Living a creative life is all about embracing the ebb and flow, the ups and downs, the learnings and lessons, the challenges, triumphs, growth and acceptance.
It has been difficult for me these past couple of weeks to get into the studio. I pushed myself so hard to take risks and do more challenging designs that I started to ‘fail’, make mistakes – some things were just not working. This got to me.
I probably don’t need to tell you about that inner voice that says ‘you aren‘t good enough’ or ‘you aren’t a real artist’.
Yesterday I took a deep breath, approached my time in the studio as simply time to explore with no outcome in mind.
I love that moment when you notice your inner life shifting. I love when mistakes and failures transform into lessons. I love the growth that occurs in the letting go.
I started making jewellery with snowflakes after I attended a retreat focused on the season of Winter and the lessons that it holds for our inner lives of soul. We were prompted to journal during the retreat. Instead, I took the blank journal pages and cut out snowflakes. All of the other participants thought I was such a rebel – not following instructions.
I love when the paper is folded up and you can’t tell what the full pattern of the snowflake will look like. Life is often like that. We know or can see what aspect of something, but have to wait to see how the whole will turn out. The phrase that came to me when making the snowflakes during that retreat was ‘trust the unfolding’. I even wrote this on the first snowflake necklace that I made – which I kept for myself.
I can hardly believe that was 7 years ago now. I made several necklaces and some earrings right after that retreat and always thought I would make more of these snowflake creations. The patterns have been on the shelf in my studio this whole time.
I have finally come back to explore it further. Here is a necklaces that I just finished this morning. It features a glittery blue druzy stone.
Thanks for checking out my new website.
It felt like time to put a bit more energy into promoting my creative work and what better way to do that than to create a beautiful website.
With this new website I am going to try my best to keep up with writing a blog – to let you all know what is transpiring in the studio.
I hope to see you here again soon.