Sunshine Post :: Alexandra Carr

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Hello, dear readers. Inherent in the mission statement of The Bright Side Project is the unspoken belief that to “Do What You Love, Love What You Do” is an absolutely essential component in creating a happy and healthy lifestyle. Every now and then, we will ask our contributors to answer a few short questions on the ideas of happiness, creativity and sunshine. We hope these rays of light help inspire you to find the sunshine in your day, today and everyday.

Today we are honored to introduce you to Alexandra from Alexandra Carr.

Please introduce yourself to our readers and explain a little bit about your business.

After studying at Central Saint Martins and Camberwell, I emerged with a firm grounding in ceramics but allowed this obsession with porcelain to simmer, while exploring other disciplines until it eventually boiled over and left me no choice but to dedicate my waking ours to making beautiful things in my studio. I have been exploring the world of function through clay for a while but I certainly haven’t abandoned my sculptural tendencies, which I’m hoping, shows. In my Etsy shop you can find jewellery, 2d work and limited edition sculptures. There’s new work being added all the time so keep your eyes peeled, there will be some tableware and ceramics for interiors hitting the shop very soon. To be kept in the loop, subscribing to my email ensures you’ll never miss an offer or a private view invitation!

We believe that one of the ways to achieve happiness is to “Do what you love, love what you do.” How does this philosophy apply to your life?

Although I wholeheartedly agree with the philosophy, it’s tougher to stay true to than you would think. There’s a tendency to feel guilty about doing what you love, as if your working life should be full of hardship. Once you get past this guilt however, you never look back. Waking up in the morning, looking forward to your day ahead is priceless; I certainly do what I love and love what I do. In actual fact I’m always checking that’s what I’m doing. If you follow the philosophy, not only is your life more fulfilling but it also spreads, those around you benefit too.

Our mission here at The Bright Side Project is to spread sunshine on a daily basis because we firmly that life is (still) beautiful. Where do you find beauty and inspiration?

Most of my work concerns the repetition of forms and patterns in nature so I would have to say mother nature is a big inspiration for me. So it’s rather fitting I work quite literally with the earth. Whether it’s the cracks in ice, spirals in a sunflower head, the tumbling of water or the formation of a thunder cloud, I find myself constantly stimulated and in awe of the world around me.

On a dreary day, what do you do to infuse your life with a little bit of sunshine?

I have to admit, even on a dreary day I enjoy nature, a blustery day or the occasional downpour is actually quite exhilarating for me. But if the pitter patter gets a bit too much I love retreating into a good book, normally something to do with maths, invention or a spot of science; if the outside world is too hostile, my brain will at least have space to roam.

What are you most grateful for?

That’s easy, my friends and family. They’ve always supported me and I appreciate their encouragement, especially when they don’t really understand what I’m blathering on about! I am also profoundly aware of how much I rely on my senses, if I lost my sense of sight or touch I would be truly lost. I treasure my senses.

Check back later today for an amazing giveaway from Alexandra Carr!


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