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BEAUTY CHASER

BEAUTY CHASER

AN INTERVIEW WITH CREATIVE, MOTHER AND SEEKER OF ALL THINGS BEAUTIFUL : TESS GUINERY

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

BEING THE WORD LOVER THAT YOU ARE, WHAT WORDS WOULD YOU USE TO DESCRIBE YOURSELF?

(In a long-winded nutshell) An open-hearted-introverted-quarter-sanguine-semi-melancholic-imperfect-chaser-of-beauty-colour-creativity and love.

WITH A NEW SET OF TWINS, A GORGEOUS LITTLE GIRL AND A HUSBAND YOUR DAYS MUST BE VERY FULL. WHAT DOES AN AVERAGE DAY IN THE GUINERY HOUSEHOLD LOOK LIKE?

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.

Tess Guinery and children

TELL US ABOUT YOUR CREATIVE SELF...HOW DID IT BEGIN? WHAT INSPIRES YOU? HOW DO YOU FIND THE TIME?

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.

Tess Guinery and children

YOUR PROSE SPEAK BEAUTIFULLY OF THE SOULS TRUTHS, DO YOU FIND BALANCE AND PEACE IN WRITING THEM?

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.

Tess Guinery Apricot Memoirs

MANY WOMEN SAY THAT THE YEAR AFTER GIVING BIRTH IS ONE FILLED WITH UNBRIDLED CREATIVE INSPIRATION, HAVE YOU FOUND THIS TO BE TRUE?

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.

Tess Guinery Chasing UnicornsTess Guinery painting

 

BECOMING A PARENT IS OFTEN THE CATALYST FOR DEEP REFLECTION ON THE VALUES AND PASSIONS THAT YOU HOLD DEAR TO YOUR OWN HEART, THOSE YOU WISH TO INSTIL IN YOUR CHILDREN. WHAT DO YOU HOPE TO NURTURE IN YOUR CHILDREN?

Can I respond in prose? I think this recent piece of writing best sums it up. This is what my heart hopes to instil.

If I choose to always grow, maybe she will bloom like a wildflower.
If I make art from my every day, she too, will create her days full of colour.
If I let my tears fall and always when they need, perhaps she’ll water the earth with an open heart.
If I’m clumsy-crazy and all about her Dad, a beautiful-crazy-love is what her heart will search for.
If I let him forever romance me in the wake of day, she will forever know no less.
If I say “I’m sorry”—even when it’s hard, maybe she’ll be quick to forgive others.
If I choose to speak life in vibrant and rich colours, let beige words never settle in her heart.
If I leave pretty love-notes, handwritten on every wall, affirmations will line the depth of her soul.
If I choose the uncomfy and forever shake up my ways, maybe she too, will stand to live life bold & brave.
If I take time to be alone & make dreaming paramount to my week, she’ll learn solitude is important and a golden gift to seek.
If I look in the mirror and speak kind and gentle words, she too, will forever know her worth.
If I fill our house with flowers, music & sweet loving scents, maybe the silhouette of home will always be warmth.
If our front door is always open to those who are in need, she’ll learn the golden purpose of life.
If I pray out loud and have real conversations with God, maybe she’ll move mountains with her voice.
If I tell her I love her a million times a day, maybe, just maybe, she’ll learn:
that even in my flaws, my lack, and my mistakes, I gave her my entire heart
— My motherhood monologue.

Tess Guinery Children

WHAT INFLUENCES OR INSPIRES YOUR PERSONAL STYLE?

I feel most at home in threads that feel like they have a story to tell. Vintage inspires me, always.

Tess Guinery familyTess Guinery interiors

TELL US ABOUT ADJUSTING TO LIFE WITH TWINS, THE GOOD, THE TOUGH AND THE SURPRISING?

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:

"Never in my life have I felt so happy and so exhausted,
so “into it” and so “over it”,
so beautiful and so worse for wear,
so alive and so tired,
so organised and so unorganised,
so on the front foot and so on the back foot,
so hopeful and so unsure,
so visionary and so withdrawn,
so extrovert and so introvert,
so brave and so afraid,
so confident and so timid,
so in love and so out of my depth,
so abundant and so fickle,
so confident and so crazy,
so purposeful & so aimless,
so intentional & so “go with the flow”

—motherhood

 

Ps. Today I need the coffee

Tess Guinery xx

 

Tess wears: Escape Midi CaftanStairway to Heaven Midi Indigo / Comes a Time MaxiWanderlust Palazzo Pants



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