About Me

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My name is Jedidaiah Joy Herrera but you can call me Jade. I am a 19 year old student at the University of the Philippines Los Banos. I am taking up BS Development Communication and majoring in Science Communication but I hope that one day I can pursue a career in either creative writing or fashion.

When I was six years old, I picked up a needle and thread for the very first time. I was fascinated how it could transform a fabric into a piece of clothing that I would later find myself asking for a Barbie Doll so I could learn to make clothes. Since then, I had learn to sew, design and style clothes not just for dolls but for myself. It was also one of the reasons why I learned how to draw.

But my love for fashion, did not, in any way, stop me from pursuing a writing career. In fact, it inspired me to do better, prompting me to start a blog that could merge these two worlds. Like fashion, writing helped me to express myself. In some ways, it also helped me to pay the bills. My experience as a freelance writer taught me to work harder and find ways that would constantly improve my writing. My dream of seeing my name in the pages of a book or a journal was realized when one of my poems, Remembering Daddy, was published in 2012.

I started blogging in back in November 2012. My first blog Edge of Jade, consisted mostly of fashion posts, but I decided to merge my love for poetry and literature with art and fashion. The name of this blog was taken from one of my favorite books, I Never promised You a Rose Garden by Joanne Greenberg. It is about Deborah Blau, a bright and artistic young lady suffering from schizophrenia. One of my favorite quotes from the book inspires me to draw strength from creativity:

“The creative strength is good enough and deep enough to bring itself to flower and to grow in spite of  this sickness.”

I love how Joanne Greenberg wrote a story how creativity and artistry can help inspire you to hope, change and create friendships. One thing that also drew me to the book was the title itself, which reminded me of the song (I Never Promised You A) Rose Garden by Lynn Anderson. Also, I had always found roses to be the contrary of romantic.

“I hated roses. I hated them for being so trite, so cliched, a default, all-purpose flower that said I love you, I’m sorry, and get well soon. Give me peonies and tulips, orchids or gardenia. Those were flowers with character.” Justin Chen, North of Beautiful

Fashion and poetry are both languages of art. Both has a distinct color separating them from each other but when combined, weaves a masterpiece brimming with creativity, life and emotion. I hope that you will enjoy reading through my blog as I embark on a journey to chase after my dreams. I love getting emails and meeting new friends. Remember that the greatest friendships start with a simple hello and you can always reach me at thejadeherrera@gmail.com or edgeofjade@yahoo.com

 

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