My Dark Soul

These are highly personal pieces that I RARELY show to others.

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These necklaces were made during a time of my life when I was both incredibly happy yet, inexplicably, also struggling with deep personal issues. I was in the midst of questioning society and its rigid rules; my disenchantment with the consumer culture; and the true meaning of money; all while trying to express myself as a female artisan living in the 21st century.

While questioning the meanings of “worthiness”,”value”, and “price”, I purposely chose to work with the following “worthless” bits and pieces that I found:

  • in nature (common pebbles, plant bits, twigs)
  • around the house (man-made things such as clothes pin parts, broken furniture bits, beads & bits from old broken jewelry, snaps from old clothes, old shoe polish, old tins of paint).

I also added a few things I bought (although spent next-to-nothing on): cotton string and cords of woven leather hand-made in Africa.

I assembled these necklaces while words such as “angels”, “goddesses”, “female consciousness”, “anima” were floating around my head.

I had decided to use a gray/silver/black palette so as to suggest oxidized sterling silver (which is far more “valuable” than the worth of my chosen materials).

At the time, I was also working on very brightly colored, more “commercially viable” necklaces, made with “valuable” semi-precious stones. Placed side by side, these dark pieces definitely looked like they had been created by a completely different artisan.

So there I had it: the “valuable” necklaces and the “worthless” necklaces. But the question remained if some of them were more important than others.

I still have no answer.

Perhaps I created the sombre dark souls of my brightly dressed sisters?

If you are an artisan/writer/designer, have you ever made two completely different pieces of your art in the same year?

I’d be interested to know! Please share in the comment section below!

Create Digital Products that Sell While You Sleep

 

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Are you ready to make your creative work

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What are you are doing November 10th & 11th?

Don’t know?

I do!

I’ll be watching April’s class while it is taking place LIVE in San Francisco at the CreativeLive studio.

 

Why?

  • Because April rocks! I first “met” April on a post over at etsy, talking about marketing for creatives.
    I then clicked to her blog Blacksburg Belle, out of curiosity, and immediately fell in love.
    Her content, her photos, her presentations…it made me want a blog like that myself!
    For a creative junkie like me, who has big problems about marketing myself and my products,
    April’s blog held the answers to many of my doubts.
    Oh, and did I mention?
    Her smile is contagious 🙂

 

  • I had been toying with the idea of making clothes patterns
    and selling the digital copies for quite awhile now.
    I know how to make clothes patterns on paper
    but was hesitant about how to turn them into digital copies
    (my patterns are BIG!) because of any tech issues
    that either I could encounter AND
    the potential future client may run into while downloading.
    April is sure to cover trouble-shooting! (Right, April? 😉

 

  • Marketing, marketing, marketing!
    (That may be the MAIN reason I haven’t created digital patterns already….)
    I can never seem to learn enough about this topic
    as my #1 issue is sales.
    I am imagining that April will touch on this also.

 

  • I watched April’s class on CreativeLive a few months ago on how to
    “Build a Successful Creative Blog”.  It was the first CreativeLive class
    I had watched and it did not disappoint!
    HERE is the link to that one.
    From what I’ve seen already as April as a qualified teacher,
    I know that this class will just as good, if not better!

Here’s a bit about what I’d love to sell:

clothes and accessories sewing patterns.

There are already so many out there on the internet

that I’d like to see how I could stand out from the crowd somehow.

As I develop my confidence on both my marketing and digital skills,
perhaps I could also develop an e-course on pattern-making and sewing tips.

Here’s just a tiny peek into what I’ve made in the past
(everything from the initial sketch, to the pattern, cutting, sewing, styling, and selling).

Wedding dresses, skirts, jackets, dresses, pants, shorts…..

If you can dream of your favorite outfit, I can make the pattern!

IV INDRE www.HelloMyGoddess.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maybe 2015 will see the start of IV INDRE patterns?

 

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What is the advantage of watching Create Digital Products that Sell While You Sleep live?

You can watch it for FREE!

For those of you who are interested but cannot make it, no problem.

You can download the course, for a fee, and have lifetime access for only $49.

(Be forewarned, if you are not familiar with Creative Live, the prices do go up in the future.)

 

What about YOU?

Have you always dreamed of creating a digital product?

Join me on Nov. 10 & 11 at April Bowles-Olin’s “Create Digital Products that Sell While You Sleep“!!!!!

Let me know in the comments below what you’d like to create digitally!

*This post is part of the Create Digital Products blog tour.
Just so you know, I am not making any money by talking about April and her Blacksburg Belle blog, nor about CreativeLive.
I sincerely love their content and just wanted to spread the news about these great web places for creatives.

 

Did you pay too much for your running shoes?

When is the last time you bought yourself running shoes?

A T-shirt?

Sweat pants?

Did you get a real bargain?

Here’s the real price behind your inexpensive clothes:

Goddess is just a word

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                                                                                                                                                                                             –SUE MONK KIDD

Sue Monk Kidd is a writer and is best known for her novelThe Secret Life of Bees.

Any goddesses in the house?

Ever notice how you buy a red car and you then see that EVERYONE has a red car?

 

Or you are pregnant and all of a sudden every other woman you see has a belly bump?

 

After I decided to use the word GODDESS as part of my internet identity, I started to notice Goddesses all around me.

How could I resist the temptation to click/write/meet/connect to other virtual Goddesses?

 

I ran into the word Goddess on Kickstarter  quite by chance recently.

Here’s what it was:

The Goddess Project

It turned out to be two women traveling the US,  filming and interviewing women  from all walks of life.

