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Beauty Report: Quiet

Beauty Report: Quiet

Most of the time I work alone in studio, though rarely am I alone in the space. Today I am here by myself. Jon and Joe of Anzfer Farms, whom I share space with, are installing a huge project at the Berkeley Art Museum–one that has been in the planning for over a year and includes many people (check out The Possible ).

Hours have passed today and I realize that I have kept the music off. I find myself doing this when I know there is no one else here making shop noise and chatter. Just like when the sun comes out after a grey spell and I want to soak it up and bask in its warmth, today I am basking in the quiet. It is by no means silent. It is quite alive. I listen to my own breath, the sound of my saw cutting through metal, or a file smoothing and edge, a car driving by…but my mind and body vibrations slow and calm down. I have clarity and lots of fun making my work. Time passes fast. It is one of the best kinds of days there are. I feel like I am doing exactly what I should be doing. There is no struggle.

 

In Beauty…

Beauty Report: Pop-UP Shop!

Beauty Report: Pop-UP Shop!

raissa bump anzfer farms sandwhich board

raissa bump anzfer farms pop-up

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anzfer Farms (Jonathan Anzalone & Joseph Ferriso) and I have had the opportunity to set up shop. We have occupied a storefront on busy Clement Street in San Francisco for the past month or so. The block that we are on is home to Park Life and SeedStore, great Inner Richmond establishments owned by incredible people.

We did nothing to change the space, but brought over our work and created a cozy environment. The fragment lights really helped! I have spent many afternoons there with the door open, welcoming in friends, meeting new people, talking about our work and selling it too.

The experience has reminded me of the good old days working at Sienna Gallery. It is the first time in years that I have kept ‘open hours.’ My brain clicked on in a different way and I became ‘shop girl’, taking this commitment (with myself) rather seriously.

The opportunity to create a retail space has brought up the question: is this the next step for our businesses? Is this where we would like to use our resources and grow? Each of us has decided that it is not. Overall for me it has been enjoyable, but I knew the entire time that it was a fixed gig, not ongoing. I realize how incredible and fortunate it is that I can structure my days how I see fit, and often can do what suits my mood best, without the necessity of showing up to a retail location. My burning passion is in the making, as well as in figuring out how I can make this passion thrive today and in the future.

The Beauty in this story is many things. Here are a few:
*being given the gift of an empty storefront to occupy through the year
*interacting with my neighborhood in a new way
*coming to clarity about what are the next steps in my business (stay tuned!)
*re-sparking the intensity of my gratitude for all of the galleries that I work with (they all make it possible for me to stay in my studio an make!)

whitney at pop-up

This is our last week(end) at the Pop-UP; come visit!

In Beauty,
Raïssa

Wordless #4

 

 

Beauty Report: Thanksgiving Today and Every Day

Beauty Report: Thanksgiving Today and Every Day

It is Thanksgiving Day. A day that openly invites us all to pay attention to the people, places and things that are most precious to us. It is a reminder that acknowledging gratitude sparkles us up and lets Beauty seep in.

And with that I introduce to you something that has been near and dear to me since my Forrest Yoga Training over 5 years ago: the the Beauty Report.

In Forrest Yoga, a beauty report is: “…when we see or experience something that dances in our heart. It is a way of having a new kind of communication with each other by sharing Beauty.”

It is a wonderful act to share Beauty with others, to spread gratitude and appreciation. To notice both the little things and the big things, to zoom in and to zoom out.

For me, there are many things to be thankful for today and every day. But putting them ‘out there’ has not been my natural comfort zone. I have toyed with the idea of writing a blog for multiple years but there has always been an excuse with fear lingering behind it. That fear is not totally gone, but at last I have dove in!

Let me back up for you a little and let you know a couple of tidbits about me.
*Starting is the challenging part for me. Following through to experience shifts, changes and results is usually not.
*Using words does not feel like my most natural means of communication. I much prefer actions, adornment, and the act of creating.

With those two tidbits in mind, it is easy for me to see why I have resisted writing a blog, even though I believed I had something to offer. The exciting news is that expressing myself in this new way has already begun to shift the dance in my heart (and this is only blog post #4)! This is my Beauty Report for today.

What dances in your heart?
Do you have a beauty report to recount? Leave it in the comment box or tell it to a loved on.
Better yet, do both!

Happy Thanksgiving!