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Original Santa Barbara Creative Lifestyle

What does it take to be unique? My new card game, Original Odyssey, is an answer to that question. As an artist living in California, the home of Hollywood, I believe first hand experience is key for meaningful discovery. My also believe creative energy thrives on adventures in collaboration with others. To be around people who are continually growing and expressing deeper understanding about the mystery of existence opens up the possibility for all kinds of innovation. I choose the creative life as a subject matter because I am fascinated by the interconnectedness of this living world–and how we can not only solve difficult problems together but thrive in beauty too.

Pieces of a creative life puzzle

Today’s advances in technology have increased the amount of data flooding our minds. Images once, twice, three times removed from their place of origin are influencing us all on a constant basis. I’m always learning about how the outside reality is connected to the internal psyche. Recently I’ve been learning more about how the images impact people by studying depth psychology concepts of association, amplification and animation. To put it simply, we live in a dream where the world is alive in an symbolic way. Learning how to interact with the symbolic world, using creative abilities, is not only mentally healthy but can lead to greater discoveries that could impact local communities and culture.

I see my art as a way to increase awareness, personally and collectively, about how we navigate the inner and outer worlds we all live in.

Revealing a holographic image

The concept of part as whole mirrors the idea of a holographic image and is similar to the concept of archetypal images. An archetype is an inherited behavior pattern that becomes visible as it is expressed in an image form and it is a fundamental term for the concepts explored in depth psychology. I use documentation in my art process (view art resume) so I have a way to reference my past more objectively, to notice variations in images and find patterns. My card game, Original Odyssey, reflects this technique for the development of original creativity because it asks the player to collaborate with others and to map his or her peak experiences on puzzle pieces.

About the artist card game


Original Odyssey is a deck of cards designed to enhance imagination through playing a cool art game that is centered around improvisational play. There is no ‘right’ way to play this game. It’s part puzzle, part conversation points, part reflection tool, and part imagined play.

Buy Art Game Cards $25

The pre-order is taking place on rockethub.com and there are several options there for pricing. Your purchase of cards includes a 1-hour group session on the basics of how to play. Request a free DIY print version: email mitra@foreverbird.com. 

About the images in this cool art game

OriginalOdysseyCardsLogoThe imagery used in this game comes from a series of my digital artwork that spans a four-year period of time. The style is playful and represents the inner child’s creativity and freedom. I’m a conceptual artist creating mixed media images inspired by life experience and observation. My images invite the viewer on a journey of self-exploration because they have emerged out of an autobiographical digital collage process and reflect a surrealist dream aesthetic. To see the cards request a free DIY download in an email to mitra@foreverbird.com.

celebratory launch party of mask making and creative games is planned for project funders on November 1st, 2015.

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Are you unique?

Imagine you are inventing a product, decorating a room, shopping for a new car, writing a thank you note or suffering from a summer cold. Can you focus in your mind’s eye to see the vision of what you want to create? Imagination is an important factor in achieving success in many areas of life and Original Odyssey card game is designed to practice imagination skills. The ability to clearly imagine something can improve with practice and a vision helps you create what you want in your life journey.

“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.” ― Dr. Seuss

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Original Odyssey is a deck of 33 cards designed to enhance imagination skills through improvisational play. The 33 cards come in a bag and include a trial subscription to Foreverbird’s collaboration studio where you have an opportunity to grow your imagination and communication skills with others. The imagination techniques are based on depth psychology concepts on how new ideas emerge from the unconscious mind. I love the structure behind of this game, but I will spare you the details here.

The physical format of a deck of cards is intuitive, portable, and easy to share. Unlike apps and electronic games the cards can be brought into a calm creative space, without distractions or interruptions, where you can focus. There are other similar sets of cards on the market that feature a variety of unique qualities. You might like to check out, IDEO Method Cards, 75 Tools For Creative Thinking, The Design Deck, or Design Play Cards.

Testimonials about Original Odyssey

Thank, Exercise, Dream. My beloved soulmate Bindi, the four-legged love of my life and my rock, passed away 6 months ago today after over 14 years by my side. I thank her for blessing my life with her presence. To honor her, we’ll take an evening walk together. Exercise our bodies and souls, lighten our spirits and feel the breeze on our faces. And I will dream of her, of our meeting again, and maybe of the possibility of love and companionship again.” –  Jane

“Loved my 3 this morning! I’m not sure what will manifest today, but they already jolted a fun memory of going down to the creek and having a mud fight with my kids .”  – Holly

“I started the daily emails because it sounded like fun.  To my surprise, I eagerly look forward to them.  It’s quite amazing how three random words can generate contemplation, recognition, and joy in the events of the day.” – Karen

Yoga. Garden. Love. Today’s words inspired me to finally go out and buy a couple of “butterfly loving” plants to add to my birds and butterfly garden. As I went out to clean and prune back my lion’s tail plants in preparation for planting my new acquisitions, I looked up to see a beautiful hummingbird checking out my new deep purple salvia. Namaste!” – Holly

