I want to thank you for taking the time to read these thoughts that I’m sharing. I’m really looking forward to continuing to connect with all of you by sharing some of my thoughts and processes so that you can have an even fuller picture of the work I do. Gaia Boheme is driven by a heart--my heart--for bohemian lifestyle and fashion. And I am excited to invite you in.
I’ve had some people ask why I create pieces the way I do, using the raw and natural style, and I think it has a lot to do with my interest in bohemian fashion, which has its roots in artistry, dedication to natural beauty, and a rejection that fashion has to be constantly morphing to keep “on trend” and “of-the-moment.” I don’t create what I do for the moment. I create it for you.
So I wanted to give you a little quick dive into what bohemianism is, both as a lifestyle and an aesthetic.
First, a little quick history. Bohemian as a lifestyle actually evolved in Europe--especially in Paris--in the 19th century. It was essentially a movement of art and artists against the clang and bang and automation of the Industrial Revolution. And I think that’s why bohemian lifestyle and fashion are becoming so popular again today. When we think of the original Bohemians, we think of starving artists and poets, living together and making love, art, and music in the run-down apartments on the edges of a glittering city. And that can feel very familiar to many of us today, trying to find the line between the overwhelming demands of a very technology-driven modern life, and a desire to simply go somewhere homey and make art.
So much of modern design is all sleek lines and simplicity even at the expense of functionality. I don’t know about you, but whenever I see pictures in magazines of modern houses, I’m always left wondering what living in them must be like--all gleaming white, with not a speck of dust or room for a single souvenir mug or favorite knick knack. Everything has to be matching, new, and put in exactly the right place.
But bohemian style is quite the opposite. It’s about a comfortable level of clutter: soft blankets, shawls draped across the lampshade because you don’t have a fancy voice-activated dimmer switch, and everything colorful and flowing.
In personal fashion, it is the same. I love the boho style because it gives me a chance to change things up, to wrap myself in comfy shawls, and throw on layers of jewelry without feeling that I’m “too much.” It also lets me feel comfortable and less self-conscious about one stray hair ruining my sleek silhouette. I can be more free and wild, because how I look matches how I feel inside.
At the heart of the bohemian aesthetic is a dedication to surrounding yourself with beauty in a way that’s not ostentatious, or trend-chasing. It’s about finding simple things like a beautiful bangle, or a rich tapestry, and making a place for them in your personal space and style, then wearing the heck out of them no matter what the fashion magazines say.
At Gaia Boheme, I’m so connected to that idea. I’m an artist, after all, and I want my pieces to be treasured for more than just a fashion season. I make pieces that are intended to become regular staples, not because they’re trendy, but because they connect with you, the wearer, on a personal level. And that’s also what bohemianism is about, using beauty to connect with the things and people around you, because what the modern world often asks of us, is to become more and more disconnected from the energy of everything around us. The modern world wants us to turn inwards, not towards ourselves, but towards the glow of our phones, or our carefully curated media feeds. But embracing the bohemian in you helps you to turn outwards, to look around the places in your life, and embrace the beauty of your accessories, your home decor, your own art, and the beauty of the natural world around us.