extension of SELF …

The more creative things I do, the more I am realizing how these things I create are truly an extension of me. I mean, I get this, like from a logical mind standpoint. Now, I’m FEELING it. My art is my truth. I’m getting more and more comfortable with sharing my truth and LIVING my truth, and in turn, I am getting more comfortable with sharing my art and not needing anyone else’s praise to validate my creations/talent (although, I’m totally cool with this FYI). This is because I love meeeee so much more than ever and I trust in me and in my abilities. And I create because I love it, like really love it.

Sometimes, I get these cravings in my body to do something creative. It’s kind of like feeling horny, but I feel crafty. Anyone else get that? Anyone? …

So anywho, this self-acceptance did not come easily to me for most of my life. Therefore, I hid my talent from everyone and most importantly, myself. Interestingly, the shift in my own mindset came about from other people trusting in me more than I consciously trusted in me. When I lived at the Omega Institute, a woman looked at something I was making and told me that not just anyone can do that. Really? Cause, I honestly didn’t think there was anything special about me and my abilities. She definitely struck something in me …

Then, I started working at lululemon 2 months after Omega and I wrote out some of our chalk nameplates because, simply, “I liked handwriting.” Everyone I worked with saw my nice handwriting as so much more than that though. They asked me to hand-write all the nameplates whenever product was moved around or new product came in. I was happy to oblige. And then … THEN, they asked me to do more and bigger things with chalk. “Huh? Me? I can’t do that.” (I said that more often in my head than out loud.) So, I did them. Slowly, like reeeeeally sloooooowly, at first. They liked it. I did more. I got faster. Because I got more confident. And started to recognize my talent, rather than just accepting that other people liked what I did. Wow, I didn’t realize I had this inside me. Pretty fucking awesome.

Creativity and finding my truth have gone hand and hand for me these past couple of years. I create to find my truth and finding my truth helps me create – to create organically, with no agenda or need. Well, sometimes, I have an art job that needs to get done. However, it still feels more like something I want to do and am happy to do. That’s HUGE!

OK, so why the pics of my furniture, other than the fact that they are my creations? I was thinking one day about the process of furniture designing. I doodle. Those doodles turn into potential furniture pieces. I then expand on the ones that speak to me. And I break them down to figure out how to build them – the hardware, the materials, the joinery, the dimensions, etc. I change the design as needed to make it buildable and structural and usable. This is my life. I doodle. Exploring new things. New adventures. I then expand on those that speak to me. And I break them down to figure out if they are truly an extension of me – am I passionate about this? Does it serve me? What support do I need? Can I build on myself and grow as a person? What do I need to do this? I try things. I change them as needed. I trust in the person I’ve created. As I trust in the furniture I’ve created. Both strong. Both beautiful. Both built of energy and love. Hell yeah!

All of these strong, beautiful, energetic and loving creations are for sale by the way. The furniture, that is. Not me ;)

www.etsy.com/shop/firstlightcreative

 

 

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such brilliant PLYdeas …

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So, it took me almost 2 years to get these guys on Etsy. I don’t want to keep hogging these furniture pieces all to myself anymore! Actually, they’ve been wrapped in blankets and  hiding in a room with many boxes of other things not being used. It’s time they go to new owners who can enjoy and appreciate them EVERY DAY for their beauty and hard work.

Please take a moment to check out my Etsy shop and share it with anyone who might also appreciate these unique, completely one-of-a-kind, handmade furniture pieces. All were designed by me and 2 were built by me as well (Curves and Elements). The other pieces were built by a woodworking friend who was quite accepting and patient with my rather particular designer tendencies ;)

If you’re interested in the stories of how these pieces came to be, click on their names below …

Elements
Cubey
Curves
Intersect
10 Blocks
23 Degrees
Triple D

And then there’s my first born which is not for sale. This is where it all started, so you may want to read this story first ;)

THANK YOU for taking the time to check out my creations for the 1st or 10th time!!!

