Friday, August 7, 2009

A Lesson in Solitude

I'm often asked what inspires me when it comes to my designs. This is such a tough question to answer though because inspiration comes to me in so many ways - nature, food, colours, texture - just to name a few elements. Lately though I've been getting my inspiration from my family and friends, especially my mom who just spent an amazing 9 days in Vancouver with me. She just left this morning and it has been a reflective day - I've been working on updating a bit of the website, such as the about page, and just adapting to the sudden silence.

{both wearing ecocessories designs}

I read this passage and it seems fitting to share:

"It is a difficult lesson to learn today - to leave one's friends and family and deliberately practice the art of solitude for an hour or a day or a week. For me, the break is the most difficult. Parting is inevitably painful, even for a short time. It is like an amputation, I feel. A limb is being torn off, without which I shall be unable to function.

And yet, once it is done, I find there is a quality to being alone that is incredibly precious. Life rushes back into the void, richer, more vivid, fuller than before. It is as if in parting one did actually lose an arm. And then, like the starfish, one grows anew; one is whole again, complete and round - more whole, even than before, when the other people had pieces of one."

Exerpted from "Gift From The Sea" by Anne Morrow Lindbergh

{inspiration for recycled starfish necklace}

I'm still waiting to feel like the starfish, but I know it will come in time. I'm feeling a twinge of excitement already as I start to sketch out designs for a unique Fall line that I'll launch in time for August 30th's Portobello West. I'm also working on a few wholesale orders - if you would like to place one for your retail store, or would like to connect with me about it, please click here to email me.

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