Fierce Feminine Duo

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Fierce Feminine Duo

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Pair these two lovely ladies together to remind yourself of your FIERCELY feminine nature that is as complex as it is beautiful. This duo includes 2 prints: "Complicated" & "Contradictions."

About each of your prints: 

  • 9” x 12” fine art giclee print
  • Printed on thick high quality, acid-free archival paper stock with an enhanced matte finish
  • Reproduced from original acrylic painting by Caroline Kelso Winegeart
  • Prints do not come with frame

All pre-order prints will be packed with LOVE by a member of the Made Vibrant team and shipped within two weeks of your order. (For more info on our shipping policy, click here.) 

US orders will be shipped via USPS First Class Mail for a flat rate of $4. All orders outside the US will be shipped via USPS First Class Mail International for a flat rate of $15. Each print will arrive packaged in a protective cellophane sleeve and a rigid stay-flat mailer.

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These pieces were created as a part of my 2016 project #AbstractAffirmationsDaily where I share an abstract piece of art with a positive message every day. As a reminder, here are the stories that accompany each piece: 

Complicated

This morning I sat down to devour my Spring issue of @Darling magazine and I was so pleased to find that this issue’s theme was all about FIERCENESS. Here’s one of my favorite quotes from editor-in-chief @ladydubbs:

“There are too many things in the world that need the touch of women — those that only our psyche can solve, that only her touch can heal, that only her intuition can decipher … may we open our eyes wider, not letting ourselves nod off to sleep, because honestly, we all must keep one another awake to the full if we are going to really leave impressions in the ground where we’ve walked.”

I was only a few pages in when I found myself completely inspired by this idea of fierce femininity. At first glance these two qualities can seem opposing: The female persona is historically perceived as soft, agreeable, even delicate. And yet the idea of being fierce — of waking up to our own power, of boldly declaring what we believe in — this is now slowly becoming a recognized part of the female identity. And it got me thinking about the other infinite dimensions that we can discover within ourselves.

I created today’s piece as a reminder:

You are sensitive AND you are strong.

You are open-minded AND you are strong-willed.

You are a mother AND you are an individual.

You are kind AND you are powerful.

You are creative AND analytical AND soft-spoken AND enthusiastic AND the list goes on.

You are a multi-faceted person who cannot be put in just one box. Allow yourself to hold all of these complex, nuanced, sometimes even contradictory parts of yourself, and learn to see them as the beautiful tapestry that they are.

You are complicated, and that is something to be celebrated.

Contradictions

A new book I ordered arrived this morning: “Bad Feminist” by Roxane Gay. The title intrigued me when my bff @leahloustyle recommended it because for years I’ve steered clear of anything labeled “feminist” for exactly the reasons that @roxanegay74 outlines in the first essay of the book. That she doesn’t live up to the often strict standards that a quote “Professional Feminist” should. She writes: “I embrace the label of *bad feminist* because I am human. I am messy.”

As I dove in further with my morning coffee, what struck me from the first few pages was exactly what I shared with you guys yesterday. That we — as women and, more broadly, as humans — are full of contradictions. We are not ALL this or COMPLETELY that. We’re principled AND we’re flawed.

It reminded me of a great interview I watched the other day with @garyvee. One of the most interesting parts to me was when he talked about his “always on” relationship with social media. Talking about the dichotomy between his love of constant stimulation and but also his disregard for what people think of him, he said “I need it, but I don’t NEED it.” The paradox of this statement might be frustrating to some, but to me it was the most human thing he said. Gary’s full of all sorts of contradictions and the more I see them, the more I can look past my reflexive dismissal of his “hustle culture” and see him for the nuanced human that he is.

This idea of delighting in contradictions has never been more beautifully stated than by my favorite @elizabeth_gilbert_writer in #BigMagic here:

“Creativity is sacred, and it is not sacred. What we make matters enormously, and it doesn’t matter at all. We toil alone, and we are accompanied by spirits. We are terrified, and we are brave. Art is a crushing chore and a wonderful privilege. Only when we are at our most playful can divinity finally get serious with us. Make space for all these paradoxes to be equally true inside your soul, and I promise—you can make anything.”

Revel in your contradictions and embrace them. They make YOU and the world more interesting.