This past week, I’ve started to upload preview photos for the art therapy photo documentary project Spaces & Places: Where We Create. It has been very inspiring to see and learn about the creative spaces of the project’s endorsers who are offering a sneak peek into their work, spaces, and favorite tools of the trade. I am looking forward to learning even more from future submissions when Spaces & Places: Where We Create officially launches to the art therapy community on February 13.
I’ve been working on getting my photos together for the project, both my own personal art-making space and favorite materials, as well as the different spaces and such that I use as an art therapist. Here are some initial pics that I have taken:
These series of photos (above) show my creative space and office used for my own art-making, art therapy supervision, and small group art meet ups with friends & colleagues. The space is packed with my favorite art supplies (for collage, art journaling, altered art & bookmaking, painting, & drawing), inspiring photos, art, notes, toys, books, and more.
I have also started to take photos of the art therapy spaces, favorite materials and approaches I use in my work as an Art Therapist with survivors of domestic violence in Cleveland, Ohio:
Part of my work at DVCAC includes providing community based art therapy to youth exposed to domestic violence through individual or support group services. I also offer individual and group art therapy to youth and women who come to shelter to escape domestic violence. As seen in previous posts here, I often use Paper House Making to explore and address safety planning, safe places, and to help contain overwhelming feelings associated with the worry, fear, and terror that children and adolescents from violent homes experience. Another photo I included is a material pic connected an art journaling group I recently started for women in shelter as a non-threatening space and means to manage traumatic stress and strengthen coping.
If you are interested in checking out the other photos that have been submitted so far (or future photos), check out the Art Therapy Alliance’s Set on Flickr for the project or follow photos via the Art Therapy Alliance’s Facebook page.