Tuesday, June 30, 2009
I finished working in Julie's amazing and very wrecked (but no human or pet fluids please) "Wreck This Journal". The theme for this round was nature so I added feathers to a page with one feather on it but there's plenty of space for more elements from nature.
Then I chose the "cut this page and weave things into it" prompt and thinking National Geographic is a pretty much nature focused I used pages from that for my weft or warp... not sure which. I tried to merge the colors with citrisolve but I was doing something wrong with that effort. So I put a little homemade walnut ink on my pages to add a certain wrecked quality.
And since we like inspiration here's what happened with another "Wreck This Journal" round robin. One spread was completely stuck together, so I pried the pages apart and found that the wrecking had gotten a little ... er... wrecked. Well I found that I loved that shredded Asian look a lot (like my childhood memories, shredded and Asian)!
So here's my piece which I'll be sorry to see leave Prospect. I may have to do something like this in my Keri Smith book!
Now if you are looking for inspiration but not quite as distressed as this, then take a look at Kelly's blog Dragonfly Reflections. Scroll down to see what she has done to her Keri Smith book. Just lovely!
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Carol sent some Fabulous Wrecking Links for all of us journal wreckers and these are so helpful. Thank you Carol and for the wreckers, read on...
Whether you wondered what the wrecking was all about or you knew but were having trouble making the leap, Jamie Ridler has the answer on her regular blog (which is extraordinary by the way!)and on her extra special Wreck This Journal blog. She has lots of helpful videos all about what wrecking is for, what it can do for us. Very helpful!
She's also got some interesting community activity with these blogs. You can participate easily and see what your fellow participants are doing with links to everyone's blog write in the blog posts. Seems like an amazing idea. You can become part of her WishCasting Wednesday by blogging about a wish (there is a prompt on her blog) and then add your blog to her list. Easy. Then go and visit fellow blogger's and support them in their wishes.
Now to figure it all out for this blog, so we could share our good wishes and intentions right here!
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Susan Anand and I will be presenting puppet and story book making workshops in two venues this fall. The first will be in September for the Buckeye Art Therapy Association, where we will give you all the tools to create your own puppets and books and to create your own workshops. The second venue will be in Dallas at the AATA conference. It will be a full day pre-conference course where the subjects of puppets, stories, books, animation, and art therapy will be explored in depth.
We hope to provide tools and inspiration which you can use in your search for resilience narratives in your own practice. We will focus on finding and developing characters which embody strength and flexibility, creating therapeutic metaphors which can speak directly to the inner artist, and we will look at techniques for putting the resilience narratives into a format which can be easily shared and reviewed, whether that is a story book or a video on youtube. The advantage of using imagery, stories, ideas, and characters from the individuals you are working with, is that strengths and assets are acknowledged, stories are valued, and the learning is therefore "inside out". As a consequence, individuals are engaged and participate more fully in their own therapy or learning (Gerity 2006).
This full-day course will include an introductory narrative with various kinds of puppets, giving participants a range of puppet possibilities. We will provide examples of simple book structures including a book created with one piece of paper, simple pamphlet binding, and an "altered" child's board book - all of which are suitable for most art rooms and most budgets.
The first half of the day will focus on making puppets and characters, using a variety of collage techniques with card stock. Once the characters are developed, participants will create the storybook as a companion art piece for the paper puppet. Participants will experience the ease of eliciting narratives of resilience, healing, and strength, while learning how to create playful paper puppet characters and a simple book structure. Group stories will be created when the puppets and characters come together in small groups. The instructions will be fairly simple so this course can be replicated in most art settings and with limited budgets.
The final discussion will allow for sharing of creations and how resilience, healing, and strength may be discovered when working with puppets and narratives.
For more information, see the BATA SYMPOSIUM website and the AATA CONFERENCE website or email me. Both events look fabulous! Take a look at the keynotes for both! I'm certainly glad to be going. Hope to see you there!
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
"Art and illness are both a process, a journey, never entirely completed, always a new technique to learn, a new therapy to try."- Patti Edmon
Patti Edmon sent me a link to her article with some great ideas in it! Plus she mentions her 14 Secrets experience which is a delightful thing to read!! Go quickly and check out the whole article. Get inspired and get some audacious hope! Bravo Patti!Hope Springs Eternal - Illness and Art, Jun 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
Not bad, eh? Especially the wise quotes about art like "A broken heart can make great art" or "Art can take you places"! Want another one about bravery and blue bicycles?
Saturday, June 13, 2009
I've been thinking that so many of us are struggling with one thing or another, that maybe a little corner of 14 Secrets could be devoted to good wishes for people, ourselves included of course (it is important to take care of ourselves) would be a wonderful thing. Not really sure how to do that, yet, but meanwhile there is this wonderful website, Gratefulness.Org, which has a place where you can light candles for people or for what ever you would like to light a candle for. Try it out, it's a lovely spot of candlelight on the internet.
Saturday, June 6, 2009
Now before we mail out our journals it would be a good idea to try a prompt or two ourselves. So here's the theme, drawn straight from the hat: