“She loves the serene brutality of the ocean, loves the electric power she felt with each breath of wet, briny air.”
― Holly Black
I have had the absolute pleasure of working with Mia van Zyl on a few original artworks so far and was delighted to hand craft a drawing as a gift for her cousin on her wedding day. The concept was something so unique and it turned out to be one of my absolute favourites for the year. Her cousin is marrying the captain of the yacht that she works on and their love story is something of a fairytale.
“Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others, you should put a good deal of thought into the happiness that you are able to give.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
Natelee Cocks, a very talented photographer currently working in Dubai, approached me earlier this year to hand craft two Tiny Originals for her husband Barry as a gift. Natelee asked him to reflect on his top five happiest memories of their time together and we selected two as the inspiration behind the original artworks.
Hands up if you are not 100% happy with your skin.
We all have some form of an issue with our skin. It is our largest organ and is easily affected by excessive sun exposure, sugar, greasy food, alcohol, stress or lack of sleep. As we get older we have the added stress of delaying the inevitable ageing process. For a while I was somewhat smugly convinced that I seemed to have successfully avoided that awkward prepubescent pimply ordeal only to be hit with it full force in my twenties. I tried everything from ridiculously expensive laser treatments, facials, Vitamin A tablets, and a range of different products and was still left with horrible skin. Drastically changing my lifestyle over the last five years has improved my skin quite extensively but I was nervous to try 100% natural skin products for in case it leads to a terrifying breakout again.
On your first wedding anniversary, take that symbolic piece of paper and cherish it. Turn the page without any regrets. The paper is there to remind you of the origins of your love and the beginning of your story. Anna V
This year I have had the supreme pleasure of hand crafting a few original artworks as gifts to husbands for their first year anniversaries that is traditionally celebrated with paper. Each commission is a refreshingly new experience for me as I breathe life into their ideas through intricate lines of ink. One of my absolute favourites was for Anna-Belle & Craig Durrant. Capturing their cheeky personality in a drawing was such a treat as I have been following snippets of Anna-Belle’s adventurous life via her blog, She Said, and Instagram.