Mawusi is a collection of hand-crafted accessories inspired by owner and maker, Jane Odartey's Ghanaian heritage. I'm loving these crocheted pieces from the SS 15 collection.
We live during a time where we have easy access to tools that will allow our voices to be heard in any form that we choose. Which I love, especially since there are still so many stories yet to be told. But lately, I've been wondering if having access to these tools make us feel like we HAVE to say something.
For the past few months I've been fairly quiet on social media. Not because I don't have anything to say, but more because I question why do I feel the need to say it — online. There have been so many times where I have written a status update on Facebook or a tweet on Twitter and deleted it after some thought. The questions that seem to always pop up are, "do I need to say this?" and "what is my intention if I do?"
In general, time is a huge factor in this as I am working on prioritizing my daily activities, but also trying to be more aware of what I put out into the world (along with what I'm ingesting). This doesn't mean I won't share something silly or fun. But filtering out what makes sense to share with close friends versus the public helps me determine whether a Facebook status update or a text message to a friend is the best form of communication. (Or if it's necessary for me to add to the chatter at all.)
All this to say, if you feel the need to say something just for the sake of updating your feed — it's really okay if you don't. It's okay to be quiet. When your intention, vision, and purpose are authentic you won't lose the audience or miss out on opportunities that are meant for you, and you won't lose anything from not being a part of that conversation. Trust me, I am a living example of this, (coming from someone who suffers from FOMO).
The beauty of this: when you're not always saying something, people are more likely to listen when you do.
What are your thoughts about feeling the need to share? Whether it's on a blog, on FB or Instagram (or any platform). Have you had to curb the reflex to post something? Please share your experience below.
Yesterday I received a package of Spoonflower fabric I created had printed. I've ordered swatches of my designs before, but not yardage. I have to admit when these big triangles were revealed their scale surprised me. But the fabric's boldness is really growing on me. It's also a joy to see a quick doodle of mine in a printed/physical form. Not sure how it will be used just yet but I'm excited about getting more patterns printed.
What about you? Have you used Spoonflower? If so have you made any goodies with the printed material?
Things have been a bit busy on my end, which has kept me from updating regularly here. But as usual I'm always excited to share new-to-me discoveries. Like these beautiful ceramic pieces from The Object Enthusiast. Some of these would be lovely additions to the vignettes I'm creating in my home.
Wow, here we are at Day 21 already!! This has been such an amazing experience. I really didn't know what to expect, but with everyday I grew more and more excited to see what you all had to share. With that I'd like to end this challenge with doodles expressing my gratitude — including how grateful I am for your participation. Thank you for sharing with me, and sharing this challenge with your friends. The Doodle Challenge grew super fast because of your enthusiasm. We managed to create a little over 1,000 doodles in our doodle stream on Instagram. And that doesn't include all the amazing doodles that were shared secretly.
This project has inspired me to continue exploring our doodling together in a different way. I am working on something that I can't wait to share with you. So please stay tuned!
Also, I would like to know what you would like to do with your doodles now that you have so many little illustratons and preliminary designs to work with. Email me, comment below or post a comment on IG.
In the meantime let's get to our final doodle together. Thanks again and I really hope you'll keep doodling on your own — or start your own doodle challenge.
Today's prompt comes from a special group of young people in Louisiana. They are part of an art club (they call themselves the Art Geeks) and their teacher, Ms. Kee, introduced them to the doodle challenge as a daily warm-up. I was so impressed with their participation that I asked them to give us a fun idea for doodles. So here it is: create a creature by combining 3 animals and an insect.