movin on over

hello darling readers! it's been almost a year now since i got my very first tattoo, and first tattoo design request, and this has prompted a massive revamp in my life and career. i could never have foreseen just how much my life has been shaped by starting down the path of custom calligraphy and illustrative work. it's always been something i do because i love it, because it's somewhat natural, because while i'm a writer, sometimes drawing helps me better express what it is i'm trying to share. and now, having jumped down the rabbit hole, i'm so pleasantly surprised and emboldened by the fact that this could all actually lead me somewhere. i'm so grateful for the support and love of friends and family to push me further down the hole, to widen it, deepen it, feel around in all corners and crevices for new or more powerful ways to build upon the strengths i already have. in that vein, i've begun to build two separate websites - www.jillianschiavi.com will house all of my personal artistic work, writing, installations, as well as information about my yoga teaching. www.jillyink.tumblr.com will house all things jillyink - from tattoo designs to other freelance calligraphy/illustration work. take a look around both sites; they're both in progress (especially the tumblr page), but i'm very excited about the possibilities to come from both arenas.

sprung

yes dear readers, the time has finally come.  the last dredges of post-snowstorm glomp have been washed into sewer drains, the rock salt has de-rooted itself from the bottom of my black boots, the five-dollar sunglasses have been fished from the back of desk drawers (thankfully still in one piece). spring has arrived in new york. and i can't tell you what a difference that has made. 

starting in about 2 weeks, i'll be embarking on a new kind of journey, involving inky pens, card stock, twine, manilla file tags, illustrated paper and a brand new etsy shop for jillyink.  yes yes, i'm taking the plunge into business/venture/life ownership.  and hopefully, with enough optimism and focus and a few encouraging first gigs, this little light of mine will keep on shining (and paying for the electric bill...)!  i hope you're all excited, as i'll be documenting the process of starting an etsy shop and whatever/wherever this journey takes me.

in the meantime, outside into the sun i go!

this is why i love j.k. rowling

not only did she skillfully, masterfully, creatively, thoughtfully and, yes, magically produce perhaps the world's most celebrated and cherished, influential and insightful work of art, but ms. rowling herself continues to be an inspiration for all young women and girls who seek a world built on valuing their individualism and self-worth, not their outward aesthetic: 'Maybe all this seems funny, or trivial, but it’s really not. It’s about what girls want to be, what they’re told they should be, and how they feel about who they are. I’ve got two daughters who will have to make their way in this skinny-obsessed world, and it worries me, because I don’t want them to be empty-headed, self-obsessed, emaciated clones; I’d rather they were independent, interesting, idealistic, kind, opinionated, original, funny – a thousand things, before ‘thin’. And frankly, I’d rather they didn’t give a gust of stinking chihuahua flatulence whether the woman standing next to them has fleshier knees than they do. Let my girls be Hermiones, rather than Pansy Parkinsons. Let them never be Stupid Girls. Rant over.' 

-j.k. rowling official site (found via malfoyy)

ps. you're coming to see this with me as soon as mugglely possible, right?