Interior Designer and Decorator by trade and Nutritional Medicine University Student by part time (Born on the 26/08/1992 at 04:36am)
meraki. (v) to do something with soul, creativity or love; to put something of yourself into your work.
Originality to me requires the courage to let go of certainties, to trust your natural instinct, to warrant the peculiar and pursue the unknown.
People always ask “Why bLANk?”
bLANk in my eyes is paper with no lines. It accepts indulgences into a delirium of creative imagination; a white page offers that of growth, liberty and scope, it welcomes the unplanned and seeks to preserve visual expression. bLANk is a malleable concept that evolves unconsciously as I move forward. It is a free forming space where I don’t want to deliberately direct its aptitude but rather let it run its own course.
bLANk is the collective growth of my visual perspective and style, a platform where I can expose a part of me, where the mechanisms and imagination streaming through my mind can be communicated. abLANkblog offers me a domain literally, connected to the world, but, intrinsically offers me the world.
1. Casey Leigh
I’ve learnt self-motivation and dedication, I know that hard work beats talent, when talent doesn’t work hard. I have learnt the importance of consistency and effort, I have come to understand to stick to my own definition of success and succeed by my own right. I know that the greatest courage is to simply be myself and that the best way out of a problem is through it.
I know that what one may greet with friction, I welcome with momentum. I have learnt that it’s not what they take away from you that counts, its what you do with what you have left that does. I wholeheartedly believe that compassion and tolerance are not signs of weakness but a sign of strength. I know that when nobody celebrates you, you have to learn to celebrate yourself. When nobody compliments you, then compliment yourself. It is not up to other people to keep you encouraged. It is up to you. Encouragement comes from the inside.
“Happiness is when what you think, what you say and what you do are in harmony.”
I know that solutions need problems just as problems need solutions, that it takes a hell of a lot of knowledge to really know how little you know, that the future you get was paid for somewhere in your past and that our life is what our thoughts make it. I appreciate that forgiveness is not an occasional act but a permanent attitude, and if I am to have one aim in life, let it be to fulfill my potential.
Everyone has a past, something had to get us to where we are now, we all have a story – let bLANk show you mine.
The Challenge: To be a food warrior, to nourish my body, to stay active, to stick to my mantra of natural, be a determined and driven woman, to practice compassion and to share my love, to spread my message, to be unique and embrace all that everything is, what I really want, is to just be.
[Inspiration: My own journey]
2. Project Natural Fork, Knife & Plate Series [FK & P Series]
I have been awakened to what it is that sanctions me to pass through a barrier between my mind living in the past and it predicting the future – it invents a place where my mind is decorously engaged by the just and pureness of simplistic detail with the enchanted combustion of natural ingredients. A series that brings instant happiness to my soul – to enrich others through the means of two interlaced lusts of natural design and wholesome food creations.
Leonardo da Vinci, the Renaissance man of unquenchable curiosity, reflected that the average person “Looks without seeing, listens without hearing, touches without feeling, eats without tasting, moves without physical awareness, inhales without attentiveness of odor or fragrance and talks without thinking”.
The series offers to appreciate our sensory pentagon – taste, sight, sound, touch and smell. An environment that engages all sides of this polygon where one can feel solely in the present moment.
Where we can feel the chemical reaction of the food on our tongue, the smells deep through our body, the eruption of clean sound, eyes witnessing untainted beauty and a touch that finds our spirit through the expression of ambience, food, human interaction, design and the appreciation of small things. A place where we learn and can, just be.
The Natural FK & P Series is the successes and building of friendships and loved ones but it is a personal record for me to continue to grow and keep track of my journey through exhibiting my take on this bold and mystical world I am sharing.
The Challenge: To Invest in the human family. Invest in people. Build a little community of those you love and who love you. To simply do what I love.
3. Sondering Core Style
Have you ever stood at a train station and wondered “where are they going?”, sat next to someone on an aero plane and thought “why are you travelling?”, looked at someone doing their job and wondered “how did you get there?”, seen someone crack a smile reading something and wonder “what’s so good?”, have you ever just wondered “who are you?”.
As a designer and a curious mind, I crave to engineer a personal story apprehended by the senses, set free from external oppressions but to write a tale true to my developing style.
An understanding of my own identity and self-esteem comes from acknowledging my style roots. I have found if I can’t grasp or express the way I see my own world, I consciously know I cannot move forward.
I am deeply intrigued by people’s internal momentum, their motives, routine or chaos, why and what makes them tick. More specifically, how their mind comes to be exposed externally, echoing individual style, whether it is seen as vulnerable or unyielding, style embodies our character.
