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Spaces & Places: Where We Create Now Accepting Submissions | Art Therapy Photo Documentary Project

February 13, 2012

Spaces and Places: Where We Create is now accepting submissions from art therapists, art therapy students, expressive art therapists, and art organizations for this photo documentary project that aims to provide education, awareness, inspiration, and understanding about the spaces & places, settings, populations, and materials that the art therapy community works in and uses within their practice.

This collaborative event using social media and digital photo sharing via Facebook, Flickr, and Instagram invites participants to submit a photo or photos of their creative work space and favorite tools of the trade.  The project will be accepting submissions until May 31, 2012.

Learn more via the Art Therapy Alliance website for more information and details about how to participate: http://www.arttherapyalliance.org/WhereWeCreate.html

My Creative Spaces, Places & More #wherewecreate

January 29, 2012

The Art Therapist Is In

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:

My Own Creative Space

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.

Some of my favorite materials to use in my own art

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:

Art Therapy Spaces, Paper House Making, & Art Journaling

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.

Have Sock Monkey, Will Travel- Part 1

January 26, 2012

Over at 6 Degrees of Creativity, I recently helped organize a sock monkey swap for Kat Thorsen’s awesome Sock Monkey Therapy workshop-  What fun!   This exchange includes 6 Degrees community members from Kat’s workshop who signed up to receive a sock monkey, as well as make and send their own sock monkey to a fellow 6 Degrees Sock Monkey Maker.   Sock monkeys from this exchange are heading across the US, to Canada, Australia, and Italy…I can’t wait to learn more about these sock monkey adventures!

Below are some of the photos I took of the sock monkey I made for this exchange and mailed out today. I hope he reaches his new home safely and his travels out of the country go well!  I also hope he brings much joy to my special sock monkey recipient (ssshhh..) I know he will be in good, good hands!

 

Enjoying Kat's Sock Monkey Therapy!

 

Sock Monkey Accessory!

Super excited to meet the sock monkey coming here soon! I’ll be sure to share photos in Part 2!  🙂

Open Heart Creating, Connecting & Community

January 20, 2012

In a couple of weeks, the 6 Degrees of Creativity Artist Trading Card (ATC) exchange will be underway and I’ve just finished creating a batch of ATCs to include as an extra ATC for each participant.  As the facilitator of this ATC workshop and organizer of the exchange, I wanted to make an ATC for each individual participating in the swap:

When creating my ATCs I reflected on the 6 Degrees of Creativity community as a whole, from each of the wonderful workshops being offered and instructors, the inspiring photos of art, comments, discussions, and overall community, connection, and spirit of creativity.

I chose a series of words to describe this experience and included six dots on each ATC to represent the concept of 6 Degrees and how we are all connected through our creativity, as well as having the opportunity to spread this energy and inspiration among ourselves and to others in our personal and professional lives. The words highlighted on each of my ATC cards express my collective response I’ve witnessed.

I recently re-read the post Creating with an Open Heart, Creating a Movement on one of my favorite creativity blogs, A Big Creative Yes which reminded me about my intention behind bringing together 6 Degrees of Creativity.  Dan Goodwin writes about the experience, importance, and sharing of creating with “an open heart” and how this practice inspires others to also create:

“By your example of creating, they then muster enough courage to try it for themselves. Then maybe this same thing happens with a couple of other people over a few months, and they too come out in public with their journals, their camera, their sketchbooks, because of your example. Maybe then each of these people you’ve directly inspired are then seen by three others, and they are encouraged to create more.  In a short space of time, your act of creating with an open heart has lead to nine others doing the same. A month or two later, each of them are seen, and inspire three others, meaning now 27 people are openly creating, all as a direct result of your initial courage to do so… By creating with an open heart, you’ve created a movement.”

It’s been a pleasure to actively engage with so many excited about creating, sharing, and experiencing this joy within this creative community. Creating with an open heart happens at 6 Degrees of Creativity everyday and that is awesome.  Lots and lots of creative goodness spreading everywhere… to our friends, colleagues, family, clients and more….And very soon, the sending out  of our ATC mail art exchange will create a little more- I can’t wait!

I look forward to sharing how the ATC exchange went in a couple of weeks so stay connected for more!

Get Your Camera Ready! Spaces & Places: Where We Create Starts in February

January 3, 2012
It’s exciting to announce a new art collaboration coming in February being organized by The Art Therapy AllianceSpaces & Places: Where We Create will be an art therapy community photo documentary project developed by me and Magdalena Karlick, ATR, LPAT, LPCC inviting participants to submit a photo of their creative work space and favorite tools of the trade.

