In the space of 24 hours, I was invited by two lovely women - Robyn Wood of Purple Salt and Lisa Hatherly of Coloured In Life to participate in a blog hop about why I create and why I write.
I met Robyn at a BrisStyle market last year where we were stallholder neighbours. The best thing about handmade markets is getting to share the experience, enthusiasm and passion we have for our respective arts with our kindred spirits.
I met Lisa at the Radical Self-Love Party back in October and we had a lovely chat. We bumped into one another at a meditation circle recently and caught up on what we'd been up to.
Now I don't think Robyn or Lisa have ever met, but they both have a passion for colour so I'm thinking this synchronicity is not a coincidence! Do visit and follow their blogs and see what they are up to. Be prepared to be entranced by colour.
On with the questions!
What am I working on?
Right now I am working on jewellery for my newly released ARTISTA Creative line. I'm pleased to announce that the Manifesto Cuff and Signature Pendant will be on display in a curated exhibition at Artisan during September/October.
My eco silver word necklaces are proving to be popular and I'll have an expanded range of the word theme in bracelets in the coming months.
I'm brainstorming ideas for my first e-book inspired by my first published post on kindovermatter.com.
I'm designing my own range of rudraksha (sacred seeds from South Asia) and gemstone beaded malas which I aim to release by the end of August. Also in the works are my altar vignette sets which will consist of intuitively chosen Reiki charged crystals, feathers, seashells, candles and other objects. These sets are ready to set up altars and are perfect for people who are interested in crystals but don't know where to start.
I have a few guest bloggers coming up and several blogposts in draft which will bring even more informative and heartfelt content to this space.
How do my creations and writing differ from others in these genres?
I believe we all have unique talents so I just bring out what I have to offer. I try very hard not to compare. The comparison game has been unhealthy and damaging to my development in the past and I strive to express myself the only way I know and that is by showing up and being myself. I bring my own flavour to what I write because my experiences differ from other people.
Why do I write?
The Sylvia Plath quote says it all really! I'm on an awakening path so the more I write, the more I gain clarity for my soul purpose. I'm grateful to know that by sharing my words, I have helped my readers work things out in their own lives and I really love that. I hope that the more I write, the more hearts I can touch.
Why do I create?
I love working with my hands. Creating was something I denied myself for a very long time - initially as a teenager because we all fall victim to comparison when we are so young and know so little about the world. We don't value our differences, we see them more as an obstacle. We notice what we don't have rather than valuing the talents or potential we possess. When I entered my 20's I was in a damaging relationship and as a result of that painful experience I had a creative block that lasted for most of my 20's. I had lost my love for creating and in a major way, I lost love for myself too.
I crave the freedom of creativity and self-expression so I began to explore it again and made some very important discoveries along the way. I create because it has provided much needed healing and also because I love, honour and respect myself in a way that I didn't in my early 20's.
How does my writing process work?
It's automatic. A passing thought or dreamwork develops into a contemplation of why and how and then the answers come to me. I keep on typing and rarely edit these moments. When I say that I don't edit, that is to say I am open to showing my vulnerability so I don't moderate my thoughts or feelings as they come out. I trust that what comes out is inner guidance to support me and to help others. If you have seen my writing in Sprout magazine, you will have read that I don't shy away from emotional content and I do not hold back. Sometimes I just write about a certain topic that I'm passionate about.
How does my creating process work?
It's experimental and intuitive. When I was painting and art journaling more frequently, I treated every page and canvas as an experiment. To use my senses to explore the art materials and see what happens when combining mediums.
Sometimes an idea is completely clear and I can recreate that in 3D in the jewellery making process. Other times I have to piece the element together and see if the concept will work. Sometimes it doesn't. I just keep going and I find it really exciting when an idea for a design morphs into something even better.
I sometimes make sketches in my sketchbook, but mostly I picture it in my mind and then work the metal and see what happens.
Keep following the bloghop by visiting these lovely ladies. I met Rosalina, Kait and Sage in the Wild Sisterhood. I hope you enjoy their stories!
Rosalina Bojadschijew is an artist, writer, mother and creative spirit.
Originally from Bulgaria, Rosalina and her family migrated to the USA in the 90's as refugees.
She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Geography and an unofficial minor in Studio Arts.
Rosalina has always loved art and wanted to be An Artist all her life. So here she is now....being an artist and doing what she loves. She believes that art heals and inspires.
You can visit Rosalina's online journal here
Kaitlyn Marie Frances Willy is a native Missourian and a farm girl at heart, currently living in Denton, Texas. She is working on her PhD in English and Environmental Studies at the University of North Texas. A graduate of the University of Dallas, she fell in love with Texas and the wonderful weather.
She received her M.A. in Theology in 2013 and worked as the Director of Campus Ministry for the Butler Catholic Community until moving to Denton to begin her PhD.
Kaitlyn's favorite pastimes include writing, crochet, and reading good literature.
You can visit Kaitlyn's blog here
Sage Adderley is a mom of three humans and two cats. She is passionate about kindness, coffee, mental health, fat activism, and the DIY lifestyle. Sage is the owner of Sweet Candy Distro & Press, Sage's Blog Tours, and writes the zines Tattooed Memoirs and Marked For Life. She is also the creator of FAT-TASTIC! Her first novel, Invoking Nonna, was published in December 2013. Sage currently resides in the magical land of Olympia, Wa.
You can visit Sage's blog here
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