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Artful Hands & Hearts: Honoring Community

March 1, 2014

This past week it was great fun and an honor to be the featured guest for 21 SECRETS LIVE!, hosted by the wonderful Hali Karla.  As introduced here before, this awesome event happening every Wednesday through June, celebrates five years of Dirty Footprints Studio’s 21 SECRETS art journaling- Yay!. Past workshop instructors have been invited to participate in a real time art journaling session with a live online chat audience.

Artful Hands & Hearts: Honoring Community | creativity in motion

Chatting it up with wonderful host Hali Karla!

Each week the featured guest introduces a theme for that evening’s broadcast to focus on.  Themes so far have been a combination of inspiring techniques and prompts to enrich our art journaling experience while hanging out with amazing artists such as Jane Davenport, Aimee Myers Dolich, Julie Fei-Fan Balzer, and Rachel Whetzel- and more awesomeness coming up!

The theme I chose for my broadcast was dedicated to the intention of community to honor what we receive from and offer to one another when in a group that we feel authentically connected to and a sense of true belonging.

I offered the idea of using our hands to symbolize this outreach within our art journals: one hand to express what we receive from being part of a community and the other hand symbolizing what we offer in our giving.

Artful Hands & Hearts: Honoring Community | creativity in motion

Let the [LIVE!] Art Journaling Begin!

While all working in our art journals together, we chatted about the benefits and value of community in relationship to art-making and creative practice. Helping decrease isolation, increase support, foster accountability, inspire growth, and cultivate connection among individuals with a common passion or interest were some of the topics discussed while we artfully concentrated on the theme.

Here are a few pages from that evening’s broadcast:

Artful Hands & Hearts: Honoring Community | Hali Karla

Hali Karla

Reflections about community as a positive, hopeful, and safe place to give & receive together were explored, as well as the different creative forms community can take, especially online.

Artful Hands & Hearts: Honoring Community | Dale Anne Potter

Dale Anne Potter

You can read more here about Dale Anne Potter’s reflections on community inspired by this prompt.

Artful Hands & Hearts: Honoring Community | Amanda Knapp

Amanda Knapp

Amanda added orange netting to her pages to represent a safety net- love this element!  Read more here on Amanda’s blog greatliveoak.

My Art Journal Spread- Together

My art journaling during the broadcast included using acrylic paint, collage elements in the form of maps and dictionary words, oil pastels, and some distressed ink, stain, and paint.  As I worked, the image started to become a guide of sorts of what I have re-discovered and learned about the meaning of community in my work, relationships, and art-making.

Many, many thanks to Connie for inviting me to be part of 21 SECRETS LIVE!, Hali for hosting, and the community of participants who attended the broadcast or checked out the post-show recording, and artists who allowed me to share their art here.

It was a very cool experience (and very fitting!) to explore the theme of community in this way!

Registration for 21 SECRETS LIVE! is now closed, but all the broadcast recordings will be available as a self-study bundle this summer. Yes! A new 21 SECRETS online art journaling workshop opens April 1 if you are interested in checking out this inspiring creative community!

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art. speak. heal: Honoring Veteran Stories

January 13, 2014

It is an honor to be helping Ursuline College’s Art Therapy and Counseling Program with this February event:

art. speak.heal: Honoring Veteran StoriesUrsuline College’s Graduate Art Therapy and Counseling Program, in collaboration with Cuyahoga Community College’s Division of Arts and Sciences, announces its 14th annual arts and healing exhibition at Tri-C Gallery East. This year the exhibition, art. speak. heal: Honoring Veteran Stories will focus on veterans, their families, and the creative arts.  The exhibit is also co-sponsored by the Buckeye Art Therapy Association and Cleveland Foundation.

 Submitting art work for this exhibition is open until January 23 and 24.  More information about entering art can be found here.