XO Dawn

connect to HAPPINESS …

I believe I mentioned in a recent post that I feel like I’m going through the motions of life right now. Doing a bunch of things I really want to be doing, but doing too many to truly enjoy any of them or do any of them well. So, I sat outside on the deck with my sketchbook and my nice pens to brainstorm on what makes me happy and this was the creative result. CONNECTION. That’s the answer at this moment. I spend so much of my time alone in my own world, my own zone, doing my own things, for me – school, blog, working out, cooking, eating – most things I do alone these days.

So what does CONNECTION mean to me? Listening. Speaking. Laughing. Loving. Being me. Community. Nature. Sharing meals. Cooking for others. Playing with my nieces. Spending time with family and friends. Connecting to my higher self. Combining my talents with other creative beings. Surrounding myself with like-minded people. Being compassionate.

Some of these things come easier to me than others. Sometimes it depends on the time of day, or time of the month, or who I’m with that makes it harder or easier. What I find most important is that I let myself truly feel the connection, however big or small it is. Acknowledge it’s presence and feel it. Otherwise, I’d still be doing all those wonderful things “alone.”

I know this isn’t easy. Honestly, I’m not sure how I’m going to make this shift exactly, but I sure as hell am going to try! Guessing I’m not the only one with a need to shift something in their life, so let’s spiritually bring our heads and hearts together to support one another during this period of shifting and evolving. Us spiritual peeps are aware that we are always shifting and evolving, but let’s try taking one step at a time … just one … go ahead, try it (I’m really talking to myself here!)  ;)

If I’m mindful of each step, I can truly enjoy each step and become really damn good at it.

the BEAUTY of aging …

This is such a Dawn photo. I love the textures. I love the detail. And I love the rusted metal. For those of you that don’t know this about me, I get crazy excited and kinda turned on by steel … add rust to it and FORGET IT! And I’m dead serious.

Took this photo in Hoboken on Monday and could barely control myself ;)

think ABSURDLY …

weathered wood quote02

Love this quote and concept. Be different. Be daring. Be you.

Note: My hope with this blog is to help inspire others, and sometimes (ok, all the time) it’s more to remind myself of what I need to do in my own life !

spanish WISDOM …

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It’s time to get out of your own way!!! I’ve been blocking myself for years and years and still working on it as I type. If you’ve never failed, then you’ve never tried something new … pretty sure I read that quote, or something close to that, on Instagram or Facebook yesterday … I know you get the point ;)

Disclaimer: the background image was not created/photographed by yours truly.

plan THIS …

planner pic

Bought this cute little 2016 planner the other day so that I can organize my life. It’s challenging to do that without the typical 9-5 job. Took my new treasure home and started writing in it, when I saw at the bottom “DO SOMETHING CREATIVE THIS WEEK” … coincidence, I think not. However, I have to be honest with you that this little planner is too small for my needs, so I’m going to buy a bigger one with more room to write out my daily events … it’s hard being so busy and important.

PS Don’t ask me if I had a chance to draw this week with my busy and important schedule ;)

REintroducing 10 BLOCKS …

10blocks collage

48w . 22d . 16h
plywood . glass

10 Blocks came about when I drew it graphically in plan and instantly loved it. Then I extruded each square in my head and knew it would be beautiful. Simple and elegant…just like me, hahaha!

Since it was such a simple design, I asked Don if he’d quickly build it for a furniture show I had in April 2014, and he did it masterfully. Each square block is an individual piece, so they could be arranged in any order preferred by 10 Blocks’ future owner. Have fun with it!

REintroducing 23 DEGREES …

23degrees collage

24w . 6d . 6h
plywood . plumbing pipes

I honestly don’t remember where the idea came about for 23 Degrees. Sometimes, I’d set out on sketching sprees and just see what comes out of this creative genius. I suppose this was how this piece came to appear on paper. Only the universe knows that answer, I suppose. I will admit that the pipe attachments were borrowed from something I saw on the information super highway. But the wood, that was all me. Keep your minds out of the gutter, people.