This weekend : My solo show at Paper Hat

Saturday night! That’s when seven new pieces will make their debut at my solo show, “Through the Glass: a collection of mixed-media shadowboxes,” at Paper Hat in Minneapolis. Come by any time between 5-9 p.m. and see my new work, and check out this cute shop with mostly local art (including my Minnesota Icons!). All of it is handmade.

All I Ask by Christy Johnson, redshoes26 design

All I Ask by Christy Johnson, redshoes26 design

In addition to great art and gifts, there will be wine and appetizers. Bring a friend! I’d love to see you there, and for *you* to see this great shop.

If you can’t make it Saturday, my show will be up at Paper Hat through Aug. 14.


What didn’t fit : Lynn Patricia

Didn’t get enough info about Lynn Patricia of Massage Geek? Here’s the entire interview we did together.

Lynn Patricia of Massage Geek

Lynn Patricia of Massage Geek

Hey Lynn! Tell us about your background.
I took my first massage class in 1989 and worked with only family and friends when asked. I turned pro in 2002 or 2003…reports vary. I graduated from CenterPoint School of Massage and Shiatsu.

I studied shiatsu first, and I think that was a big influence on my massage style, which is methodical, precise, deep. I had a lot of strength built up before I even started the massage portion of my training. I have worked in hospitals, a spa, a chiropractic office, and now own a massage clinic (opened in 2008), where I train certified therapists to do my style of massage.

When I reflect on my life, with all it difficulties and joys, I can see how is was preparing me for what I do now. I told the universe that I want the same job in my next life, and if I have to go through all the same crap to get there, then bring it on!

How did you get into it?
I had a large bundle of money to do whatever I wanted. I decided to travel in Ireland for two months and find my perfect career. Most of my adult life up to that point was spent working in retail management, and it was not very fulfilling.

To find my perfect career I studied, meditated, went on a long retreat, took personality tests (I’m an INTP, it turns out), and one day realized that whatever job I have I will have to communicate with people. I [asked myself], “What is my preferred way to communicate? Is it writing? Singing? Performance art? Sales? Drawing?  Teaching?” I ultimately discerned that touch is the way that I best communicate my heart and my intent. I signed up for massage school and on the first day of class I knew I was in the exact right place.

Is it really exhausting work?
I work smart, not hard. I leverage my body weight to get deep pressure, and take long breaks between sessions.

What is your specialty?
I specialize in precision deep tissue massage for recovery from chronic pain and injuries.

How has your business changed?
My focus has always been on rehabilitative massage, or what some are now calling “corrective” massage. I recently hired a staff of five massage therapists to complement my skills and to teach them my methods. Many massage therapists burn out after a few years, either mentally or physically. I’m almost at the 10-year mark and feel like I get stronger and better each year.

What can people expect when they come to you?
The massage will be customized to meet the needs of the client. One reason people like my work so much is that I can change my technique to match their preference. If they like deep and aggressive, I can do that. If they prefer a more soothing experience, I can do that, too. Massages are a full hour, not 50 minutes or 45 minutes. In fact, I set aside 90 minutes in my schedule for every 60-minute appointment. This allows me to be completely present for the client and not worried about getting the room changed over for the next one.

What should more people know about massage therapy?
That it is not just about short-term relaxation. When applied by a skilled therapist, massage can lead to long-term relief and healing.

What other services does Massage Geek offer?
Shiatsu, reflexology, Structural Integration (Rolfing), and stretching.

Is it important to offer different services?
I actually try not to offer too much variety. I am focused on serving a very specific need.

What about your industry do you wish you could change?
I wish the State of Minnesota would regulate massage therapy. As it is now, it is left up to the municipality.

I also wish therapists were more concerned about the science of massage. There is so much misinformation being taught in schools. For example, from the first day of class they told us that massage will flush toxins from the body. Not true. It can actually inhibit the elimination of fluids.

[So, overall], I would like to raise the professional standards of massage.

What’s the best part of your day?
The single best moment is when a painful muscle releases and the client lets out a big sigh. It’s a huge compliment when someone wants a massage with me as their birthday present or Mother’s Day gift. I was never somebody’s birthday gift when I worked retail!


This weekend : Twin Cities Pride

This Saturday and Sunday, find redshoes26 design and Larissa Loden at the Twin Cities Pride festival in Minneapolis’ Loring Park. We’ll be sharing a booth, and I’ll have greeting cards, paper jewelry, and Minnesota Icons (including some new illustrations inspired by this show), while Larissa will have her kick-ass jewelry for sale.

Come see us at this super fun event!

Twin Cities Pride

Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Loring Park, 1382 Willow St., Minneapolis


This weekend : Crafternoon Craft Fair

There’s a brand new crafty art show in town! Crafternoon Craft Fair will take place from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. this Saturday, June 16, at Amsterdam Bar & Hall in St. Paul. I’ll have Minnesota Icons, greeting cards, and my new paper jewelry available. It should be a fun little show with lots of vendors whose work you’ve maybe never seen before.

crafternoon craft fair poster

I’d love to see you!


This weekend : Bridal Brunch

There are actually two events that I’m a part of this week. The first is *tonight*, from 6-9 p.m. at Flow Art Space in Northeast Minneapolis. I have a mixed-media shadowbox in the Retro show. So come on down and see the exhibition, which is showing alongside another show, called Road Trip.

On Sunday, June 10, you will find me among the many talented wedding vendors who are gathering at Chowgirls’ Parlor for the Bridal Brunch. We’ll be there from 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m., ready to chat about the fab ideas you have for your wedding. I’ll be showing off my portfolio of wedding stationery, and you can also chat with Chowgirls (and sample from their kick-ass food and drink menus), The Traveling Photo Booth, Rocket Science Weddings & Events, Flora Bella, and many more. Best of all, the event is free! So bring your friends and family and start to plan an event that’s just your taste.

Wedding suite by redshoes26 design (photo by Sewell Photography)

Wedding suite by redshoes26 design (photo by Sewell Photography)