Beauty / Style Finds: Artist + Activist Ebony of Amorous Designs 

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Mother, wife, sister, friend, writer / blogger / creative organizer, budding photographer... These are just a few of the many hats I juggle each day. I believe creativity is oxygen for the soul. I created Live In Color blog to celebrate the beauty in every moment, from faith to inspiration and motherhood.And it is soon becoming Pray with Our Feet blog which will focus on the intersection of faith and activism. Follow the inspiration on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/praywithourfeetblog/
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I met Ebony a year or so ago through helping to organize a march for womyn and girls of color impacted by police violence. Her fierce energy and creative spirit impresssed me, and when I began this series highlighting eclectic small shops I thought of her.

I’m sure you will admire the wide range of her  work and appreciate Ebony’s unique artistic gifts – music artistry, activism / organizing, speaking and jewelry-making – it seems she does it all!

Ebony of Amorous Designs

Tell us about Amorous Designs. What materials do you work with? 

Amorous Designs offers beautiful handmade jewelry, faux septums, healing crystals, meditation oils, and headwraps. Amorous Designs uses wire, beads, brass, copper, and suede to create handmade earrings, necklaces, rings, faux septums and bracelets. I use herbs and 100% pure oils to create meditation oils.

 What lead you to start your business? 
Art is healing. I created jewelry to combat depression, anxiety, stress, and I [also] did not want to buy anything that everyone else was wearing. I was always interested in my own style and I did not want to support major corporations when I had the gift to create my own unique treasures.

After 2 years of creating my pieces, and numerous compliments about my wears, I decided to start, Amorous Designs. Starting Amorous Designs has been very in tact with my journey. Each design is handcrafted by me and I take special care of each piece during the creative process. I only want my customers to wear something I would wear and to love it just as much as I do.

What inspires you to keep creating?  

Growth. As I continue to grow as an artivist, (activist and artist), so does my business. I am constantly changing my hair, ideas, style and redefining who I am. It’s important for everything that I interact with to reflect this. I am inspired by the beauty of African women.  

The colors, style, original and tradition beauty that African women exude is both inspiring and intriguing. I create jewelry with many colors to compliment the infinite beauty of indigenous women from head wraps to traditional garments.

  

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All photos courtesy of Ebony at Amorous Designs.

Inspiration For Your Ears & Soul: From Singer Anthony Hamilton on Love to Living Unplugged

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Mother, wife, sister, friend, writer / blogger / creative organizer, budding photographer... These are just a few of the many hats I juggle each day. I believe creativity is oxygen for the soul. I created Live In Color blog to celebrate the beauty in every moment, from faith to inspiration and motherhood.And it is soon becoming Pray with Our Feet blog which will focus on the intersection of faith and activism. Follow the inspiration on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/praywithourfeetblog/
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Photo from “Amen, Anthony Hamilton’s new video. Released March 2016

Is it Friday, already, y’all? The week is moving at warp speed and  as usual, I am enjoying new music. There is something about spring, huh? It feels like everything is brimming fresh with hope and promise.

Here is my latest roundup of inspiring content on the web:

Grown folks, music, fam! I just got my whole entire life with Anthony Hamilton’s concert on NPR Desk series. I can’t stop humming along to the new song, “Amen.” These lines are everything: “If I had to testify, I would say she is the truth… Got me saying Amen from the bed to the stove, from the church to the job, best thing I know. ”

My blogging bestie Nellie over at Adalmar Life is an introspective soul. Her writing always challenges me to think and this post is no different: The Art of Connection: Antisocial Media.

Survivors of domestic violence grow food and confidence through an innovative program in Kentucky.

The ethereal Corrine Bailey Rae singing her new piece, “Stop Where You Are.” “Light the fire where you are… Give up all the things you can’t control,” she urges us ever so gently.

I recently discovered signer Yuna’s powerful music. This song, “Live Your Life” about walking in your purpose is uplifting: “Don’t  hide from what you are… Rise before you fall,” she reminds us.

An artful examination and discussion of women who wear the burqua from OF NOTE, a digital magazine connecting art + activism through a global lens on the Marc Steiner show.