We Came, We Laughed, We Hand-Printed Gorgeous Textiles!

A group of women ready to express themselves creatively gathered on Saturday, May 14, 2016 in Studio One Eleven, in the heart of the Santa Barbara, Ca Funk Zone.

Here's a 2mn slideshow of the workshop. Enjoy!

I had been prepping up for this workshop for several weeks and the morning of, the elevated energy was palpable as each student walked in... and also quite audible as Krishna Das was belting out his devotion to the God of Love :) I led everyone through a short inner journey of connecting with their personal heart essence, as we united into the One Heart of our focused intention to make Beauty and have fun together.

And that is just what we did! The atmosphere was joyous and a real sense of community prevailed as the ladies exchanged inspiration and the found objects we were using to hand print on fabrics. Some created scarves, others wall hangings, skirts and curtains. All dove straight into the creative process, guided by their heart and flowing with the curiosity of discovering what would appear on the fabric. We had decided to let go of any attachment to outcome and to allow ourselves to receive the guidance of our muse, from moment to moment.

The result was simply beautiful! Each student created 2-3 pieces, each different, and all very harmonious to the eye. The patterns were diverse and revealed the unique expression of each personality. At the beginning of the workshop, I had briefly spoken about Sacred Geometry, pointing to the poster that I had drawn of the basic shapes of nature, and some of the ladies drew inspiration from it, creating spirals, and Vesica Piscis.

I am delighted at both the finished pieces and the wonderful time we had together. I am receiving  very positive and happy feedback about the event, and so the next one is already in the works. Stay tuned and sign up for email updates to be informed first!

I Named My Heart Magick Bijoux After 18 Caribbean Islands

I just finished naming the 18 Heart Magick Bijoux that will be debuting in my new online boutique next week.

Each one is an original, one-of-kind, named after an island from the Lesser Antilles that I have visited.

This process has been very meaningful to my heart, and grounding too. I remembered how deeply I love the Caribbean, each island a world onto itself, with all these nations connected as one in spite of their different cultures and languages. 

I can feel how this influenced me as a little girl growing up in Guadeloupe, knowing that I had neighbors in islands I could see from my own home who didn't speak French but whom I still considered as relatives. We swam in the same turquoise sea and our ancestors had a shared recent history of oppression by Western Europeans. We also had in common a search for our true identity, grounded in our common heritage and rising into wildly creative individual expression.

From a purely artistic point of view, looking at the covers of a couple of books I flipped through to feel the Caribbean vibe before naming the pieces, I was powerfully reminded of how deeply I love the colors green and blue, in all their hues, together. Island and Ocean, forever present in my psyche, painting my inner landscape and coloring my creative choices.

The very first jewelry I created decades ago was when I lived in Guadeloupe, in the French West Indies, and it brings me great joy to pay homage to that magickal place on earth.