Note from the editor
words by Julianne Liebeck
Spring is a traditional time of the year for spring-cleaning, it’s just now we call it decluttering, minimalism or simple living. All are good ways to take the pressure off ourselves in this picture-perfect world of social media feeds, ‘keeping up with the Joneses’, or our unprecedented levels of consumerism which have continued to skyrocket since the 1970s; another part of our human nature (conditioning) that leaves us unfulfilled.
We can also not just declutter our homes but our minds by taking back control of our addiction to technology and hey maybe replace it with mindfulness or mastering clay? In these pages we want to share authentic people and their passion that have morphed into creative businesses or just happy people.
Being authentic is a buzzword but to us it’s having the courage to live out loud your inner joys, or maybe concerns, or creating a product that is a million miles away from a fast-fashion, replica product that is unfortunately lining the streets of cities around the world, as they become homogenous with their clutter.
I found myself despondent one Sunday morning recently so I went walking around the gardens, which were beautiful, but it was when I kept walking and entered the art gallery where I found a complete shift in my mood, I felt uplifted and thankful for my discovery, which led me to finding this quote:
“Making and consuming art lifts our spirits and keeps us sane. Art, like science and religion, helps us make meaning from our lives, and to make meaning is to make us feel better.” Grayson Perry.
We also love this quote by a Japanese Doctor who studied longevity (he passed away recently, but lived to 105 so was definitely onto something!). It appeals to our naughty side, it beckons to a freer spirit rather than the stiffer ‘should and should-nots’;
“We all remember how as children, when we were having fun, we often forgot to eat or sleep. I believe we can keep that attitude as adults — it is best not to tire the body with too many rules such as lunchtime and bedtime.”
So I hope you slip into the freedom that Spring and Summer seem to bring, and you aren’t encumbered with pressure or rules, be they internal or external. But if you are feeling the pinch – seek out some art for an inspirational uplift.