Ahimsa Designs – Artisan Vegan Jewelry Designs by Kristen Anderson

It happens to all of us. That creative slump we dread. The words won’t come. The notes are silent. The metal looks lifeless and cold.

For the last year I have been in survival mode. I have had to find a way to support my children, generate an income, pay bills and find my way as life exploded and I awoke to my spiritual path. Not the most conducive environment for creativity. But out of chaos and endings comes beauty, freedom and newness.

I am ready to feel alive and creative and to challenge myself to become reacquainted with the best parts of me. And so I am holding myself accountable. I feel such deep gratitude for every customer I’ve ever had, every person who has ever walked into my studio or booth at an art show and shared with me, connected with me regardless of whether or not you purchased anything. You tell me to keep creating, pushing, connecting through your purchases, words and gestures of kindness. When I wonder if what I do matters, you tell me that it does and I can find that part of me that completely believes and knows that.

I am lighting a fire, possibly forcing a little, which I am not sure you can do with a creative spirit, but let’s see what happens. I am going to challenge myself to create 17 designs in 17 days. I do not have these planned out, photographed all set to present to you one day at a time. I have the first design ready and after that…nothing! I want to see what happens when I commit to creating one new design a day while maintaining my current production list, incoming orders, and all of the other parts of running a business (not to mention a household with 3 kids :) ).

I chose the number 17 for several reasons. I wanted a number that would challenge me, that might get hard and take me to the point where I want to give up. Or think that no one would notice anyway. Or just decide that I’m really not that creative. Or that I would rather have a glass of wine and good conversation with someone I love. And then push through it all. Remind myself that I have all of the discipline and creativity to pull this off. It’s just 17 days, right?

The other reason I chose the number 17 is for the symbolism the number holds. The number 17 is associated with insight, responsibility, self-discipline, strength, compassion, spiritual consciousness, wisdom, a desire for peace and love for all of humanity.

All of the above, please.

If I can do something to feel that I am manifesting a desire for peace and a love for humanity even if it is just making tokens or reminders of that hope out of metal, then it is worthwhile.

If I can remind myself of my own discipline and the responsibilities I have with with my business to the planet, my community and my family, then it is worthwhile.

If I can draw on that spiritual consciousness and compassion for all that is our inherent nature and allow that to flow to every living being, then it is worthwhile.

If I mess up and miss a day, learning more about myself and my obstacles to creativity and productivity, then it is worthwhile.

I hope you will join me on this journey for the next 17 days. Feel free to offer suggestions…existing pieces you may want me to change, new pieces you may want me to try, anything that comes to mind. I would love for this to be a collaborative effort, to fully engage with your visions of the kind of jewelry that can bring beauty into our lives and remind us of our purest state of love.

Please post any input on my Facebook wall, message me or send an email. I want to hear any and all of your ideas!

I will keep you updated on the process.

With gratitude,