Unknown Quantity: Merging Form and Idea
Is it illustration and comic art? Inspirational fiction? Non-fictional musings on psychology, spirituality, well-being, and psi theory? Meaningful object as talisman and memento, or collectibles with a background story?
It's all of the above.
It's all of the above.
Spirituality, psychology, and a bit of philosophy are explored though design: the ranges act as an avenue to increasing knowledge, bridging disciplines, and practical application. Images evoke contemplation, text format encourages consideration and study, and well-designed products remind us to tangibly apply and embody the insights.
The VisionThe Psi-fi series brings visual form and symbol to processes of the psyche, and offers further avenues for contemplation, embodiment, and learning. Ultimately, it's intended to be help cultivate greater awareness and self-development, both individually and collectively, through art and design.
A multi-faceted approach is used to allow freedom of engagement: object, story, art, educational material or catalyst for change. Psychological, philosophical, and spiritual concepts are shared creatively through story, image, symbol, and object to allow you to make your own meaning, on your own terms, at your own pace.
This also means that those who prefer not to read hefty volumes, front up to a therapist, or take the plunge with spiritual exploration, can explore these areas at their own pace, privately or with friends. People who desire healing and self-development but flinch at anything new-age or clinical can now freely explore free from category, expectation, or regular boundaries. Objects can help to embody concepts; wearing or using them can inspire ongoing contemplation or remembrance, encouraging integration and consciousness at deep internal levels, which is where the only real changes actually occur. Or, at the very least, there will be art for people to enjoy purely at a visual level; at best, the works will yield transformation deep and true, at each person's own pace.
> 5 chapters, each exploring specific aspects of the psyche: mind, emotion, imagination, will, and consciousness. Each chapter hinges on a pilot book featuring an illustrated story which explores the aspect through symbol and art.
> Each chapter features a pilot book (illustrated story), which is supplemented by an expanded text-based book - a 'guided walkthrough' - which provides a more in-depth exploration and leads to helpful resources and tools, for those wanting to learn more. Included are exercises and links to further relevant reading and resources, offering the chance to take the transformation deeper.
>Each chapter is accompanied by a release of product ranges that carry over the art from the core story, to help embed and integrate the knowledge - we learn and integrate best through habitual embodiment and experience, after all. Carrying knowledge and ideas with us throughout our daily, ordinary life is what helps us integrate lessons and epiphanies, and by synchronising the material with useful, wearable, and collectible items, new avenues of contemplation and remembrance are opened.
Every item is intended to be a finely-crafted, lasting keepsake, with high standards of design and a story and meaning - which can be claimed as one's own - behind every piece.
The Background Story
Since I can remember, I've been fascinated by, and truly passionate about, two dimensions of life: design, and the inner workings of the mind and heart (and how to heal and evolve these aspects).
Initially pursuing art and design, I felt something was missing - as much as I love living the creative life, I missed the excitement of exploring ideas in psychology, spirituality, and philosophy. I yearned to help heal others and to put my experiences to use in helping others.
So, I pursued transpersonal studies and began counselling. Being able to focus on psychological concerns, tending to the mind and soul of others, was incredibly fulfilling - however I started to miss being immersed in design, being able to live and breathe art and colour.
Could I do them both? Dual careers, part-time. Artist and healer, two lives in one? Some life lessons revealed this dual life to be unfeasible - you either do one or the other, for "no man can serve two masters" - I eventually returned to design in the interim.
A curious thing began to emerge. My creations seemed to become inhabited by figures, ideas, symbols, epiphanies in lines and pattern and image. A central character from returned from an old collage after years, accompanied by more. Eventually, as a story emerged from the seemingly disparate images coming through in my art, I realised perhaps I could in fact do both by merging the two...
...and here we are! I welcome you on this journey with me, and I hope you will gain as much inspiration, joy, and flourishing from sharing it with me!
I'll allow this excerpt from the book's preface to illustrate:
What qualifies and impels me to write and create this series? Apart from a heartfelt desire to give something back to the world, to help others on their path, I want to make use of my experiences and take my art and counselling services to another level, a more collective one. I want to use what I’ve learnt and experienced to illuminate and help – whether the experiences of my own walk with depression, anxiety, tragedy, and trauma, my studies and professional experience in counselling, and especially my personal experiences of supporting family and friends with lived experience of mental illness. To me, every day, every experience, is a lesson and an opportunity to evolve; I know if I can overcome my own suffering and tragedies, I will have greater capacity to help others in their own suffering. Somehow, the idea of my worst experiences being useful for helping others in distress makes it all seem worthwhile. Perhaps this is one reason we endure suffering – to pass on the light we all hold within us. Somehow, suffering has the capacity to bring people together, so hopefully in time, a common bond and unified, compassionate understanding will replace the stigma around mental illness and the disadvantages it can bring.