“[Sacred space] is an absolute necessity for anybody today. You must have a room, or a certain hour or so a day, where you don’t know what was in the newspapers that morning, you don’t know who your friends are, you don’t know what you owe anybody, you don’t know what anybody owes to you. This is a place where you can simply experience and bring forth what you are and what you might be. This is the place of creative incubation. At first you may find that nothing happens there. But if you have a sacred place and use it, something eventually will happen”. ~ Joseph Campbell: The Power of Myth
Rose embodies the capacity that all women have for healing within themselves.
I created Rose for a friend who has recently had a hysterectomy. I asked my friend for her favourite healing colours and symbols. She chose pink, green the heart and flowers. Coincidentally these symbols are often associated with the feminine.
After such major surgery, it is a time to be very gentle and nurturing with oneself as the body and mind recover and the inner psychic and physical transition is made from fertility (the Mother) to menopause (the Maga).
I chose rose quartz (for the feminine, and unconditional love) to place inside the womb of the doll. The sacral area is surrounded and filled with the healing colours of soft pink and gold in a heart shape, reminding my friend of the healing energy she can bring to this chakra, the seat of creative energies. Finally I made Rose a Dharmachakra, for protection and guidance.
Rose (2015) – needle felted doll
Wool and silk merino tops, embroidery thread, beads, flower, ribbon
16 x 10cm
“If we can liberate the creative process in our lives, it will always find the way to whatever needs attention and transformation. The challenge, then is first to free our creativity and then to sustain it as a disciplined practice”.
(Shaun McNiff: Art Heals, 2004)
What liberates and what sustains your creativity?
I’d love your thoughts!