Designing a Positive Life // Eunice

Designing a Positive Life // Eunice

In the past, every time I was asked to design a tape, it was a feeling that was both exciting and utterly terrifying. If I am being honest with myself, it was probably more terrifying. Contrary to what many may perceive, putting myself out there creatively has always been an extremely challenging and scary feat. However, like many things in life, the more you put these obstacles or goals into practice, you start to build confidence and ease.

The years I was away from social media, I went through some challenging moments. Thinking back now and coming out on the other side of it, I really do not know how I would have managed to get through them without journaling. It may sound hyperbolic and dramatic, but being able to express myself on the empty pages helped me process so many of my thoughts and emotions in a healthy way. My journals became the friend that always listened without judgement. Some days I would feel creative and add a tape or sticker, and other days I would just write pages upon pages of words. I noticed recently after flipping through them, there was a pattern of repetitive words that stood out. It became clear to me that these words were very important to me, and I wanted to share them with our community in a positive way.

Coincidentally around the same time, Wakako asked me if I wanted to work on a new tape, and the timing and feeling just felt right. Visually, the assets were inspired by a few of my interests: journaling, calligraphy, and vintage ephemera. I used a technique that I enjoyed practicing many years ago using a calligraphy nib and watercolors. I allowed myself to not overthink and just have fun with it! Frido guided me every step of the way with his art direction, encouragement, and ultimately he collaged the final assets together to create the final piece. (Thank you Frido)!

We had initially envisioned that we would make just one tape, but after looking through them, Wakako and Frido decided that it would make sense to divide them into two themes.

1. Be Still - In a time where everything is instant and fast-paced, I find that there is so much beauty in stillness. The minimal colors, negative space, and key words are a reminder to slow down, take moments to breathe, and be still. 

2. Gratitude - Practicing gratitude and kindness are a core part of every day life not only for me, but what we believe here at the studio. I think when we focus on all that we have to be grateful for, it helps to eliminate negative thoughts and stay focused on what matters. The word kindness is often used to encourage being kind to others, but I hope it serves as a reminder to also be kind to yourself.

When you use these tapes in your pages or in the spaces you feel that they are needed, I sincerely wish they will serve as positive reminders. Sometimes, life is not easy. However, much like taking on a new challenge (creatively/in life), or even putting yourself out there - the more you do it and press on, you will gradually build the confidence and experience you need to keep moving forward.

Text and photos by: Eunice

Where to find Eunice: IG - @thedailyroe

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1 comment

  • Nicole : July 15, 2024
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    Thank you for sharing your heart with us, Eunice. Your example is such a service, it provides respite. Onward!

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