We at Inspiration Avenue Etsy Team would like to introduce you to our newest lovely team member, Hettienne. Yay! Hettienne is a gentle and warm creative soul. I asked her to tell us a little about herself, so we all could get to know her better. And here's what she shared with us:
I live in Cape Town, South Africa. I am mother of three - two of whom are already at University. My home language is Afrikaans, a language only spoken in South Africa - it is very close to Dutch and Belgian. I have a degree in languages and have always been a free lance writer, editor, copy writer and so on. Most of my life has been dedicated to my family and my contemplative spiritual community, till 13 years ago when I started to paint.
Discovering and uncovering my ability to create, opened my heart even more and now I had a wonderful tool to help me interpret myself, my feelings, my experiences. it also taught me how to extend to others, to overcome my fears and vulnerabilities and to let down my defences! To me, life is art. I still have a small group of spiritual students and art in every form is included in all my courses and retreats.
From painting I went on to mosaic, then jewellery making and beading and then to the mixed media crafts which I enjoy the most. Joining in Etsy has really opened my eyes to the incredible creativity of women! Every day I learn something new.
My first love in life is to travel and to travel to places rich in history and spirituality. And I love blogging. What an incredibly supportive and generous community is available on line. It broadens our horizons and it brings us all closer to one another. I write four blogs - in each one I share a different aspect of myself with my community. At first I was hesitant and shy to reveal myself so intimately and I had to deal with a few disappointments in blogging world, but like everything in life, it makes us stronger and expands our hearts, when we overcome our own fears.
Thanks Hettienne. As you can see by the images I selected from Hettienne's blog (Her Grace by Devata) and etsy shop (Her Grace) she has a talent for mixed-media art. Please help us give Hettienne a warm welcome. We are so happy to have you join us!