how it all began
We are born makers. We move what we’re learning from our heads to our hearts through our hands.
- Brene Brown -
The hands and the heart behind The Ark is this girl (or rather married woman) who adores wild daisies, succulents, cacti, leaves, branches, trees, sunshine, extremely warm weather, the sea, pebbles, seashells, sand, being in water, adventur-ing with flip flops and backpack, scented candles, open space, quietness, joyfulness, childlikeness, reading while sipping tea, genuine love songs, dance performances that make you cry, vulnerable story-telling, and different cultures in the world.
Have I mentioned every single beautiful thing in the world yet?! :)
My name is Bonny. I am married to Calvin, who hand-sews all the fabric banners and is the best handy man and behind-the-scenes champion. I am a lover of love and beauty - a lover of the Person of love and beauty and glory and grace and truth - the Lord Jesus Christ. He is my beginning, my process, and my destination. He brought me from death to life. An amazing, hope-filled, darkness crushing and light-shining life.
I am also a qualified art psychotherapist and have had the privilege of using the profession to reach the lost, bind up the brokenhearted and set the captives free. Before that I was a graphic designer / art director in the commercial sector. I had left the commercial design career to carry out the current 'mission' God laid on my heart.
I have always loved creating, since I was a little kid, and I never actually stopped. A few years ago I found myself feeling rather discontent about the gifts I was buying for friends' birthdays, weddings, Christmases, special occasions or simply to show encouragement. I started to hand-make different types of art pieces to give to family and friends and strangers (this is actually a 'custom' that I developed as a child, I'm grateful to my parents who loved and kept the endless Disney cards I painted for them :P).
In October 2016, after a series of amazing events and encouraging words from friends, I decided to step out and start a little online business, selling 'stuff' that I make.
I had a lot of struggles leading up to the launching of The Ark.
I was afraid that my work was not good enough, that it's not worth looking at, that people wouldn't be interested, that it's going to be a failure, that it's just a projection of ugly self-ambition. However, the Lord Jesus and my wonderful hubby kept encouraging me and spurring me on the right track. It is so easy to get back to that dark loophole and compare with others and lose the vision and the joy of creating, but I thank God that ultimately He defines 'success', not me, not anyone else. I have learnt and am learning that I always just need the attitude of a daughter making something for her Father - all love and no fear.
"The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away." - Pablo Picasso
I hope that through the images and words that I create, you are encouraged! :) Thank you for visiting and being here.