Babaji has been an important part of Soulshine from the very beginning. Years ago my husband and I met him while traveling India. We spent time with him, getting to know each other, meditating, healing and learning. We have since returned to India to spend more time with Babaji.
Babaji is an ascetic. He has given up his worldly possessions to dedicate his life to his spiritual practice and his art. Babaji draws and paints what he sees in meditation and he is a beautiful artist. Babaji created the logo for Soulshine and I am so proud of it!
Soulshine has been the very lucky recipient of many of Babaji's works of art and he wishes us to share them with the world. Over the years, I have dabbled in creating shirts with his incredible art but I was unsure of how to get them out there. I recently learned of Society6, which is a wonderful platform for artists to share their art. You can now find Babaji's designs on Society6. Click to shop and view
I have also created an external link from my website, so you can shop Babaji's incredible healing designs from my site. Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have about Babaji or his designs.
My husband and I do help support Babaji so he has food, accommodation and art supplies, so please shop away! His designs make wonderful gifts! Hari Om Babaji, we are so grateful to have you in our lives.
I will be participating in ART WORLD EXPO 2018. Here is an interview I did for the show!
1.What inspired you to start a yoga and jewellery business?
I started practicing and studying yoga before I started making jewellery, and I knew I wanted to be a yoga guide once I decided to take my first teacher training. Through the amazing people that I met in the yoga community and the healing that the practice brought to me, I started to tap into my creativity. My grandmother, Frances Switzer, is the original inspiration behind the jewellery side. She had her own jewellery collection, Frances Switzer Original's, which she created from antique and unique beads and pendants she collected while traveling the world with my grandpa. My grandpa is an interior designer and had a local Vancouver, furniture manufacturing business for over 50 years, Willam Switzer and Associates.The creativity and love for beautiful things runs in my blood.
2. What does Soulshine mean to you?
To me, Soulshine is basically exactly what it sounds like. Bringing my inner light, beauty, and healing capabilities out to the world through my creativity and art, and by creating sacred space for people to tap into their intuition for what their body, mind and soul needs.
3. What has been a highlight of having a business?
I feel very grateful that I have this platform from which I can share what is in my heart and soul with others, when sometimes there are no words only art and energy that can portray these things.
4. A lot of your jewellery includes the use of natural stones and metal work with symbolism. How do you choose and do you have a favourite?
When creating my pieces, I usually go with my intuition. I try not to think too much, but choose beads and materials that feel right. My creations turn out beautifully and sometimes they surprise me, often the final product is very different from my original vision but I like to just go with the flow of creativity.
If I am creating a custom piece, I like to speak with the client before hand to learn about them, and find out what they are looking for from their special jewellery. Many people come to me with a healing energy that they would like their jewellery to exude for them. With that guidance, I can choose the beads and stones that have certain healing properties.
It is too hard to choose a favourite stone, they are all so beautiful and unique, and bring joy in different ways. I find that I am drawn to work with different materials or stones at certain times, and then I will be drawn to something else. It is all very intuitive.
5. Where do you see your work in 5 years?
I plan to continue to ride the flow of creativity throughout my lifetime. I am sure that as I change and grow, my style and creations will change and grow. I took an intro metal work course last year, and I would love to take more courses in various materials, and it that way my work will develop.
6. Will you have any specials for Art World Expo visitors?
I plan to have many new and exciting pieces for Art World Expo 2018!