About redrosethorns

redrosethorns began as an online store selling hand-crafted jewellery, starting in 2020. Our goal was to eventually create a space where we could empower others through education on issues such as mental health, self-care practices, and gender/sexuality. We believe in equality and understand that there are societal complexities which hold us back and keep us divided and dominated by a patriarchal system. We believe that one way to move forward and break these chains, is through education, awareness, self-healing, and community.

With this mission in mind, redrosethorns offers coaching services, using cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) techniques to teach individuals how to connect with their core selves, and offer self-care practices to build their self-worth. In our community platform, our members can submit writing pieces of any genre and any style, about mental health, self-care, sexuality/gender, and empowerment. Our stories are what connect us, but also what empower us to move into a direction that is more aligned with who we are, our values, and our passions. It is through this that we can begin to dismantle the patriarchy, one empowered person, and empowered communities at a time.

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About the Founder/CEO

Kirsty Anne Richards

Hello Lovelies! My name is Kirsty Anne Richards, and I am the founder/CEO of redrosethorns. I am a writer, a feminist, and am passionate in the subjects of psychology/mental health, and sexuality/gender. I also love arts and crafts and wanted to build a business where I can combine my interests to advocate for mental health & wellness, and the components of sexuality. I do this with the intent to empower, educate and support individuals to be their most authentic selves, to heal from past wounds/traumas, and to build an inclusive community where we can inspire each other.

This journey began through my own self-healing, and, with the knowledge I gained through education, and self-growth, I became determined to take what I had gained and place it into something that could benefit others. Reading and writing has always been very therapeutic for me; it is where I have found my own voice, where I gained great insight on the complexities found within society, and it is where I realised my own power. I hope this space is where you can gain something that benefits your journey, whatever that may be.

A little bit on my background, I have a B.A. in Psychology, and double minored in Sexuality Studies and LGBTQ Studies. I also obtained a Sexual Health Educator Certificate, which focuses on anaylising institutional oppression within an intersectional structure, through a feminist perspective. I have experience in peer counselling, in teaching psychology and sexual health, and, of course, I am certified as a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Coach, an Art Therapy Coach, and I am certified as Mental Health First Aide.

About A Mother's Love Jewellery

Full disclosure: I do not make the jewellery, my mother does. She had learned arts and crafts from her mother, ranging from sewing, painting, metal work, sculpting, etc. with the jewellery making becoming her longest surviving hobby. I, too, had learned, and still continue to make, arts and crafts. Though, my 'craft' is writing. 

I grew up in a matriarchal household, and have strong connections with the women in my family. I think feminism was instilled into me, even though we never used that word. What I most learned is how important it is to support each other, as women, and to pass on knowledge, practices, and secrets to ensure our survival, and to help each other grow while also fighting to build a better society.

So, in part, I use the jewellery as a means of passing on the torch to others, and sharing the love, the strength, and the knowledge that was provided to me by my mother, and by her mother, and from her mother before.

That is: A Mother's Love.

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