Elegant Badass.

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Badass Elegance.

Either way, She knows who she Is.

I’m delving into feminine badassery. Something that’s been who I am for way more years than I care to share. Let’s just say that when I was seven, I used to climb up on the 6 foot block wall that surrounded our backyard and walk around the top of it. I also encouraged, perhaps dragged, my baby brother up there with me who was five years old. All the while being yelled at to get down. I’d get in trouble . . . and the next day I’d be up there again.

Badass little girl. Confident, fearless, assured, happy, and totally unafraid of getting in trouble. Love that little girl!

She’s still me.

Model: Cory
Photographer: Valerie

 

Neptune’s Chariot is on a Cruise!

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I was so delighted when out of the blue a collector friend sent a photo of herself while she is wearing one of my neckpieces! Natalia’s neckpiece, Neptune’s Chariot, is from the Pearl : Essense Collection and features 23K gold leaf on steel with an opalized ammonite doubling as the chariot gliding over a wave of pearls. It’s so perfect because she is wearing it while on a cruise!

Natalia’s polished steel and pearl earrings are also from one of my collections, Vines & Tendrils. I like the combo of the two different collections being worn together. Both feature pearls that allows for them to work together beautifully.

With the bodice of her dress being adorned with pearls, I am thrilled for her styling of my jewelry . . . soooo cool! It’s as though they were all made for each other.

Natalia may be better known to others as Dr. Natalia Stingley, a certified health coach at Stingley Chiropractic and Wellness in Mill Valley CA; 792-290-1923.

Thank you Natalia for sending me such joy! This made my day!

Creating Compassionate Community through Art

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When I worked as a designer in the corporate world, I had lots of people around me. It was a built-in community, in existence whenever I walked through the doors of the building. During that time, I was also making art in my studios in the evenings and weekends. I was fulfilled in having community connection and self-expression.

As an artist who now works alone in her studios, I don’t have much interaction with people in my daily life. I’m comfortable that way, I’m creating. Whether it’s the art itself or the business model to support it, I’m bringing something new into the world. It’s always been my dream to live this life.

However . . .

A few years into working solely as an artist and building a business, I am realizing that  local community connection in my life is missing. I’ve done exhibitions and shows around the country and love meeting new people, talking about art and life. Individuals who love having art in their homes or wearing it as in the case of my jewelry. Businesses who have told me what a difference in atmosphere a painting or a sculpture has made on their walls, how exciting it is for them and their customers to have artists being present for special events. Each time, I go back home and work in my studios . . . and I miss those connections.

To transform that, I am developing a project that will bring visual artists together with their local business community. Where the artists and businesses partner with each other, working together to create compassionate connection with their friends, families, and customers.

There is a special energy that is created when art is present in people’s everyday lives. I’d like to see that energy flow through my community.

The FedEx Small Business Grant I’ve applied for will provide the financial support needed to get this project moving along efficiently and steadily. Your vote will help create compassionate connection . . . 6 Degrees of Separation will bring it to your community as well.

I have applied for the FedEx Small Business Grant

 . . . and I need your VOTES!!

Clicking on the image below will take you to my FedEx page. It has a very quick read of who I am as an artist and business person, and what I plan to do with the grant money.

In all, it’ll only take you two to three minutes to read and check the VOTE FOR THIS BUSINESS box at the top of my FedEx page. I will be ever so delighted for each vote!

Your votes are one of the factors that the judges look at for determining eligibility. You can vote once every 24 hours until April 1. Every.  24.  Hours.

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Winning this grant will make it possible for my business to create an art program involving local businesses in partnership with artists. It takes time, money, and creative thinking to bring this project into reality from possibility, I want ALL to benefit from the community involvement and connection it holds for us.

How would you use the FedEx Small Business Grant money to make a significant impact on your business?

With the FedEx grant, I will focus on expanding my business by developing an art program designed for my community. Art is an impactful medium for creating community involvement. Many artists have their studios in their homes making it difficult to share and make sales in their community. A local business/artist partnership benefits the businesses of both entities, while creating community connection. Local talent will be hired for all phases of marketing and outreach needed to succeed.

Stand with me, make a difference in people’s lives . . . Vote for VOSTENAKstudios!

Please share with your community of friends and family.  💜  Thank you, Thank you.