Today is a special day because my blog has an interview with Etsy artist mytangiblepeace. So let's get to know her!
Jenn, known on Etsy as mytangiblepeace, is an Emergency Services Social worker, wife, artist, friend, and mother of four. (The baby should be born this week I believe. How exciting!) She has my BA in psychology. She loves being outside yet can find peace and balance just chilling out in a local coffee shop. In the summer she enjoys rollerblading and long walks with the family. In the winter she skis, snowshoe and sled with the kids. She's an optimist and outgoing people person. She lives in rural VT in the foothills of Mt Mansfield. (That's a lot!)
She actually started to sculpt her amazing babies as her way to find her own tangible peace. She lost her first born daughter to SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) on October 8, 2000. Like for every mother that loses a child, it was devastating for her. She bounced back and forth from immense grief to being able to deal with her grief for the longest time. On the 5th anniversary of her child's death, the grief once again overwhelmed her and she did everything to try to deal with the grief.
Her friend emailed her an email on hand sculpted "marzipan babies", but Jenn found out the babies were made out of polymer clay instead of marzipan. She wanted to learn. Inspired by the "marzipan babies" and Canadian Artist Camille Allen, she learned how to move and transform the clay along with how to move and transform her grief. Now she spends hours upon hours on her sculptures because they are very therapeutic for her. It was a way for her to heal. Now she sculpts to hopefully help others' find their tangible peace with a lost child.
She's an amazing artist and great person. She wants to remind everyone that "one never overcomes or is able to heal their grief, but it is possible to learn how to live with it". Her sculptures are her way of helping.
How amazing! Go congratulate her on her new child and check out her sculptures. You will not be unimpressed.
I learned more about SIDS here.
Jenn's own blog on what exactly happened and what she went through is here.
Her shop is here.