Kia kaha

For about 20 some odd years now I have had some very dear friends in New Zealand. The shootings in Christchurch have shocked and hurt so many. From my knowing, they believe they are one people (a lesson we could all learn) and this has been devastating for them.

“Kia kaha” is stay strong in Te Reo Māori, one of New Zealand’s official languages. It is the equivalent of “my thoughts are with you” and it seemed appropriate. You can download both cards here:

Version 1 with Silver Leaf ferns

Version 2 with Kōwhai plant

If you would like to write cards full of love for the people of Christchurch, where many have been impacted by the recent shootings, please send your heartfelt written cards to the following address:

Sending Love
PO Box 90701
Victoria Street West
Auckland 1142
New Zealand

Sending Love has a Christchurch area coordinator will get them to where they need to go. I have designed two cards, each prints two invitation/A2-sized cards per page, that you can print and mail. I am posting this on my Patreon as well but my logo is not on it on purpose, I’m not out for publicity, this is solely to do some good for my whānau (extended family).

Thank you for being here, no matter where in the world you are. We are all one race. The human race. Let’s act like it. xo

Music is breath

Music has always been the one constant in my life. It has been the soundtrack to my joys, my fears, comforted me in every emotion, and spoken my words when I could not. I am always seeking out new music and am so overjoyed when I find something new. Playing for Change isn’t new to me, I have been following them since they started on their Songs Around the World journey and what they bring together never ceases to amaze me.

Most people don’t know this about me, but I grew up with my mother’s love of Africa. (photo: My mother with us at Animal Kingdom dancing to live African music two days before she had surgery.) African culture, art, pattern. I think it is why I am so drawn to black and white, high contrast art, pattern, and texture. It is where my love of elephants comes from as well.

It may also have influenced that I have the heart and hands of a drummer. Though not what I would consider well, I played doumbek, djembe, and other hand drums for years. I cannot imagine my life without music, sound, rhythm, beat, percussion, the sounds of feet dancing in dirt, the sounds of nature’s heartbeat on the wind. Music of all varieties speaks to me and influences my creative force daily.

Africa has been speaking to me lately. Elephant keeps popping up as well as tribal patterns. (photo: a lovely gift from a watercolor artist I met recently, check her out here) It keeps me focused on my own personal strength and power as an individual, reminds me of my connection to the Sacred Feminine, and that with that power comes a duty to be compassionate. Compassion has also come up in that I recently reworked my logo. Moon Rabbit is compassion in Japanese culture.

A while ago, in response to some very disturbing discussions in the news about hunting elephants, I created this paper doll in protest. You can download a copy and print it out (I use 110# cardstock) for personal use! Feel free to share it*, just make sure to link to this blog post and not the PDF. Enjoy!

*All downloads are protected under copyright and are not to be duplicated in whole or in part without written permission from Renmeleon aka Ana Maria Selvaggio. If you share it, please link to my  and not to the PDF. Thank you!

If you are a teacher and would like a custom doll for your classroom, please contact me. I’d love to make something for you!