She Made Rainbows

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PRODUCT STORY
Nadia says: Before I knew words, I knew color. "Red, yellow, blue?" I would repeat, over and over, drawing words out of rainbows, in the bliss of my innocence, once upon a time...

"She Made Rainbows" was a painting I recently completed for my first solo show, "She Comes With A Past: The Art of Healing," in Washington, D.C. I am a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, and my paintings portray my sense of transformation and empowerment that art has helped me achieve throughout the years. "She Made Rainbows" is a title that pays homage to how I knew the language of color before I even knew a language to speak.

Traumatic incidents had resulted in an early loss of innocence, but well into my adulthood now, I've found the most beautiful ways to make rainbows and see the beauty in life again.

At first we loved Nadia's work for its colors and textures, but in learning her story, we think this is a hopeful piece for people to carry around with them every day.
MATERIALS
oil, plaster, mixed media
ARTIST / DESIGNER
Nadia Janjua
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Cassie, UncommonGoods Community Moderator

June 12, 2012 09:57:42 AM

The bold colors and powerful words first caught our eye, but Nadia's story is what makes this piece extraordinary. What do you love most about her design?

sadaf
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June 12, 2012 04:41:42 PM

Beautiful!

Leigh Ann
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June 12, 2012 04:47:12 PM

I LOVE this one. And would buy it. I've been caseless for a few months now, nothing seems appealing, but this is beautiful.

maleek
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June 12, 2012 05:06:53 PM

nice.

Sham
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June 12, 2012 05:17:19 PM

Love this work :)

Eman
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June 12, 2012 06:54:55 PM

I absolutely LOVE this case! Definitely "uncommon" and I would totally buy it. The colors are very eye-catching. It's not just a piece of art - It tells a story of hope that people can carry around and serves as a reminder for people who undergo tough times.

'Amirah
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June 12, 2012 07:23:45 PM

Sssplendid!

Rita
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June 12, 2012 09:00:11 PM

I LOVE these --no one gets the wrong phone in my house!

LISA

June 12, 2012 09:01:24 PM

LOVE IT!!

Valerie
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June 12, 2012 09:07:13 PM

Keep making rainbows Nadia.

Jennifer
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June 13, 2012 08:35:59 PM

love this!

Rubina
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June 13, 2012 09:59:34 PM

LOVE this case and would definitely own it!

Riaz
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June 13, 2012 10:00:26 PM

Beautiful!

Christine
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June 14, 2012 08:59:09 AM

Would have liked it better without the scraps of words "pasted" on it. I understand the significance, but feel it detracts from the overall look.

Nicole
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June 14, 2012 10:21:30 AM

Nadia- I love your case so much <3 <3 <3

Cara
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June 15, 2012 12:32:48 AM

Love the colors!

Mallory
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June 15, 2012 09:48:59 AM

Great imagery, colors, and texture. I love the cut outs pieces with the words!

Usman
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June 15, 2012 12:58:39 PM

Very, very cool. The colors are beautiful :)

Mollie C.
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June 16, 2012 08:29:43 AM

Nadia is nothing short of amazing...she is one of the most wonderful people you will ever meet! Much love...

leila
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June 16, 2012 09:26:28 AM

I LOVE THIS ONE.

zine el abidine
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June 16, 2012 10:28:17 AM

Great work.

Sara
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June 16, 2012 10:29:54 AM

Beautiful! I have another phone case made by Nadia and have received several compliments. Her artwork stops the conversation and creates a beautiful reflection.

Yoshi
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June 16, 2012 11:40:27 AM

pick her she's the winner

Valerie
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June 16, 2012 02:18:00 PM

Keep making rainbows Nadia

Nia
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June 17, 2012 01:47:04 PM

I love it! It's beautiful and with a story. <3

maria

June 17, 2012 02:32:56 PM

beautiful work. very proud of you. x

Hana
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June 18, 2012 05:46:37 AM

I find this the best of all. Most of what is good in the others is also present here: colours are harmonious, it allows room for creative interpretation, there is anelement of the abstract, the mind is given something to contemplate/meditate upon through the use of language. It has 3-D presence too, confirming her idea that one can pick up the pieces and start again! AWESOME!

ljubo
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June 18, 2012 01:51:47 PM

I just can't see this working for an iphone. Perhaps it just belongs in a gallery somewhere with to give it life. I have to admire your artistic standpoint though.

Sue
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June 18, 2012 04:09:37 PM

I really love this one.

Tamir
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June 18, 2012 07:05:26 PM

Beautiful art... beautiful case!! Good job Nadia!

Ana
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June 19, 2012 12:02:26 AM

Love it!

L

June 19, 2012 01:38:15 AM

I am all for empowering victims to rise above, but can you imagine trying to explain this case to an outsider who asks "what a cute case! what does it mean?" I think the colors are much too whimsical for the content of the painting.

farheena

June 19, 2012 02:00:31 PM

Nadia, you are an inspiration to many with hidden secrets of abuse.

azroz
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June 19, 2012 02:28:06 PM

Lovely design and like the 'sticky note' style. Remind me of keeping myself 'updated"

Lina
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June 19, 2012 02:49:01 PM

Love it !

Le-Ann
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June 19, 2012 03:42:31 PM

Beautiful

Crystal
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June 19, 2012 09:18:29 PM

I selected this cover and voted before I read her story. The story is something I can relate to and I hope she wins!

Reem
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June 19, 2012 11:45:23 PM

You're so brave, Nadia, for sharing your story and I'm fascinated about how you reflected your feelings and this story through these rich colors.

mahdiyah
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June 20, 2012 12:00:54 AM

nadia is my rainbow of mixed media lovelovelove

Yasmine
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June 20, 2012 12:12:47 AM

Nadia, as always, your beautiful soul and your stunning art inspire me so much. <3

Sofia

June 20, 2012 12:16:02 AM

LOVE IT!

Ahlam
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June 20, 2012 12:21:26 AM

Your story is powerful Nadia. Love and best wishes for an everlasting rainbow in this life and the next :)

Asma R.
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June 20, 2012 12:28:15 AM

What a beautiful way to share such a deeply personal story. Thank you for being so brave.

Sarah

June 20, 2012 02:58:48 AM

Absolutely love it! I love the colors, the story behind it, and the words add to the piece beautifully.

Faiz
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June 20, 2012 08:43:22 AM

I would definitely buy this if it was on sale!

Suhaib
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June 20, 2012 10:14:16 AM

Most amazing thing ever!

rose
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June 20, 2012 10:24:11 AM

this is so beautiful and inspiring. want!!!

Barzinji
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June 20, 2012 10:30:29 AM

Hello happiness :)

Tina
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June 20, 2012 10:35:25 AM

Where can I buy this?? Love the colours and the message :)

afeefa
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June 20, 2012 12:24:53 PM

passionate poetic art...makes me almost want to buy an iphone :)

afeefa
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June 20, 2012 12:32:46 PM

passionate poetic art...makes me wish i had an iphone :)

Zainab

June 20, 2012 08:06:56 PM

How creative and unique!!!

Rachel
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June 20, 2012 08:21:51 PM

Love it !

Velma
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June 20, 2012 08:34:14 PM

I love this, what a beautiful story.

Adil
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June 20, 2012 10:10:51 PM

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Sarah
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June 20, 2012 11:38:06 PM

Love it!!! :)

Rania
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June 20, 2012 11:39:01 PM

Bold designs for an inspirational woman of empowerment!

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