Hi, I’m Eva!
And (fair warning) 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?
I’m so glad we met!
Modern life isn’t designed with human connection in mind. We’re so caught up in our device dictatorship that we’ve lost our connection to each other, to our tribe, and to ourselves.
What I want to do is offer you that fairy-tale knock at the door to your deep female psyche and invite you to come on an adventure.
I want those old, buried memories to stir within you.
And come back to life. Because deep within you there is that memory of your absolute, undeniable and irrevocable kinship with the wild feminine.
A relationship which may have become ghostly with neglect, buried deep by over-domestication, and outlawed by the prevailing culture. You may have forgotten her names, and you may not answer when she calls yours.
But in your bones you know her.
You yearn toward her because you know she belongs to you and you to her.
You were born into this fundamental, elemental and essential relationship. Your essence was derived from it. And there are moments when you experience her, however fleetingly, and it makes you mad with wanting to reclaim her.
This vitalising “taste of the wild” usually comes to you during the miracle of change within yourself, when you tend to your needs and your desires as you would a beloved garden.
Glimpses of her come to you through sights of great beauty.
While watching the splendour of a sunset, seeing your cat sprawled in a sliver of sunlight, and when admiring the perfectly shaped tiny nose of your newborn.
A sense of her comes to you through sound – in music that excites your heart and moves you from within. She reaches out to you through the written and spoken word – in poems and stories, sometimes just a word.
And she stirs you to remember, even just for an instant, what substance you’re really made from and where your true home is.
Your longing for her intensifies when you happen across another who has secured this wildish relationship within her. And your longing for her increases every time you realise you have given too little time to the mystic cookfire, your dream time, your own creative life, your life’s work or your true loves.
And those fleeting moments come to you, both through beauty as well as loss that makes you so bereft, so agitated, that you can no longer resist and begin to pursue your wild nature.
Then you leap into the forest or into the desert or into the snow and run hard.
Your eyees scanning the ground, your hearing sharply tuned, searching under, searching over, searching for a clue, a remnant, a sign that she still lives, that you have not lost your chance.
And when you pick up that trail, like many women before you, you ride hard to catch up. You clear off your desk, clear off old relationships, clear out your mind, turn a new page, insist on a break, break the rules, stop the world, for you are not going on without her any longer.
And that’s usually when you meet me; yet another guide on your journey.
Let me introduce myself properly
I’m Eva Hussain, illustrator and writer. And my life’s work is inner transformation.
I’ve spent a lifetime filled with a longing for the wild woman in myself and there are few culturally sanctioned antidotes for this yearning. I was taught to feel shame for being my mother’s savage daughter, the one who runs barefoot cursing sharp stones. I was taught to grow my hair long and how to use it to hide my feelings.
Yet the shadow of the wild woman lurked behind my eyes during my days and my nights.
No matter where I went, the shadow that trotted behind me was undeniably four-legged – and eventually, I could no longer deny the knowing of my own soul.
So I set out to retrieve, examine, love and understand the wild woman within me – to hold her against my deep psyche as one who is both magic and medicine.
And now I offer you the same.
I’m offering to guide you through your own journey of discovery. To help you reconnect with the fierce, healthy and visionary attributes of this instinctual knowing deep within you.
Does that sound like something you’d like to do together?
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 or at the bottom of this page.
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May your clothes
becomfy, your coffee strong and your Mondays short!