I’ve been helping with getting works from the Peace Paper Project for the show and grateful to Drew and Margaret for sending some of the handmade paper made in 2013 Veteran Paper Workshops:

“Veteran Paper Workshop provides veterans with hand papermaking as a vehicle for self-expression and healing. Peace Paper Project facilitates Veteran Paper Workshop in collaboration with Art Therapists and Recreation Therapists to ensure that veterans experience the benefits of hand papermaking in supportive environments. Participants are invited to reconstitute their military uniforms into paper.”

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2013 Peace Paper

Also included in this exhibit are the work of two Florida State University art therapy students who helped host the Peace Paper Veteran workshop Drew, Margaret, and I facilitated in 2012 on campus for the FSU Department of Art Education/Art Therapy, FSU College Veteran Association and FSU Veteran’s Center.

Rachel Mims, a FSU art therapy graduate student and US Army Veteran contributed Peace Paper she made from her military uniforms and then overlayed with pulp printing of images from her training and deployment:

Rachel Mims (2012) Peace Paper: 2003 Deployment

Rachel Mims (2012) Peace Paper: 2003 Deployment

Rachel also submitted her very first art journal, a space that she used to cope with and manage her emotions and experiences related to her Medical Discharge from the Army and coping with life changing injuries she sustained during her service:

I used this art journal to help me get through all the difficult emotions that arose when I realized that my injury was not healing and I would be disabled for the rest of my life; this was the same time that my medical discharge from the Army began. I was supposed to lead by example but being injured meant I could not do most of what was required of me; this was very difficult for me mentally and emotionally – instead of being a great leader I was suddenly worthless (in the eyes of the Army at least!). The journal was my way of dealing with the difficult days and encouraging myself to keep going!”

Rachel Mims Art Journal Pages (2011)

Rachel Mims Art Journal Pages (2011)

Now in her Art Therapy Internship at FSU, Rachel, alongside with a music therapist will be providing student veterans with free music and art therapy as part of a project she’s helped create called The Veteran Creative Arts Therapy Initiative.

Meredith McMackin, a doctoral student in FSU’s Art Therapy Program, also submitted an image for the Ursuline/Tri-C Exhibit that she created during Peace Paper’s FSU workshop that honored her son who was killed in Iraq in 2007. Her handmade paper was made from the cloth of the dress she bought for his memorial service.

Titled Release, Meredith openly shares this in the piece’s powerful statement:

“…Cutting the dress into small squares, I released them into a vessel of water, which fed into a machine that slowly ground the fibers down to pulp.  I felt a sense of ease and peace watching the fibers dissolve the tightness of painful memories and float freely in the cleansing water…. The finished piece symbolizes my son’s release into spirit as well as my own transformation inspired by his self-less gift of life.”

You can read more about Meredith and her commitment to providing workshops at the FSU Veteran’s Center, as well as serving as a trained Peer Mentor for the Tragedies Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) in these two links. Meredith and Rachel are also presenting a workshop on Paper Making as Trauma Intervention for PTSD with Veterans at the 2014 Florida Art Therapy Association in early February.  It is inspiring to see the work of Peace Paper continue in the art therapy community!

Much gratitude to Drew & Margaret of Peace Paper, Rachel, and Meredith for contributing art for this exhibition, as well as sharing the personal stories and inspiring work behind the images that will be on display.  If you are in the NE Ohio area, the exhibit will be open through March 6 at Tri-C’s Gallery on the Eastern Campus. The Massillon Museum, The National Museum of Veterans Art, the Louis Stokes VA Medical Hospital, and more will also be part of this year’s exhibit.

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In addition to the art exhibition opening on February 13, there will be a free community lecture that evening by David Peacock, Therapeutic Director of Valor Home in Akron, Ohio and on the following day, a panel about the value and availability of arts and healing programs for veterans and families will be offered, as well as expressive therapies workshops.

