Artist turns hurt into hope with coloring book
by Sara Krevoy
Aug 13, 2020 | 2852 views | 0 0 comments | 254 254 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Briarwood-based artist and entrepreneur Claudia Marulanda knows first hand the power of creative expression when it comes to overcoming traumatic and emotional experiences.

Having found her own joy through art, Marulanda is now hoping to inspire others toward healing with her coloring book “Sensational Wonder Women.”

The 38-page spiral-bound coloring book includes prints of original hand-drawn illustrations by Marulanda, each depicting a woman with motivational sayings or affirmations woven into her hair.

Up until August 21, she is collecting book orders at indiegogo.com under a campaign titled "Sensational Wonder Women Coloring Book.”

With this pioneer project, Marulanda aims to utilize the calming, imaginative nature of coloring to foster mindfulness in women, ultimately empowering them to find peace and meaning in self-expression.

Especially now, as the world faces particularly painful and turbulent times, she wants to provide an outlet for females of all ages and backgrounds to shift their thoughts to positivity.

“My message goes directly to women,” she explained. “It comes from a deeply personal experience.”

Art has always been a part of Marulanda’s life. She studied graphic design and worked for years as an art director both in the publishing industry and as a freelancer. But it wasn’t until after a traumatic relationship that her journey as an artist took off.

Nearly eight years ago Marulanda underwent an agonizing heartbreak that made her lose sight of her worth. When she turned back to her lifelong love of drawing and painting, a newfound happiness and sense of purpose began to creep in.

Combining her interest in typography and fascination with hair, Marulanda developed her signature style of incorporating encouraging words into the manes of her characters.

“My art is about inspiring and bringing joy,” she noted. “I felt that through my art, I was able to inspire myself to get out of the hole I was in emotionally and truly value myself.”

In 2015, Marulanda premiered her first solo exhibition called “Wonder Women,” from which the upcoming coloring book derives its name. She followed the exhibit with an art workshop catering to underserved children the next year.

Since then, Marulanda’s artistic career has followed a trajectory of imparting tools for growth on women dealing with obstacles similar to the ones she struggled with.

“I was creating art but I didn’t think much of it,” recalled Marulanda. “It wasn’t until I started sharing it and having conversations with other women that I understood more of what I was doing and why I was doing it.”

On the heels of “Sensational Wonder Women,” Marulanda plans to publish more coloring books (one focusing on curly hair is already in the works) and build a community around the enterprise.

This would include workshops and other activities that start difficult conversations surrounding women’s issues.

“I couldn't tell myself ‘I love you,’ and it freaked me out that I couldn't say that to myself,” Marulanda revealed. “I know a lot of people are in the place that I used to be in, so the things that I want to talk about are things that most people won't.”
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