Don’t Run Away from the Runway

DON'T RUNAWAY FROM THE RUNWAY

Normally, people are pretty cool with my Dan’s flapping and loud noises but I caught a couple of weird looks from people when we went out the other day.

I have to admit, I don’t always feel comfortable being on display this way. I want to share my creations, new items in my shop, my museum talks…my frailties, not so much. But because of Dan’s unique mannerisms, he has become my agent, so to speak. He draws people to me giving me opportunities to tell my story and point people to God, the source of my joy.

You are out on display for a reason, a deeper purpose. You just have to trust, show up, and strut your stuff, vulnerabilities and all. Don’t shy away from the attention. Tell your story. Don’t run away from the runway.

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Create Scripture-adorned Infinity Scarves at Abounding Grace Ministries this Wednesday!

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“Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck… Proverbs 3:3.

As I mentioned earlier, I am so honored and excited to be working with Abounding Grace Ministries (NYC) as their Artist-in-Residence. Our first art activity will take place February 21, 6:30 to 8:30. I hope you can make it!

In the spirit of Lent, we will be adorning infinity scarves with scripture, inspirational quotes, and song lyrics. Space and materials are limited so, if you are interested in participating,  please comment below.

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Your Gift Will make Room for You: 2018 Artist in Residence at Abounding Grace Ministries

YOUR GIFT WILL MAKE ROOM FOR YOU

I am happy to announce that I am the 2018 Artist in Residence at Abounding Grace Ministries, a church in the Lower East Side pastored by my good friend, Louis Carlo.

I am super excited and grateful for the opportunity to continue exploring the intersection between faith and art, and also share my various narratives; artist, special needs mom, art historian, museum/art educator, entrepreneur, author, etc.

As I prepared for my introduction a month ago, I realized that through the various stages in my life, God consistently has made room for my art gift. I hope you know He can do it for you too!

No me sirve/It doesn’t serve me

NO ME SIRVE

I was trying on clothes the other day, clothes that someone gave me. They were mostly size four garments and most did not fit me. In a fit of exasperation I yelled “¡no me sirve!” In this context, no me sirve means “it does not fit me.” But the literal translation is it does not serve me.

And so I had an aha! moment. I was frustrated that the clothes didn’t fit me, that I was once a size four and I am not that anymore. But in reality, these size four clothes do not serve me, they don’t serve my body anymore. Sure I need to go to the gym and I need to eat better, but should I do that so I can fit into these clothes? Exercising and eating better are about serving my body, not about fitting into smaller clothes.

This got me thinking, What else is not serving me anymore? What am I trying to fit into that is simply not sirviendome (serving me)? Maybe the vision that God has for you is bigger than the one you are trying to squeeze your behind into. lol

Or maybe it’s the other way around. Maybe you are overwhelmed by everything you have to do to accomplish a mission, that perhaps, is too big for you or too big for you alone. Big clothes can overwhelm a body. Maybe it’s time to think smaller, in bite size pieces, to do less with more focus.

I think I am in the latter category. My time is limited and sometimes, in my desire to serve, I wear myself too thin and give too much in a way that does not serve me (or my family). Everything that I do, from creative entrepreneurship, ministry, my job, etc., it has to serve me/family in some way. I am letting that be the barometer this year.

Either way, when something is too big or too small for you, no sirve, it does not serve. Realizing this is the first step in getting rid of it.

As an artist…as a mom…in your spiritual life…what is not serving you anymore? God has a vision, a mission that is tailor made just for you. He will guide you to it if you simply ask him.

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New Blog for Girl Reconstructed!

happy new year

A lot has happened in 2017;

First,  I changed my shop name from Nelesc Designs to Nelarte. I have always known that ART is a big part of my identity. I make clothes and collages, I work in various museums talking about art, I lead art making workshops, and when I have time, I blog about the artist life.

In the last couple of years, in addition to running my shop, I have returned to my museum education career so I felt like my name should reflect that. So Nelesc Designs is now NELARTE. I also changed my name in most of my social media platforms. If you want to find me on Etsy search for http://www.nelarte.etsy.com. I now have my refashion tutorials up there and plan to stock up in the new year.

In addition to returning to my museum/art teaching career, I also published and promoted my book, Girl Reconstructed: Crafting a Creative Business as a Special Needs Mom.

For a while, I have been wanting to have new conversations around God, art, motherhood, special needs, and creative entrepreneurship. Publishing my book was my contribution to this new conversation that I wanted to be part of.  How do we create around these contexts? At this point in my life, this dialogue  feels most authentic and I would love to hear from you as well. Together, we can learn from each other.

So I invite you into my life, through this blog at WordPress, as I juggle a museum job, creative entrepreneurship, art making, and special needs motherhood, all in the light of someone who strongly believes in God and his hand in it all. I will be keeping my old blog up for a while as a transfer some content to this one.

I am looking forward to sharing this   new phase of my business/life with you!

Happy New Year and may 2018 be a year full of creativity, hope and joy!