I’m also honored to be part of the panel discussion to speak more about The Peace Paper Project, as well as offer a creative workshop with Art Therapist Laurel Larson, MPS, ATR who works for Volunteers of America in collaboration with the Cleveland VA providing art therapy services at the Veteran’s Domiciliary in Wade Park.

Our workshop on February 14, In Honor, Service, and Mission: Artist Challenge Coins (ACCs) is inspired by the tradition of Challenge Coins, commonly used in the military and within service organizations. A challenge coin is a small coin or medallion symbolizing achievement, membership, or recognition, as well as given to increase morale and community among belonging members.  In the spirit of Challenge Coins, workshop participants will create and exchange mixed media ACCs as tokens of affirmation, service, strength, gratitude, and encouragement.

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My Artist Challenge Coins (ACCs)

There will also be additional expressive therapies workshops to choose from focused on drama, creative writing,  storytelling, and healing facilitated by Expressive Therapist Dr. Lisa Peacock of the Women Warrior Project and Vet Art Ohio, as well as Dr. Shianne Eagelheart, LIC, Founder of The Redbird Center for Healing.  If you are a professional looking for continuing education, CEUs will be available.  To register, download the workshop form here.

I hope if you are in the NE Ohio area, you will join us to attend this special event on February 13 & 14 or visit the exhibit while it is on display.

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2014 Art Journaling Creative Goodness: 21 SECRETS LIVE!

December 21, 2013

As December begins to wind down and 2014 approaches, one of the awesome art journaling happenings I am really looking forward to and super excited, honored to be involved with is 21 SECRETS LIVE!  I announced this a few months ago and was even able to give away a couple of free spots on this blog last month, but along with 2014, 21 SECRETS LIVE! is almost here now!  Yay!

Here’s a re-cap of the creative goodness we’ll be up to during the upcoming year: Beginning January 15 (through June!) co-hosts Connie Hozvicka, Lisa Wilson, and Hali Karla along with a past 21 SECRETS teacher will be meeting every Wednesday at 6pm EST for a LIVE! video broadcast where you’ll be able to art journal along in real time, ask us questions through a chat format, and feel like we’re right there with you in your studio LIVE!

My LIVE! broadcast hosted by Hali, is scheduled for February and I can’t wait to hang out with you to chat about & do some art journaling together through Spreecast.

21 SECRETS LIVE! Instructors

21 SECRETS LIVE! Instructors

Also joining in on the fun are these past (and amazing!) 21 SECRETS Instructors: Julie Fei-Fan Balzer, Dion Dior, Jane Davenport, Andrea Schroeder, Aimee Myers Dolich, Alma Stoller, Carissa Paige, Dale Anne Potter, Violette Clark, Roben-Marie Smith, Rachel Whetzel, Natasha Reilly, Rae Missigman, Diana Trout, Rachel Awes, Traci Bunkers, Kate Crane, Tracy Verdugo, and Kelly Barton.

I recently got to view a Spreecast art journaling session in action with Connie, Lisa, and Hali and it looked like so much fun!  I’m looking forward to some pre-21 SECRETS LIVE! spreecasting fun with the inspiring Hali as we get ready for my broadcast on February 26.

21 SECRETS LIVE!

Spreecast is a social video platform that connects people together through live broadcasting, photo sharing, and online chatting. According to the Spreecast’s mission, they “believe people obtain a deeper understanding of each other and a more emotional connection when they interact face-to-face.” The site is also a great way to meet others who share your interests (like art journaling!) and discover new ones!

Can’t make the LIVE! broadcasts? No worries– Each 21 SECRETS LIVE! broadcast is recorded and available for members to save, keep, watch on your own schedule, and time!  Members of 21 SECRETS LIVE! will also have access to a private Facebook group and Flickr gallery–for sharing your work, giving/receiving feedback, and staying connected to the inspiring 21 SECRETS LIVE! community!

There’s still time to join us (here)!  I hope you will!  What a nice way to start off 2014 and keep dedicating weekly time, energy, and inspiration to your art journaling practice!

