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 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