I am so very pleased to introduce an amazing artist and my new friend, Marta Walenda. Marta is a brilliant handmade artisan who paints and crafts wonderful accessories and home décor. Her painted works are incredible - fine detailed painting is her specialty. She paints on eco friendly, repurposed and salvaged materials to create one of a kind pieces that you will covet!
I must admit that when reading Marta’s answers, tears welled up in my eyes at how passionate she is about her work and her journey. I resonate so closely with Marta that it is a real honour to introduce you to her and to share her story with you today. I hope you enjoy reading! Welcome to the magic of Marta Walenda!
Who are you and what do you do?
I don't have one definite answer to this question. I see myself as a work in progress, constantly evolving and exploring, open to new opportunities and adventures, following where my intuition and heart is calling.
At this point in life I am in the process of reconnecting with my passion for painting, I had forgotten a long time ago. I am also indulging in the search within self and enjoying the discoveries this journey is bringing me each day.
When I realized that my safe and stable job back in Poland was no longer fulfilling and satisfying to me, I decided it’s time for something new, exciting, unknown. So I packed up my life into one suitcase and arrived in Australia a bit over 5 years ago with a student visa granted for a year. I didn't have a plan B then and I believed that life would show me the path to follow. It did and I've never been happier.
About 1.5 years ago I slowly started rediscovering and reconnecting with my passion for painting and then decided to take it to the next level and start sharing my creations with others. Never before had I thought it would be possible. Today I have my small home based business where I create hand painted jewellery, homewares and artworks using reclaimed materials and objects. I sell my works at various art and craft markets in Brisbane and surrounds, as well as through my own online shop and I am absolutely in love with my life.
I choose to use offcuts, reclaimed objects and discarded materials as the base of my handmade works to show my respect and gratitude to Mother Earth and those who have created before me. Each day I aim to live a more conscious life and make sustainable choices – and I want my work to reflect this.
My favourite way to relax and connect is a day spent at the beach. I love the ecstatic sensation of ocean breeze playing with my hair and sunbeams touching my skin. Every minute spent in nature is a blessing I am endlessly grateful for.
What do you love most about your business?
Two aspects I love most:
I love the very fact that I can share my works with others and create for them, these are truly special connections. I am grateful and it makes my heart sing when people value my works and decide to make my creations a part of their life. That keeps my creative juices flowing and then I only want to create more and more!
I love how my heart guides me. I don’t have any formal qualifications in art, design or jewellery making and every work I create is an outcome of how I intuitively explore the possibilities around and within me. When I work with reclaimed objects in their unaltered form, I surrender to the process and enjoy the surprise of discovery. Ah, imagination knows no limits!
Best piece of advice you have ever received and how it has influenced your life.
I must say that I have always trusted my intuition and it has always been the best source of advice for me. Whatever I do, I need to feel that it's right for me, otherwise no matter how thoughtful the advice is if it doesn't resonate with me, I don't follow it.
How do you deal with your inner critic?
My inner critic has been my life companion since my early childhood. Nowadays we get along pretty well. When my inner critic shows up and I feel it wants to take over, I come back to my "why" within myself, I reflect on each sensation I experience when I paint. And I start creating, I dive into the process and I ask myself how it feels. The answer is always the same, I feel alive, at home and this is what matters.
What has been the greatest challenge in your life?
I think my greatest challenges come from a series of traumatic experiences in my life. They were spread out in time with the first one occurring when I was 20 and others within following 15 years. All those experiences had great impact on how I perceived my femininity, self worth, self respect throughout many years. They disturbed my boundaries, trust and instilled a deep sense of guilt in me. Only recently I had started healing and I think reconnecting with my passion from childhood and devoting to painting is a part of healing process my body and soul was yearning for. Opening up again to creativity is a part of my journey to self-discovery, love and forgiveness towards others and myself.
If you could give one crucial piece of advice to an emerging artist/creative artista/entrepreneur, what would it be?
Follow your heart and trust your intuition. Express yourself freely and don’t be afraid not to know. Believe in your power and let the world see your uniqueness – there is no one like you on this planet!
If you could have dinner with any woman –well known or otherwise, who would it be and why?
It would be my grandmas, they both passed away just a few months before I left for Australia and I didn’t have a chance to tell them I was going to travel to the other end of the world. I would love to tell them about my life journey and ask many questions I never asked.
If you could go anywhere, what would be your chosen destination and why?
I love travelling and would love to see the whole world, but first I want to travel around Australia in a car with a camper trailer for a while. I’ve visited the east coast from Brisbane to Cape Tribulation and I lived in Melbourne for 1.5 years. Australia is such a vast country with amazing nature and landscapes; I want to experience it all.
Short and Sweet:
Favourite song : I can’t pick just one. So, let’s say (one of) my favourite bands, Depeche Mode.
Favourite quote: “Never lose a holy curiosity” – Albert Einstein
Favourite book: Many, but I’ve been coming back to Women who run with wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes.
What is your number 1 self-care tip? Spend time in nature; it’s such a potent healer. Beach, ocean and meditation – this combo works perfect for me.
Your role model/s? I can’t think of any particular person at the moment. In general, role models for me would be people who speak up their truth and are devoted to higher good and making a difference.
Experimenting explorer surrendered to her intuition. Guided by her heart Marta creates art, hand painted jewellery and decorations using salvaged and discarded materials and offcuts. She loves nature, ocean breeze on her skin, travel, biking and everything cruelty free.
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