by Chrissy Kay
Today for my column, I wanted to share some background information about me and life reflections.
I learned the basics of painting on silk when I was in High School in the 90s in New Jersey. I remember that first piece as clear as day. I can visualize it in my mind as if I had created it yesterday. It was a totem pole, designed on a small piece of silk. I dyed it in very light shades of peachy orange, light turquoise, and brown.
I loved that piece, probably more so today than when I had first created it. Sadly, I don’t know where it ended up. However, I can say that I am incredibly thankful for my art teacher who consistently taught diverse methods of artistic expression in his class. For me, that’s really where it all started.
In 2015, while living in North Carolina, I remembered the image of the totem pole, while in prayer, so I re-trained myself on the technique and I began painting.
We are a Coast Guard Family and have since transferred to Virginia—which is truly where I call my earthly home “home”. In Jan 2019, after a bit of a sabbatical, and after having two great conversations with really important people on this journey, I not only started an official business here, but I also realized something important I needed to do.
In order to give back one tenth, ‘A Scarf With A Purpose’ was born. In a way, I was re-born as well. I needed to find hope and didn't even realize it. Now I can give that back.
For those who don’t know my story, I have Severe Chronic Neutropenia. So, for me, giving back to Hematology/Oncology Depts throughout Hampton Roads is very important, and is what I’m supposed to be doing.
In reflecting recently, I also realize the impact I might have on the people and youth in the community, I’ve met along the way. Whether at shelters, church, volunteering at schools, or just simply while working during artisan events, my story and how I share my gifts, could most certainly have a similar effect on the directions their lives go.
Whether or not I ever know it for sure, just knowing it’s possible is enough for me. This is my purpose. Showing people God’s love is my purpose. Sharing my gifts is my purpose. Loving people is my purpose.
I think about the full circle and how my journey began and am in awe. When my youngest daughter is asked what she wants to be when she grows up, she replies, “A silk painter like my mommy.” I don’t ever discourage her because I believe she can take this and make it even better than anything I could ever imagine.
I am thankful for everyone who has had a part in this journey so far. It's a journey we all take together.
Thank you for your part.
About the Author
Chrissy Kay is the owner and founder of Glory and Grace Silks. Her background includes 12 years in the Housing and Property Management Industry, including: writing budgets, auditing financials, and maintaining residential occupancy when working onsite.
The hands-on learning she received during that time was invaluable knowledge which prepared her for the business aspect of owning and running her own company.
Today she spends her time designing and painting silk scarves, and art, and managing all aspects of her company.
You can read Chrissy’s column on the 2nd Tuesday each month here at Mustard Seed Sentinel.