Tuesday, January 17, 2012

E: Easels, Envelopes, & Empowerment

I don't feel particularly inspired or motivated today, which may be why I haven't convinced myself to include an image to this post.  Although, it would probably be good of me to do so, considering this is an art blog.  And yet, here I am, not feeling up to drawing or painting or designing.  The ideas are there, but the act of bringing them out is being stifled by the little sleep I got last night and the full health that continues to elude me (Ooooo...  There's an "E" word I love the sound of: elude.  Elusive.  Eluding.  Hm... the reason for why I like this word eludes me at the moment.).

Easels... I love my table-top easel.  It was a loyal friend that accompanied me on so many sleepless, college nights in the studio.  And it continues to aid me with my small, painting projects.  I also own a few standing easels.  But, until my most recent commission, I had little use for one.  Most of my paintings are small and do not require I standing easel.  I am so glad I have both kinds on hand though.  And easel is definitely an artist's ally.

Envelopes... I really cannot tell you what it is I love about stationary, but the more I design it for weddings, the more I am amazed at the plethora of options there are.  The envelopes are my favorite part. Sizes, shapes, colors... all can be so different.  You can have outer envelopes and inner envelopes, reply envelopes, envelopes with pockets, envelopes with belly bands and wax seals and stickers... the choices are limitless.

Anyway, as far as things happening right now in my life go, I'd have to say 2012 has been rather uneventful thus far.  However, I have been excited for all the possibilities this year has to offer.  So many things going on in the world already, like National Human Trafficking Awareness Month, which I have been announcing in the streets!  And by "streets" I mean Facebook.

It is amazing to me how much your life can change when you simply know something that you didn't know before.  In my case, it started out with food.  I learned about the atrocities in the food industry and about the benefits of cooking at home and buying organic as much as possible.  That knowledge paved the way for a new lifestyle for both me and my husband, and the family we may one day start.

Then followed the knowledge of how much of our life is touched by slavery.  The food we eat, the clothes we buy (chocolate, sugar, shoes, pants, shirts, bananas, etc.).  The knowledge of such things allows us to be informed when making purchases, but knowledge like this also empowers us to do something to help those who are being exploited in the first place.

Knowledge, as they say, is power.  If we do not strive to be informed on the decisions we make, we will continue to live in the comfortable ignorance that allows those in control to decide the futures of those with a voice and those without a voice.  You do not always need to use your voice to benefit yourself.  Sometimes you just need to lend your voice to those who have none.

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