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my 2011 revo’lution reflection!

December 16, 2011

This week I have started to take an end of the year look at my 2011 revo’lution.  For the last few years I have been practicing a year end tradition of creating my “revo’lution”, a process where I identify intentions that I want to focus more on and strengthen throughout the upcoming year. I then create images in response to these concepts and make an annual revo’lution book as a visual reminder, as well as take a look back at the end of the year.

This year’s intentions were Truth, Choice, Nurture, Imagine, Inspire, Change, Freedom, and Passion:

My revo’lution intentions throughout 2011 invited lots of activity that I am excited to reflect on!  This year’s revo’lution helped me with discovering where to spend worthwhile energy, work on maintaining balance, and how to create meaningful use of my time.  Being mindful throughout this year to engage in activities that empowered me to spend thoughtful time and focus related to art-making, community organizing, strengthening my gratitude practice and embracing activities that nurtured my relationships, creativity and work thrive with good vibes were all very important.  This year’s revo’lution also helped me honor the parts of myself that enjoys having fun, independence, and remembering to value my individuality, ideas, and motivation without the need to seek permission.

I am grateful for inspiring friends, colleagues, kind creative souls, new inspirations, ideas, travels, unconditional support, and loads of positive energy that helped contribute to making this year’s revo’lution rewarding and fullfilling!  A slideshow of faces and places highlighting some of my 2011 revo’lution fun can be seen here.

In the works: Creating my 2012’s revolution book with the intentions Sincerity, Re-Connection, Authenticity, Creativity, Perspective, Kindness, Attention, and Joy.  Look for the reveal of this coming soon!

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Ready for Revolution Art Journaling eBook Now Available

December 10, 2011

It is that time of year where I begin to eagerly review my revolution created at the beginning of this year, as well as start to think about the revolution and intentions I want to create and welcome for this new year approaching.  I can’t wait to share my reflections from 2011’s intentions and what my new revolution looks like soon…

In celebration of this annual practice and tradition, I am excited to finally announce the Ready for Revolution eBook, which is a visual how to of the art journaling workshop I did throughout this year for 21 SECRETS.

This 10 page full color PDF download provides the step by step process and creative resources to explore, identify, and get started with your own revolution making!  No need to create resolutions for the New Year when you can artfully create your very own revolution to invite and welcome into your twentytwelve life!  Start 2012 with intentions you want to cultivate, build on, and attract more of in your personal and professional life!  Through material and media ideas, journaling prompts, and visual journaling examples, this e-book will guide you to inspire and discover the hopes and aspirations of personal transformation through your art journaling.

The eBook’s contents include four sections:

Preparation:  [prep·a·ra·tion]
The action of making ready or being made ready for use.
  • Learn how to prepare and create your own revolution art journal using a children’s board book.
Intention: [in·ten·tion]
A course of action that one intends to follow. An aim that guides action; an objective, purpose.
  • Identifying your 2012 intentions
  • Why are intentions important?
  • Journaling prompts and inspiration
Creation: [cre·a·tion]
The action or process of bringing something into existence.
  • Mixed media and collage material ideas
  • Visual journaling examples of handmade revolutions
Transformation: [trans·for·ma·tion]
A marked or thorough change in form.
  • Tips to help put your handmade revolution into motion

Also included is the wonderful art journaling examples, inspiration, and reflections from artists Janette Gregson, Kathryn Taiaroa, and Janet McLeod who have participated in their own revolution making with me this year!

Ready for Revolution eBook is only $9.99 (USD) and is available to purchase now here:

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Wordle o’ Thankfulness [2011]

November 23, 2011

I decided to take my annual list o’ thankfulness and make it into some wordle fun on this Thanksgiving Eve Day:

Lots of thanks to everyone who has supported and helped me throughout this year to bring many of these gifts into my 2011 life, including all of you who check out or follow Creativity in Motion…Much gratitude!

Getting the Picture: Domestic Violence Awareness Month 2011

October 4, 2011

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Throughout this month, I hope to share news, resources, project, and blog posts again this year about how art is helping survivors of domestic violence and bring attention to the issue of interpersonal violence.  Here are some art-based events and projects happening that you can get involved with or spread the word about:

  • Another art-based project in the news recently is the exhibit Pearls of Wisdom.  This project in association with A Window Between Worlds and artist Kim Abeles highlights the metaphor of a pearl’s formation: “transforming memories of domestic pain into objects and shared texts that offer public lessons of courage, strength and solidarity”.  The concept expands further with The Pearls of Wisdom: End the Violence community engagement project which includes not only public exhibitions, but workshops, programming, and an online curriculum for high school teachers and college classes. You can learn more about these Pearls of Wisdom offerings here.  Also check out the Pearls of Wisdom blog and community wall, where you can create your own pearl and share it online through posting your image on the project’s blog.

If you are interested in learning more about National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, visit the Domestic Violence Awareness Project for more information.

