So what does fear have to do with making bags? Nothing and yet everything. To me Grey Whale is not just about bags it is about a different way of living, thinking and seeing the world. It’s about creativity and mindfulness in a bid to do my bit for humanity in some small way at least.
There’s so much talk around now about conscious consumerism, sustainability, buy less and buy well. I love it and it’s so inspiring but I’ll admit I’m no Lauren Singer. To be honest I’ve had an on/off relationship with the whole concept for years and have often felt that waste is a thing that just can’t be beat from fashion to food its everywhere. Though I was brought up in an ideal eco-friendly and sustainable living environment we are now surrounded with cheap disposable everything and it can be hard to know where to begin.
Last Sunday I got to go for a little jaunt in the city by myself and it was so wonderful. Nothing amazing happened, nothing even very out of the ordinary but this time there was something in the air. The sun was shining hard for the first time ages and it felt like a weight was lifting. The chilly city air was thinner and lighter. I wandered down around the Marolles area near Brussels center where the cool indy shops, African art galleries and the antique (and often junk) market of Place Jeu de Balle are.
I’m really excited to be starting a blog again but to be honest I’m nervous too so I’ve put it off for ages. What got me moving was an Instagram post last week, an unassuming and quiet photo of a dry magnolia pod. Underneath the talented artist, maker and creative soul who posted it bravely admitted that she had felt inadequate and not as skilled as others. Following this was a flood of comments and further admissions that others had felt the same and even felt crushed under the weight of these ‘perfect life’ impressions that can come across on social media.