Guerrilla Art Meets Gratitude for Thanksgiving

November 27, 2013

On this Thanksgiving Eve, I’m super inspired by this news article I discovered today about the Gratitude Graffiti Project.

According to thegratitudegraffitiproject.com, this creative effort launched in New Jersey last month is “a forty day practice of purposeful appreciation of one’s life through interactive art.”  The project prompts participants to mindfully respond with an artistic or written response of about what you are grateful through post-it notes around town, community gratitude walls, sidewalk chalking, and storefront window marking to engage in the thankfulness together.

Check out #gratitudegraffiti on Instagram to view a growing collection of cool photos from people capturing the project:

Guerrilla Art Meets Gratitude for Thanksgiving | creativity in motion

I got out my post-it pad tonight to contemplate and honor what I am most thankful for in this moment….

Guerrilla Art Meets Gratitude for Thanksgiving | creativity in motion I honor loving kindness in my relationships, work, joys, frustrations, health, creative adventures, and so much more– I am truly thankful for the energy and patience of unconditional loving kindness I have been so very lucky to receive and grow from this year….  <3

I look forward to sharing/posting this note of thanks with the world tomorrow somewhere on my way to/from my family’s Thanksgiving get together….

What would you share on a post-it note in the spirit of the Gratitude Graffiti Project?

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14 Secrets Challenge: Adventure Supplies & Guerrilla Art for the Soul

October 22, 2013

On 14  Secrets this week as part of the Monday Fun Challenge, Lani invited us to think about what we would gather as Adventure Supplies when about to embark on a big journey. Yay….! This fit super well metaphorically and for real life travel creative goodness I already had in the works!  For the past week or so I’ve been working on art stuff for a little bit of Guerilla Art fun (inspired by 14 Secrets Challenge #20) during my upcoming trip to Chicago.

Adventure Supplies- Mission Guerilla Art: Part 1

Adventure Supplies

Not only are my Adventure Supplies for my Guerrilla Art that I’m stuffing into my suitcase and carry-on bag, practical for the experience (sidewalk chalk, gluesticks, Artsyville washi tape, a black sharpie marker, index cards or lil revo’lution tags I’ve painted), but I’ve also made special note of meaningful words and wisdom I’ve collected throughout this year from so many. These phrases have often instilled hope, nourished my spirit, and reminded me what’s really important. Not only is this act of gathering and including these messages with/for my Guerrilla Art a creative way to keep these soulful, positive messages alive out there in the universe & hopefully bring some kind of comfort, joy, or re-framing to others who will receive them… but it’s also an opportunity for me to express sincere gratitude and respect to those who shared this kindness with me.

Adventure Supplies: Gratitude, Hope, & Spirit

Adventure Supplies for the Soul

I look forward to sharing my adventure with you when I return– Stay tuned for more….

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Creative Pay It Forward Adventures

October 10, 2013

Back in January, I answered Lani Gerity’s invite to play Creative Pay It Forward.  Part of this fun included not only receiving an awesome paper stash surprise from Lani, but also keeping my commitment to spread the creative goodness to at least 5 other people throughout 2013.  So here’s an update on this adventure…

10 people answered an invite through this blog and on Facebook to also join in on the fun- Yes!  Since January I have been mailing out art to one of the individuals on my Creative Pay It Forward list.  At the beginning of each month I would randomly select someone from this list to send art to: Sarah (January), Emery (February), Erin (March), Julie (April), Rachel (May), Peg (June), Susan (July), Janet (August), Claudia (September), Bailey (October). Art goodies that I made and sent included a slide mount accordion mini book, an altered domino, a sock monkey, artist trading cards, paper stashes, an altered index collage card, and a mini canvas painting. This Creative Pay It Forward effort reached 8 different US states and 2 countries. I hope the creative giving just kept on (and keeps) going from there!

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2013 Creative Pay It Forward

All of these art gifts were a joy to create and send throughout this year!  The paper stash of collage and magazine photos I received from Lani earlier in the year I still regularly use with gratitude in my 365 revo’lution making and smashbooking.

Many thanks to everyone who played Creative It Forward with me throughout the last ten months… I look forward to more creative adventures inspired by kindness and eudomonic happiness… Stay tuned for more!

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You’re Invited: 21 SECRETS Live! Art Journaling Spreecast Celebration

August 12, 2013

The fabulous, awesome online art journaling workshop 21 SECRETS hosted by Connie Hozvicka of Dirty Footprints Studio is turning 5 in 2014 and to celebrate there’s gonna be a super special art journaling bash like no other:

Cue the confetti for 21 SECRETS LIVE! 

Come join a group of past 21 SECRETS teachers including yours truly — starting January 15 for a weekly (Wednesdays, 6pm EST) LIVE! 90 minute art journaling video spreecast. Each spreecast will showcase a different 21 SECRETS teacher with Connie as our beautiful host.  You’ll be able to art journal along with us in real time, ask us questions through a chat format, and feel like we’re right there in your creative space LIVE!  How cool is that?

And…there will also be a private Facebook group and Flickr gallery to keep the 21 SECRETS LIVE! party going 24/7, as well as recordings of each spreecast in case you can’t make the LIVE! broadcast or want a party souvenir to takeaway for future reference.

21 SECRETS LIVE!  Art Journaling Workshops & Spreecast

Consider this your official save the date & e-vite from me!  I hope you’ll make plans to join us in this creative celebration and party it up in your art journal with us!!!

Learn more about the 21 SECRETS LIVE! deets and check out the discounted Pre-Sale happening right now HERE.

I am so very honored to be returning with such an amazing group of inspiring artists & art journalers from the 21 SECRETS teaching community and to work with Connie again.

What a fun, artful way to celebrate together!  Woo hoo!

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Craftivism Inspiration

July 27, 2013

A section of my summer course on art therapy, social action, and trauma informed care included introducing art therapy & counseling graduate students at Ursuline College to the role of craftivism and its possibilities to empower vulnerable populations, as well as promote important social causes and issues through do it yourself crafty goodness:

As Betsy Greer defines:

craft + activism = craftivism

“By advocating the use of creativity for the improvement of the world, craftivists worldwide taught knitting lessons, sewed scarves for battered women’s shelters, and knitted hats for chemotherapy patients…. In promoting the idea that people can use their own creativity to improve the world, craftivism allows those who wish to voice their opinions and support their causes the chance to do just that…”

~Betsy Greer, “Craftivism.” Encyclopedia of Activism and Social Justice (2007).

Craftivism can take on many handmade forms, including radical needlepointing, crosstiching, knitting, fiber arts, and lots more.  Here’s a great article: Yarn Bombing, Knit Graffiti and Underground Brigades: A Study of Craftivism and Mobility if you are interested in learning more about guerilla textiles in action.  Another great piece is: Craftivism: Art with Attitude which provides a nice overview about the power in creativity to be heard and help create a better world.

As published here before, my craftivist love is sock monkey making…. (!) introduced to me a couple of years ago by my sock monkey hero and art therapist Kat Thorsen and the amazing work of Operation Sock Monkey (OSM).

Craftivism Inspiration | creativity in motion

Students in my class became operatives and craftivists for an upcoming OSM mission by learning how to make a sock monkey delegate as one of their assignments.

Craftivism Inspiration | creativity in motion

Originally, our delegation group was scheduled to travel to orphanges and children’s hospitals in Moscow and St. Petersburg Russia for an OSM & Clowns Sans Frontières mission. Word from OSM Headquarters is now there’s a greater need for more sock monkey smiles in Cape Town, South Africa as part of the Sinovuyo Caring Families Project with Clowns Without Borders South Africa.

