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?”
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 uphttps://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/destai
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!