I thought I would do a little post on artists who use their platform to discuss topics like mental health and self care. Self care is so, so important. It’s not selfish to put yourself first and concentrate on what your body and mind need from you. It’s also important to remember that self-care isn’t all bubble baths and chocolates (although it can be!), self-care can be things like opening bills/letters that are making your anxiety worse, opening the cutrains and letting light in the room, pacing yourself throughout all activities, establishing your personal boundaries and not feeling bad for letting people know you aren’t comfortable with something.
So here are some of my favourites artists..! If you know of any other artists who look at life with chronic illnesses or mental health awareness, do get in touch! I always love hearing about new artists!
Stacie swift is an artist who works with The Blurt Foundation (Find out more about their work here: The Blurt Foundation) promoting self care and awareness for mental health conditions. Stacie Swift can be found on Facebook here: Stacie Swift Facebook page on Twitter here: Stacie Swift Twitter page and on Instagram here: Stacie Swift Instagram page
The Blurt Foundation have recently created a book called The Self Care Project, which looks like it should be a fantastic read, and maybe something we could learn a thing or two from (and an excellent stocking filler might I add!) You can find their book for sale here: ‘The Self Care Project’ book on Amazon.co.uk
Hannah Daisy is an artist living and working in London. Her art is often based around mental health activism, intersectional feminism, queer identity, cats and chronic illness. She is most well known for creating the hashtag ‘#boringselfcare’ which is a term she created to reclaim the real meaning of the term ‘self-care’. Hannah Daisy also has a decade of experience as a mental health Occupational Therapist. Hanna Daisy can be found on Twitter here: Hannah Daisy Twitter page and on Instagram here: Hannah Daisy Instagram page
Sonaksha Iyengar is a writer, book designer and illustrator based in India. Sonaksha has struggled with her mental health in the past, and started a project illustrating the Alphabet to bring clarity and awareness to the still stigmatised subject of mental health. Find Sonaksha Iyengar on Twitter here: Sonaksha Iyengar Twitter page and on Instagram here: Sonaksha Iyengar Instagram page
Hana is from Toronto and is a writer and illustrator. She also creates work around chronic illnesses and mental health awareness as well as many other subjects including a positive affirmation artwork series! You can find her shop here: Frizz Kid Art Shop and her Instagram here: Frizz Kid Art Instagram
Janelle Silver is an Australian artist. “I’ve been creating my whole life, it’s always been my therapy until a few years ago when a bout of severe depression (along with a nasty dose of anxiety) lead to me nearly taking my own life. It was then that creating became more than therapy; it became my lifeline.” Janelle Silver creates beautiful artwork that focuses on self care, mindfulness and mental health awareness. You can find her shop here: Janelle Silver shop , you can find her on Instagram here: Janelle Silver Instagram and you can find her website here: Janelle Silver website