HONEY + HUMAN
For anyone who hasn’t ventured onto your Instagram, your account is FILLED with positive mantras, sunshine and affirmations—What’s the one quote that’s always stuck for you? Also, can you please introduce yourself?
Aw thanks, Alex! I’m definitely an optimist and I really love to try and help people see past the smoke and mirrors of instagram and social media. I think one quote that has always stuck with me - and which I use as a permanent mantra is “When you become fearless, life becomes limitless”. My name is Rosa-Clare and I’m an aspiring creator. I channel my creativity through my personal brand Honey & Human in the way of blogs and artworks. My brand, Honey & Human is all about the pursuit of happiness through creativity, reflection and sisterhood.
Where do you see yourself and your art headed in the next few years?
I ask myself this question every day. I’ve always dreamt of being able to make a difference with the one thing that makes me different - my art. I hope to be able to build a personal profile over the coming years and make my art synonymous with female empowerment and social good. I’d eventually like to use Honey & Human as a platform for enabling others to tap into their creative selves in order to release stress and anxiety. My long term vision is to combine creativity with mental health and encourage people to force themselves to slow down, and reap the benefits of a creative and balanced life.
What are you working on at the moment? Any big plans coming up?
I’m still very much trying to get a grip on what my creative style is. I have always limited myself to portraits as I have an innate interest in people and their behaviour - hence why I ended up in marketing. In an ideal world I would like to combine what I know about creating brands and art, and bring that to my creative work in order to touch people and make a difference in their lives.
How do you keep up your creative momentum? Where do you look to for the drive to create?
My creative momentum definitely comes and goes! I’ve recently consolidated my 5 day working week into 4 days. I now dedicate every friday to creating something new. Whether that be making candles, dream catchers, painting portraits or working on my website. I’m also very fortunate to be surrounded by very inspiring women. I am the most inspired when I am celebrating the art of others, whether that be on Instagram, Pinterest or in the gallery.
What does body confidence mean to you? Is it something you’ve ever struggled with and why?
Body confidence is something that has changed in its meaning for me over time. When I was younger, I thought body confidence was synonymous with girls wearing midriffs. Then, in later years ‘skinny’ actually became synonymous with ‘sick’ and depression as anorexia disturbed my family.
Body confidence now means loving yourself unconditionally. It comes from accepting your flaws, but also nourishing your mind with positive thoughts the same way we nourish our bodies with healthy food. Body confidence is standing starkers in the mirror and admiring your winged eyeliner and not even thinking about what your body looks like. Body confidence is going against fashion trends because YOU know what styles make you feel and look good more than the fashion corporates do.
Do you tend to create from personal experience or from observing the experiences of others?
This is a good question, because the only reason I actually started painting was because of a personal experience. One of my best friends past away a couple of years ago. It was a really, really awful time for me as I was on the other side of the world and far away from family and friends who were grieving together. When I returned from overseas 6 months later, I wanted to find a way to grieve his death and also do something for his family. So, I decided to pick up a brush to try and capture his spirit in a way that would be everlasting. Since then I have stuck with trying to bring other bright personalities to life through portraiture. So a bit of both I guess?
What message do you have for those who are struggling with body confidence/self love/weight or appearance issues? – What’s helped you in the past?
Someone once said to me when I was feeling down about my body, “You’re normal! Your body is normal.” It was so weird how that resonated with me because being ‘normal’ is not something that I ever strive to be, so it should have been received negatively, instead it really free’d me up. I felt so liberated by that comment, because I had put such unrealistic expectations and pressure on myself to be the best. However, when it comes to my body, being normal is exactly what I want.
The professionals told us never to comment on our own or others physical bodies. They told us never to mention the ‘body’ or weight when we dished out compliments. So don’t tell your friend “you look so slim” or “your tummy is so flat” or for those who are recovering from eating disorder, don’t say “wow you’ve put on weight! You look amazing”. Focus on commenting on someone’s style, like the way they’ve styled their hair, their outfit or even better something they have done, like their art. We are more than our bodies.
Your dream job/project/collaboration – tell us about it?
This is! Honestly, it is. I can’t believe how fortunate I have been to be able to be a part of something so incredible. Praise you combines the three things I am most passionate about: body confidence, female empowerment and art. I really hope to learn from the other women in exhibition, such as yourself, and take away some new perspectives to channel into my art and life. It would be my dream to continue to contribute to socially responsible causes through my art.
Praise You isn’t just about raising awareness for eating disorders and celebrating body positivity – it’s also shining the light on female support in the creative community, in saying that, what does inclusivity and it’s importance mean to you?
I have been blown away this year with how supportive women are of each other in the creative space. I have always worked in business, where unfortunately, the women are their own worst enemies. For some reason in the business world we really champion the ‘woman’ who makes it. We champion her so much for ‘making it in a man’s world’ that it only further solidifies the idea that there is not room for all of us at the stop. I think this may be a reason why women tend to step over each other, instead of rising each other up.
My friend Vanessa Vanderhaven really is a huge reason why I picked up the brush again this year. Ever since I met her, she has encouraged me to push myself and try to achieve the creative dreams I’ve always envisioned. When I created my instagram a few months ago, I couldn’t believe how supportive and affirming Aussie female artists were. Then I got the email from you. You hadn’t even met me, but you believed in women-helping-women so much that you trusted the opinions of Vanessa and you pulled me into this event. Inclusivity is so important, I really think inclusivity defies competitiveness by encouraging people to participate despite the fear of failure. If we can continue to do that in the art world, then maybe other industries will follow suit as well.
Do you think there should be more talk on body image specifically in the creative industry and what do you think is missing when it is in the spotlight?
Yes, I think we could definitely do more to shine the light. I think it’s our responsibility to not only capture and replicate physical beauty, but to show diversity as well. I really think we could start to help young girls accept their ‘normal bodies’ by celebrating different body shapes and beauty ideals in our paintings, drawings and other creations. We should give people something new to admire, not just the same old symmetrical perfection that we can sometimes get stuck on as artists.