From the OSM website: “Sinovuyo is focused on the highest-­‐risk families with children ages 3 to 8 years: caregivers affected by HIV/AIDS or domestic violence. The programme aims to help parents and caregivers develop nurturing relationships with their children, prevent and reduce abusive parenting, while coping with stress from HIV/AIDS, poverty, and violence.”

Sock monkeys are used in storytelling and activities that promote parent/child communication and bonding.  Learn more here.

Craftivism Inspiration | creativity in motion

Destination: South Africa’s Sinovuyo Project

This group of sock monkeys look forward to meeting & helping families served by the Sinovuyo Project.  Job well done by all the students with their first Operative Mission!  Mission accomplished! I hope it inspires lots more sock monkey making & craftivism in their future….  :)

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I Like This: Glue It Tuesday Smashbooking

June 25, 2013

I had some time this morning to do some smashbooking inspired by Artsyville’s Glue It Tuesday:

I Like This: Glue It Tuesday Smashbooking | creativity in motion

I Like This: Glue It Tuesday Smashbooking 6/25/13

This spread is dedicated to some of my favorite intentions for well-being to start off this day: trust, simplicity, balance, and embracing inspiration in today’s moments…I like that!

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[Buried Treasure] What Ought to Be: On Untangling and Putting Fragments Back Together with Art

June 11, 2013

The treasure hunt begins on 6/12 over at The Altered Page, as participating art bloggers come together to share past posts we love & to collaborate as part of Seth Apter’s Buried Treasure Project. The concept is awesome: Seth will be posting a list of all our posts so we and others can discover lots of artsy online hidden treasure and creative goodness.

I’m re-posting one of my favorite blog posts, What Ought to Be: On Untangling and Putting Fragments Back Together with Art from the Creativity in Motion archives in 2010.  I selected this post because it symbolizes many core beliefs I have about art-making’s ability to create transformation out of moments full of uncertainty and vulnerability.

I also decided to create some updated fragments of me to add to the box…

Fragments of Me: Twentythirteen | What Ought to Be: Untangling and Putting Fragments Back Together w/ Art | creativity in motion
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What Ought to Be: On Untangling and Putting Fragments Back Together with Art | Originally posted on Creativity in Motion: 2/28/2010

Earlier in the week I was reading a post about what daily meditation can do for your creativity and wrote down these words that the author, Mark McGuinness highlighted: Focus, Patience, Calmness, Clarity, Insight, and Perspective with the intention to reflect on the state of my own mental clarity and what McGuinness described perfectly as “getting tangled up in thoughts”.

As the week went on, I lost track of this intention. What did follow was lots of tangling and static coming from many sources and by the end of the week, my mind felt like it was in tight knots unable to make sense of anything or what to do next.  Except for one thing: to make art.  When I am having a hard time understanding what’s happening around me or within, art-making usually helps me start to untangle everything and invite many of the qualities listed in McGuinness’ post.

This past week in particular, I was really thinking about themes related to shattering, fragmenting and scatteredness… feeling this within and wanting to do something constructive and meditative to make these pieces more containable and start to put them back together for my sanity and my ability to keep moving forward with fresh eyes, a clearer head, and creative mind.

I used several square and rectangle plastic “Fragments”  from Tim Holtz’s idea-ology and adhered the words I wrote down from McGuinness’ list and others important to my untangling process.   Holtz’s “Fragments” are small clear tiles that can be embellished by adhering patterned paper to, inking, or gluing on printed paper for creating “a concept or thought developed by the mind of what is desireable or ought to be“.

I also collaged a box to hold and contain these fragments of “what ought to be”.

Developing and containing these fragments through this process reminded me (again) of my core intentions, purpose, and helped “untangle” most of the “thought knots”, as well as put back and contain all the little pieces of me that were scattered everywhere and ought to be paid attention to for continued creativity, energy, and collaboration.

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