Autumnal Shedding

I was away for a couple of days this week. I went bush. Everywhere I looked there were signs of nature’s shedding.. …Seedpods from acacia trees, gum nuts from the eucalyptus and delicate cicada cases perching on grass fronds.The warm glow of the afternoon sun on the small maple tree and  the slowing pace of the natural world encouraged me to reflect on where I found myself at this point in my life.

What had come to fruit and been harvested now the busyness and activity of summer had waned? What did I need to release or shed in order to be living the vision I had for my life? No quick and easy answers.

These are things I will contemplate as we move deeper into the colder months. I will turn inward and begin to write, draw, make more in order to receive the messages I need to hear. Then I will slow-cook and nourish them over winter ready for the next cycle of growth in spring.

So here I offer you an affirmation for this time of transformation and release.

Please feel free to print it out and place it somewhere where you will see it and be reminded of what is important in this season of  life.

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Go gently

Feeling the gentle spring breeze and sparkly sun on my face today prompted this elemental doll. “Go gently and take the time to pause and breathe in deeply”, she says 🌾🌷.

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needle felted elemental doll © Lisa Fam 2016

I am Art- and this is me”.

I recently had the good fortune to exhibit a couple of pieces in the PPHA Artist Collective’s exhibition entitled “I am Art- and this is me”. The Collective consists of a diverse group, with talent in painting, sculpture, ceramics, textiles, photography, and writing. Some of us are emerging artists, others are professional or hobbyists but we all have the inner fire that drives us to make and create and to share our vision with the world.

The exhibition was held in a newly renovated space “The Laneway Artspace” in St Kilda run by the inimitable Geoffrey Williams and was the 3rd exhibition by the group.

Below is the doll/sculpture I created called “Wig-Womb of Creativity”. In this doll I celebrate the culmination of the past 7 years of opening to and honouring feminine wisdom in my life.  Through my creative and inner journey, I have come to a point where I am now able to show up in the world, share my wisdom and learning with other women and help them to find their inner power through my Seasons of the Doll work.

Wig-Womb holds within her womb the seed/egg of future creativity, which seems to indicate that the cycle is never finished. Each end point is the beginning of another. This too is feminine wisdom. Her mind is balanced (yin -yang) and although she has no limbs, I feel her to be present and grounded. She is connected to joy and vitality through the rainbow of light and witnessing the way the elements intermingle to create beautiful visions. I birthed her easily!

Thank you to Geoffrey, PPHA and the Artist Collective for their encouragement, support and friendship.

It was a great experience and let’s do it again in 2017!

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Wig Womb of Creativity copyright 2016
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Detail of felted and stitched womb

 

 

Visual Journaling Part 2: How to make a simple Visual Journal

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Use thick drawing paper. You will need 5 or more sheets. You can also use other papers like brown paper bags cut to size, wrapping paper or newspaper…whatever you have around

 

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Create back grounds on the paper. You can do this first or leave all your pages blank and do it afterwards, or a use a mix of both as I have.
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Water colour back grounds
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More water colour
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Collage
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Wax crayon and water colour
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Make the journal cover from a cardboard box cut to size. Draw a line half way down the middle  and then  mark a line 0.5cm on either side of this line.
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Score the outer two lines and fold them. This creates the spine of the book.
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Choose the centre page. Measure in 3 cm from the top and the bottom edge and mark with a dot. Measure half way between these points and mark.
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Place all the papers in a stack and clamp with clothes pegs
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Use an awl to make 3 holes at each dot
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The reverse side looks like this
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Bring a length of thick waxed thread or string up through the bottom hole and down through the top hole leaving a tail of about 5cm
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Turn the pages over and take the needle down through the centre hole. Repeat for the tail end. Both tails will now be on the reverse side.
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This is what it looks like .
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Tie a knot
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Fold the pages in half and press firmly. You can also press the pages under heavy books overnight.
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Create the fabric cover. Cut fabric to size allowing a few cm on each edge
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Glue down using a glue stick
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Place the pages inside the cardboard cover and glue the front piece
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Stick it to the cover. Repeat for the back cover.
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Finished journal with tie!

A conversation with mySelf

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I’ve kept many versions of a visual journal over the years. This little pocket of the universe has been my saviour in challenging times. On that blank page your inner world can be explored with sometimes remarkable insight. I often return to my journals for inspiration and guidance. We all have an inner wisdom, a wise Self , but its voice is often ignored or unheard amongst the clamour in our heads. Keeping a journal gives the opportunity for regular communing and an ongoing dialogue and record of your psyche’s life journey.

Please feel free to comment on how Visual Journalling has helped you!