Exactly 10 years ago tomorrow, on my 21st birthday, I left the UK and went back home to Prague. I had no diploma, no job and no money. Being a designer by profession was my ultimate dream, but at that point, I didn't know how to get there.
Today, I'm so humbled and happy to say I'm doing exactly what I dreamt of: I'm working as a graphic and textile designer. It was a long, adventurous path full of unexpected twists but now it all makes sense.
It's so good to know that in 10 years time, all of what you secretly wish for can be true. All of it. Cheers to that! .
Photos by @michelepauty in my first atelier at @werksalon back in 2015.
Have a fabulous Sunday!
Finally made myself some new rice heat packs, using my block printed scraps from the @lizzyhouse class at @_theworkroom this summer, and with lavender from my mamas garden! Today’s #selfcaresaturday is also featuring copious quantities of tea, @doterra’s On Guard, sunny walks with friends, and more sewing 😁
Where would we be
If we couldn’t make Art
I do not know how
But the Making of Pictures
Is the Exhale
Love to see where paintings find their homes. Here this piece lives now in Minnesota.
Have you signed up for @fibreshare yet?! Today's the last day to join the ultimate #fibrefriend club. What's better than receiving care packages from a new friend? Gifting a care package to another new friend!⠀
It feels good to sign my name on these paintings on paper. I never sign the front of my paintings on canvas, maybe I should change that? This piece is 8x10” $45 on 140 lb. watercolour paper. Just added to the shop. Check back a few posts to see one of these framed with an oversized matte. It looks so good!🙌 SOLD
Every morning when I pour scrambled eggs into the sizzling pan and turn on NPR, a sense of dread washes over me while I listen to all of the new terrible things happening. I keep returning to this quote by Desmond Tutu to remind myself not to just tune it out - not to get comfortable - not to be quiet and complicit. To remind myself that none of this is normal, and none of it is okay. I hope to see every one of you out marching tomorrow. 👊🏿👊🏾👊🏽👊🏼
The following one week is full of birthdays for me. First up is my brother today, then it's my birthday on Monday and my sister's birthday on Wednesday. To top it up one of my dear friends has birthday in two days too ☄☄ .
I have to admit though I'm not into celebrating my own birthday in any big way. I like to meet my friends in small groups and don't like to be in the center of attention. That's my introvert side right there 🤷🏼 #introvertsunite .
The card is an old design of mine from 2015 and photo by @michelepauty .
Have a lovely Friday 🎉
WOWZA is what I have to say about the wild journey of crazyliciousness that is being an entrepreneur. If you told me a year ago that I would have the freedom to build castles out of dreams, I would have never believed you! And yet with an unbelievable amount of hard work, the most supportive hubby, a laser centered focus, and an unconditional deluge of God’s PERFECT GRACE, here we are. And ooohhh what a sweet spot this is. 😭🙌🏼✨ #girlboss#humbledbyHIM#tgbtg 👆🏼❤️❤️❤️
Getting some stitching done during lunch hour. My friend Joel helped me out with setting up the camera. He’s always ready and happy to help. I appreciate you @joelherron you’re the best! Do you guys have a friend, partner, spouse that’s always ready to help out? .
. Music: Interpol. All Fired Up
Playing with different mediums and trying out new techniques has proved to be .:wonderfully cathartic:. Here’s a peak at a marbleized, embroidered, and quilted fiber art piece that I’ve been working on
I fall in and out of love with my job all the time. Current status: falling hard 💘@experimentalvintage
Really though, December was a pretty rough month for me creatively and beyond. It was one of those few times every year where I question myself, and my career and life choices. Honestly, I was feeling very uninspired by (and even a little bit resentful of) the job that I’ve created for myself- for those of you who may not know, I sell vintage and antique rugs for a living. It showed through like sore thumb in my work, and it showed through like a hundred sore thumbs in my sales. But the down time allowed me to reassess my business, and to be really honest with myself about the things that are no longer working for me, and also allowed me the space to fall back in love with the things about @experimentalvintage that feed me spiritually. And now I’m entering into this new moon fully and deeply in love with my business again, with a head full of fresh ideas that I’m working on implementing this year to continue to build my dream life. I guess I just wanted to say ‘thank you’ to the ebb - because I needed it deeply to bring back the flow 🌊
This morning during my commute, I spilled coffee alllll down the front of my shirt. Alas, not just any coffee; I had stirred in a spoonful of hot chocolate, so the stain was extra amazing! 😂 Happily, I remembered that I had my trusty Tide pen in my handbag. Alas, because of the material (some sort of silky fabric?), it transformed the coffee into ginormous stains which still looked wet two hours later. I was debating on how I could squeeze time to purchase a new shirt into my already busy morning when I realized that the simplest solution was the easiest: I turned my shirt around, cut the tag off, and put my coat back on! Simple is the answer, y'all!! So how is YOUR day going?! 😂😜👍🏻✨