Holly Ryan \\ International Women's Week Series I
At M.A.H we believe that one day isn’t enough to celebrate women in all of their beautiful and unique glory, that is why we’re choosing to celebrate our own version of International Women’s Week. During this week we will collaborate, connect and share with you the thoughts and feelings that some of the smart, creative, strong and resilient women we walk alongside have on navigating womanhood.
Our first collaboration is with Jeweller and Sculptor Holly Ryan, queen of organic-minimalism who’s ethos is grounded in sustainability and artistry. Here’s what Holly had to say…
Who is your biggest woman-identifying icon/inspiration and why?
Patti Smith, she has always marched to the beat of her own drum, she’s raw and honest and tough as nails.
What is your favourite part about being a woman?
Having the opportunity to break down society’s paradigms of what it means to be a woman, basically challenging Hollywood typecasts. My masseuse told me recently that only men can be sculptors, I love being able to challenge that notion or belief, I accept that challenge wholeheartedly.
How do you empower yourself and the women around you?
By being myself and by not allowing others to dictate to me how, what or who I should be.
“Trust your instincts, follow your passion, work really hard and always have wine and good friends close by.”
Beyond the curated world of social media, do you have any rituals that help you to remain authentic and true to yourself?
Hiking, bush walks, surfing and swimming in the ocean. Remaining close to nature has always made me feel the most myself.
If you could give one piece of advice to young women contemplating leaving their 9 to 5 and going after their dreams, what would it be?
Trust your instincts, follow your passion, work really hard and always have wine and good friends close by.
What is the best advice you have received?
Trust your gut, be true to yourself and don’t subscribe to anyone else's definition of you, you’re the only one who knows your true power.
What does international women’s day mean to you?
A celebration of the most resilient humans I know.