Tools & Talismans #49 — Liz Schaffer

I suspect these are more talismans than tools. 

Of course there are magazines (a small assortment of an ever-growing collection/addiction — and a few Lodestars Anthology titles in there for good measure). When you work in print, particularly independent print, I think you are so aware of the work, care and passion that goes into producing a publication and thus you're drawn to them, constantly accumulating them, almost out of respect for this work. And of course because they are a pleasure to peruse.

There's a notebook and pencils because how could you ever leave the house without one? If thoughts, ideas and chance encounters aren't documented there is always that fear you'll forget them. I may not be able to function without my computer but putting pen to paper will always seem joyous. The water colours are there for stress relief, I'm yet to come close to mastering them. 

I've taken to wearing my grandmother's ring. She passed away last year and it helps me still fell connected — to her, her memory and my home.

I like to collect things on all my travels — bits and pieces that act as odd reminders, be they tiles, or shoes, or art or anything really. That is what the tiles and pebbles represent.

— Liz Schaffer is Editorial and Creative Director of Lodestars Anthology magazine, which means she spends her days pouring her heart and soul into the magazine, travelling the globe (or editing in the office) and meeting and working with incredibly talented writers, artists and photographers. She may not sleep much but she says it's absolutely worth it.


Tools & Talismans is a personal painting project where I document {in watercolor} the tools and talismans of 100 different women — creators and healers, thinkers and makers, wordsmiths and visionaries. Join me for a year of Tools & Talismans — I'll be sharing a new painting with you every Wednesday.

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