Yes, you! I bet you’d just love to break free from the chains of comparison and self-doubt, wouldn’t you? Discover the freedom and power of being you? The real you, not the version of you that’s been shrunken down to make other people feel more comfortable.
When was the last time you felt good about yourself? Worthy and capable of achieving what you really want in life?
Maybe it’s been so long you cant remember.
In which case let me tell ya; embracing that emotional, sensitive side of you is something that should empower you to share your love, your joy and your laughter. It should make you feel fuller for doing it, not leave you feeling drained and exhausted.
Because when you know how to manage your empathy, your whole life becomes a sharing of love and you find that you can afford to give, without ever feeling overwhelmed or like you’re trying to give from a place of empty.
Imagine yourself welcoming everyone to share in the wealth and light that surrounds you, feeling deeply and loving fiercely with excellent personal boundaries.
As an empath, I can say no one designs for empaths.
With that level of attention to detail and thought that I can truly appreciate.
Very little of all the design out there is intentionally made for empaths. For sensitive souls that are highly influenced by the colours, textures, smells and imagery around them. Design that empowers you to own your personal power and supports you to unapologetically let your true self shine.
I’m here to help you tap into the deepest inspiration within yourself so that you can be the person you most want to be. To empower you with better design, because I know exactly how you feel.
Bringing a new item into your life should leave you feeling happy and looking good.
How well it fits into your life should be nothing but a delight and it should make you feel like it’s exactly what you needed right now.
Since I couldn’t find anyone who designed for me, I decided to do it for myself – and now I’m here to share that with you. From tees to hoodies and art prints to life-changing journaling exercises – I’ve got you covered!
“The aim of art is not to represent the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.”– Aristotle
Did you always want to be an artist?
and other FAQs
I’ve been drawing since I can remember, and I dreamt of being an artist when I grew up, but my journey to becoming an independent illustrator wasn’t straightforward. I didn’t go to school to become an artist, though I do have a degree in performing arts and was headed towards the stage as a professional dancer.
Along the way I’ve also wanted to be a photographer, a vet, a professional horse rider… and those are just the ones I remember! But most of us have big dreams that change over time and when some doors close, other (usually better) doors open.
Why do you have a blog?
In addition to being an illustrator, I’m also a writer (and a pretty darned good one if you ask me!). I’ve always loved writing, and though I worked as a copywriter for almost 20 years, my style of writing has always leaned more into creative writing than purely commercial.
For me, writing is a way to process things and develop a deeper understanding of my experience. And since I’m an empath, introvert and HSP I hope that my experiences and lessons learned about being an empath can help others in the same situation.
I have lots of resources for empaths & HSPs:
- Work on your money mindset
- Develop your self-expression
- Advice on mental health
- Being an empath at work
My main mission is to help you deal with your emotions better by learning to recognise your triggers. If it was up to me no empath would ever again experience emotional overwhelm without a belt full of tools to deal with it.
What inspires your work?
My own experience as an empath or the experiences shared with me by other people is usually my biggest source of inspiration. And I know that when I feel uninspired, it’s time to go out there and talk to people, do things and live life away from my studio again.
Empathy and compassion are central themes in my work – and let’s not forget my obsession with details!
Can I mix different styles of art in my home? Or do I have to pick something and stick to it for it to look good?
Just like you can pick and mix your favourite candies, you can and should mix and match your favourite art! By combining a mix of art styles (and even kinds!) shows off your unique tastes, life experiences and creativity.
By taking a proactive approach to creating your space you’re personalising your home, making it more interesting, and it opens up whole new conversations and experiences.
When did you start lettering?
Like most kids, I’ve been lettering since I started decorating my school workbooks and notepads with fancy headlines. But that was more out of boredom in class than any desire to pursue a career in art.
But lettering combines my two favourite things: drawing and words. I’m a total word nerd and obsessed (not in a stalker-y way) with the power of words. I think it’s a testament to how much our experience of life is shaped by our mind when one word or one sentence can completely change how we see something, ignite a revolution and create large-scale change.
The Gutenberg press made wide-spread literacy possible and the internet further lowered the barriers to publishing. I’m an avid reader because I know that a society that reads is a society that thinks and engages in intelligent discourse to change things for the better. Words can transport us to other places or remind us important things.
Lettering is a way to combine those things with art to create an aesthetically pleasing message that is all the more effective for having been illustrated (rather than just written).
Why do you hate positivity? It’s such a good thing to have in life!
I absolutely agree with that – optimism is a necessary life skill! However, what gets my blood boiling every time is TOXIC positivity – you know, the kind where you try to brush all the hard feelings under the carpet by declaring “positive vibes only”.
“Toxic positivity is a false and forced positivity. When you share something difficult with someone else and they insist that you turn it into a positive, what they’re really saying is, My comfort is more important than your reality.” – Susan David, PhD.
We’re messy and complicated creatures and should live our lives true to that. We need to have difficult conversations if we’re going to live better lives and create a better society.
Blanketing difficult or unpleasant emotions in standardised positive affirmations while ignoring the shadow work entirely is counterproductive. We need to get better at being uncomfortable and learning how to deal with the hard stuff as well as we do the good stuff – that’s the only way we can grow as people!
I’ve been doing inner work for a long time, and it’s the one thing that’s really helped me work through the difficult days. I’ve inadvertently taught many people how to do the same, so now I’ve started doing that with my business as well! The Money Mindset Workshop is a great example because, even though it’s approaching inner work from the perspective of money, it’s really a deep overhaul of your underlying beliefs and patterns.
Is it hard having a business?
Going out on my own as an artist is a challenge for sure! Because it’s not just that I can sit and draw and design all day and people will just magically find my work.
In addition to the work itself, I have a lot of other work that needs doing and I’m doing everything myself. But building my own business is something I’ve dreamed of for a long time and I don’t begrudge it the work that it takes to build it.
And it’s great that you’re here supporting my small business! Because buying from small businesses really has a much bigger impact than buying from big chains.
Why do you make t-shirts & hoodies and still call yourself an artist? Real artists sell real art.
I most often use the term ‘illustrator’ when describing myself because I don’t really produce “traditional” canvas artwork and I have no desire to be in a gallery.
Though I love to paint on a canvas or draw on paper (which I also do), the work that’s most commercially viable in my portfolio is the stuff that ends up as fine art prints, motivational posters, t-shirts and hoodies etc. I mainly work with digital tools, especially once I’m making the final design that gets turned into a product for my shop!
All my work is original, though most of the time the file that you need to make a product is digital and so, there’s no canvas to sell as “original”. But all the work in my shop is hand-drawn by me and is my original work! And lots of them start as sketches in my trusty sketch pad.
What’s Money Mindset Workshop?
I created the Money Mindset Workshop to help you with:
- getting comfortable with big money
- taking control of your personal economic power and making the most of it (women have a short history of being in control of money and it’s a challenging thing for many of us to really step into that role)
- understanding how emotions and money are so intertwined with each other that it can be hard to tell where one ends and the other begins
It’s also a deep rabbit hole into your inner psyche, which may be cruel of me to put you through that since I’m supposed to inspire you to shed everything that you’ve outgrown. But hey, participating in the workshop is really good for you – it’s like healthy fats! (Think avocado.)
OK, I’m in! This sounds like my kinda place. What do I do now?
If you think that the road to serenity is paved with challenging conversations and some well-placed profanity, then I think you and I were meant to be friends. That’s what you become when you subscribe to my emails.
Plus it means I’ll write to you with the best advice your mother never gave you on feeling all the feels, all the time.