And I have an acute sense for the theatrical.
Come on in! It’s great to see you.
How are you? Any news?
Your hair looks nice!
Can I get you anything, tea? Coffee?
Who am I?
I’m an illustrator and copywriter (fancy term for word nerd), and so excited that we found each other!
I believe that modern life isn’t really designed with human connection in mind.
We’re so caught up in our device dictatorship that we lose that real connection to each other, to our tribe.
I think we need to find a way back to the campfire, to tell stories and spend some time in the leisurely pursuit of nothing in particular.
I’m committed to creating art that brings you little pockets of joy in your hectic daily life.
Helps you to remember your gratitude when things get overwhelming.
And makes you feel less alone in your anxiety.
Art that replenishes you when you gaze at it.
Art that gives you a moment of reprieve from our modern performative existence.
Art that empowers you to be who you want to be.
Does that sound like something you’d like to get in on?
But, you came here to get the scoop on me, so…
Growing up I was quiet.
I could spend hours doing my own thing and not miss being around others.
I was a dreamer and a thinker.
I read books because going on fictional adventures was so much better than ordinary life.
Being around other people was exhilarating and exhausting at the same time because the line between their emotions and mine blurred too easily.
I preferred animals over humans as they were quiet and challenged me to apply my empathy in order to understand them.
Time and again I was told…
- you’re too sensitive!
- you shouldn’t take things so seriously!
- you need to grow thicker skin!
- you’re too emotional!
It quickly became overwhelming and I lived life under the constant stress of feeling like the world was against me.
I tried to fit in with the extroverts because it wasn’t socially acceptable to spend so much time alone.
My life ended up being a feedback loop from hell where I felt bad for even feeling bad, guilty for feeling guilty and anxious because I felt anxious.
I kept wondering, ‘What’s wrong with me?!’
Then I finally realised that it wasn’t about growing thicker skin
I realised that the key isn’t to become less sensitive but to build my grit and perseverance so that I can handle life as an empath – which can be quite the emotional and sensory rollercoaster.
Through art, I’ve reclaimed control over my own emotions
Feeling and processing things deeply means that it takes more than talking to really work through something to the point where I can let go of it.
Working with artistic mediums is a process of discovery and an effective way of expressing those things which are subconscious or difficult to express in conversation.
Being an artist is to emerge from the dark and formless roots of your unconscious and bring with you the deeper truths about life that you’ve uncovered on the way.
And sharing your journey with others so that they can also discover their own truth from it.
Art is a human act
The ultimate purpose of art is not to produce a product.
The purpose of art is to produce thinking, to explore the nature of perception, to create pleasure and to evoke strong emotion.
I use products, such as hoodies, as a way to bring art into your life in more ways than just hanging it on your wall or seeing it in a gallery.
To be truly accessible, art cannot be locked away in secure vaults but needs to be out in the world, with the people it brings joy and meaning to.
Art is courageous
Art is generous.
Art is courageous.
Art is provocative.
Art is emotive.
As an artist, I must constantly endeavour to bare my insecurities and find the courage to be vulnerable in front of others.
Art is rebellion
I can keep track of what I will get in return, or I can make art.
I can enjoy the status quo, or I can make art.
I can be perfect, or I can make art.
This way of being is in itself rebellious to me – not because I fight against anyone or anything.
But because I’ve committed to discovering my true nature and living in accordance with it.
I believe that buying art should be easy and fun
It should leave you happy and uplifted, with a feeling that you’ve just learned something about yourself or reaffirmed something you already knew.
Adorning your home with art – be it commissions or originals from an artist, art prints or something your 3-year-old made at daycare – it’s a form of self-expression.
And a way for you to actively create the person you want to be.
By displaying your art and favourite decor pieces, you’re not just making it feel like home, you’re also learning to appreciate all the special details of where you are – such as the way the light comes in through the windows at a certain time of day and lights up the space you have created for yourself.
How can you buy my work?
My work is available in my webshop. I’m constantly updating and adding to my shop so the best way for you to keep up with what’s going on is to sign up to my newsletter – you can do that right here.
In my webshop you can find:
- original work
- fine art prints (museum-quality giclée), click here to see prints
- apparel (tees, hoodies etc.), click to see t-shirts
Other ways to support me, please and thank you ?
Doing any of these will cause me to do a little happy dance – see Xena, Warrior Princess below, for an authentic demonstration:
Things you can do today:
- Subscribe to my newsletter – get 20% off your first order and first dibs on news, fresh designs, private sales and events.
- Follow me on Instagram – liking and commenting on my posts (as well as saving and sharing them) helps me to gain more visibility in addition to making me super happy.
- Follow me on Pinterest – let me know if you want to join a board or have one I can join!
Thank you so much for your support.
May your clothes
becomfy, your coffee strong and your Mondays short!