Ritual is highly personal. It’s a moment carved out with intention, defined only by one’s own ongoing commitment to it. It can be loud and performative. It can be quiet and understated. The participant powers the ritual, allowing it to be.
Toronto’s Fran Miller is the founder and namesake of F. Miller Skincare, an all-natural skincare line which prioritizes minimalism in the pursuit of quality. Kolab Project recently engaged Fran and her team to collaborate on a three-piece essentials collection featuring a Roll-on, a Multi-Balm, and a Balancing Mist.
What is the driving vision behind your work?
F. Miller Skincare is an extension of myself and the value I put on simplicity, ritual, and plant-based body care. The brand was founded on the desire to integrate the highest quality holistic ingredients with timeless, effortless minimalism—an offering that I felt was lacking in the overwhelming world of beauty and skincare at the time. After struggling with personal skin sensitivities while trying to lean into a more natural daily routine, I found it hard to source clean products that were all at once highly effective, a sensorial pleasure to use, and beautifully packaged. So I sought out to create my own.
I believe that the simplest, smallest acts of daily ritual can have a profound effect on our physical body, mental clarity, energy and mood. I hope that the daily essentials we have created with Kolab will encourage and enhance mindfulness and consistency in those small personal moments of balance, calm and grounding.
“Find the ritual within your reach”
What do your own self-care rituals look like?
For me, minimalism and ritual are interconnected. If a ritual is too elaborate, I often won't connect to it as deeply and in turn am more likely to push it to the bottom of the priority list. Self-care is essential for our own well-being and, ultimately, that of the ones closest to us or who may rely on us. That being said, it doesn't have to be expensive, complicated or perceived in this self-indulgent way that many view it.
My version consists of simple morning and evening rituals that I end up looking forward to throughout my day. I’ll burn an oil blend or incense while doing a 5 minute morning meditation, followed by 5 min of stretching. I use energizing essential oils in the shower to help wake up, quick minimal skincare and then take 10 min to sit with a coffee while journaling and organizing my day. Evenings are all about shutting off and calming down; often with herbal tea, a bath, and any skincare routines that are more involved. Find the ritual within your reach.
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The Next Fourteen Days
Kolab Project partnered with OCAD U to create an exclusive call for submissions from members of the OCAD U community. The Next Fourteen Days is a new initiative that will provide grants to realize 14 new projects, created by OCAD U senior students, recent alumni and also select faculty. These projects will document new work created over a period of 14 days in May 2020. Collectively and individually these works will speak to this time of physical distancing and self-isolation.
The Next Fourteen Days is an experiment in social connection. Using creative practice to bridge social distancing, this initiative has been developed in an effort to offer a reprieve from our collective isolation, to champion creativity and to support cultural production in these challenging times. We thank all those who submitted project proposals. All those whose projects were selected by our jury panel received financial grants in order to fund the completion of their projects.
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