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Live a Nourished Life

Behind the Artwork

The inspiration for many of my art creations comes from the time I spend reflecting on the world around me. There is no question this year has been filled with adjustments, changes, and much to reflect on. In many ways, the pandemic crippled lifestyles and turned the world upside down, making us stop and reevaluate life and how we live it.

Some of the Questions I Asked Myself

Over the last couple of years, I asked myself many questions. As I move to a different stage in my life, I find these questions surface more often. Why are certain things so important to me? What is important in life? Why? What is important to me right now/ten years from now? Am I safe and healthy? What are the best ways I can nourish all aspects of my life? There are many more questions, but I think you get the gist.

My Take Away

Slowing down, creating a spiritual rhythm, and nourishing my body and mind help me look at life in a much clearer light. With all the busy activity-based distractions stripped from my life (thanks to the pandemic), I can think and breathe. I find myself being more intentional in many areas.

A few years ago, I started on a journey of moving back to food basics (growing my food, eating whole foods, fermenting foods, growing microgreens), balanced exercise (okay, this one is a little harder – I’m trying), and taking care of all parts of my life. I guess you could say my mantra would be “live a nourished life – take care of yourself physically, mentally, spiritually, and socially.”

Change can be amazing, though not always easy. Most days, I am intentional about the choices I make, knowing they will be healthy, strong habits one day. I like these new changes; they feel wholesome. I know I am not there yet, wherever there may be, but I continue to move forward in my efforts to live a nourishing life.

Moving Forward

As fall approaches, I am excited to start crushing the goals I have set – small steps make these big goals attainable. I hope you join me on my adventure as I continue to grow as an artist. I will share my struggles along with my successes.

Till next time…

Be kind to yourself and stay safe.

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Learning and Growing with Grace

grace wins

This past year has been an amazing year for me as an artist. I have spent many hours – many, many hours – exploring, practicing and learning all the elements of surface pattern design. I have to admit, learning illustrator was a massive undertaking, but I am so glad that I jumped in with both feet and got it done. An entirely new world of creating is now at my fingertips. So exciting! I am slowly starting to piece the business elements with the artistic components. I have met numerous great designers along the way and am blown away by the grace and assistance they have extended to me – what a beautiful world.

The quote by Seneca, “Every new beginning comes from some other beginnings’ end”, sums up my pilgrimage in art. It is incredible to look back and see how every step along my way has helped lead me to where I am now.

This year I have also learned to be gracious with myself. If I don’t feel like I am good enough or things are not happening fast enough, I can’t flourish and grow. I know I am not alone when it comes to feelings of inadequacy. So many established pattern designers have relayed the same story to me. It is easier to extend grace to others than to yourself; however, I know I am worth it, and I can accomplish the goals I have set for myself.

I have included a design in this post, my screen saver, that incorporates elements from a couple of the patterns I am working on for a collection. I will also be making available clip art of some of the motifs. There are many designs to come, but also much work to be done as I continue to learn and grow in this business. I am up for the challenge and thrilled to see where this journey will lead.

This particular design incorporates the saying, grace wins. This saying holds special meaning for me on many levels, but that is a topic for another post. Till then my goal is to extend a little grace to my world around me. People have bad days and need a little grace.

Designs and Patterns will be posted in my Design Gallery.

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Intentional Living for a Sustainable Life

If you look up the definition of intentional living you will come across words and phrases like conscious attempts, life choices, attitudes, deliberate decisions, purpose, self-awareness, and the list goes one. Recently I watched a Market Place episode on plastic waste and it’s impact on our environment. As I sat there watching I was appalled by the lack of knowledge and concern of how our lifestyles are impacting the environment. Yes, this includes my own ignorance! I was struck with guilt the very next day when I made a quick stop at the grocery store. A plastic bag for the tomatoes, another for the lettuce, …the avocado, does it really need to go into a plastic bag, and that one lime I bought…

The story continues as I proceeded to the checkout and realized my reusable bags were at home. Really?!

I thought I was doing my part, growing my own vegetables, composting, recycling, and making products that are better for the environment and better for my family. After all, I chose to use water-based ink over plastisol for screen printing. What does that matter when other areas of my life are contributing to the problem? Better yet, how am I going to fix this problem?

First, a quick definition to clarify goals and intentions.

  • Goals and intentions are not the same but work well together.
  • Goals are set in the future and have a destination.
  • Intentions are in the present and focus on how you live in that moment.

Back to the question I asked earlier. How am I going to fix my problem? I have decided to set intentions and goals that revolve around helping our environment. Simply put, I want to recognize and live my values daily, with intention, to help meet my goals that include reducing my footprint.

The Project

I love fun bags and totes and I love creating items that are not harmful to our environment. For me, having pretty totes that are multi-functional sets me up for success – I am more likely to have totes with me when I have to make that quick stop at the grocery store for one or two items. Let me be honest here, one or two items usually turns into more items than I can carry with my two hands.

Natural Cotton

It is important to me to use natural fibers in my creations. This bag is made from 10 oz. natural cotton. The design is screen printed with water-based ink. Functionality is also very important to me. The printed design portion of this bag creates four deep pockets for books… The main large section (16″x 14″) is perfect for the “one or two” items from the grocery store or for carrying books and lunch on the way to work. I included an inside zipper pocket for my phone and a key clip. I also decided to incorporate leather handles to add a little class.

Moving Forward

As I move forward I am excited to make a variety of totes incorporating an assortment of custom surface pattern designs. I plan to make some of the bags with canvas handles and others with leather handles. To keep it fun, I will introduce color into some of the designs. I am excited to start creating!

In order to help fulfill my daily intentions and environmental goals, I will be designing other environmentally friendly and sustainable items. For those who have joined me on this journey, thank you, I will keep you posted.

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If you don’t think using plastic is a problem, check out the Market Place Episode on Plastic Waste. Every little step helps!