“When people say they hate you for what you are, tell them that it feels better than being loved for what you are not. It is no good wondering through life wanting to be someone, you have to be clear who that someone is.”
My style is becoming a grounding, the bases at which I can find homage in my foundations – the reasoning that comes with ‘why’. It has taken me day in day out, a determined and open mind, extreme lows and mountainous highs to uncover my ‘style’. A style that I know recognises the beauty in simplicity, lets colour tell stories, appreciates the fine detail, a style that knows that mental struggle, perfectionism and a bay of emotions are all tied to my ‘flair’.
Style whispers, style evolves, and style is mastery. Sondering Core Style is an opportunity for me to appreciate an unlimited network of people’s life stories. To see them as they are but more importantly, to learn from each other, because every one we meet, knows something we don’t.
sonder. (n.) The realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and as complex as your own – populated with their own ambitions, friends, routines, worries and inherited craziness – an epic story that continues visibly around you like an anthill sprawling deep underground, with elaborate passageways to thousands of other lives that you’ll never know existed, in which you might appear only once, as an extra sipping coffee or tea in the back ground, as a blur of traffic passing on the high way, as a lighted window at dusk.
The Challenge: To strip it back bare, raw and use the human spirit as a starting point, to simply ask anyone, someone and everyone, “who.are.you?”.
4. The Green Compass
Being a designer and eco-conscious citizen, I feel and know I have a responsibility to ensure that what I do, design, eat, use or facilitate must tread lightly on this planet. It is my aim to focus on living with a very small carbon footprint, to do things with integrity, sensitivity and compassion. So to, to serve my human needs without depleting natural and manmade resources, without damage to the carrying capacity of ecosystems and without restricting the options available for present and future generations.
“25% of the worlds population of 6 billion people account for 80% of global energy use.”
1. My responsibility as a human is to be ecologically sensitive with a thorough understanding of the importance of the invisible thread that is tied to my actions and my ability to improve these activities by sustainable means.
2. My responsibility as a designer is to understand the capability of design and with this knowledge challenge the status quo – the power of designers is catalytic.
“Cycling 10 kilometres each way to work can save you about $1,700 in transport costs and 1,500 kilograms of greenhouse gas emissions each year.”
3. My responsibility as a health nut and avid foodie is to support my local community and markets for locally grown fresh produce, knowledge and networks that are too, on the same wavelength.
“Rethink how we are inventing the way we live. Living trends are changing radically in response to the huge global changes affecting our lives. Learning to build a better world from the ground up. Going back to what nurtures, protects and makes us feel safe. Finding a sense of calm and control in a world filled with events that are uncontrollable. Learning to adapt to a rapidly evolving environment. Revolution: Discovering new ways of remodeling our way of living and being.” – Amanda Talbot
The Challenge: To weave old age resourcefulness with new methods, quality and creativity with modern technology in order to minimize my own ecological footprint by the means of sustainable living.
[Inspiration: Whole Larder Love & The Sustainable Table]
5. Stained Pomegranate Seed
It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.
Have you ever smashed open a Pomegranate? If you haven’t, you should. When I lost my pomegranate “virginity”, and the vibrant fluorescent gems flew across the kitchen, something happened. It was in that moment that I realised how the tiniest things, those popped seeds made me the happiest, made me laugh, covered me in staining juice – it left an indelible imprint subconsciously…if I am to say what fruit I am, I am a pomegranate.
It always has been, and it always will be, that my life is made up of the small details, that it is within the small steps and the fine detail we can begin to create something bigger, something astonishing & unexpected. Never underestimate the little things, make sure you go out of your way to do them because I can promise you, you will reap the rewards for doing so for the rest of your life.
“The next time it begins to rain… lie down on your belly, nestle your chin into the grass, and get a frog’s-eye view of how raindrops fall… The sight of hundreds of blades of grass bowing down and popping back up like piano keys strikes me as one of the merriest sights in the world.” - Malcolm Margolin
This is my record of all those small pomegranate seeds that are ‘staining’ my personal story; this is ‘everything in between’…
“You need to let the little things that would ordinarily bore you suddenly thrill you” – Andy Warhol
[Inspiration: Simply my day]
The ultimate and healthiest thing is to keep a balance in your life, acknowledge the great powers around us and in us. If you can do that, and live that way, you will find some things scratch the surface while others strike at your soul.
A blog that moves forwards and grows as I grow – Que Sera, Sera – Whatever will be, will be.
Sending my love and positive energy your way!