With short breaks in between our lockdown state we were so grateful to connect and spend time with the beautiful Alice Tsakirakis - the mother and creative of The Line Of Sun. The Line Of Sun is a stunning line of jewellery created from the ancient art of lost wax casting. Each and every piece is like coming across a sacred treasure, its raw texture and pattern inspired by those found in nature. We spoke on the importance of not becoming complacent, the joys of intertwining work and family life, and the process and importance of releasing old thought patterns that hold you back from standing in your true, authentic Self. It was a truly grounding experience and we hope you enjoy spending time in her words just as we did.
Can you tell us about your upbringing? What family traditions or beliefs still feel relevant to you?
I grew up in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne. I had a very free-range childhood and my time was mostly spent exploring, creating, crafting and baking. I was always quite haphazard in my approach to things (often leaving behind an enormous mess) and my artistic process largely remains the same to this day. Both my parents are creative in their own ways so there was no shortage of encouragement in any of the projects I attempted. Camping was also a significant part of my upbringing, so a sense of adventure was instilled in me from a very young age. I have two young boys of my own now, and I try to pass on these values in hope they grow up with respect and love for the world around them, the freedom to explore their creativity, and to forge their own path.
What feels like a current theme or focal point for 2021? Is there anything specific that you are working toward or trying to better understand about yourself?
2021 has been a time of incredible growth, painful and pleasant. It has brought me to my knees in a lot of ways. So much has changed in both the world and my own life over the past 12 months, and I have spent a great deal of time reflecting on what makes me truly happy and the type of life I want to live. The world seems to have a way of shaking things up when you get too comfortable, and I’m learning to sit back and enjoy the unpredictable nature of it all. Consistency can sometimes equal complacency, which is never a good thing.
When contemplating the concept of balance, how do you find balance between being a creative, a business owner and a mother?
I find balance by intertwining my work life and my family life - my creative spirit runs fluidly throughout it all. I am so incredibly lucky to love what I do, and that is something I try to share with my children as much as I can. If I can teach them anything, it’s the importance of being vulnerable, finding your passions, and the freedom to explore whatever that may be. As Oscar Wilde says, ‘Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.’
And as I share my spirit with them, they do tenfold to me. To see the world through a child’s eyes is the most liberating, beautiful thing and I try to carry that through to my creative practice.
What about starting your own business has changed or informed your approach to making, more generally?
Starting my own business has sparked a new kind of confidence in myself as a whole. I think we are so frequently hesitant to put things out into the world for fear of rejection, not being ‘good enough’, or trying to perfect your skills to such a point that you second guess everything. I have learnt there will always be people who love what you make, and some people who may not. So why restrict your creative practice in an attempt to keep everyone happy? It’s just not realistic. Coming to terms with this has been incredibly liberating in both my business, and life as a whole.
I believe we are all born as creative beings, though as we grow our fears of what others may think can diminish that fire. If only we could all dance like my children do! We would be the life of every party!
Can you recall a line, quote, or excerpt from something you've read that has stuck in your head?
I have some lovely quotes saved on my phone that I live by and I refer to it often -
‘May we let go of the pretence and the pressure of perfection, so we can follow our curiosity wherever it leads. All good things take time, intention, quiet grit, and an enduring sense of wonder.’ – Unknown
"Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you." Frank Lloyd Wright
“Joy comes to us in ordinary moments. We risk missing out when we get too busy chasing down the extraordinary.” - Brene Brown
“Which do you want – the pain of staying where you are, or the pain of growth?" - Judith Hanson Lasater.
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