My name is Emily, and I am the creator of Raven Relics.
Here is a small peek into the journey that led me to become the artist I am today.
Thank you for visiting and enjoy!
When I was in middle school, I was one of the many kids obsessed with The Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter movies. Before that, I was captivated by The Neverending Story, and it’s epic, esoteric drama. I was particularly obsessed with the BOOKS featured in these movies - the larger than life, leatherbound, ancient tomes, containing mysteries long forgotten. In order for me to be closer to the realms of magic and fantasy, I knew I needed to create books like these for myself.
So, in 7th grade, I became a volunteer book-mender at my local library. I figured that book-mending was close enough to book-making that I would have a decent shot at creating my dream books within a few months of practice. Well, I was wrong. Making a book is not really something you can decide to do one afternoon and accomplish the next. But I stuck with it, and continued book-mending until I graduated from high-school.
My college years distracted me from myself, as they do for so many, and I dropped book-mending completely. My focus was in fact on another artistic pursuit, Irish dancing, and had been for many years. I was a competitive Irish dancer for over a decade, and during that time it was my sole concentration, to the degree that it eventually pushed my love of book-making completely aside. But in 2013, the year I graduated college, I started to realize that I had essentially danced my heart out (which was as shocking to me as it was to everyone around me) and I needed to rediscover myself in something else….
Fast-forward through a few years of feeling lost, very depressed, anxious, going through the highest highs and the lowest lows, and here I am - finally building a business that every part of me is on board with. How am I managing it?
The short version of a very long answer is that, in addition to being passionate about designing journals, I am also passionate about self-awareness. For my entire life, I have naturally gravitated to that place where spirituality, philosophy, science and psychology meet. Combine that with consistent intuitive/psychic experiences, and you get someone who spends all their free time watching Teal Swan workshops like other people watch football games. I'm a certified yoga instructor and a certified Intuitive Eating Coach, amongst other things. More than anything, I am focused on doing what is known as shadow work or parts work, which just means working with your subconscious mind.
Essentially, through prioritizing my emotional health, practicing shadow work daily, and doing endless journaling, I rediscovered myself, and in doing so, rediscovered my long-forgotten love of making magical books. I also came to realize that I had been consistently keeping a journal since middle school, and was generally an avid writer of all kinds including poetry, so my original passion had quite literally remained right under my nose, though for so long I couldn't see it.
Eventually, I connected the final dot. I knew that the truest expression of myself would be to provide specific (sometimes challenging) journal prompts with the journals. And now with Patreon, I can seamlessly weave my writing into the picture as well, through my patron-only blog posts.
Inspiration and introspection.
My unique style is unfolding before me, day by day, but some clear patterns are emerging. Generally speaking, I prefer to create books with surreal, ancient, dark, mysterious and often esoteric atmospheres. But regardless of the theme, my focus is always on one thing:
Am I happy?
Until the day comes that I stop making journals (which is looking like... never),
you can be sure that your book was made from total joy, inspiration and love.