Pursue Balance Chooses Balance As Logo
ARTICLES OF INTEREST ABOUT K ROBINS
New Age Retailer Spotlights K Robins
HeartBright Foundation Chooses Healer
Women's Gyneological Health Selects Changer For Cover
The Firekeeper Sculpture - Women's Center at Sparks
Pursue Balance Chooses Balance As Logo
“Based on the premise that everything is available, but little is accessible,
Pursue Balance exists to offer key information and education to the general public regarding methods of creating healthier, happier and more fulfilling lives for individuals,
their families and their communities through attention to personal and environmental balance.”
These two beautiful statements reflect the vision of two exceptional women, Kit Deslauriers and P.J. Patton, who share a dream of making a difference in the lives of others and our environment. We are thrilled to announce that they have chosen K’s Balance design as the signature logo for their exciting new non-profit organization – Pursue Balance
In 2006 Kit Deslauriers (right) became the first person to ski the 7 Summits (the highest point on each of the 7 continents) and the first woman to ski from the summit of Mt. Everest. Throughout her career, Kit has been awarded numerous titles including Skiing Magazine naming her one of the top 11 skiers of the year in 2007.
The idea of Pursue Balance began to take shape in Kit’s mind during the summer of 2006 as a possible platform for creating a nonprofit with the goal of helping other people pursue their lives in balance. The climax was in September 2006, during the trek to Everest Base Camp, when Kit and her team met with a Buddhist lama to receive the customary blessing for Everest climbers and this Lama Geishe asked the rhetorical question of everyone in the room, “Why do you wish to climb Chomolungma (Mt Everest)?” His answer to the group was, “You must have the kindness of other beings at the root of your reason for only then will you find continued success.” At this moment Kit realized that once completing the climb and ski, she would return home to create Pursue Balance.
PJ Patton(left), born in Louisiana, spent every adolescent summer climbing and playing in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. In 1997 she moved to Wickenburg, AZ to work on a ranch. This is where she discovered Prescott, AZ only an hour north, and a small liberal arts college in the town’s center. After three years of classes as a Prescott College Student, PJ graduated with a B.A. in Environmental Studies and Adventure Education. Her thesis project included tracking and studying the fine scale movement patterns of coyotes for the Teton Science School, which ultimately lead her to find residency in Teton County, WY. She has lived and worked in Jackson for the past eight years.
“We learned of this design after Rob Deslauriers (Kit's husband) gave both
Kit and me a pendant for Christmas. We have come to adopt the exact Balance pendant as our logo. Some people even see the letters P and B in the
logo mixed together (the initials of Pursue Balance). The Balance logo is
very dynamic and we feel like our ideas in this foundation are as well, so
it is another reason why the two are such a great match. We have complete
confidence in K's ideas and her work with sculpting and are looking
forward to seeing her new creations with the balance logo in mind!” P.J.
Kit and P.J. now live in Jackson Hole, Wyoming where they are successfully devoting their hearts, hands, and enthusiasm to their vision of Pursue Balance.
To learn more about Pursue Balance and its exciting programs and plans for the future, please visit their website at (http://www.pursuebalance.org/).
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K Robins has devoted her life to the language and deeper meanings
of symbols. To the artist, symbolic jewelry is “a collection of iconographic imagery whose origins reside in our history and in our hearts.” Many of Robins’ designs focus on women’s spirituality and the sacred feminine — a must-have for many New Age stores.
Her designs are divided into five themes: Sacred Symbols; Goddesses,
Mothers, and Daughters; Yoga and Meditation; Celtic Lore; and Nature. Each collection includes numerous individual designs, all available in sterling silver and many in 14-carat gold by special order. Each pendant comes on a card with a descriptive story or poem evoked by the design and a black satin cord.
The Namaskara Mudra pendant ($26 wholesale, 1.25" x 1.25"), part of the Yoga and Meditation series, is a symbolic representation that, from a distance, appears to be a blooming lotus. However, further inspection reveals hands in the traditional prayer or namaste gesture, also called the namaskara mudra. As with many of Robins’ designs, this pendant is simplicity at its best.
The Balance pendant ($22 wholesale, 1.75" x 1.25"), used on the home page of the K Robins Designs website, is a flow of overlapping lines representing balanced and abundant energy moving with grace and ease.
Robins’ designs celebrate all of life’s stages — birth, life, death, and rebirth. Wholesale prices range from $13 to $26 each. New designs include a series of Chinese art in the Sacred Symbols series, including
Tao and Shou Butterfly.
