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
True, he was known to many now living; but even they were not admitted to the knowledge of his private walks, or to witness those home scenes which more than any other indicate the man. He was at all times reticent, or entirely silent, about himself, and his solitary life gave no glimpse into the obscurity of his domestic secrets. He was manifestly of humble extraction, and might be ranked one remove above a common laborer.Read More Thomas Wildey’s Life and Love of Odd Fellowship
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
Not to be confused with actively seeking help or assistance, we are taught that showing desperation as individuals will attract nothing good. If we are desperate for a date then we will attract the scumbags who see us as an easy score. If we are desperate for a job then we will only get the lowest offers possible.Read More Beware of Do Nothings, “Nice Guys”, and other Low Hanging Fruit
In order to help with the process of learning which piece of regalia goes where…and to answer the eternal question, “is this one for the Secretary or Financial Secretary?” I have designed this chart, using the same room layout image found in our charge books.Read More Learn the Lodge Officer Jewels- new art by Ainslie Heilich
For a long time I have been a fan of Turbayne’s “Monograms and Ciphers” book so I was inspired to make some IOOF related ones. These are free for any Odd Fellow or Lodge to use for the Good of the Order so long as it is not for personal profit. If you are using these for a shirt I would love it if one was sent my way.Read More IOOF Ciphers designed by Ainslie Heilich
Check out our first VLOG! If this goes well we would like to do more videos and vlogs to supplement our written content. Let us know what you think and subscribe to the channel for more!
Ainslie Heilich and Jenn Sereno sit down and chat about their experiences as active members of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. The conversation spans a big span of topics from getting new members, putting on events, community outreach, the value of learning from long time members, and the future of the IOOF.Read More Odd Fellows of Today: Our first VLOG!
“We found all this great, old regalia that was hidden up in the crawlspace … Almost like National Treasure, it’s like you start down a path of little bread crumbs and it just kinda ropes you in further and further … and here we are,” says Heilich.Read More Ainslie Heilich talks ODD on Local News
I would like to think that part of my personal growth through that transition could be attributed to the philosophical lessons our Order teaches and how they can be used as a member of the LGBT+ community. At the end of this piece you will find my interpretation of the Degrees through the lens of the LGBT+ experience.Read More Reflections on Being an LGBT+ Odd Fellow.