Kind Kindred : Jess : Jessica Swift

Kind Kindred

I was instantly drawn to Jess’ work when I ran into it back into 2008 – ever since, I’ve been absolutely in love. The colors she chooses, the rich messages she sends through it – how her work spans across quite a few genres, not allowing its self to be boxed in. Be sure to check out her site & etsy shop, you won’t be disappointed! Not only is she an amazing artist but also a super-awesome human being! We were lucky enough to collaborate with her recently on our Spring Affirmations Set too – such a pleasure! We’re so happy to have her back here & sharing on Kind Over Matter, joining our soul clan, Kind Kindred.
Thank you so much Jess!
xoxox – Amanda

As I was sitting here thinking about what I wanted to write on the theme of kindness, my eyes started wandering around my studio for inspiration. What do I know about kindness that hasn’t already been written? What do I have to share with people who are already so kind and giving?

So as I was looking around my room I realized that I’ve surrounded myself with kindness. Each piece of artwork or sliver of paper has a story behind it, usually involving someone being unexpectedly kind to me, or something that touched me in its authenticity and good vibedness. (Is that a word? It is now!)

For example, the Om block print above is by the amazing and love-filled Kelly Connor of Kelly Loves Whales. I ordered a gorgeous hand-printed journal from her etsy shop, and she included this amazing print with it, just to be nice, that now hangs proudly above my computer. Supreme love and generosity.

This print:

(art by Sarah Gardner)

came in the mail as a surprise gift from an artist (there was no name and it wasn’t signed!) Isn’t that an amazingly wonderful gift to send a stranger? I was shocked and awed. I still am. It hangs on my wall to remind me that we live in a beautiful world.

This lovely little heart pillow was made by my mom, and she sent it to me for no reason at all. Not for my birthday, not for Christmas, but just because. It’s one of my favorite things to have near me as I work each day.

The angel drawing above was created by Courtney Benton, an artist with autism who sells her angel drawings on etsy with the help of her sister. Each angel has a purpose, to help someone with a specific problem. I thought this was just charming, and I couldn’t resist having one. I ordered the ‘Fairy of Happiness,’ because I was in a stuck and sort-of negative period at that point, and who couldn’t use a little more happiness anyway! But I was sent the “Fairy of Hope’ instead. I took it as a sign that I was having a problem with hope, and that I needed to have more faith. Courtney must’ve known something that I didn’t. 🙂

And a couple more images that surround me:

(The Small Object)

These are just a few of the stories behind the pieces of art and kindness that hang on my walls around me as I work. The pieces themselves are all reminders to be good to myself, but they are also reminders of how good people are to me. I feel very blessed. Creating a personal memory bank of kindnesses to surround you is a great way to lift yourself up throughout the day and remind yourself that you are worth all the love in the world. Because you are worth all the love in the world.



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Jessica Swift (formerly Jessica Gonacha) is a full-time artist, illustrator & pattern designer in Atlanta, Ga. She is addicted to unusual color combinations, & is inspired by rainy days. Jessica went to Ithaca College in upstate New York, where she earned a BFA in painting, & she dreams of one day owning a houseboat in Amsterdam. Growing up in Boulder, Colo., Jessica’s passion for color & pattern was kindled when she was just a wee girl, & she nurtured that love by decorating every surface she could find. She does the same thing today, just a more grown-up version!


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