“Only the Love element was manifest today.  But it was perfect.  Catching up on filing and organizing ‘stuff’, I came across a birthday card from my mate of 58 years.  It said that I was his sweetheart, soul mate, and friend for life, and that I was loved from head to sweet patootie.  That made me feel great all day.” – Dee

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Artistic Inspiration

Conceptual art is a modern art style where the artist believes that concept is more important than artwork itself. Many conceptual artists believed that while they conceived the work, it is completed by the viewer. In fact, many types of conceptual art are only a set of instructions. It is rare to find this type of art to just be a painting, as it often incorporates elements of sculpture and installation. Marcel DuChamp, Yoko Ono,Yves Klein, and Robert Rauschenberg are some of the famous conceptual artists.” SOURCE: Ebay

Relational art or relational aesthetics is a mode or tendency in fine art practice originally observed and highlighted by French art critic Nicolas Bourriaud. Bourriaud defined the approach as “a set of artistic practices which take as their theoretical and practical point of departure the whole of human relations and their social context, rather than an independent and private space.” The artist can be more accurately viewed as the “catalyst” in relational art, rather than being at the centre.” SOURCE: Wiki

“Visionary art is art that purports to transcend the physical world and portray a wider vision of awareness including spiritual or mystical themes, or is based in such experiences.”SOURCE: wiki 

Surrealism is a modern painting style that juxtaposes various images together to give a startling effect. The images in these paintings are often illogical and have a dream-like quality about them. Surrealist paintings emphasize the subconscious. Among the popular Surrealist painters are Salvador Dali, Max Ernst, Valentine Hugo, Joan Miro, and Toyen.” SOURCE: Ebay

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Commercial art and graphic design

I started out in the field of commercial art by accident. It was a friend of a friend who got me hired at Kinkos Copy and Print shop during my undergraduate college years. I quickly became aware of the powerful creative tools available in the print industry. As fate would have it, this experience became the leading force in my creative career.

Shortly after college ended I became the art director for a small local newspaper. This was an amazing adventure into the world of journalism and editorial design. I still love to work on publications and continue to do this work with the local spanish paper, El Latino CC, in my current venture at Foreverbird Studio.

I was recruited by a small start-up company in San Luis Obispo called iFixit.com and decided to join their team. It was the most amazing group of young men. I was, at the time I started, the only woman and oldest person in the office. I was the sole creative and worked to find visual solutions in the layout of their new technology platform as well as planning a slow re-branding process. Learning the complexities of interactive design was exciting end the collaboration between technology and art was fabulous. The work that came out of this period of time won best online community at SXSW in 2011.

I was recruited again to join a digital marketing company in Santa Barbara and decided to join them. This job was fast paced and involved creating elaborate branding and marketing plans. During this period of time as Creative Director I had a small team that provided digital ads, websites, and brand guidelines for dozens of products. One of the unexpected areas that is job focused on was mobile marketing. The information I learned about mobile marketing techniques is something that I value a lot.

In 2012 I decided to try out my luck as a freelance graphic designer. I took entrepreneurial classes in college and graduated from Women’s Economic Ventures but I was still not fully prepared for the journey ahead. My venture into the life of being an independent contractor has had it’s ups and downs. The best part is the quality of the clients that I get to work with. I’m proud to have made it this far in my journey and I’m looking forward to the amazing projects to come. Originally I invented the Original Odyssey cards to facilitate collaboration between my and my clients as well as to access new ideas.

Design work testimonials

Mitra is a great person and highly skilled Creative Director. I worked with her for close to 2 years and she has the passion and skill to turn even the most mundane jobs into eye-catching works. She can tell a story with pictures that everyone could understand, no matter how complex the story.
Her attention to detail is refreshing and her ability to manage projects successfully from start to finish was greatly appreciated.
I hope to work with Mitra again in the future.
— Deon van der Vyver, EVP Technology at Local Market Launch

Mitra was the visual designer for the launch of iFixit 2.0, our wiki user interface. We worked together on expanding the iFixit community to include all forms of DIY repair. She is tremendously talented, and a delight to work with.
— Kyle Wiens, CEO iFixit + Dozuki @kwiens

Mitra is a great creative asset for any company. She truly understands how to deliver visual incarnations of complex business ideas. She has shown an ability to work on multiple projects with time and budget constraints and still deliver great results. She is also a brilliant artist.
— Gideon Rubin, Experienced Entrepreneur | Local Search | Mobile | Speaker

I have worked with Mitra Cline on several projects and she has been key in marketing campaigns. Mitra is able to efficiently communicate messages to the audience and starts with branding and creates effective campaigns that include, design, marketing materials and social media. On a professional level, Mitra is wonderful to work with as she is extremely reliable, innovative and has a long term vision. On a personal level, Mitra is a delight to be around as she is positive, wicked intelligent and has a great sense of humor.
— Katrina Maksimuk, Marketing & Community Building

Mitra has more than a wonderful creative mind, she also understands brand positioning. This allowed us to rely on her when crafting creative for critical client pitches and external marketing collateral. She was not only the driving force behind many things creative and functional, but also in process design, which is essential to campaign success. She consistently delivered on-the-fly and under extremely tight deadlines.
— Erik Butler, Sales Director at Adroit Digital

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