Meet The Artists!

We're proud to collaborate with a wide array of diverse and socially conscious artists, all of whom are passionate about our mission to promote improved self-care practices and our vision for a future free of stigma surrounding mental illness. It is a true honor to share their work here at Self-Care Station.

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Elina Diaz

@Elina_designs

How did you get started into making art that empowers people?
I've always been big on encouraging people to follow their dreams and to do things that truly make them happy. I love seeing people thrive and grow. Through my illustrations, I aim to be the spark of positivity in someone's day.

What do you do for self-care?

For self-care, I do a mixture of things. I usually workout and also make sure I spend time on personal projects.

Instagram handle & portfolio:

You can view more of their work on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/elina_designs/ & on their portfolio at www.elinadiaz.com.

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Louise Brown

 

 @goodstrangevibes

How did you get started in making art that empowers people?
In the process of recovery from an eating disorder I began drawing my own body - forcing myself to see my body as art and worthy of appreciation. I did this in the evening, a time I used to spend starring at my naked body feeling hate and repulsion. This new habit directly challenged previous destructive thoughts: by drawing and liking the art I produced I began to appreciate the body that had inspired them. This then progressed to me drawing a diversity of naked bodies accompanied by phrases such as 'there is no such thing as a bad or perfect body' - messages I wish I had heard more when I was younger and maybe could have prevented the illness I experienced. I hope that my art, which is centered around body positivity, mental health awareness and feminism, will empower viewers, helping them to appreciate their worth as unique and special people!
What do you do for self-care? 
For me, the self-care I practice varies. Sometimes drawing provides me with a space to process and relax, but this is dependent on how I am feeling. A constant form of self-care I practice is a gratitude journal; before I sleep each evening I write at least one thing that I was grateful for during the day, I make sure to allow myself to say anything - e.g. that someone/something made me smile or that it was sunny, so that on days where maybe I don't feel too good, there is always something I can think of to be grateful for. Finally, my self-care consists of an attitude I am working towards adopting fully; that my happiness is something I have a right to prioritize, free from guilt. This could be in situations where I feel overwhelmed by university work and need to remind myself that a mark on an essay is not anywhere near as important as my general well-being!

Instagram handle & portfolio:

You can view more of their work on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/goodstrangevibes/.

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Natalie Dormady


@littlearthlings

How did you get started in making art that empowers people?

Art has been a really important part throughout my recovery journey. When I was struggling with my mental health, I found art to be safe, and comforting. Doodling rainbows reminds me that storms end, and the light will return. Drawing flowers and bumblebee’s remind me of how important we each are in this world. I share my doodles with the hopes of reminding people that they are not alone in this fight. I hope my doodles can bring you some light.

What do you do for self-care?

Recently for self care, at the end of the day I’ve been putting my phone on silent and I'll leave it in a different room. I’ll grab a cozy blanket, make myself a nice cup of tea and watch a movie (currently watching Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire). I find myself looking forward to this throughout the day. It really has been helping me calm down and relax. By having my phone on silent and in a different room, I’m able to be present and have some time to myself :)

Instagram handle & portfolio:

You can view more of their work on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/littlearthlings/.

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Almudena Rocca

@denarocca

How did you get started in making art that empowers people? 

I have always been surrounded with people who are living with mental ill health and that has had a huge impact on my art work. It took me to feel at my lowest to produce the work that I am creating today. I think art is such an important way to communicate how we feel and a way to express ourselves. I create continuous line drawings of figures and faces which I find in itself a very therapeutic when I work I can lose myself and not think about anything which is something really enjoy.

What do you do for self-care? 

There are so many things I consider self-care I wouldn’t know where to begin.  I really find tidying my room while listening to a good podcast very uplifting. My room is always messy so when I am able to take my time and do this It really helps clear my mind. I also love sitting with friends chatting wearing facemasks and watching something wholesome and motivational. I think looking after your mind and soul is such an important part of looking after yourself as it is so easily looked over. 

Instagram handle & portfolio:

You can view more of their work on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/denarocca/

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Jess Rachel Sharp


@jessrachelsharp

How did you get started in making art that empowers people?
I began creating the art I do now whilst going through quite a difficult time. I had been signed off work with depression and had just begun seeing a therapist. Whilst working through everything with my therapist I began writing down the affirmations and ideas that I needed to remember and it all progressed from there. The real turning point was when other people started to connect with the messages too - I’ve not stopped since!
What do you do for self-care? 
Self care for me is a lot of sleep! If I’m feeling off or not quite right I always try and get some good long sleeps in. This may sound boring but I also find getting some batch cooking done and out the way helps. Then on days when I’m not feeling my best I know I have some healthy meals ready in the freezer to fill me with goodness. My favourite thing to do though is a nice long hot bath, painting my nails, getting into clean pajamas and fresh bed sheets.

 

Instagram handle & portfolio:

You can view more of their work on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/jessrachelsharp/.

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