"It took me over three months to build up the courage to create something of my own that would be judged and in the open for all to see. I was afraid of failure."


I've never been afraid to take my clothes off. Even as a child I think I used to always run around in the nip, banging pots and pans in my nana's kitchen. But that's not what inspired me about this project. In fact the nakedness was an afterthought. It was the openness to the world that grabbed me.


As far back as I can remember I've always wanted to see everything, go everywhere and do everything. Not in a nutcase on speed kind of way but in a bid to try and understand the world more. If you're going to make the most of your time while your heart is still beating then you need to let go and just say to yourself 'Fuck it' on a daily basis. Put yourself out there, be knocked back, but keep striving forward.


About 5 months ago at the age of 23 I decided to leave my dream job, a position I had geared all my energy towards attaining for a long time. I had a burning desire in me to leave and do my own thing. Yes even after just a few months of what I had geared the last 5 years towards, I was feeling like I wanted more.


It took me over three months to build up the courage to create something of my own that would be judged and in the open for all to see. I was afraid of failure. Afraid to express myself. The last six months have been the greatest of my life. Following my gut. Overcoming the fear of exposing myself by creating something of my own has brought me to where I am now.


The Collective is now after just one collection a hybrid vessel for collaboration. I now feel able to collaborate with anyone who inspires me or exudes positivity and creativity. A line of men's jewellery and many other diverse collaborative projects are on the horizon. I can't wait to see what the next 12 month will hold.











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