I started thinking about the physical and spiritual sacred space of the Lodge and how it acts to bring people together. During the Opening Ritual we physically seal the room by securing the doors and covering the windows from the outside world and its influences and we spiritually strip ourselves of who we are on the outside and take on the mantle of our respective office.Read More Coming Together Where the World is Shut Out – New Art by Ainslie Heilich
Who doesn’t love The Blues Brothers? In the 1980 film, the Brothers are sent “on a mission from God” to raise the funds necessary to save the orphanage that they grew up in. They concoct a scheme to get their old band back together and then hold a blowout fundraiser concert that brings in just enough to save the orphanage and save the day.Read More We’re on a Mission from ODD. New Art by Ainslie Heilich
I have designed and added a variety of 200th anniversary products available for order on the Heart in Hand Zazzle.
If ordering, make sure you check all the customization options like shirt color, custom text, other product versions.
All royalties benefit my Lodge.Read More 200th Anniversary Products by Ainslie Heilich
The concept of an modern take on the classic Thomas Wildey portrait is something I had been knocking around for a while. It started out as part of a larger project for the SGL that I am currently working on but I liked it so much that I wanted it to have its own stand […]Read More The ODD Father: New Design by Ainslie Heilich
I have been working on some minimalism/geometric monoline designs to represent the Degrees of Odd Fellowship. It was tough to figure out what symbols to include or exclude, but I am pleased with the overall inclusion.
These designs are available in the Heart in Hand Store, and are able to be placed on tons of unique products if tshirts aren’t your thing. As always, all proceeds benefit my home Lodge.Read More New Symbol Shirt Designs by Ainslie Heilich
Last time, we looked the Opening Ode “Columbia” written by Odd Fellow Brother John Seiffert. Next, we examine the Closing Ode set to the tune, “Italian Hymn”. As I mentioned in my last article, the odes of Odd Fellows have been set to several familiar tunes not necessary written by or for the Odd Fellows. The first of the closing odes being a composition from Felice De Giardini known as the (Italian Hymn).Read More The Music of Odd Fellows Reclaiming the Odes Closing Ode – Italian Hymn -by Todd Swanson
The goal of my personal project is to make the odes more accessible to the greater Odd Fellows community.Read More Reclaiming the Odes- COLUMBIA -by Todd Swanson