Something super exciting has been happening over at Big Picture Stuff, it involves socks, stop motion and whole lot of questions.
Being around those who take inspiration from the world and who have the ability to infuse it into their work, inspire us to personally continue creating beautiful things. S.Wallis is a Melbourne based designer label filled with limited edition pieces. All made with thoughtful design and the highest quality silk, wool and cotton, their pieces hold an air of sensibility and sensitivity to the wearer.
Time almost always passes too quickly. When we take a moment to look back and reflect, we often group time into years or months. Rarely do we recount the years to see; the number of challenges we faced, the number of faces we met, the total of smiles we gave, or the litres of tears we shed. But when we do, it provides us with insight and a deeper understanding of what has passed and how it has formed who we are today.
There’s two things that I need to share.
One is a great love, the other, a lesson.
Firstly, my love.
And that’s pretty simple. It’s my love for type, design and bright colours. Like a kindergardener with a box of crayons, give me bright colours and some easy breezy lettering, and I’m going to smosh those things together like cookies and cream. For those who understand what I mean, we are kindred souls, for those who do not, I apologise for my extreme metaphor that may leave you with an icecream craving.
Secondly, my lesson.
It’s also pretty simple. When I created these encouraging statements, I did it for the PROJECTS fundraiser to be sold as encouraging cards. Something to give to others. To lift up another’s soul and give praise with fun words and funky circles. But these little statements have lead to an even greater lesson. It’s a lesson to be kind. Not just to those around us. But to ourselves. Often we allow ourselves to be our own worst critics; expressing judgement on ourselves, never ever do we appreciate our best efforts. “Good is not good enough” and the “best could always be better”.
But you know what, your good is actually fantastic, and your best is actually incredible. Each and everything thing you do is a gift to the world and therefore, amazing. What do we need to do? We need to be kind to ourselves and encourage all that we are.
So with a mix bag of curly letters and odd shapes, as you read these little encouragements, as odd as they are, I’ll like to remind you of things that may have forgotten.
And it’s this: that you are special, you are unique, you are capable, you are blessed and you are, super duper lovely.
Now say that to yourself five times and you’ve got it.
You’re practicing the magical art of encouraging yourself.
VANESSA BONG – Founder & Content Executive
Vess is a writer, graphic designer, illustrator and creative director based in Melbourne, Australia. Passionate about design, art, fashion and story telling her She has worked with a number of well known clients including the Melbourne Zoo, Kelly Thompson Illustrations and currently holds a position at SMASH enterprises as a junior designer. Website / Instagram
P.S Feel free to print these out and stick them up in places where you need just that little reminder. 😉