For American Interior Designer Beth Diana Smith, the corporate world eventually took a back seat to make way for her passion. In our chat, Beth shares her journey and some advice for those looking to transition from a corporate role into creative entrepreneurship. She also shares some of the challenges she typically faces and what art and design truly mean for her and their impact on one's well-being.
Creativity comes in many forms and one of these is upcycling. Founder of The Upcycled Trading Co. Claire shares how her background in interior design merged with her passion for sustainability to create a company that aims to achieve sustainability with style. The company teaches people how to transform old, worn furniture into beautiful upscaled pieces; you can also buy furniture and accessories to compliment your home. Claire shares what a typical day for her looks like, how she looks after her well-being and offers some tips on how to start your upcycling journey.
Artist Stephanie May (McGowan) breathes playfulness into her vibrant ceramics. Gathering inspiration from her daily rituals, Stephanie explores themes such as water, movement and connection as she enters a meditative state to create emotional objects that spark joy and curiosity. In our chat she talks about how working directly with the clay connects her to the rawness of nature and grounds her; sharing her favourite parts of the creative process and how she overcomes challenges in her practice.
Now more than ever, having a sacred space that allows us to escape from the stresses of life, the endless notifications that flood our screens and the noise of daily life is needed for our mental health and overall well-being. Here are 3 simple steps you can take to create your own sacred space at home to bring more peace, reflection and creativity to your life.
There is a common expression that a cluttered home leads to a cluttered mind. When the physical space around us is messy and disorganised, we may feel heavy and unfocused; which in turn makes it more challenging for us to navigate our work and creative endeavours. I spoke to Lili Pettit, Founder of Clutter Healing about Holistic Home Organising and the impact this has on our well-being.