Hello and welcome to Everyday Haiku!
My name is Anne Dunnett and I’m a graphic designer and haiku poet. I have always had a passion for the arts and I believe that we are all creative in many different and unique ways. My creativity started at an early age, when I would spend hours upon hours making up all sorts of designs that I loved to show and share with everyone. I turned my dream of being an artist into a reality when I was in high school. Opting out of taking a safe and traditional career path, I made a courageous step into the unknown at the age of eighteen by going to art college to get my training as a graphic designer.
Once I graduated from college and stepped out into the real world, I found myself somewhat disappointed and disillusioned with the professional design industry and its advertising side, as it just wasn’t all that I had hoped for. I went through a roller coaster of full-time and freelance jobs that weren’t fulfilling to me. I wanted to save the world and do something more meaningful that felt more important than designing print ads that would eventually go into the trash. There was a huge part of me that wanted to be an “artist” instead of a graphic designer, and I felt a calling that I was meant to do something more significant in my life, but I didn’t know what that was or how to make it happen.
My frustration continued to grow, until one day a friend’s mother suggested that I participate in a craft fair. This idea spoke to me, and I realized it could be a good creative outlet that I could explore on the side while I still delivered freelance work. I was thrilled when I found out that I was accepted into a summer craft Fair in Comox, BC, where I grew up. I was super excited and up for the challenge to come up with a product line and design a display booth.
WHAT AM I GOING TO CREATE TO SELL?!
It was during this period that I came up with the brilliant idea to make art cards out of my grandmother’s haiku poetry, and I soon realized this was the perfect fit for me. The connection I have with my grandmother is very strong and she was thrilled about the idea, and with this our special bond became stronger. The idea to feature her poetry and introduce people to haiku was something that we both loved. I wasn’t interested in writing at the time, but I loved the idea of combining her poems into my designs.
To prepare for the craft fair I put my heart and soul into creating cards and other art pieces that had an East Asian feel to them, and through this creative process I discovered that it all came very naturally and felt right to me. My attraction to Asian-inspired art was new to me at the time, but all I knew was that I was hooked, and that I wanted to pursue this passion and turn it into something more.
Fast forward 25 years! It has been a process over many years of self- discovery and exploration to find myself in this place of sharing and teaching others my love of design and haiku poetry. Learning about haiku poetry and writing has helped me to be more present which keeps me grounded and able to stay in the flow of everyday life. Haiku feeds my soul and opens my heart in a way that I have benefited from profoundly.
As you get familiar with my work you will see how creativity, haiku, Zen, spirituality, yoga and meditation all share a commonality of being in the moment that brings healing and peace into your life. My personal view and experience of living in a haiku way is a lifestyle that is filled with an endless list of benefits that I am excited to introduce you to.
Discovering a creative outlet that is healing and unique can do the same for you. In my book HOW HAIKU FOUND ME. I talk about how haiku inspired me to lead a life of simple elegance grounded on the principles of awareness, being in the moment, and living with purpose.
Haiku awakened my creativity, maybe it can do the same for you? You can find out by taking my FREE five day haiku for the seasons mini introduction course. Register here.