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 ūüĆĺūüĆ∑.

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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!

Compassion Games 2014

COMPASSION  GAMES 2014

SEPTEMBER 11-21

The Games are on!! I’m warming up my compassion muscles as part of the¬†6 Degrees of Creativity¬†team run by the wonderful Gretchen Miller . For the next 11 days we will be doing an art related compassionate deed in our own community. After receiving each day’s prompt we will complete our art, photograph it and then share it with the world on a real time Compassion Map. Many compassionate acts make for a kinder world!

“The Compassion Games are designed to make our communities safer, kinder, more just, and better places to live. No matter where you are you can perform a Random Act of Kindness, or become a Secret Agent of Compassion and receive a secret mission for each of the eleven days” (www.compassiongames.org)

CREATIVE DEED 1: “SHOW US YOUR HEART”

” Take a photo of a heart you’ve cut out of paper and place it inside the palm of your hand to symbolize care, motivation to be mindfully kind to others & ourselves, and as a visual, simple reminder to extend our heartfelt empathy in times of distress & suffering”

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¬†CREATIVE DEED 2: ” CHALK IT UP FOR COMPASSION’

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CREATIVE DEED 3: COMPASSION WORDCLOUDING

I used a  favourite quote of mine from the Dalai Lama on compassion to create this Wordcloud.

Lots of fun.

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 CREATIVE DEED 4: Random Acts of Creative Kindness

” It’s an opportunity to use creative deeds in the form of art-making & creative expression to show our kindness to others in unsuspecting ways.”

I  made a little magic vial of condensed happiness -red hearts and glitter balls to symbolise the magic and beauty of living in the present moment, and a small bracelet wishing the wearer a happy day. I will put these anonymously around the neighbourhood for whoever needs some affirmation!

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 CREATIVE DEED 4 : COMPASSION ALL STAR AWARD

“Inspired by the Seattle Compassion All Star event, the 6 Degrees of Creativity Creative Deed Team is recognizing a Compassion All Star in our lives & communities with a creative twist! Today, nominate someone as a Compassion All Star and create an artsy award in honor of & to give to him/her”.

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This Compassion All Star Award is for my friend Nancy

who is kind, open hearted and has a great listening ear.

She’s always finding ways to make others happy,

nourish people with lovely food

or be there in times of suffering.

I’m honoured to have her in my life.

Thank you Nancy!!

CREATIVE DEED 6: CREATIVITY AND COMPASSION QUOTE HUNT

“Have fun today on this creativity & compassion quote hunt! Find a favorite compassion related quote, saying, or inspiration that speaks to the use of the arts, art therapy, & creativity to help others in need, our community, ourselves, etc. With free, online quote generator programs you can copy & paste your quote (please include crediting the author ) and transform it into an image, save, and share to spread word about the role of creativity in compassion!”

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When our spirits can breathe, we are happier, kinder and gentler…

the beauty of art and art therapy is that it

provides this space for the spirit.

Imagine if in every community

there was a place where people could go to make art–

our world would be more compassionate

and healthy I think.

Thanks Gretchen for a fun prompt. See more contributions from 6 degrees of Creativity participants here

Create your own quotes using:

http://www.quozio.com

http://www.recitethis.com

http://quotescover.com

 

CREATIVE DEED 7:  COMPASSION CARDS OF AWESOMENESS

 

“Our Secret Agent mission will use our creativity to create unanimous Compassion Cards of Awesomeness to leave in places like the inside of books @ at a bookstore or library, discreetly for a friend, family member or co-worker to discover, at a grocery store, post office, or any place you want to spread awesomeness for others to discover, be reminded of and see in themselves. ¬† The theme of these cards (which could be in the form of a decorated index card, greeting card, artist trading card, etc.) is everything & anything about BEING AWESOME (!!) ūüôā ”¬†

 

I created this card and left it in an envelope titled “for you” in ¬†the local laundromat.

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CREATIVE DEED 8 : ¬†Nature–¬†

 

“Throughout the day, identify ways in which nature achieves its balance. As your understanding of this increases, so will your appreciation for it. By bedtime, complete a tangible act of appreciation for nature that grew from your increased understanding”.

 

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Nature has her own rhythm and timing…that’s how she stays balanced. She won’t be pushed to reveal herself before the time is right.

 

Creative Deed 9 : Compassion Mandala

 

“Create ¬†a mandala with your materials of your choice expressing what compassion means to you.”

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CREATIVE DEED 10: COMPASSION STICKY NOTES

 

“Using Post-It notes create works of compassionate art and place them in public places for others to discover”.

 

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CREATIVE DEED 11: International Day of Peace Prayer Flags

“Today’s creative deed in celebration of International Day of Peace—– ¬†with a square of fabric or paper (or series of squares) using markers, paint, or whatever material you choose, create a Peace Flag that you can display somewhere as a reminder to yourself, others in your work & life, or community about the power of peace, what it symbolizes to you and reflects the message of the Compassion Games¬†“.

 

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change…one mandala at a time

Like Carl Jung, who famously documented his inner world with a series of mandalas, I have taken to drawing a daily mini mandala as a means of staying connected to myself and to express some of those emotions that can take up a lot of energy if not acknowledged and released.

The beauty of these pint sized circles is that they take only ten minutes – perfect if you are struggling with low energy, have limited materials, are feeling creatively blocked or are time poor.¬†At the start of the week I will trace 7 circles into my visual journal so that the form is there to remind me each day...”fill me with your story”.

It’s surprising to see the variety of emotions and energy from day to day. This can help us to not get overly identified with one state, be it depression or anxiety, excitement or calm. If acknowledged and allowed to be, uncomfortable emotions will eventually release to be replaced with something else.¬†

Interestingly, art making can sometimes reveal bodily states that we are not yet conscious of.

For example in mandala 5 I was experiencing severe abdominal pain. I drew convoluted red intestines and noticed that a black dot appeared on one of them. I hadn’t put it there intentionally (it had leaked through the page from my previous mandala) but there was something compelling and slightly discomfiting about it. I wanted to erase it, but found that I couldn’t. It needed to be present in the image. Three days later I was in hospital with appendicitis. The scans they took of my abdomen revealed a black enlarged spot–my swollen appendix.

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the symphony of sound

Open your ear consciousness  for a moment,

allow the sounds of the external world

to take their place, or not

moving through the field of awareness

unimpeded.

Open to it all.

Let it inspire your

poetry

your drawing

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With thanks to Catherine Meeson for providing the space and music for this experience.

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The Plight of Asylum

Lost at Sea, 2013
acrylic and paper on canvas 30 x 60 cm

Lost at Sea

 

1423 and counting…

lives, souls, hopes and dreams

buried

somewhere,

lost at sea

I see,

I grieve

                                                                 

~thelittleyellowbirdsings 2013

This piece was exhibited at Visions In Substance:Everyone has a Story to Tell exhibition at Brightspace Gallery in November 2013.

To hear an interview with me on the purpose of the exhibition, click here.

Thanks to Port Phillip Housing,  and MGS Architects for creating this opportunity for resident artists.