Remember that rosewater serum I mentioned earlier? Well, I debuted it at my first art show, Aunty's Tea Party, last Saturday and it went swimmingly well! I had my own half of a table and was able to decorate it however I wanted to. So of course, I adorned it with flowers, candles, and free samples of the serum. It felt like Fairyland, especially when they switched the lights off during the event. All photos of me were taken by my friend Keira Waites!
For this batch of the rosewater, I decided to play with some essential oils during the boiling process. I threw in a few drops of peppermint and lavender oil while I made the rosewater. It ended up smelling really strong, so I had to dilute it by adding some more water, but at the end of the process it smelled amazing! You can read up on how to make rosewater here.
I'm considering selling customized batches of rosewater. I'm also interested in learning how to make soaps and lotions. Who knows, maybe I'll sell them at the next art show I'm in.
I also had copies of my poetry zine and skincare zine on my table, which people loved! It was such a rewarding feeling to know that several people genuinely cared about my writing. And that they wanted to pay for it!
Making money off of art is something that few Artists of Color are able to do. Not only are so many of us young people, which makes it easier for big companies to screw us over, but we're also Black and Brown artists who so often get taken advantage of by magazines and other publications. So many of us are exploited, our ideas are taken without credit and monetary compensation, and it's not uncommon for us to experience homelessness.
There are ways to help combat this. Something as simple as attending local art shows in your area make a huge difference. If you can financially support them, please continue to buy their art and show encouragement that way. But spreading the word about local artists and events is also a huge way to strengthen our art communities and uplift the artists within them.
I'm fortunate to have been able to sell my art last weekend. I deeply appreciated everyone who came by my table, even if they didn't buy anything. And of course, a huge thanks goes to the curators of the event, which you can follow here, here, and here.
I had an absolutely amazing night. I felt so beautiful wearing this lacy outfit and surrounded by artwork that I created. As you can see, I was all smiles the entire night.
Anyways, I'm quite happy to be home after wrapping up my semester. The last four months have flown by and I think it's largely because I was happy, healthy, and surrounded by people who inspired and supported me. My freshman year was a rough transitional period and while I did make very good friends, I struggled a lot with mental health. Sophomore year has been a lot smoother for me and I was able to take on more responsibilities like having a part-time job, involving myself in more student organizations on campus, and carving more time out of my weeks for art and meditation.
Thank you all for checking in on the blog. It's come a long way from my first posts in the summer of 2015 when I was Radiant Collective, and as we enter 2017, I hope you're all doing well. I have lots of DIYs and posts in store for you all this winter break, so stay tuned! Thanks, all.