This week featured in our creative spotlight is the lovely Kim Nguyen, graphic designer by day and jewellery designer by night. She shares with us her interests, passions, inspiration as well as the ways in which mindfulness practice has helped not only her flourish but also her creative practice! Be sure to check out her website to see her simple yet unique jewellery pieces which you will no doubt fall in love with!
What do you do?
I am a designer of things: graphics by day, jewellery by night.
My minimal pieces are designed for the modern wanderer, all proudly made in Sydney. Each sterling silver and gold-plated adornment holds a rich symbolism, creating a meaningful and personal connection with the wearer.
What is your most recent obsession?
I’ve always been interested in our natural world – but right now, I’m obsessed with outer space; the cosmos. It is utterly fascinating knowing that our infinite universe holds the answer to much of our origins, our past and our future. It’s humbling feeling small again!
If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?
A heightened respect for our planet. We as humanity are highly responsible for our environment and fellow living beings/things that share our home. There has never been a more critical time to act urgently in order to preserve the boundless beauty for future generations in the same special way we have experienced now.
What is your definition of ‘having your shit together’?
Being able to love yourself wholly: the good, the bad and the ugly. With a deep sense of self-love and awareness, things can pretty much get better. Shit will fall into place.
What inspires you?
For my creative jewellery practices, I draw inspiration from a symbolic mix of the cosmos, Australian flora, simplicity and freedom, and beautiful glyphs of ancient cultures. Discovering and learning from other people’s stories of struggle and success are touching, too.
What advice do you have for an aspiring creative?
Put in 110%, be obsessed with your creative work and stick through the tough times. Be friendly and sincere always and surround yourself with a supportive network.
What are your biggest challenges as a creative?
Staying motivated and believing in what you do. Every creative will be faced with many dips throughout their career/practice which can be extremely off-putting. When I do experience bursts of inspiration, I leverage on these to try and develop positive habits that will ultimately strengthen my work ethic and sense of self-belief.
What role does Mindfulness play in your creativity and/or life?
Mindfulness is vital in both my creative practice and day-to-day life. For me, the first and easiest step to being more mindful is through meditation. Sitting with myself each morning and focussing solely on breathing allows for some quiet time to myself and teaches the discipline of doing one thing only and doing it well. This approach is carried over into other daily activities, for example, eating with intention, walking and observing, immersing yourself in your design work. Of course, sometimes your outcome isn’t what you expected but allowing yourself to accept and let go of whatever happens is part of the journey
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