

22 Jul

“ The artwork and artist, work and person, in every field of activity, are in a mutually creative relation to each other.

Each requires the other to give to and to communicate. The relation between a person and her

work is thus a living expression of dialogue.”


Every third Thursday, I pack an overnight bag and prepare for my monthly get away. I know, it is not fair. You must be thinking to yourself, “Why does Loralei get to go on vacay once a month?” Although you may not have thought those words precisely, you may at least have been asking yourself where I take these little vacations of mine.

Truth is, where I go technically isn’t a lavish R & R spot. Friday after work, I jump in my purple Scion and head out to a small office in Manhattan Beach for a weekend packed with activities regarding Expressive Arts Training techniques. I consider this time more like vacay or even something close to a retreat rather than school because the experience has a consciousness raising and even somewhat spiritual effect on me.

School, at least the type of school we have here in the US, which is based on power struggles, rewards and punishments, etc. is nothing like what I experience in these classes. Here, I get to learn about myself through various creative activities and really take time out for me. I can’t explain the high I feel when I am there and even after I leave. But all I can say is that in a society where we have to be on the grind 24-7 just to pay the bills, it feels good to be able to give back to myself every now and then.


In my last class, we focused on the VISUAL ARTS. I want to share a few of my creations as well as my experience with you all.

The piece below was created by dipping a piece of string into black india ink, painting with it, and then going back in and coloring it in with watercolor. Usually, artists are concerned with aesthetics balance, etc. However, here, I just let my mind go blank and let my feelings and intuition guide my process. The key to this technique was to NOT HAVE A PLAN and simply LET GO.


When I first stepped back and looked at my piece, I was in awe. To me, it looked as though I had created a spinning heart-shaped turntable. This was meaningful to me because I viewed it as a gift from my subconscious. [ As I said, I had no plan when I began this piece. I was painting it purely for engaging in the act of creation.]

Music is mos def my supreme muse. When my piece revealed itself to me, it was as if the universe was confirming this deep and meaningful relationship.

If you turn the painting upside down, the heart now resembles the “BA” symbol in baybayin, the Filipino indigenous writing system. It is believed that shape within an ancient fertility symbol called the lingling-o, evolved to become the symbol of BA. The baybayin BA symbol represents the sound for “ba” the syllable found in girl or female in several Filipino dialects, for example Babae (tagalog) and Ba-i or Bai (Visayan).

Looking at it from this perspective also touches me deeply. A few months ago I attended the Babaylan Conference in Sonoma. That weekend was synchronistic and unbelievably magical. I was able to meet fabulous women who inspired me to continue along my journey towards wholeness. I learned so much about the relationship between Filipino psychology, spirituality, healing arts, and expressive arts. It was only fitting that this subconscious painting lead me towards those memories and confirm to me that I am along the right path.

I am so thankful to have art in my life. Without it, I don’t think I would be who I am today. Art is so integral to my being. In the process of creativity, I get lost and I find myself.

The Sunrise

19 Jul

In my last post, I spoke of how being in nature in Hawaii allowed me to get lost in time/space. I really wanted to include a picture of the beauty which surrounded me, but couldn’t find one. But, guess what? I found one today!

This is one of my favorite pictures from my 2003 trip. I can’t recall the beach I was at, but I feel this photo captures one of the most beautiful sunrises I have ever witnessed. Thinking back, I recall how in awe I was when the sun arose from behind the mountains. Reminiscing draws up my feelings of connectedness which I felt that morning….Anyhow, I could go on and on…But , I will stop here and let the photo speak for itself.

Also, I wanted to pass on a song to ya’ll. This track is by the Blue Scholars and is inspired by and tells the story of the beauty and struggle on the Hawaiian Islands…


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