Just a Girl Being an Artist
Inspiring you to Accept your Inner Artist by Amuletta.
Art has always been what I was good at. The academic parts of school were a struggle for me and only later in life did I discover that I like to write my thoughts down and tell stories through words. High School was about taking all the Art classes that supported my extreme right brain thinking. Art was safe and I could draw on that creativity within. I was so lucky to be chosen to attend Emily Carr College of Art and Design in 1990. It seems like forever ago, though I can still smell the grain and hops from the Granville Island Brewery and taste the amazing baked cream cheese pastry that was sold at the French bakery La Baguette & l’Echalote. My mouth’s watering just thinking of these bagels; but I digress. I have always loved magazine tear-outs and collected them for years. I had boxes and boxes of them. I still have my favourite cover of Vogue (Best of British 1998 photographed by Nick Knight) with Kate Moss on the front.
My Instagram profile picture was taken 7 years ago. I know we live in a world of illusion and it’s very important to emphasize that being ‘comfortable in your own skin’ is a virtue. So, why use a photo to promote myself that’s 7 years old? Using a picture that isn’t current seems like a faux pas but I realized somewhere along the line I was ‘just a girl being an artist’. Somehow this realization takes all the pressure off how I think I should be and allows me to just be. I find pleasure in recreating an image like the one above. It started with a pinterest pin of a hairstyle that I took to my hairdresser Natasha. I then had my hair cut & coloured to match, a makeover of some sort, and being the expert Natasha is, she styled it exactly like the photo. With my iPhone, I took a few photos (like lots) and worked the edits to make it look as much like the original inspiration as possible. I feel proud of the end result and I use this photo to advertise my Amuletta Jewelry Instagram page because it’s Art, I’m just a girl being an artist after all. It might not represent how I look today exactly, as I have a few more wrinkles and smile lines, but I’m ok with that. I love the creative tools that my iPhone has given me; it’s satisfying styling a photo and it’s part of the reason why I love doing Instagram videos. They are fun, intimate mini-movies that I wouldn’t likely make with a big clunky camera and crew around.
I hope to inspire you to get creative. I think we should feel free to mimic our favourite designs and make our own Art despite our small insecurities.