I get one question more than almost any other. As often as as “How do you do that?” and more than “What metal do you use?”. It’s a pretty simple one: “What does ‘Destai’ mean?”
destai first-person singular past historic of destare
From Vulgar Latin *deexcitāre, present active infinitive of *deexcitō, derived from Latin excitō (“I call forth”, “I rouse”).
to wake up to arouse or awaken
More simply, it means “I have awoken”.
I thought it was appropriate; I had recently awoken to my destiny as a creative person, and accepted that it’s part of my soul rather than just a hobby.
Chainmaille is only one expression of my creativity. But for the time being it’s the most visible one. This is also why I use Destai as an umbrella name for all my creative endeavours. Although I may present them differently to the world, Victoria Stedje – Wordsmith is technically Destai Media, and Protean Sol is Destai Music.
Those who know me well will understand why it’s a perfect name for me. Awakening, from Latin, and pleasing pronunciation and word style all in one? Sign me up!
So I had some slight technical difficulties with my other blog… It disappeared! Far be it from me to try to fix it (this time, I’ve fixed it before with much faffing about and a whole list of new words), so I’m starting anew here.
Perhaps some day I’ll be able to import my blog archives…
Either way, July has been quite busy for me. Not only have I been working hard, I’ve been working hard at the right things. Orders have come in and gone out, new designs are happening, all exciting stuff!
My workbench is as messy as ever, though, and I suppose I should clean it sooner or later..!
But in more interesting news, I am going to be part of the Eastbourne Steampunk Fair in September! And after that, I shall be selling my wares at Mammothfest in Brighton! If you’re in the South East of England, I highly recommend showing up to one or both. I went to Mammothfest last year and it was SICK! (Meaning good, extremely good.)
Hope to see you there! And if you can’t make it, find me on social media. Links are at the bottom of the page. 🙂