RAW turns 8 on March 12th! It’s been an incredible 8 years of discovering the most beautiful and brilliant art all around the world and giving those artists a platform to share their art with their community and beyond.
We are celebrating 8 years of RAW by sharing 8 success stories from our artists. Each day leading up to our 8th anniversary we are sharing a new story on our social media and in a blog post! Each story is so unique and epic, so we hope you enjoy reading each of them and are inspired by their creativity, hard work and persistence.
We are thrilled to bring you the back story to Ardent Reverie, a fashion blog and accesories company made by Meghan & Melanie! We've known Meghan and Melanie for years as RAW artists and have featured them many times on our website, but today we are getting and update from these fashion icons and celebrating where they are at now.
1 What’s your story? Where did you begin and where are you now?
Our creative journey began around 2008. We opened our Etsy shop and filled it with our handmade jewelry and accessories. At the beginning we thought it would be just a fun side hobby, little did we know it would become so much more. The shift from hobby to business started when we were contacted by RAW to participate in one of their shows. The recognition and support we received from RAW and the creative community was all we needed to motivate and inspire us to propel our business forward. Since then, we've participated in multiple RAW shows and continue to create. Most recently we've found a new and fun way to incorporate our jewelry into fashion & lifestyle blogging.
2 What was the hardest part of your journey and how did you overcome it?
The hardest part of our journey were the moments when a project or idea would fall through. We would tackle these issues by constantly reminding ourselves that this was just another bump in the road and not to give up. Also noting that if one way didn't work there is always another way, this in the end helped us creatively, forcing us to think out of the box to solve a problem.
3 How do you define success?
To us, success is more than just being busy with work and projects. Success is being happy and fulfilled with the work that you do. Including the failures, because it's those not so perfect moments where you can learn and grow from the most. Much like Bob Ross, we like to think of those times as, "happy little accidents". At the end of the day, being proud of your work and everything you've had to overcome to get to where you are is everything.
4 What are some of the highlights of your pursuit?
We've had many great moments over the years but one that always sticks with us was our very first runway show with RAW. It was such a thrilling moment that made us feel like anything was possible. Then of course winning accessory designer of the year with RAW had our heads spinning with joy. The amount of opportunities that came our way from that moment on is something we'll forever be grateful for. From connecting with even more creative and inspiring people to appearing in news segments, we've thoroughly and humbly enjoyed it all.
5 What is one thing you have learned that you wish you knew 5 years ago or something that you think everyone pursuing a successful art career should hear?
One thing we learned over the years that we wish we knew is to simply be yourself within your work. There were moments when we put too much effort in being on trend rather than letting our true creative voice show through. We quickly learned that when you let this happen you lose what is truly unique about you and what others probably like the most about you and your creations.
It's truly incredible to know where you started and see how that jewelry line has evolved into a totally amazing and inspiring company where you get to showcase your art while collaborating with so many epic brands. Your style is endless and we just know that this awesome story is as well. We're so happy we got to help you showcase your jewelry in the beginning stages and share your art throught the years. You have both made us so proud. Keep at it girls.