Meraki (February blog circle)

Meraki: (v) To do something with soul, creativity or love; when you leave a piece of yourself in your work.

I found this work quite tricky to illustrate – or rather, I had so many ideas and so little time to actually do it justice. Meraki is a really good description of how I feel about my photography in general; it always seems like a leave a piece of myself in a picture because, at the end of the day, it’s always a personal interpretation of what presented itself. Anyway, I asked the children for any ideas to inspire me, and the first thing my daughter thought of was this quilt I’d made when the eldest was born.

“Oh, the quilt! Make sure you take a photo of the label on the back! I’ve memorised what it says…”

These days it’s one of the cat’s favourite (and ever-increasing list of) Cosy Things To Sit On.

patchwork quilt crafting meraki when you leave a piece of yourself in your work

So the eldest is studying for mock A-levels by now, and this was her practising an idea in preparation. She plays violin and loves art and colour – safe to say, she’d left a piece of herself in this artwork.

inspiration colour homework A level art

When we visited my parents at half term, my mum had found my old school blazer, absolutely immaculate since the day we moved away from Edinburgh and I left the school. It was untouched – Smash Hits stickers of Duran Duran, U2 and the Eurythmics; notes I’d passed to friends; even my bus pass. Blast from the past – the bonus being, that I discovered it still fitted me. Ha!

This was a violin maker’s workshop we visited – on the bench is one of his own violins, plus instruments from Italy, France and Germany, all with the makers’ care shaped into the wood. That, to me, is the essence of meraki.

violin makers workshop instruments being restored

And just a quick chuckle when we spotted this message that someone had left behind in a hedge – what a lovely thing to wake up to in the morning!

have a nice day written in hedge Abingdon Oxfordshire

This is part of the Ineffable Wanderlust blog circle 2017 – you can visit my friend Anne HERE to see how her photography is influenced by the theme of meraki.


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  • Anna - Beautiful Julie. Meraki is about the small details in life. I love the story about your blazer and the violins. And the artwork from your daughter is beautiful. XReplyCancel

  • Anne - Oh Julie, how I LOVE the way you illustrated Meraki. It’s just beautiful. THANK YOU !ReplyCancel

  • Ana - Julie, that first image really spoke to my heart. Nothing says love and craft better than a home made quilt. You have some fine talent in your home what with sewing, music and art! A fine interpretation of Meraki xxReplyCancel

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