Sona’s necklace (more about creativity and fear)

Don’t get too excited Sona! It’s not ready yet.

But thinking about Sona’s necklace was one of the things that triggered yesterday’s 1014479_723044334427115_2412235811036465977_n post.  Months ago, the amazingly talented and generous Sona Grigoryan made me a stunning necklace. When we met in Barcelona, I hadn’t made Sona anything so I promised myself that I would when I got back to Australia.  And yes, I’ve been busy, but the real reason I put off starting was because I was paralysed by fear.  I was so worried that what I made would not be perfect.  It would not be as gorgeous or creative or edgy or dramatic as Sona’s.  I was worried that anything I made would be…ordinary.

Then, as I prepared my course on creativity and polymer I rediscovered the quote I was trying to remember for Pam yesterday:

You may not be a Picasso or Mozart but you don’t have to be. Just create to create. wendy3Create to remind yourself you’re still alive. Make stuff to inspire others to make something too. Create to learn a bit more about yourself. — Frederick Terral

I am not Sona and my work is not cutting edge, or as thrilling as hers but I can create Sona a necklace infused with a spirit of love, sisterhood, gratitude, connection and joy.  In my way.  Sona conveyed all those things just in her being and I am now excited, rather than scared, about making Sona’s mala.

I’ll keep you posted. Sona is not holding her breath and her gift to me was totally without expectation but this is what I want to do! Mind you, I probably shouldn’t have looked at her Facebook page to see what she is doing now. The woman is INCREDIBLE!!!

3 thoughts on “Sona’s necklace (more about creativity and fear)

  1. genevieve

    What’s that travel quote “the only way to enjoy travel is to become comfortable with discomfort” or something like that. I think the same is true for creativity. Get comfortable with the fear. You have to just do it anyway because its the only way you keep moving forward. Seth Godin said “If you are willing to do something that might not work, you are closer to being an artist.”

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    1. wendy Post author

      So true Genevieve. The travel quote can be particularly apt in Nepali buses I have to say! And I do firmly believe that overcoming that fear is a vital part of your journey as an artist. Loved watching you carving!!! And any Australian sales of your earrings you can credit to me! They get comments EVERY time I wear them and I direct them straight to etsy!

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  2. sona

    Hi, my sweetest Wendy :)!!! I’ve just seen this post. I’m sooo happy to know what you think about me. But I have to add something from me . You can’t imagine how simple is Sona, my dear. And she never thinks she’s better…Never! She doesn’t talk about her feelings and thoughts much but she respects everyone…I love your art, your bright, full of life colors. You must be so happy for being able to show us such bright colors and I’m so glad for you. I would wear with love any of your works. Because I’m sure you make them with love. And that’s the most important thing for me, my darling. And I’m so glad you still think of me. Thanks so much!!! Hugs!!

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