Written by: Kaitlyn
When Francesca first showed me what she was working on for this subscription box, I was blown away, and I was even more blown away when I saw her work in person--I cried. Which, is totally fitting.
Growing up, Francesca was made to feel ashamed that she cried. She didn't realize until much later that sometimes her tears were part of anxiety attacks that she was having.
"If only I hadn't been made to feel bad about crying, I might have been able to talk about it with someone sooner and discover that what I was going through was anxiety," Francesca said. "That it wasn't my fault and that so many other people suffer from it too."
Francesca wants to break the negative stigma surrounding mental health and crying into order to create a conversation around it.
"It's hard to deal with alone," Francesca said. "Luckily now I know many understanding and supportive humans."
For the box, Francesca was inspired by reasons people might cry and created intricate papercuts featuring the words, "Care"; "Empathy"; and "Deep Thinker."
"It's not bad to care about things. It's wonderful to be empathetic. And deep thinking can result in some very good ideas," Francesca said. "It might feel bad crying in the moment, but it can reveal lovely things about you, too."
She hopes that her work encourages this.
For her work, Francesca is planning new art that will be featured in her shop this year and starting a drawing club. After moving to a new country, Francesca is looking to get more involved with local creatives.
"It's a really positive experience to collaborate, socialise with and encourage other artists, and I want to do it more!" Francesca said.
What She Created:
Paper Cut Prints
What Makes Her Cry:
Seeing others suffering, beautiful views, cute animals
Her Advice to Fellow Crybabies:
Being sensitive is nothing to be ashamed of.