Art as a Voice: Art Therapy with Survivors of Domestic Violence

September 14, 2011

I am putting some finishing touches on my paper presentation for the annual Buckeye Art Therapy Association (BATA) Symposium about art therapy with survivors of domestic violence, which includes my current work with women and children in a shelter setting.  I am looking forward to sharing how art therapy provides an important voice and facilitate support around key issues such as creating safety, the cycle of violence, facilitating trauma intervention as well as offers an opportunity towards understanding, coping, and hope.

Attendees will:

  • learn trauma informed considerations, common treatment goals, and art interventions to consider when working with this population;
  •  learn about the impact of domestic violence and three ways art therapy empowers survivors feel safe and tell their story;
  • be able to identify three treatment goals to utilize in art therapy when working with survivors of domestic violence;
  •  be introduced to art interventions that help address issues around safety, support, the cycle of violence, and crisis intervention.

The paper will also highlight some content forthcoming in a new chapter about art therapy and domestic violence in the Second Edition of the Handbook of Art Therapy to be published in November.  It is a sincere honor to be a co-author of this chapter and wonderful that Guildford Press wanted to include a chapter dedicated to the use of art therapy with domestic violence survivors in this new edition.

This presentation also takes place on the eve of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, which is great timing to bring additional awareness to the issue, its impact, and resources to help survivors.

I look forward to seeing friends and colleagues from across Ohio and beyond come together soon for this year’s Symposium!

Resilience and Empathy: The Art of Healing Trauma

August 15, 2011

The 2011 Buckeye Art Therapy Association’s Annual Symposium, Resiliency & Empathy: The Art of Healing Trauma is being held September 30 and October 1 in Dublin, Ohio.  This year’s keynote sponsored by BATA and the Michigan Association of Art Therapy features Cathy Malchiodi who will be presenting an evening lecture and morning workshop on the impact of  resiliency, gratitude, and empathy in relationship to trauma intervention and recovery.  A pre-conference course with Cathy focused on Trauma Informed Art Therapy is also being offered in addition to the Symposium.

This year’s BATA Symposium Program includes additional presentation offerings and workshops on the application and use of art therapy with grief and loss, traumatic brain injury, adolescents,  as well as supervision, social media & ethics, and self-care.  I am especially looking forward to Elizabeth Sanders Martin and Emily Johnson’s workshop on Celebrating Life in Traditions of  the Day of the Dead. 

On Friday afternoon during the Symposium I’ll be presenting Art as a Voice: Art Therapy with Survivors of Domestic Violence which will provide an overview of art therapy with survivors of domestic violence and address trauma informed considerations, common treatment goals, and art interventions to consider when working with battered women in a shelter setting.  Content will be presented on the impact of domestic violence, how art therapy can provide a voice and facilitate support around key issues such as safety, the cycle of violence, and crisis intervention.

For more information about the program, lodging accomodations, and registration download BATA’s printable PDF brochure here.

Fall Twenty Eleven Creative Collabs and Happenings

July 24, 2011

With all the hot temperatures and heat, my mind has been wandering to cooler times ahead this fall, including some of the events and happenings on my radar screen that I’ll be involved with or looking forward to attending:

21 SECRETS– This on-line art journaling workshop is still going strong with hundreds participating from all over the world to learn new techniques and approaches to art journaling from a group of (now) 22 instructors!  There’s been a bonus secret added!  Beginning August 1, Andrea Schroeder of ABCcreativity will be joining the art journal playground with her creative magic and class Dream Spark.  If you’re interested in learning more, check out all the 21 SECRETS classes, including my workshop ready for revolution and how to register at: http://bit.ly/gY9WFs.  Registration will be open until October 1.

Buckeye Art Therapy Association Symposium–  On September 30 and October 1 I will be attending Ohio’s Buckeye Art Therapy Association SymposiumResiliency & Empathy: The Art of Healing Trauma in Dublin, OH and offering a paper presentation on Art as a Voice: Art Therapy with Survivors of Domestic Violence on Friday afternoon.  This paper will present an overview of art therapy with survivors of domestic violence and address trauma informed considerations, common treatment goals, and art interventions to consider when working with this population.

Canadian & Ontario Art Therapy Association Conference– On November 3, I’ll be presenting my work about the global postcard art collaboration I organized last fall for Art Therapy Without Borders‘ International Postcard Art Exchange with a paper at the joint Canadian and Ontario Art Therapy Association Conference November 3-6 in Niagara Falls.  This presentation will present the project, its impact, and the role of art and social networking to connect the art therapy community worldwide.

Handbook of Art Therapy- Second Edition– I am looking forward to the November release of the Handbook of Art Therapy- Second Edition, edited by Cathy Malchiodi and published by Guilford Press.  It is an honor to be included in this new edition with a chapter on Adolescent Art Therapy and co-authoring another chapter with Cathy on Art Therapy & Domestic Violence.  As described on the publisher’s website, the second edition includes an update about current art therapy methods and approaches, and new chapters about materials & media, art therapy & the military, art therapy with grieving children, as well as more information to existing content related to research, ethics, and more.

