Olivia Pepper, Mystic & Artist

Olivia Pepper, Mystic & Artist

An almost mythic figure in the Austin art & music scene, mystic artist Olivia Pepper has served as both a support, key artist and community leader for years. A tarot teacher, astrologer, herbalist, mystic, artist & poet, Olivia’s warmth and abundant curiosity shine forth here. From angel channeling to discussing detaching identity from work, Olivia’s insistence on maintaining autonomy and kindness for oneself is a beautiful reminder, as she joyfully states here: “i strive to keep a good name, not speak ill of others, hang evil eye charms on everything in my house and try to get right with god.”

Ed note: While I typically edit interviews for clarity, capitalization etc. I felt that doing so would change the quality of her writing— so I left as is.

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Jess Williamson, Musician

Jess Williamson, Musician

With an enviably dedicated routine, Jess Williamson makes making a living as a musician look effortless. With three records and several international tours under her belt, Jess’s confidence in her power and creativity shines through: “If you don’t believe in what you’re doing, no one else will. But mostly it’s because this is all I’ve ever wanted to do! I feel grateful and excited to show the world what I’ve been working on,” she says. This palpable delight seeps through her work, particularly in the video “I See The White,” where she dances with four other versions of herself on the beach. In this interview, she beautifully discusses the “spark of inner knowing” when putting work out— a reminder that the answers to most of our anxieties are within us, and simply need to be acknowledged in order to be overcome.

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Veronica Ortuño, Founder and Director of Las Cruxes & Interior Designer

Veronica Ortuño, Founder and Director of Las Cruxes & Interior Designer

Founder and director of the Austin-based boutique Las Cruxes, Veronica Ortuno stays busy. Beyond the Las Cruxes storefront, which showcases Veronica’s remarkable eye for the unexpectedly beautiful when it comes to home goods, independent designer apparel, vintage, and vinyl, the space also serves as both gallery and community space, hosting everything from chess clubs to women’s groups. In addition to this, Veronica manages her own interior design firm, Casa Veronica, which is primarily based in Detroit. Her graciousness with herself as both a business owner and creative person shine brightly, particularly with her response to what her “big dream” is:  “I suppose just intuitively feeling and knowing wholeheartedly where I need to be. No regrets, even in past experiences and choices that at the time maybe weren’t the best for me. Life is so complex and you can learn so much if you open yourself up to it. I try to just enjoy the journey, take the good with the bad, think big and keep manifesting.”

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