Releasing & Reforming

September 10, 2012

I just returned back from the 2012 BATA Symposium, Releasing and Reforming: Art Therapy as Social Action in Dublin, Ohio and wanted to share some photos and inspirations from the last few days:

Breaking Rag @ the 2012 BATA Symposium’s Pre Conference Course

Peace Paper was honored to be part of this year’s Symposium and it was great to team up with Drew and Margaret again to introduce to Symposium attendees how papermaking can be used as a form of social action, trauma intervention, and transformation.  Thank you to the BATA Board of Directors, BATA President Michele Tarsitano Amato, and Symposium Program Chair Marshae Armante for inviting us and their hospitality. We enjoyed exploring the many ways papermaking can be applied to the art therapy setting, the work of art therapists, and the enthusiasm about these possibilities from attendees.

I also attended a breakout workshop facilitated by Michigan art therapists Margaret McGuinness, MA, MEd, ATR-BC, Kathy Schnur, MA, MEd, ATR-BC, and their colleague Karen Smigelski, MA, LPC about The Power of Words to Promote Change.  They introduced us to creating “Taglines” with polymer clay, beads, wire, and other creative embellishments to create messages & affirmations for cultivating kindness, as well as an intervention for responding to/exploring the impact of bullying.  The workshop reinforced how our words have power & energy that affect others, emotions, and thoughts.  Learn more about the workshop’s concept, their data on the power of words, and The Power of Words to Promote Change workshops being offered through WillowsEdge Counseling and Art Center.

Below is my “Tagline” I created during their workshop:

Tagline: Listen to your inner voice

I also added another spread to my Adventure Gluebook inspired by the Symposium with paper & goodies from last month’s paper stash swap, some items and handmade paper I picked up or received during the Symposium to use as collage stuff, and my SMASH label maker.  I think my Tagline could go inside one of the pockets or be attached to one of the pages tabs where it would be more visible. This gluebook is really starting to fill out nicely!  I look forward to continuing to work on it.

BATA Symposium 2012 Adventures Gluebook Spread

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3 Responses to “Releasing & Reforming”

  1. Sandra Grew Says:

    Thanks for sharing Gretchen. I may have to come south of the border to atten some if these great workshops/conferences you attend. I live the tags, I think I will have to try this!

  2. Hannah Says:

    I know you’ve probably talked about it before Gretchen, but do you think that the act of shredding the uniforms (in the case of vets and paper making) and pouring the slurry to form a completely new sheet of paper, a new fabric so to speak, allows for a kind of reformation of memory?


  3. I agree Hannah—The process of papermaking and end result allows for reframing and reconstructing of ones experiences, emotions, and memory in a safe, contained way, but at the same time releasing through the act of destruction…. Thanks for your note Sandra-it would be nice to cross paths and meet up!


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