Marilyn Johnson’s gift has given new meaning to the old adage of one person’s trash is another person’s treasure. Marilyn sees what others would discard and designs and creates treasures that open the heart and ground and anchor the soul inviting the spirit to sing a new song. Zuri Designs has blessed and warmed my heart and home with useful beauty since Marilyn first opened her door for business. I was actually her customer when she was creating pieces for fun, creative expression and personal fulfillment. I strongly encouraged her to share her gift with the world and not only those in her the tribe. Marilyn created special gifts for my family and friends – and some of her pieces landed in the homes and offices of people considered famous.
I can walk through my home and without warning, am captured by the unique spirit and light of each piece creatively and mindfully designed by Marilyn herself. As I sat to write these words of testimony about the sacred art and useful beauty that adorn my home, I found myself unwilling to name a favorite…each piece is like a treasured and loyal friend whom I love for its special and unique meaning and flair…having said that, if forced to crown one as most cherished it would be a figurine (MJ, I was looking for the correct word) with custom greeting cards that Marilyn created for my ordination into ministry…it is a brilliant combination of all things beautiful, bold and soulful – and with each glance still holds, embraces and sings sweetness and joy to my open heart.
~Dr. Robin L. Smith