We had the good fortune of connecting with John Edwards and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi John, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I’ve always had an interest in creative endeavors such as writing , sketching , photography , etc. After suffering a traumatic hand injury and going through multiple surgeries along with the injury causing a resurgence of my PTSD symptoms , I found that creating rosaries not only helped me relearn how to use my hand again but also brought me clarity and peace of mind
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Like so many others, my personal story helps set me apart. In the artisan community I’ve discovered everyone’s unique story and experiences and the passion they bring along with it adds to the beauty of their work. Also , pursuing a creative career has helped me to greater appreciate the beauty in others differences, individuality and to be able to celebrate their uniqueness.
I am committed to providing the absolute very best quality to each and every one of our customers. Since our start, we have continued to grow while staying true to our original mission – to give the customer a creation that they’ll cherish and be honored to share with others.
I strive to amaze our customers and happily work with them to create the item the desire and will love. And branching out into my own style , especially memento mori style rosaries and wearable art I’ve found strength in myself despite the many varied reactions to my work.
I was first introduced to the rosary while serving as a medic In the Army. Though, I didn’t discover its true beauty and how it could bring me comfort until years later when I spent some time as a patient in the VA hospital and developed a relationship with the chaplain there. Over time he became both a friend and a mentor.
The desire (or compulsion) to craft rosaries didn’t strike me until later.
In July of 2005, I suffered a serious injury to my hand while working in a machine shop. My hand was crushed and two fingers were traumatically amputated by a chain that had snapped off of my machine. One of the two fingers was saved and over the next several months and years I underwent numerous surgeries reconstructing my hand.
It was during this time of recovery that I felt led and compelled to make rosaries. I had sunk into a dark place and memories of my time as a Trauma / Pedi-trauma medic filled my days and nights. Making rosaries served as a pathway for me to find peace of mind and was a great therapeutic tool in relearning to use my hand.
Also in this difficult time I was introduced to a strong willed Alaskan Husky who would make positive and dramatic changes in my life.
Born on Easter Sunday of 2006, this tiny pup was given to me as a Father’s Day gift. I’ll be the first to admit that I had no desire to have a dog. But, upon meeting this frightened tiny pup (she was being circled by our cats at the time) and hearing of the horrific conditions she came from, I knew she was meant to be with us. In just a few hours, an inseparable bond was formed between the two of us and it seemed that we both needed each other.
When contemplating and debating with myself as to what I should call this new adventure, I kept returning to the two biggest things that brought me peace in troubled dark times. Making and praying the rosary and my best friend and battle buddy Queen Pupcake the Easter Pup.
Following that logic, it seemed only natural to name it after her. Thus, the name Easter Pup Creations.
Besides relearning to use my hand, one of the biggest challenges I faced was my own self confidence and finding my own voice. By pouring my heart into it , being open to others input while not letting detractors get me down I feel that I’ve not only grown professionally and as an artisan but as an individual.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
That’s a tough one. The Houston area has so many wonderful places to see and experience.
I most likely would want to introduce them to the Space Center, Minute Maid Park , the Houston Zoo ,Old Town Spring and make sure to dine with them at Gringo’s , Goodson’s Cafe and the Rain Forest Cafe
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I wouldn’t be where I am today with the support of my family ( four legged members included ) , my parish St. Edward Catholic Community and different Veteran Organizations that have helped me along the way such as the PTSD Foundation of America and Combined Arms