Artists ~ Mary Claire Dilks ~ Providence

Artist’s name: Mary Claire Dilks
Shop name: Emerging Energy
Twitter: @emergingenergy

1. Tell us about your work
My work is to help people heal and achieve a state of wellness so they can fulfill their purpose in life. There are three facets of Emerging Energy- Pearl Apothecary, Inner Gate, and, of course, my healing practice of Acupuncture. Pearl Apothecary fuses ancient Chinese Herbal wisdom with modern science and precious essential oils to create small batch skin products for luminous skin. I am soon launching my line of jewelry - Inner Gate. This is something I've wanted to do for a while- to create pieces that will nourish someone's healing journey when they're not on my treatment table. I've always loved to make things, so this is just an extension of my creativity and love of beautiful things.

2. Is there a story behind the name of your business?
Emerging Energy Acupuncture, founded in 2004, is my practice of Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs in Providence, RI. The name Emerging Energy came to me when I was living in NYC and saw a neon sign hanging in my soon-to-be husband's loft reading "EMERGING ENERGY." His mother picked it up at a yard sale in NJ so I'm really not sure where it came from. I did know that it summed up my future practice perfectly and so the name was decided.

To me, Emerging Energy signifies energy from deep inside bubbling up to the surface and expanding outward. It signifies the gifts you bring to the world that are just waiting to come out and make themselves known. As I know personally, this energy and inspiration is sometimes hampered by sickness.

Suffering with "Chronic Fatigue Syndrome" as a teenager, I personally felt the confinement that sickness can create. There were days I spent bed, feeling unable to move. I felt like a prisoner in my body. Staring at the ceiling, my mind was full of all the things I wanted to do, but my body felt heavy and lifeless. After finding healing through holistic medicine, I made it my mission to help people with health conditions that hold them back from experiencing the fullness in life.

3. How did you come to be a professional artist/crafter/designer?
Out of my practice of Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs, I decided to sell the products I was making. I love the field of dermatology and so it was a natural extension. Pearl Apothecary, my line of topical skin care products, started in early 2014 when I was researching herbs and essential oils to treat the stubborn Psoriasis that afflicted my mother. I formulated PS Ointment to help her heal (PS Ointment is coming to retail soon!). After that, I continued to develop and formulate products that feel good, smell good, and heal our skin. It's a self-nurturing practice to take care of our bodies with beautiful products. I believe this self-love helps us heal and become whole.

4. Where do you draw your inspiration?
I am inspired by nature and seasons, asian art and medicinal herbs. I am also so inspired by my 5 year old son who reminds me that so much of creativity is play and that it's ok if something doesn't come out just right on the first try!

5. What’s your favorite item to create?
I love making my new elemental series. It's an aromatherapy blend for each season/ element, and I will be making it into a new product for each season. I started this spring and elemental: wood was a huge success. The sugar scrub is fantastic- a great way to physically get your energy moving (via scrubbing) as well as to emotionally release any pent up frustration. . . elemental: fire is coming soon!

6. What’s your best seller?
My best seller is Lavender Reishi Body Lotion. People love the gentle scent and deep skin nourishing and antioxidant qualities. Some people even love it on their face!

7. How long have you been in Rhode Island?
11 years

8. What do you {heart} about Rhode Island?
So many things. . .most, I love the ocean! It's such a great source of renewal, and there's nothing like the feeling of salty, damp sand in between your toes. So rejuvenating. Growing up in the midwest, I didn't often get to spend time at the ocean, so now it's a great source of joy.

9. Any advice for new/wannabe makers?
Follow your dreams and take a risk! Don't forget to be true to yourself.


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