Chain pin with cartoon inspired penguin "I am Resilient" II
Chain pin cartoon inspired Emperor penguin, who always bounces back from the Summer 2017 collection "I am Better Than Yesterday's Self"
I AM RESILIENT - When I am down, I need to find a way to come through, get up and continue towards the aim. Stronger than before.
This is the second design version of the same idea of resilience and the ability to bounce back from difficult situations and hard times.
This pin is super fun and ironic, its designed in cartoon inspired style. Its made of high quality seed beads on double layered felt. The penguin is 10 cm high and 5 cm wide, the "Bounce Back" bubble is 7,5 cm to 6 cm big. The chain (longest part) 27 cm long.
Rest of the collection:
"Well, in our country," said Alice, still panting a little, "you'd generally get to somewhere else—if you run very fast for a long time, as we've been doing."
"A slow sort of country!" said the Queen. "Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that!"
/Red Queens Race in Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll/
This collection is personal story about deciding to do something, something that just time ago I might have considered un-doable. And it’s not actually about the goal itself, it's more about the journey towards it. The journey is the most interesting part. I tried to put down some notes, about the physical and emotional changes that happened to me, because I needed to be conscious about this journey. To accept the good change, I needed to accept so many things that my self consciousness didn’t allow before! That is why all the notes are written as affirmations and those affirmations are the themes and the names of the design pieces from the collection. These are little mantras to myself! Perhaps they might be useful to you or mean something special to you as well. So here we go! I RAN MY FIRST MARATHON!
I don’t think that running a Marathon makes me a better human being, or even doing the training doesn’t. Except it made me fitter and stronger and that lead to more energy to do good stuff outside the training process..but in general - NO! It did not make me a better person! But it made me to get to know myself better. It made me to go outside the comfort zone, to talk to myself more, to understand that if I am not going to “run twice as fast” I am really going to stay at the same place. The journey also gave me the privilege to get to know new people and to know better ones I already knew. I think it counts to every bigger or smaller life decision, about every journey to a set target and it’s nothing to do with actual running. The running is more like a real time metaphor here.
It it was fun, and hard and fun again..and I did it! I ran my first Marathon in 4 hours 29 minutes and 59 seconds (needles to say, I was thriving to run under 4:30 - SCORE!)
All in all with this collection I wanted to display my journey through this experience, piece by piece thinking about the process and the goal. Hopefully my affirmations will be something you can relate to and wear my designs proudly expressing the message as your own little mantra.