In their words, The Goddess Project is a “feature-length documentary made by two girls who traveled 10,000 miles across America,
interviewing incredible everyday women about their paths to self-discovery.”

There was no question about donating to that project! Holli and Sara were fortunate to get their idea fully funded.

Because of my teeny donation, here’s what I got in the mail from them the other day:

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Take a look at Holli’s and Sara’s project.

The Goddess Project

I think you’ll like it!

 

Hello, Malala!

WE ARE WOMEN.

 

As female citizens of this world, the recent news about

Malala Yousafzai  winning the Nobel Peace prize,

together with Kailash Satyarthi,  a children’s rights  activist from  India,

is absolutely fantastic!

 

Don’t you think so?

 

I think that Malala’s decisions will affect women and girls (and all of humanity) for generations to come.

 

One of the big problems with education is that precisely the people who need it the most, are often the ones who deeply oppose it.

Yet the people who insist that something is “good for you” can often come across as patronizing and so their advice is ignored.

 

 

That is why I think Malala will be able to accomplish so much.

 

She a is a girl.

 

She is young.

 

And she is Pakistani.

 

 

She won’t have to preach.

She has first hand knowledge of the the value of education.

What better advocate for universal female education could we ask for?!

 

Her voice may be able to ring more loudly and clearly than if she were older, a male, and from a richer (“more civilized”) nation.

 

 

I take it for granted that education is a good thing for everyone. Not everyone in this world has the same opinion.

 

Malala is an advocate for education for all girls, yet not all people (the Taliban, for example) want what she is fighting for.

 

There can be a fine line between your desire to help others in a way that you believe is good & true, and what the people who are receiving your help think about the whole business.

 

The following is a true story.

 

Some years back, an acquaintance of mine sold all her possessions and decided to move to the jungles of Brazil.

She was enjoying her new care-free lifestyle, yet noticed that many of the children around her did not go to school.

This worried her. She was convinced that a basic education should be a priority for all these kids.

 

So she decided to tackle the problem herself. She started by going to visit the local families.

 

And that was when she first hit up against a brick wall.

 

The families did not want their children to go to school. The only way to make ends meet was to have the children go to work everyday.

Who had time for something as lofty as school?

 

She didn’t want to give up so easily so she decided to approach the problem step by step.

 

Step one:

She had to convince the families that education was a good thing in the long run.

But how do you convince someone who is starving today that they will have more food on their table in the uncertain future if only their kids could learn how to read and write?

 

Step two:

After some of the families agreed about the importance of education, there was the problem of getting the kids enrolled.

In order to be enrolled, a child first needed to present a birth certificate.

Easy peasy, you’d think, right? Well, no, not really. When parents are illiterate, what use to them is a piece of paper with the names and birth dates of their children?

So next came the long ordeals of obtaining birth certificates. What a thrill! Hurray! Papers and questionnaires to full, IDs to be shown!

Anybody who has applied for a passport, visa, or even a driver’s licence, knows the fun and joy involved here.

(Ok, so maybe this depends on which country you live in…but you get the point.)

Getting a birth certificate in Brazil involved all that thrill plus driving the mother, together with the children, to the big city for the day, going to city hall, standing in line, and applying for the proper documents.

 

Easy enough, right?

 

No.

 

It meant that the mother would have to take off work and thus miss that day’s paycheck.

As you can probably guess, it was not easy to get the women to sacrifice a day of work in exchange for a piece of paper with some official stamps on it.

 

I haven’t spoken to Pilar (the brave Spanish woman who did this) in almost 10 years so I cannot tell you anything else about how successful her venture was/is. In any case,  this is what she told me. She did manage to get some kids successfully into school on a daily basis  and I was duly impressed.

 

 

When we grow up in a country where all kids go to school, we take so much for granted about elementary education.

And don’t you love that Malala is a practicing Muslim? I hope that she is able to educate the Western world,  just by being herself, that not all Muslims are automatically bad people!

 

What do YOU think about Malala? What are your thoughts about mandatory education for all girls and boys, no matter where they live?

I love to read your opinions! Please LEAVE a comment below!!! (You’ll get an A+ if you do:))

 

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I’ll leave the topic about the quality of education for another post. That’s when the discussion can really get heated!

In the meantime, here are some of my favorite TED talks about education:

https://www.ted.com/talks/sugata_mitra_build_a_school_in_the_cloud?language=en

http://www.ted.com/talks/ken_robinson_says_schools_kill_creativity?language=en

http://www.ted.com/talks/ken_robinson_how_to_escape_education_s_death_valley

 

A message by Malala’s father:

http://www.ted.com/talks/ziauddin_yousafzai_my_daughter_malala?language=en

 

 

 

( If you happen to be a man and enjoy reading posts at HelloMyGoddess, then I sincerely welcome you!)

Vintage Levis & Embroidery

One needle.

Lots of thread.

Result?

Objects of beauty!

Enjoy 🙂

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A lovely green velvet bag that my best friend, Doreen, made for me as a surprise B-day present in high school!

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Doreen velvet bag 1970s

 

Work by Richard Saja. Great sense of humor, love the juxtaposing of old and new 🙂

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And here’s a work-in-progress by moi.

Wonder when I will ever finish it???

And yes, in case you are wondering, that’s a vintage 1970s Levis jacket 🙂

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Indre's embroidered Levi jacket

Indre work in progress on vintage Levi jacket

Indre embroidered Levi jacket

Indre embroidered Levi jacket close up

 

If you like this, let me know in the comments below.

 I’ll have to scan old slides of mine so I could show you embroidery of mine from eons ago.