Part I. How Vulnerable Should You be on Social Media?

When you are just starting out…so much anxiety…so many questions

How Vulnerable Should You be on Social Media - Part I


Welcome to Part I of a IV part series on vulnerability. Now, we all know that Brene Brown is the queen of this topic. If you want to dive deep, and really understand what vulnerability means to our lives, and to our growth as human beings, I would highly recommend that you visit her website and watch her Ted Talk.

Here, I’m just hoping to share with you different view points and thoughts on being vulnerable. And to share what vulnerability can mean to us artists as we struggle to define ourselves in the creative space and build small business that, lets be real, are direct reflections of us and our hearts.

Each post in this series will feature the thoughts of a different designer who is actively sharing their work and building a creative business. In the last post I will share my own struggles and embrace vulnerability as I tell you some of the challenges I’ve faced as a creative.

I hope you enjoy. Here’s to being vulnerable!


I’m starting this series with Virginia, AKA The Happy Artisan.

She is a designer and artist who I’ve had many great conversations with on Instagram. I find her to be warm and approachable. And in this interview she is extremely vulnerable, sharing her anxiety about joining Instagram and knowing how much of herself she should share.

I’m excited to start with this interview because I think what Virginia has to say reflects how most of us have felt at some time or another as we’ve embarked on a creative career.



My name is Virginia and for the last couple of years I have been a part of the Instagram community, under the name of my label, The Happy Artisan. I have been working to slowly build the Happy Artisan into a little business…not quite there yet, but trying!

It took me a long time to build up the courage to join Instagram. I was particularly nervous about sharing my art and creative work with virtually the entire world. I have been on Facebook for years, but joining Instagram felt different. With Facebook I felt more in control of who saw my posts and who I interacted with…ultimately how much I shared about myself.

A fellow artist encouraged me to join Instagram as a platform to showcase my work, get known and network with like-minded people. I had no idea how to ‘use’ Instagram to my advantage nor did I think people would be at all interested in what I had to offer.

However, I’ve discovered since joining Instagram that, if used well, it is the perfect social media platform to help promote you in the way you want to be seen by the world. And it is certainly helping me get my art out there in a way that just starting up a website would not have done. Continue reading “Part I. How Vulnerable Should You be on Social Media?”

Finding Your Passion Instead of Just Following It

For years I struggled to follow my passion…then I relaxed. And it started unfolding naturally.

Finding Your Passion Instead of Just Following It

I have so much fun connecting with artists thru Instagram and highlighting amazing designers on the blog. I’m finding that lifting up artists, supporting them and encouraging them, brings me joy.

As I’ve talked to artists I’ve discovered that many of them, when telling me about their career in surface design, often apologize. They say ‘well I didn’t go to art school’, or ‘I’m just now getting into this field,’ as if it is a bad thing that they are new to the game and just now building their art business. Continue reading “Finding Your Passion Instead of Just Following It”

Take Time Out for Yourself Resources


Yoga, Meditation, Podcasts and Books… recommendations you’ll love.

Take Time Out for Yourself Resources

A few weeks ago I talked about how I take an hour every day, a foundation hour, that I devote to filling myself up and preparing for the day so that I can just…do better.

Today I want to share with you some of the resources that have been helpful to me as I’ve built out my foundation hour. I hope you’ll find these resources helpful. Lets get to it!

Yoga This site has tons of classes, and many of them are free. A few highlights:

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Artists: Take Time Out for Yourself Every Day

How a foundation hour can help you feel calm, centered and get more done during the day.

Artists: Take Time Out for Yourself Every Day

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I struggle to get things done during the day and to focus. I feel like I have so much rattling around in my brain that I don’t know where to start. My body is tense and I’m just stuck in my head, thinking the same unproductive thoughts over and over.


I think this can happen to anyone, but especially to artists trying to make their art and build a career. To creatives trying to use both the left and right sides of their brains to get things done.


Well, about six months ago I went to see my acupuncturist at a time when I was feeling this way. She told me that to get a grasp on it I needed to focus my energy. I needed to establish a solid foundation inside myself to anchor my feelings and help me see life clearly. Continue reading “Artists: Take Time Out for Yourself Every Day”

Patterns Infused with Meaning Kick Ass

Patterns Infused with Meaning Kick Ass

I’ve made lots and lots of patterns. Hundreds at this point. And one thing I’ve learned is that when I have a meaningful point of inspiration behind a pattern, when I can quite literally infuse it with meaning, it tends to kick ass.


For example, I love these two patterns I created for my Mom. They bring to mind memories of my time with her and remind me of how special she was to me. When I designed these patterns, years apart from each other, they both flowed out of me effortlessly. Continue reading “Patterns Infused with Meaning Kick Ass”