Artist Spotlight | Jessica Gowling

Written By: Kaitlyn

For each Crybaby Subscription Box, we think that it’s very important to highlight the makers and the movers that made each box happen. The purpose of the box is to spread support and love while also supporting creatives and their endeavors. These are their stories.

Today’s story comes from Jessica Growling. The Crybaby Club started as a simple idea and has quickly morphed into a powerful gang of endless support. When I think about all of the lovely supporters in our group, Jessica really stands out to me as someone who always has everyone’s back.

You can form beautiful friendships when you are honest and open and find common ground with others,” Jessica said. “Plus who doesn't want to be part of a girl gang that breeds empowerment?”

Jessica once thought that crying should be done alone and should be hidden from others. This idea, she realizes now, was fed to her by society.

“I've realized that the world's aversion to processing emotions is in fact what has bred our general closed mouth policy about mental health and sharing emotions,” Jessica said.

Society has begun to question the standards of beauty and embracing personal body image. Jessica also believes that the same needs to start being down with our personal mental image.

“We need to start picking apart this poorly image of  ‘sadness’ and what it means to ‘be emotional’ and start taking ownership of our minds like we have our bodies,” Jessica said.

Jessica talked about a horrid misnomer used in society: sayings such as “You cry like a girl” or “you look ugly when you cry” etc.

The sayings “are propagated in our society that make us believe, from a young age, that crying equates ugliness and that female is a lesser gender,” Jessica said.

In response to this, she created a design for the box that says "still pretty when I cry" on the back of a pocket mirror to remind women and men that shedding a few tears should be empowering and not seen as weakness.

“I chose to illustrate an array of wildflowers around the text, to not only represent crybabies of all types, but to remind them that even the most beautiful things need drops of water in order to grow,” Jessica said.

As well as creating custom items for The Crybaby Box, Jessica is also currently collaborating with a few other artists that she admires greatly. She also has a little secret up her sleeve:

“I have been exploring in a new medium for over a year now and have been keeping it secret (something I never do) and am hoping to soon make it a consistent part of my practice come 2017,” Jessica said.

As always she will be doing a few shows this summer and fall for her company, Nature’s My Friend that you can find via her Instagram and on her Etsy page.

Crybaby Bio:

 What She Created: 

Hand-pressed pocket mirrors with a custom crybaby design.

What Makes Her Cry:

Feeling stressed and overwhelmed, sad music in movies, cute kittens, and when she thinks about all of the people that she loves in her life.  

Her Message to Fellow Crybabies:

Hello! Hugs! Hope you are having a good day, and if not, know that tomorrow can be better! 

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