A BRIEF HISTORY OF JADEDISLAND
A couple of years ago, in an intro to illustration class, the professor gave me an assignment. He told the class to draw a map and get creative. Drawing a map, seems like a fun and an easy enough prompt for someone new to art, but what does a writer do in a visual arts class? Well, I choose to visualize and draw a map of the perceived image of self. I drew what i thought the inner workings of my mind looked like in the form of a treasure map. I felt that there were parts of me hidden away like treasure, and other parts that made me feel like my world was an island lost at sea. Jadedisland is the map to all things I encompass as an artist. Despite its obvious play on my name, Jadedisland became an idea and image that I felt represented me. The more I envisioned this place, the stronger my connection grew. This idea, this concept, and this place became a source of my imagination and various personas. The gem of my logo is symbolic both of my multifaceted presentations, mentality, skills and voice, but also to honor my mother’s choice in naming me after the gemstone, “Jade”.
With introversion at over 9000, I'm surprised I make it out of bed to socialize. I'm a Columbia, Maryland born and raised and still confused why I don't fit in anywhere in the suburban lifestyle. I'm the oldest of five, who grew up with a single parent and a dream to be a writer. At some point I realized I needed to stop saying i'm "going to be a writer" and start saying I am one. I've been writing for a decade, constantly growing and learning more of my craft and as my style changes and my skills improve this doesn't make me less of a writer. I know what I enjoy writing about and I know why I enjoy writing. Storytelling is my home, my ambition, and my deepest love. I started poetry writing when I was in middle school, and story writing earlier than that. It all comes from a love of books, lore and understanding the parts of humanity that can be creative yet fulfilling. Poetry was stylized, writing was loud, and I started taking my characters and personas and letting them out not just in writing but in style. I fell in love with art and became a pink haired muse.
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Whoever has my card must wonder, how is "muse" a job description or a skill set? Simply put I offer to motivate or help people work through creative funks, offer criticism, or inspire whoever needs it. This service doesn't cost any money, think of it as a pay it forward kind of collaboration.
Muse is defined by: a person or personified force who is the source of inspiration for a creative artist.