Chermelle Edwards is probably the most inspired and passionate human I have ever met. She has an electric vibe, always sparking with ideas, smiles, photographs and words. Chermelle is an artist of many mediums - she documents coffee culture on her website, The Coffeetographer, she has written for The Guardian, been featured on Design Good, prolifically creates blind contour drawings... She is the kind of friend who, when we have our extra long coffee-catchups in LA or NY, we hold hands half the time, laugh really loud, and both leave feeling refreshed and enthusiastic. I'm so thankful she decided to lend herself to this blog, reading about her life and practices (self love, wow!) majorly encourages my life. I hope you will enjoy :-)
What inspires you?
Everything. And, I mean it. Of course I’m inspired by specifics like oceans, paper, libraries, artists like Picasso and Gustav Klimt, writers like Faulkner and Morrison and intangible things with physical properties like conversations.
What are you passionate about?
Everything. And, I mean it again. However, if I had to have a short list, I’m passionate about my God, my family, the energy within me, my life as a creative artist and I’m passionate about expression, for myself and others.
What project/s are you working on right now?
The biggest project I’m working on is me. Ever and always. Becoming, being and knowing all that I am supposed to be in this era of my life. I’m constantly working on thecoffeetographer.com, it’s one of my creative children, it takes a lot of time every day and it’s more than a full-time job, and it’s my lifestyle. Thecoffeetographer.com is an online webzine that documents coffee as a culture and leads a cultural revolution about how coffee is more than a beverage but a lifestyle intersecting all parts of humanity, yes that’s a big mission of mine. Somewhere in the last couple of years I lost my way in art. While I’m a big appreciator of it, I wasn’t making any myself, I wasn’t painting or drawing or sketching. A friend introduced me to blind contour drawings over a year ago and I began them as just a release, an outlet for creating something without the worry of right or wrong. Now, it’s become a huge part of my artistic expression, I’m loving the journey of growing with it and inside of it, so much say I started a year project, one contour a day for 364 days. I’ve just hit Day 83 and I’ve learned so much, so much, and most importantly, that art can’t be dispensable in my life. I also have another project that’s been a bit of a hobby of mine it’s called Socks of The People, looking at people and style through socks, I’m having a lot of fun with it. It’s on Instagram right now only, but it’s about to take a leap. There’s a couple other things I’m working on but because I’m working on them, I’ve assigned myself the task to not talk about them, but, I am working on them. Ha!
What keeps you going when you’re “stuck”?
I don’t believe in ‘stuck’. I believe there are obstacles. And, an obstacle just gives you a pointed decision to make about which way you now need to go. Now, sometimes I’m in situations and I truly don’t know what to do. Erykah Badu says, “pivot.” So, I move, I just keep moving even if it’s just a small step, it’s a step further than where I was before I didn’t pivot.
What do you believe in?
I believe in God. I believe in my family. I believe in the power of the human spirit. I believe in energy. I believe in synchronicity. I believe in love. I believe in myself.
How do you take care of yourself?
I have a serious mental and spiritual regimen. When I wake up it begins there. I give myself ten minutes to pray and talk to my Creator; it’s because of his force that I breathe. I give myself ten minutes to daydream – and it’s the best thing ever because I’m consciously allowing my mind to go wherever it wants to go. Then I give myself ten minutes to meditate. After that, I do another hour of work, 20 minutes on morning pages – as named by the great Julia Cameron often to Thomas Newman or Bach – I spend 20 minutes reading Julia Cameron often to Volcano Choir, Bon Iver or James Vincent McMorrow and then I spend 20 minutes with Seth Godin in silence. During those times I’m jotting down free notes and associations and idea hunches that come to me while I’m doing this work. After this I find time to dance to a couple songs, it gets my body moving and the endorphins going especially if it’s a non-run morning. After this during the day I’ll take in a talk Abraham Hicks, read Seth’s podcast, listen to a video of an inspiring artist living or non-living and usually it’ll deal with their creative process or the like. During the day I find time for at least a 20 minute nap, a walk and a few days during the week I exercise.
What qualities about yourself work to your advantage? (What do you like about yourself?)
My energy; I have great energy and I’m not bashful about knowing that now. I’m a lover of humans and so I can go anywhere and be anywhere and be right with the world. I’m a documentarian of life and that makes me hypersensitive to everything around with me and I believe it keeps me in tune with my God and I know that I don’t have to worry about missing things, or competing with people or the like. All that is for me will appear; it always does.
What is your favorite place on earth?
In my skin, in my head, in my thoughts, in my energy. And with that, wherever I am, I am. So, the physical destination is just amplified by me being there.
What is your next travel destination?
I’m returning to Europe. It’s calling and it’s been too long since I’ve been there.
What is your favorite beverage?
Seltzer water. Root beer plays second, coffee third. I’m sure no one knows that; they probably think its coffee first aha hahah
What is your favorite food or recipe?
My favorite food is Mexican; I’m unequivocally in love with authentic Mexican food.
What are your Utopian ideals?
I will be without default and I will live forever and this world be a beauty that I could never imagine but will entirely welcome and I’ll live as an unending multi-hyphenate.
What is your astrological sign?
I don’t know. I don’t subscribe to astrology. Ha!
Anything else you’d like to share?
You’re such a magical being. I love you, entirely. Thank you for allowing me to express myself, it’s the greatest freedom.