This I Believe.

My kids and I have been taking quite a few CreativeBug online classes in the last few weeks. One of them was about gratitude journalling. I've been doing a little more writing since the start of this pandemic. Writing used to be my 'go to' to balance and make sense of things. I'll admit, I've lost my way and devoted myself to a lot of other things in the past 10 years. But, for me, there is incredible power in sitting down to think, reflect, draw and write out my thoughts. 

So, I thought I would share what kinda poured out of me the other day. I call it the Ply Studio Manifesto and it's a rather stream of consciousness exploration of the core beliefs I hold, which drive my motivation to bring this studio space and programming to life. Perhaps it will inspire you to create your very own personal or professional manifesto ... and if you do, would you share it with me? Please? :) I love seeing what my community is creating, especially right now.

The Ply Studio Manifesto

I believe in the power of making things by hand to heal ourselves and add more joy to our lives. 

I believe that spending time in one another’s company (yes, even virtually) while making things by hand and learning new skills is magic.

I believe in listening deeply, sharing openly, creating with curiosity, and encouraging greatness.

I believe that community is all around us, ready to be cultivated and grown with love. I am interested in creating more community around colour, texture, flow, curiosity, asymmetry and beauty.

I believe every day is a new opportunity to learn something new or expand on what you already know. 

I believe in sharing my love of the creative arts with anyone that will listen. 

I believe that learning new things will keep us young forever.

I believe in the power of the arts to create vibrant communities and a deep reservoir of wellness to tap into within ourselves.

I believe in holding and sharing creative space for one another.


I believe in creative wellness.

​Until next time, stay well and creative.

- Carmen xo

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