And…after much visioning and inspiration, I am very excited that I’ll be launching another interactive & art-making collaboration from The Art Therapy Alliance this fall. I have wanted to create, organize, and offer an opportunity like this for quite some time.  I can’t wait to share this news soon– look for an announcement about this new project coming later this week!

Lots to look forward to!

Visioning Artist Trading Card

January 17, 2011

Here’s a quick visioning artist trading card I created for 2011:

I chose the fortune cookie background because sometimes I feel like the collages I create have something to communicate about the future, but I might not always understand (or ready for) the message in the here and now.

2011 revo’lution in motion & made visible

December 28, 2010

Introducing my 2011 revo’lution made visible!  As a re-cap for first time Creativity in Motion readers, for the last few years I have been practicing a year end tradition of creating my “revo’lution”, a process where I identify intentions that I want to focus more on and strengthen throughout the upcoming year. I then create images in response to these concepts and make an annual revo’lution book as a visual reminder.

This year’s intentions include: Truth, Choice, Nurture, Imagine, Inspire, Change, Freedom, and Passion. Below are images from this year’s altered board book I created to contain these eight concepts. Book spreads were created with a combination of magazine photo collage, stamping, vintage dictionary pages, distressed ink, and Tim Holtz’s idea-ology embellishments.

Something new that I experimented with was taking all the image photos on my iPhone using the Urbian Inc.’s Retro Camera app to feature in the gallery above and in the short film below:

Many of the intentions I chose this year focus attention on concepts related to continued growth, authenticity,  and of course, creating.  I believe 2010 revo’lution lessons and periods of letting go, reclamation, and transitioning have built a strong foundation for 2011 opportunities, exciting projects, meaningful relationships, and partnerships.  In my professional life this year, I am looking forward to having more energy, space, and imagining for new ideas related to what I am passionate about and creating ways to share these experiences with others through my work as an art therapist and trauma consultant, as well as my community organizing for The Art Therapy Alliance.

So what does your revolution look like?  What are intentions you would like to focus on and develop/sustain/strengthen throughout your 2011 life? It’s a great time to gather your revo’lutionary ideas and thoughts as this new year approaches and do some visioning through art!

Stay tuned here as my 2011 revo’lution in motion unfolds throughout the year!

revo’lution reflections 2010

December 12, 2010

For the last few years I have been practicing a year end tradition of creating my “revo’lution”, a process where I identify concepts that I want to focus on more and bring into my life during the upcoming year.  I then create images in response to these concepts and make an annual revo’lution book as a visual reminder of these intentions.  As 2010 starts to come to a close, it is time for me to reflect on my revo’lution I crafted for this year, as well as start to think about what I want my 2011 revo’lution to look like.

Below are pages from this year’s altered board book and what I wanted to bring into/focus on during my 2010 life:

Here’s a brief summary of my revolutionary actions during 2010:

Create: My hopes for this  intention was for much energy, vision, and meaning for creating, making, and doing in 2010 in the form of art-making, writing, through technology, and opportunities for connecting and collaborating with others.  This year brought much to be enjoyed related to this effort! Whether this included organizing an Artist Trading Card (ATC) Exchange with Art Therapy Alliance members, participating in my first Fatbook project with local area art therapists, creating a life changing book from handmade paper of transformed pulp, making more mini films, creating issues of FUSION, or continuing to engage the art therapy community through my love of social media and technology, there has been a lot of new ideas, great energy, and creative activity this year.

Dare:  Having the courage and strength to be true to myself and what I find to have meaning, truth, and purpose in my day to day life, relationships, and work often required difficult, but necessary choices throughout this year.  These challenges have ultimately helped bring a calmness, happiness, and liberation I am grateful for and hope to continue in 2011.

Balance:  This intention is always my biggest need. Choices I put into motion towards the end of 2009 did provide an authentic grounding for 2010.  On-going lessons of letting go, detachment, and being mindful of what/who/where I wanted to invest my energy, time, and focus proved to be important decisions throughout this year.

EncourageLearnWonder:  When I created the images for these intentions I wasn’t too sure about how or why the appearance of birds ended up as part of my revo’lution.   I think the repeated theme of letting go surfaced many times over throughout this year to help me explore the power (and freedom) of new ideas, possibilities, and move forward/fly free in my own professional and personal growth, which was at an important crossroads. I am thankful for this process and important friends that supported and mentored me to make these discoveries and embrace these lessons throughout the year.

Sustain and Transition: These two intentions had a significant impact throughout my 2010, as I started to make future decisions related to balance, moving on, and to zero in on ideas, causes, and efforts I believe in to create change, hope, and positive energy.  I look forward to this focus enhancing my community building with The Art Therapy Alliance and Art Therapy Without Borders, as well as my clinical work as an art therapist with youth who have experienced trauma and loss.

As I re-look at the above reflection, I am struck at the power of decision, action, and choice in much of my 2010 revo’lution and how this has influenced (for the better) my year, present life, work, and relationships.  The results of this are an excellent way to begin 2011!

Creating is already underway for my 2011 revo’lution- More to come on this soon…

Truth, Choice, Nurture, Imagine, Inspire, Change, Liberate, Passion
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