My 1st children's book
I had set aside the dream of being an author until last year when the pandemic hit. Back then, I was still working at a big fashion company as a marketing manager. I'd been there for 10 years.
The Myth of the 'Respectable Job'
What even is a 'respectable job'? For most if not the entirety of my life, a recurring statement I heard from my parents, teachers, well-meaning aunts and uncles was: "Work hard in school so you can get yourself a respectable job."
Britain's Got (No) Talent
Six years ago, I took a gap year. My plan was to eat an abundance of local delicacies, work a crazy job, get hammered with barefoot hippies and regularly wake up face first in a pool of my own vomit – I was, of course, moving back in with my parents in England.
The Birds & The Bees
No matter how much you think you are in control, life will always find a way to surprise you. I spent the past decade creating a life for myself in New York City. I lived in several questionable apartments until finding a halfway decent one in Park Slope during that time. I landed a stable full-time job in Manhattan as a photography office manager securing a salary, health benefits, a retirement plan in an office surrounded by creatives. I embodied the hustle of city life where there is never enough time, and anxiety and stress are the norms. Everything seemed okay. My head was finally above water, and I entered the numb, comfortable daily routine many New Yorkers inhabit.
Creative Copywriting in a Sea of Tech
Have you ever stepped into a boat and sailed out into the sea? The experience can be both exhilarating and terrifying. There are so many beautiful sights to see, but also many unknowns. What if you get lost or capsize? Can you really survive in these unknown waters? Stepping into the FinTech industry, a newly minted copywriter, was like paddling out to sea in a rowboat held together with duct tape.
Dear Black Girl, Your Imposter Syndrome is Valid
“It doesn’t go away, that feeling that you shouldn’t take me that seriously...we all have doubts in our abilities, about our power and what that power is. If I’m giving people hope then that is a responsibility, so I have to make sure that I am accountable.” - Michelle Obama
10 FREE Resources For Vocal Creators To Enhance Their Craft
As writers, we constantly strive to improve our craft. The quest for greatness is infinite. We are never truly finished learning or growing as artists of the written word. The drive to improve fuels our passion and ignites the spirit of creativity. If only editing could be as fun as pouring out that first draft.
My First Month On Vocal
Writing on Vocal has been an interesting and incredible experience for me. I’ve always dreamed of being a writer, but after a decade long writer’s block, it didn’t seem to be in the cards for me. I dabble in writing for Medium, and I’ve been “starting” a blog for the last year. Two in fact, though one is more of a membership site and I have a team of comrades working with me.
I Fear Failure I Fear Success
I told a mentor of mine the other day, “I was equating my own personal value to what I make, causing myself to fumble over small decisions”. Just sharing that with someone provided motivation for the shoes I am sharing with you today. Finding myself halted by effectively what was fear of myself allowed space for me to start.
Teacher turned fabric designer
Start writing... Have you ever wanted to share your passion with the world? Most creatives do. But what I would end up sharing was not what I thought it would be. My name is Ashley, I am an illustrator, designer and school teacher from Kalgoorlie, Western Australia. My mission is to bring joy and education into the world through vibrant and playful digital illustrations transformed into beautiful bespoke creations.
Orange Handles and a Sandbag Strawberry
I was around four when I was introduced to an endless world of color and texture. My mother tells the story best. When she would go shopping at the local fabric store, she would place me in the cart and my mind would start to wonder. I would stretch out my arms as far as I could so I could feel the rows upon rows of textiles and trims, all organized by colors. Seeing endless possibilities and feeling the excitement was enchanting.
How to React When Your Artwork is Eaten
Five Hours. That’s the average time one of my finished masterpieces has to live before someone runs a keen knife through it. Cuts it to pieces. Jovial applause. And then a crowd will consume every bit, leaving no evidence of the crime behind.
When you throw something away, where is away? I’m a native Detroiter who cares about the environment and wants to make a difference. So I upcycle. My journey into upcycling started with a simple mason jar, which I turned into a handy pump-top soap bottle. The transformation captivated me, drawing me to the idea that something so banal and ubiquitous as a jar could be converted into a useful, good-looking household item. When I learned that reusing one jar saves enough energy to watch TV for three hours, I was hooked. From there I was transforming jars into household gadgets ranging from light fixtures and pincushions to cocktail shakers and piggy banks. Today I consider myself an upcycler extraordinaire, taking just about anything headed for the waste stream and reinventing its use.
Create Your Happiness
Create Your Happiness Project Description This creative process is driven by my ultimate ambition to save the earth which sounds ambitious as it really is! Among the methods used are papercutting, model folding, beading and braiding thread. Meanwhile, for the material wise, watercolours are first used to do initial design iterations inspired by sea elements and motives before being cut and folded into desired shapes, forms and curves. A range of ocean-themed matching colours yarn, fairy floss, threads and wooden beads are being used for beading and braiding. Bubble wrap and plastic are being used to portray the feeling of sea surface. Aside from that, certainly not to be left out are important tools such as scissors, paper cutter, transparent tapes, all-purpose adhesive glue and a supporting metal stand.
I got acquainted with my love for bath and body products really young. Basically anything that could be used for hygiene, I was interested! My favorite aisles at any store would be ( in no particular order), dental care, face/skin products, travel size products, and body washes/lotions. I just love/d the steps in self care from top to bottom; There were a couple of summers in my preteens where I spent large parts of the day doing my own pedicures, YES I had time, like, detailed pedicures with polish and designs, I’d just about perfected a French tip by the time I was 13.
Creating for Joy
One only needs to observe children in unedited play to agree with the statement that happiness and creativity go hand-in-hand. As children, creativity is effortlessly woven into everything we do. It is only in the process of ageing that we are conditioned to suppress our creative notions in favour of societal expectations. By the time many of us reach adulthood, our creativity is safely locked away, only to be looked upon when we make time in our overly busy lives to do so.
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