I have been wanting to start this project since the beginning of the year and it keeps getting pushed to the back burner when I get busy. However, last weekend I worked with the amazing women of Collective Influence and met so many amazing Canadian women who are supporting and doing really cool things. It made me want to restart this project again! I want to showcase the amazing talent and generosity that happens in this amazing neighborhood, Wychwood and Hillcrest, that I call home.
My life is not perfect! My biggest struggle is try and stay present in each moment, with my kids, with my husband and my work.
Women Wednesday’s will be showcasing amazing talented women and talking about how they balance the work home life. When women stop competing and start celebrating each other, great things happen! We all have a story and struggles, and we are on an amazing journey. Amazing things can happen when women start supporting each other! If you need help, ask for it; if you have help to give, give it! It feels good.
I recently photographed the amazing and very talented Davina, from Davina Nathan Designs. She is a multidisciplinary designer with 17 years of experience in the textile industry. She has a boutique textile design studio, offering original design for a variety of markets and end uses. She is definitely one of the best drawers that I have ever met and I am so lucky that our kids go to the same school. I look forward to seeing her amazing style grace the playground every day!
What are some of Davina challenges in being a single mom and being a self-employed artist and designer? Keeping her new art materials & tools separate from her daughters. Which never happens because she loves to use them and reminds her that sharing is caring! But she often finds paint brushes stuck to the table with bristles of dried up paint, scribbles of notes and hearts on my water color paper, lids left off detail markers overnight, dried up before a single use!
Advice she says, “Being a single mom is a juggling act oftentimes on fast forward. I like to be busy and thrive on a go go go schedule. I have learned it all comes down to priorities. What needs to get done-now and what can wait. And knowing when to say...enough there is always tomorrow!
Check out her amazing work at www.davinanathandesign.com.