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Carola studied media art and communication design (diploma media artist HfG / ZKM Karlsruhe) and is a specialist in web design (IHK). She has been self-employed with web and graphic design since 2005 and was also DJane for a while. During her studies at the Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe, she concentrated on photography, communication design and digital media. The name wandalas, as well as the entire wandalas design and concept was created by her. All motifs in the shop are designed by her or carefully selected. Many photos that can be found in the shop, e.g. Flatlays were photographed by her.
Carola has been dealing with spirituality, the law of attraction and personal development for a long time. Through her curiosity, openness and high sensitivity, she absorbs new knowledge like a sponge and processes it in her designs. Carola is a Reiki Master, has an initiation into angel healing energy, has been practicing yoga for a long time, loves being in nature, reads many books and used to practice Kung Fu. She has expanded her knowledge enormously through various seminars, lectures, meditation courses, naturopaths and coaches and was able to cure herself of illnesses (which doctors call incurable).
All over the world she is looking for symbols in old buildings, temples, monasteries and churches. Every culture and every living being has knowledge from which we can learn! She cannot walk past a beautifully designed postcard without buying it and will not miss any films or series that even begin to have anything to do with magic and superpowers. In the meantime, she is vegan-gluten-free and deals a lot with the topics of spirituality, health, self-healing, nutrition, trauma, sustainability and environmental protection. A down-to-earth spirituality is very important to her. Therefore, she also deals with areas of quantum physics, neuroscience, epigenetics and psychosomatics that scientifically prove spiritual teachings.
Jens also studied media art, holds a PhD in creative media and is Carola's business partner and spouse. He actively supports Carola in the selection of the different designs. Jens manages the administrative and technical part behind the shop and leads the development of our Magento 2 system. He also designs 3D models that can then be brought to life with a 3D printer and bought in the shop. Together with Carola, he attends training courses, events and seminars to expand his knowledge. He is also open to spirituality and has already experienced many positive changes in his life.
Through school and studies, Carola got to know the golden ratio, Le Corbusier and the Pythagorean Theorem. She learned that Leonardo da Vinci already knew about the laws of the universe and applied them to his works of art, machines and structures. That fascinated her and since then she has been dealing with sacred geometry.
After going through some unsightly times, Carola came to a point where she no longer asked herself "why does something like this always happen to me" but "what does it want to tell me?" And as it is, the universe answers when you ask it a question. Carola got a book on the "Law of Attraction" and she was totally captivated. She checked playfully whether and how it works. The craziest and best things happened to her.
After Carola decided to build her own shop and brand, she didn't let anything get her down. Regardless of whether it was no help in delivering the plotter in the pouring rain, working alone in the plotter technology and software, family and friends who did not support them, or technology that did not work. Because she wanted to spread the “Law of Attraction” and “Sacred Geometry” in a modern way and also clear up many false myths of old symbols that have crept into people's minds. This vision gave her the strength to reach her goals and face challenging times. That is why the first shop motif became a quote from Buddha: "What you think today, you will be tomorrow".
Every day when she saw the saying on her wall, she remembered the law of attraction, her own creative power, and the magic around her.
We are so much more than our body, our feelings and our thoughts! We are all pure energy, we are all one! :-)
For us, spirituality means reflecting on yourself, working on yourself, becoming aware of yourself (self-confidence) and getting closer to the teachings of the universe. The goal of spirituality is to love yourself as you are. With all fears and dark sides. Because only when we really love ourselves can we truly love others and only then can be in peace. As much love as we give ourselves, we are able to give and receive others. Without realizing it, many of us have beliefs like: "I am not good enough", "To be loved I always have to be there for everyone, etc.". So we start to define ourselves about our profession, our appearance, relationships, children, status, etc. But if we suddenly lose our job, or our good looks, or our love for another person is not returned, it may cause us to go into a deep hole. Because we never learned not to define ourselves with it. Since it is a lifelong learning task to find this love and ultimately to be, a little support with beautiful and motivating motives cannot hurt. :-)
Our shop relaunch is online! After the previous developers had not programmed everything so properly and our shop software now brought newer versions onto the market, we decided to set everything up from scratch! So we (and especially Jens) worked deeper into the shop software and spent a lot of hours working on the new shop in winter! Appropriate for spring, when nature awakens something new, our "newly renovated" wandalas shop went online! In the meantime, we are also adding the motif meanings to our deliveries and sending CO2 neutral with DHL GOGREEN.
With our shop, I switched to another hosting provider that worked much better with our shop software. Working with the developers was also becoming increasingly unreliable and worse, so I was on my own again. I wasn't that alone after all, because my husband and now also business owner took more and more care of the shop development. He also has a lot of experience in the field in the past.
But not only did we change our shop, we also finally found suitable rooms for our workplace after years of searching!
The Dawanda platform is closed and we move to Etsy with our Dawanda shop.
In the meantime, I also devoted myself to photography and other projects, but then took the courage to look for the right developers. After an extensive search, I found developers who could help me. I worked a lot on the shop all the time and in 2017 my own independent online shop finally went online! Shortly afterwards the first wall sticker was sold through the shop, a Buddha quote: "Learn to let go, that is the key to happiness." What did the universe want to tell me? ;-) I can still remember it exactly, because I had just redesigned the wall sticker. What a great feeling! :-) In the meantime, my husband and I also founded Cloudwalker GmbH, under which we put all our creative companies together.
In January 2017 I created an Instagram wandalas account, where we have been busy posting pictures and instastories ever since. Click here for the wandalas Instagram account.
First try to start your own online shop away from the known platforms. Unfortunately, he repeatedly failed to find the right developer. So far, the prices for online shop creation have been and still are completely overpriced. I continued to deal with spirituality a lot, worked on my beliefs (especially in achieving my own goals) and completed the first Reiki degree.
After gaining some experience on Ebay, I opened a Dawanda shop. In the meantime, I had read more knowledge about marketing and put some new motifs online. I also created more and more labels for companies or the self-employed and had more and more experience with the different types of adhesive films.
In February 2012 I started my first Ebay shop to gain my first experience with shops. Before that, I created a concept, came up with the name wandalas and designed the corporate design for wandalas, including the logo, flyer, business cards, assembly instructions, etc.
The first wall sticker I posted was the flower of life. The flower of life was bought the very next evening and I can still remember the great feeling of having made my very first sale. In the meantime, I studied media art with a minor in communication design at the University of Design in Karlsruhe. From the beginning I worked as a freelancer during my studies, or I was self-employed with web design and graphic design. Among other things, I was able to gain a lot of experience from a well-known online shopping community, as I was there shortly after it went online and designed graphics, animated flash films, banners, flyers and posters for many different brands.