MEET THE ARTISTS

"Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity and change." 

-Brené Brown

EXPRESS YOURSELF


Expressing yourself through art and writing is self-care. 


Here at Self-Care Station, we want to offer our community a way to express themselves using art and the ability to share their messages. 


All of the artwork we offer on our garments are designs that are submitted to us by independent artists from all over the globe! 




Each design is a self-care reminder that promotes and encourages practices that benefit mental health and overall wellbeing. 


We want artists to have a supportive community of individuals who wear their artwork and spread the message even further. 


When you choose a reminder that you connect with, you are also connecting to a piece of artwork designed by someone who needed this message at one point or another. 


For each purchase from our store, a percentage goes back to the artist who designed the piece! 


We are so proud to work with these artists and we want you to meet them too!!!!


Because of your support,
we have been able to give back over $55,000
to independent artists all over the world.

sky banyes

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

It was literally a eureka moment, in the sense that drawing illustrations came to me one day and the next I had my first post up on @skybanyes. But it’s fair to say this 'eureka' moment was fully backed up by three factors: - a lifetime of art loving and creating (though never before illustrations), -my therapist advising me to incorporate art as an expressive outlet (seeing as it was for years so hard for me to 'get things out'), and third –being a passionate life enthusiast driven by self-development and transmitting positivity to others.


What do you do for self-care?

I have spent the majority of my life battling with my own self. Taking in a lot of negative feelings from life circumstances that were out of my control or understanding, and taking them out on my own self. I have always been a kind person, yet never to myself (I have come to see this a lot in others too, which is a big drive behind sharing my illustrations). Understanding all this (which is a slow, painful and life changing process), and then learning to forgive my past self, accept that I am human and embrace vulnerability was the first step to self-care for me (an ongoing lesson, no doubt). I have realized that life is really 'too short' and I’m the prime responsive of living my own best life are equally my drive for wanting to be as healthy as possible (inside and out) and thus truly embracing and investing in self-care.



KATHERINE BARKER


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

I've always liked doing art however since starting at college studying graphic design I found that creating work surrounding positive mental health feels most rewarding to me. I've personally had a fair few struggles with mental illnesses myself and when going through those times I find positive messages and cute illustrations to be really helpful, so I decided to start making some myself. I love the idea of spreading even a tiny bit of positivity to brighten someone's day so I feel as though creating these illustrations is a great way of doing that!


What do you do for self-care? 

I have a few different methods of self care, depending on what I feel I need at the time, sometimes I'll just try and take a day for myself, not forcing myself to do anything other than make sure I'm okay. Other times if I'm feeling a bit more energised I like to draw, a lot, not always creating something for others to see but just doodling and messing about with paints and happy colours. I think my favourite form of self care is spending time with my pets, I know that if I'm having a rough day or just want a little break, I can go and play with my dog or cuddle my cat for a while, it always calms me down and makes me feel better. 


Where can our community find more of your work?

https://www.instagram.com/kustartt/

LOUISE BROWN

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!


Where can our community find more of your work?

https://www.instagram.com/goodstrangevibes/

STEPHANIE CHINN


How did you get into making empowering art? 

After going through addition recovery, I started drawing what I was feeling as a means to help me cope. My art is solely a reflection of what I long to remind myself. 


What do you do for self-care? 

This looks different for me everyday. Sometimes is a gentle conversation with myself, sometimes it’s me calling up someone for support, sometimes it’s me getting my nails done. It completely is dependent on the day. The most consistent practice, however, is me reminding myself that it is okay to just feel whatever I am feeling and give myself the space to do so.


Where can our community find more of your work? 

https://www.instagram.com/stephaniechinnart/

France Corbel

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

I think that empowerment, in a society like ours, is rebellion. I always knew that there was oppression all around us, but when I realized, as a teenager, how it shaped the world around us, it created a big frustration for me. I found in my blog a way to express my creativity and channel my frustration. 


What do you do for self-care?   

I make myself a good, healthy meal, or some tea. I tidy up my work space (the only space where I like to do that). Sometimes I make an inspiration board for my future tattoo or next hairstyle. I go out with some friends, take a walk with my girlfriend. But most importantly, I remind myself to be indulgent with my own work. I try to think more of the present and to remember to appreciate what I already have instead of stressing out over what will or will not happen. Being gentle with my body and my mind is my ultimate self-care.


Where can our community find more of your work?

https://www.instagram.com/traitspourtraits/

Elina Diaz

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.


