Some women radiate with sunshine and there is no doubt that artist, author, mother and ever devoted wife Tess Guinery is one of these unique and beautiful few. You may already be fortunate enough to know of Tess, her magical tonally perfect rainbow artworks and latest project The Apricot Memoirs, a book housing her soul nourishing musings. Not only an extraordinary creative, Tess is also a Mumma to Peaches and quite recently a brand new set of twin girls. At Chasing Unicorns we are forever inspired by creative women and mothers who offer the world so generously their most treasured beautiful and in doing so their hearts entirety. One golden, hazy, sun-kissed afternoon we were fortunate enough to capture a glimpse into this most inspiring woman's life, kids, art, apricots and all - Meet Tess Guinery xx
(In a long-winded nutshell) An open-hearted-introverted-quarter-sanguine-semi-melancholic-imperfect-chaser-of-beauty-colour-creativity and love.
At the moment it's all about babies - books - eat - sleep - repeat. What I love most about every day in our little family is that no day is ever the same! I mean, with twins how can any one day look the same haha... For the past 4 years we have approached our days/weeks a little different to what we once knew as our norm. We both used to work in secure full-time jobs that were very sure and very predictable—it was a comfy kinda feeling knowing what each week would bring. For its time it was perfect for us and we loved the role that this security played in our journey—all until our crazy dreamer hearts wanted to play with the idea of an adventure. My love, Caleb is now a stuntman in the film industry (cabinet maker on the side) and that in itself sees us leading a very adventurous kind mixed with my love for creativity and letting the dreams of that chase me down. There is nothing secure or sure about his industry or my creative dabblings. There’s no work roster nor promises of on-going work or regular pay cheques—it’s movie by movie, week by week, idea by idea and you never know when you are going to get the call. For all we know we could be flying to Antartica tomorrow haha—We legitimately approach our weeks one day at a time—I guess that's all we have right? Day by day, minute by minute, and somehow it works. Sometimes there is work like rain and we can barely take a breath and other times it is so so quiet that we can hear the crickets and even the crickets babies sounding throughout the night... But in saying this, we have started to roll with the choice and our adventures flow—whether its strangely quiet or crazy as heck, we know there is a purpose in it all. It’s actually been a beautiful thing to navigate together. For example, right now it’s been the quietest its ever been in terms of Caleb's work which in birds eye view is absolutely perfect (for now) because with the birth of our twinnies and the birth of The Apricot Memoirs—we have all really needed to be together—and time has allowed for this. I'm grateful that we've been able to be a tight little team, love on our babes and pack books together. So right now our days are babies, books, Caleb's training & taking moments to breathe, create and love amidst the parenthood demands. It’s given us a chance to lean in and grow from a family of 3 to 5 with a graceful transition, it's been a gentle and chaotic paradox, and I’m appreciative that I haven’t had to strive through it, but rather dance slowly through the beautiful changes. How good is it when we stop striving and trust in the greater plan, it always works out, day by day, minute upon minute.
Creativity began with my Mum. The more I meander through life the more I realise what gift my mum has given my siblings and I. It was very normal to paint, create and use our imaginations in our home growing up, all of us have continued through life with creativity being very much a part of who we are. In terms of inspiration, so many things inspire me! Eras in time, people I meet, scriptures I read, the zillions of creative women around me, music, nature, conversations, prayer, my family, my journey, my Creator. I believe we were all created to create, expression through creativity is important to me, so I make time for it. Whether it be the outfit I conjure together in the morning, the way I decorate my breakfast, the painting I paint or the candles I light for ambience at dinner time—I believe creativity is a state of being rather than an activity we schedule in.
Writing prose and poetry has become much like the full stops to my thoughts, mind wrestles and personal revelations. I find much peace and liberty in expressing the resolution of something I have journeyed through. It allows me to sum up and acknowledge a season passed and the lesson it has brought and write it into a sentence of two—and from here, move forward in peace, clarity, victory and freedom. I like to share my scribbles in hope that it helps others see the beauty in life.
Absolutely! I’ve actually been thinking about this quite a lot of late. I wonder, could it be that post-birth, as mothers, we find ourselves in “observer mode”—as in, there isn’t time for much other than tending to our new little love-hearts. Is it that in this state we find ourselves standing back and taking in the world in from afar? and here, in this space, there is a birthing of new ideas and creativity that rattle and rattle within us until they can no longer stay put and need someplace to go? Could it be that the long and quiet nights of feeding our babes in solitude allows us to be in the stillness of the night and hear the quiet whispers of the Muse? or could it be that witnessing first hand the ultimate miracle of birth— has a ripple effect, where its experience seeps into and spurs the birth of new and creative inspirations? I'm not too sure, but yes, motherhood has been my most creative of years.
Can I respond in prose? I think this recent piece of writing best sums it up. This is what my heart hopes to instil.
I feel most at home in threads that feel like they have a story to tell. Vintage inspires me, always.
THE GOOD: The absolute awe that washes over me when I see their "two" little faces staring up at me never gets old. I'm awestruck by the pure miracle of it all and seeing them "see" each other for the first time just of late has been one of the most incredible things I have ever witnessed. THE TOUGH: How back to back, up and down it can be. The lack of sleep with the lack of synchronicity, in the beginning, can be likened to a torturous mind game. THE SURPRISING: How much more chilled I am this time around, that in itself is a pure miracle because I was not that way at all when Peachy was born, I was an anxious mess. It's nice to be more at home in myself this time around especially the fact that it's with twins. The prose below best describes my now and adjusting to twins:
Ps. Today I need the coffee
Tess Guinery xx
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