With more than 80 pendant choices, the extent of the designs offered could be overwhelming. Each page of the K Robins Designs catalog is more inviting than the last, making it difficult to decide which pieces to carry in your store. Whatever you choose, I know your customers will fall in love with Robins’ artistic and meaningful work, as it transcends the ordinary.
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News Release HeartBright Foundation Selects Unique Jewelry Design
CHARLOTTE, N. C. -- The HeartBright Foundation, a cardiovascular disease resource center in the region, selected a jewelry design entitled 'Healer' to raise awareness and promote the mission of their organization from the design collection of sculptor and jewelry designer, K Robins.
According to Claire Blocker, the president for HeartBright, "We were drawn to the 'Healer' because of the artist's concept and personal description of this design, "The Healer and the Healed become one." The 'Healer' will be used as an innovative fundraising tool to raise awareness of what we do to serve people who are at risk for cardiovascular disease and to act as a liaison between this high-risk individual and essential community resources," she continued.
K Robins, a native of Virginia, whose studio is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, tells a story through her sculpture and jewelry design that is personal, yet has a universal theme. As Robins explained, "Because I believe in the vital work that the HeartBright Foundation is doing to help individuals understand and manage their own cardiovascular health, I am pleased they have selected 'Healer' from my collection. This design embodies the strength and hope that comes from learning to take care of ourselves and others."
'Healer' is produced in both sterling silver and 14K gold. Robins is donating 50% of the proceeds of the sale from 'Healer' back to the Foundation when HeartBright sells the piece on its web site or at its events.
'Healer' will also be displayed in a five-year traveling exhibit sponsored by HeartBright and its Medical Advisory Board Associates called 'The Heart of the Matter'. The exhibit depicts risk factors for cardiovascular disease through different art forms. Currently, the exhibit is on loan to the Presbyterian Center for Preventive Cardiology.
Established in 2003, the HeartBright Foundation, a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, operates under the A.M.E.S.Œ approach in coping with cardiovascular disease. This acronym stands for: Alert - Awareness of risk factors, both genetic and lifestyle; Measure - Testing and assessing risk factors; Educate - Initial and ongoing education to keep all individuals abreast of information on the disease; and Support - Resources to manage the risk factors of the disease.
HeartBright programs reach 2.2 million people in the Charlotte region, which includes 12 counties in North Carolina and 4 counties in South Carolina. The Foundation's mission is to increase awareness about the disease and help people understand the risk factors for cardiovascular disease. The Foundation's educational efforts also focus on how to prevent and/or manage this disease through the many healthcare providers, health professionals, services and resources available in this region.
For more information about the HeartBright Foundation, visit their web site at (http://www.heartbright.org/) or call them at 704-583-9239.
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Women’s Gynecologic Health
An adaption of "The Changer" by K Robins is featured on the cover of Women's Gynelogical Health, a clinical textbook edited by Kerri D. Schuiling, PhD, CNM, WHCNP, FACNM, Northern Michigan University and
Frances E. Likis, MSN, FNP, CNM, WHCNP, Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing
Women’s Gynecologic Health focuses on the comprehensive coverage of women’s gynecologic health care and encompasses health promotion, maintenance, and treatment. This text emphasizes physiologic mechanisms to enhance the understanding of normal and abnormal processes, and includes clinical considerations specific to the different physical and psychosocial life stages of women.
Organization of the book moves from health orientation as a basis for understanding common gynecologic problems to management of gynecologic conditions; Emphasizes normal while identifying the abnormal
Clinical Framework: approaches health care for women within a perspective that is relational and based on more recently developed feminist theories about women's growth and development
Includes detailed chapters on areas often overlooked in other texts, such as gynecologic health care for lesbians and intimate partner violence
In the Acknowledgements for the book, Kerri and Francie note,
"We are very grateful to K Robins for graciously allowing us to adapt her design the Changer for our book’s cover. We encourage readers to visit www.krobinsdesigns.com, where The Changer and other symbols are available as pendants."
Women's Gynecologic Health is available at www.jbpub.com/catalog/0763747173.
The editors can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Women's Center at Sparks
K and Sidney had the pleasure of visiting Fort Smith for the opening of the Women's Center. It truly represents an amazing and innovative approach to healthcare for women. To learn more about the Women's Center at Sparks, visit their website at (http://www.sparks.org/womenshealth/womenscenter).
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