Where can our community find more of your work?

https://www.instagram.com/elina_designs/

Natalie Dormady

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 :)


Where can our community find more of your work? https://www.instagram.com/littlearthlings/

callie garp

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

I went to college and graduate school for fine art, but focused heavily on social justice and intersectional feminism while I was there. While I investigated social practice and other methods of art making that engaged with the issues I was most passionate about, I personally struggled to fit my aims into the gallery space of a fine art practice. Instead, I decided to focus my energies on creating work that could be financially accessible to as many people as possible, and that would give visual expression to the conversations we're having around mental health and social justice. 


What do you do for self-care? 

 Art making, for a very long time, has been my most powerful form of self-care. Now that it's tied up in how I engage with social justice and also seek to earn a living, that self-care practice has become a bit more complicated. However, in its place, I have re-invested in my passion for gardening. Spending hours working outside with plants, or watching gardening shows while I dream up the garden plan for next year has become my ultimate form of rejuvenation and self-care.


Where can our community find more of your work?

https://www.instagram.com/fabfeministart/

MATILDA



How did you get into making empowering art? 

After a long battle with my mental health, I realized I needed an outlet to express my emotions, as well as a way to make sense of my mental illnesses. i started drawing and writing about my experiences, and i felt a lot of empowerment from talking about things i was taught were taboo. When i started receiving messages from other people feeling the same way as me, it fueled my fire further. It all started as something i did for myself, but it grew into something i am now doing for other people too - and i love making other people feel seen, heard, and validated. 


What do you do for self-Care? 

It depends on my needs in the moment. If I have energy i love doing chores like cleaning, and cooking. If not, I’d rather lay in bed with my boyfriend and watch a silly movie. Socializing is a huge self care tool, being surrounded with my friends and just chatting with them always boosts my mood. Acrylic painting and journaling is amazing for untangling difficult thoughts and feelings. I think my ultimate self care habit is therapy, i have been in therapy for almost eight years now and it has saved my life again and again; by helping me understand myself and teaching me techniques and tools for coping.


Where can our community find more of your work?

https://www.instagram.com/crazyheadcomics/


KYLEEN NIXON



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

I started my art at the end of the first year of university. I’ve struggled with my mental health for a little bit, and wanted to show people how real it is, but how beatable it is. We all have our poor mental health days, but it’s so important to be able to talk about it and get the help you need without feeling bad about it.


What do you do for self-care? 

For self care, I usually head for an art! Whether it be for drawing, painting, or music, I find something to do with myself that is constructive. It honestly is so therapeutic.


Where can our community find more of your work?

https://www.instagram.com/recoveryisaboutyou/

almundena rocca

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.


Where can our community find more of your work?

https://www.instagram.com/denarocca/

jess rachel sharp

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.


Where can our community find more of your work?

https://www.instagram.com/jessrachelsharp/

tyler spangler

How did you start making art that empowers people? 

My art has evolved to include more typographic pieces that have been motivational and honest. I started getting panic attacks a couple years ago and didn't understand what it was. After doing research and understanding more about them I decided I wanted to illustrate what I was thinking and feeling. It turns out a lot of people can relate. 


What do you do for self care? 

When I am stressed out I usually go surfing. I love getting into nature to clear my head and the exercise especially helps. I also like cooking, playing video games, and listening to podcasts.


Where can our community find more of your work? 

https://www.instagram.com/tyler_spangler/


Madelaine Walker

How did you start making art that empowers people? 
I started doodling as a response to the style of art and illustration coming out of the activist circles and online communities I follow. I felt really empowered by the accessibility of it all and wanted to contribute to the conversations I saw happening, especially in relation to causes I care most deeply about.
  
What do you do for self-care?
I try to be really honest with myself about needing rest or alone time, and I've started trying to be more purposeful in letting the people around me know when I need or want something. I think those two practices help me take care of my mind and body in a lot of different ways. Always a work in progress, though, that's okay.

Where can our community find more of your work?

meghan weale

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

Art and design have always meant a lot to me in regard to letting out my emotions. I have been doing it for a bit just in my free time. I have also always been a huge advocate for women’s mental health and the promotion of positive body images, so when I came across this opportunity I knew I had to get involved. If my design could inspire even one person to love themselves and take care of themself, then I’ve succeeded! 


What do you do for self-care? 

I only recently realized how much more I need to work on self-care. I have always been a busy person, having a lot on my plate and that became really overwhelming. So, what I learned is that I need to put my mental health first, ahead of some opportunities. I make sure that I leave time each day to sit with myself and gather my thoughts. Spending time listening to music and scrolling through Pinterest is where I’m happiest so now I tell myself that I need that time for my own good. I also drink a lot of peppermint tea, stretch, face-mask, and read books about living a simple life. I’m currently reading Ikigai by Hector Garcia and Francesc Miralles, it’s teaching me a lot about living a relaxed life while working hard at what you’re passionate about. That kind of stuff helps me a lot :)


Where can our community find more of your work? 

https://meghanweale.wixsite.com/portfolio


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