Artist Spotlight: Francesca Delderfield

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.

Books for Crybabies

Written by: Kaitlyn 

During the day, I'm an English teacher, so it's no surprise that I love reading. I wanted to bring in some of my favorite reads onto this blog, so I compiled a list of books I have read that I think would be perfect for you crybabies for a variety of reasons: 

Shrill by Lindy West

I just finished reading this book and I adored it. I loved what Lindy had to say about body image, abortion, internet trolls, her writing and her marriage. It was raw, real: humorous when it needed to be and heartwarming when it needed to be. Although I didn't agree with everything West said in this book (you always need to approach memoirs with an air of caution), I do think she's a powerful voice in feminism today. 

 

All The Single Ladies by Rebecca Traister

This is one of the best and most well-researched pieces of journalism I've read in a while. I must admit that this book may not be for everyone (it can be dense), it's groundbreaking in it's research about how society views single women, how that is changing and how it needs to continue to change. Traister looks at all sides of the issues and provides a variety of viewpoints to make for a really well-rounded and eye-opening read. 

 

Milk & Honey by Rupi Kaur

I can't say enough good things about this book. If you haven't heard of this yet or read it yet, do your heart a favor and pick yourself up a copy. If I had the money, I would buy one for everyone in my life because everyone needs to read Kaur's poetry. She touches on womanhood, abuse, healing, and empowerment in a beautiful way. It's poetry that isn't intimidating or pretentious and it invites you in to emotionally experience the words with it. 

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

If you want a cutesy, but heartbreaking romance that's going to make you feel all the feels, then you need to read this YA novel by Rainbow Rowell (or really any of Rowell's books). Her writing is gorgeous and her characters are ones that you just want to adopt and gather up into a giant hug. 

Steal Like An Artist by Austin Kleon 

Sadly, there has been a large rise amongst artists and large corporations of art being blatantly stolen from makers. A lot of us either know someone this has happened to or have experienced it first hand. It's heartbreaking, discouraging and painful. This book can help that. This book is a great little nugget of inspiration, touching on the idea that as artists, we are stealing ideas and inpspiration from different artists all the time. However, there is a difference than being inspired by someone and copying them. 

 

Do you have any book recs? Leave them in the comment below!

Artist Spotlight: Jessica Ferhadson

Written by: Kaitlyn

For each Crybaby Subscription Box, we think that it’s important to highlight the makers and the movers that made each box happen. (Our spring box is still available in the shop) The purpose of the box is to spread support and love while also supporting creatives and their endeavors. These are their stories.

After knowing each other on Instagram for what seemed like forever (she even wrote a blog post for us) Jessica and I finally met via FaceTime the other week to discuss her involvement with our Spring Crybaby Box. 

Jessica Ferhadson has been involved in our community since nearly the beginning. She was drawn to the community because she saw the generosity of makers all around the world. 

"I'm so happy that there are other people like me who just want to be nice," Jessica said. 

Being 100 % Armenian, Jessica grew up going to an Armenian school until she was in 9th grade. In this culture, showing your emotions isn't necessarily celebrated. 

"I think especially as women, you're seen as overly-emotional," Jessica said. 

It was a culture-shock for her in 9th grade when she started going to public school. She had lived most of her life sheltered and didn't know about drugs and sex. However, she wouldn't change her upbringing for the world. 

"I love the Armenian culture and everything that they fight for," Jessica said. 

In the Armenian culture, there is a huge emphasis on not being pressured into changing who you are and being proud of where you come from. There is also a huge value placed in the arts and music. 

So, it's no surprise that art has always been a huge part of Jessica's life. Throughout high school and college, Jessica's pieces were of women, a lot of them meant to portray a specific emotion.

With her work she wants to show that "This is how we feel sometimes, and that's okay." 

In the future, Jessica wants to expand her work and start creating thing that she can give away to others or sell for cheap to further spread acceptance and love. 

 

 

What She Created: 

Coloring page postcard

What Makes Her Cry: 

Small animals, whenever she sees anyone else get emotional

Her Advice to Fellow Crybabies: 

Take how you feel and try to express it in some way. Don't ever be afraid to tell someone how you feel. 

 

Say hello to Jessica over on her Instagram!