News & Musings

July 16, 2021
What is Cheerful Strength?

Cheerful Strength is the studio of Hilary Oak - artist and surface designer.

Cheerful Strength is a source for colorful, original art on clothing, bags, accessories, and home goods. 
We offer quality items to bring more joy and ease to your life.

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June 18, 2021
Tooling Up!

I just received my brand new, hot off the press, 2021 16th edition of the Graphic Artists' Guild Handbook - Pricing and Ethical Guidelines.
It's very cool.

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May 14, 2021
Emerging from "Immersion"

At the end of April 2021, I completed Bonnie Christine's "Immersion" - an eight-week course for learning Surface Pattern Design.

Wow!! I've learned so much in the last two months.

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February 26, 2021
Diving Into Surface Design

I am embarking on a new career path!
Or more accurately: I'm returning to an old love and ready to make a serious commitment for my Right Livelihood.

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March 30, 2020
Drumming is for Everyone

So What Should I Play? These are a few guidelines that are useful to keep in mind: The difference between noise and music is repetition. Repetition is what makes change sound good. Change makes going back to the old phrase fresh Longer phrases leave more interesting spaces. Having two or more themes to move between […]

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March 29, 2020
The Symbolism of the Cheerful Strength Knot

The Cheerful Strength logo is a complex Celtic knot which represents the inter-related nature of all Beings. Each of us is a strand that connects to create a beautiful whole design. Our connections are seamless, and there is no way to determine where our influence begins and ends. We are all One! This image is […]

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