where women create BUSINESS For all of you jewelry lovers and entrepreneur's be sure to check out the newest issue of where women create BUSINESS it is an especially interesting issue! Gina Riley's (of Rebel Designs) business tips are very insightful!
ART CONNECTS US I want to share something that has truly reminded me that CREATING ART is a liberty we may sometimes take for granted. It's something we don't have to ask for, or need permission to do. We can create anytime we want… we are lucky. So fortunate we don't even appreciate it at times…. I know I am guilty of that too. As many of you know I curate the WHERE WOMEN CREATE column CREATIVE RITUALS, several months back I contacted a wonderful clay artist named Nika Htozkaya about being featured in the column. We were moving forward when suddenly all communication with her stopped, below is the actual email I received from her yesterday:
Sorry for a long silence, but due to tragical events in my country I can’t participate in such a great idea now. It’s a real war in the region I live in, I hope some day there will be peace and I could be back to work creating. I volunteer as a psychologist now as it is my first profession and really see that it is helpful. Two months ago I created a small organization to help people psychologically injured with war, so at least fifty percent of my time and money goes into that endeavor. Hope in a few weeks my organization won’t be so vitally needed.
This wonderfully talented artist lives and creates in Kyiv, Ukraine and maybe thats just an anonymous place most have only heard about on the news but the reality is we are all truly connected in ways we may not even be aware of. Create every opportunity you get…. don't ever take that freedom for granted. Simply by engaging in the constructive act of creativity we are fighting destructive acts and for our right to live in a happy, peaceful world while making a very important contribution to our society as a whole. In Nika's floral words, "Have a Good Day!" Please share this message with as many people as you can…. because we can and maybe, just maybe we can make a difference even if it is in a small way by showing the love we have in our hearts for each other! https://www.etsy.com/shop/Htozkaya https://www.facebook.com/htozkaya?fref=browse_search
There was a single specific moment in time when it struck me, " I just might be an artist." And I must admit it was quite a relief. This explains everything, it all makes perfect sense now. Those frantic urges to quickly search out paper and pen, a lack of attention for the ordinary and mundane but endless patience and diligence for anything frivolous or impractical. Then there are those impulses bordering on near obsession to collect antique oddments. I've been a gatherer all my life which is where the idea for my new RELICS & ARTIFACTS craft blank collection began. I've partnered with PRIMA MARKETING INC. to release this uniquely beautiful line. Timeless and classic curated arrangements of matte resin castings ready to be re-imagined in any number of ways, altered art, jewelry, mixed media, just decorate and embellish with your favorite medium. I am also a Contributing Editor to WHERE WOMEN CREATE, WHERE WOMEN COOK and WWCBUSINESS magazines. I've authored several best selling craft books including FANCIFUL PAPER PROJECTS and FANCIFUL PAPER FLOWERS. I have created several popular rubber stamp lines exclusive to STAMPINGTON & COMPANY.