Through social media and digital photo sharing with Flickr & Instagram, this collaborative project aims to provide education, awareness, inspiration, and understanding about the spaces & places, settings, populations, and materials that art therapists, art therapy students, expressive arts therapists, and art organizations work in and use for their practice.

Photos (or video!) that this project will be looking for include:
  • Images of your creative space:  Where you work, intern, or your own personal art-making space
  • Commonly used art supplies and media in your art therapy work or internship with clients
  • Favorite technique: An art intervention or technique approach with individuals or in groups
  • If your creative space has changed: Before and after photos
Submission guidelines and more details to be announced when the project officially launches next month!  Information will be posted to the Spaces & Places: Where We Create project page February 13.

We are also looking for organizations, programs, and blogs interested in becoming an endorser of this project.  Feel free to contact me via info@arttherapyalliance.org for more information. 

The Art Therapy Alliance is proud to be partnering with Art Therapy Without Borders and International Art Therapy Organization for this new project, with endorsement by  Southwestern College, PeaceLove Studios, Art Therapy Institute North Carolina, and Sock Monkey Art Therapy.

If you want to receive updates and news about the project, RSVP to the project’s event page on Facebook. Yay to a new art therapy collab for 2012!  Get your camera ready!

The Joy of Sock Monkey Making

October 13, 2011

I recently created my first sock monkey thanks to Kat Thorsen’s Sock Monkey Therapy workshop @ 6 Degrees of Creativity.  Meet Arygle!

I used a pair of black and red argyle knee high socks that I hadn’t worn in awhile. I was curious what this design/pattern would look like as a sock monkey and was happy with the results!  Below are some photos I took while my sock monkey was in the making:

Kat is telling the truth when she says that you will never look at a pair of socks the same again!  Ever since I finished Argyle, every time I see a pair of long length socks I envision them as a sock monkey!  Argyle was easy to make with Kat’s awesome video demonstrating each step. This process was so much fun and I cannot wait to make more!  It is also fun to see some of the sock monkeys that participants are already posting in the 6 Degrees of Creativity community (one from Australia, another from Canada this week)!

Learn more about Kat’s work and passion for sock monkeys on her blog Sock Monkey Art Therapy.  Kat is also an Operative for Operation Sock Monkey a “volunteer-run initiative in support of humanitarian organizations that provide laughter, hope and healing to communities around the world affected by disease, disaster and social/political turmoil” through providing some sock monkey love to those in need.

Thank you to Kat for introducing me to the joys of sock monkey making!  And I look forward to visiting Argyle at his new home with Nicole Brandstrup… I hope he is behaving himself!

Now Open: 6 Degrees of Creativity

October 10, 2011

It’s finally open!  Check out this blog post on The Art Therapy Alliance’s posterous about the official launching of 6 Degrees of Creativity.  Yay!

It’s been an exciting, energizing, and inspiring time on my end getting members set up on the site and welcoming them to this new community full of opportunities for creative goodness, connection, and collaboration through art making and social networking.  Love!  Much, much gratitude and love to 6 Degrees of Creativity instructors Kristina, Lani, Cathy, Jen, and Kat for their workshop contributions, energy, hard work, and participation to help support my vision for this.

I am really looking forward to what this experience will bring over the next 6 months.  Stay tuned for more as I post my own art and creative reflections from all the workshops- and of course share some of the happenings within my Artist Trading Card workshop and exchange. Lots to enjoy, create, and have fun with now until March!

Celebrating Creative Goodness with Artist Trading Card Fun @ 6 Degrees of Creativity

September 21, 2011

My Artist Trading Card (ATC) Workshop for 6 Degrees of Creativity is all ready to go!  I can’t wait!   I am super excited to create more community and connection with lots of ATC making throughout the next six months and everything culminating with a global exchange of our art from this workshop in February 2012.  I hope you’ll consider joining me:

What are your 6 Degrees of Creative Goodness?

And… don’t forget, 6 Degrees of Creativity also includes five other workshops– chock full of offerings that will inspire and empower your art making and creative practice with themes of positive psychology, gratitude, transformation, social contemplation, and more!  Registration is open now until December 1.  The 6 Degrees of Creativity fun starts October 10!

21 SECRETS Art Journaling Show and Tell: Cathy Manus-Gray

September 8, 2011

This summer, the Art Therapy Alliance’s posterous started showcasing art therapist and art therapy student experiences from Dirty Footprints Studio’s art journaling workshop 21 SECRETS.  The art therapy community is really enjoying 21 SECRETS!!!

The Art Therapy Alliance’s most recent 21 SECRETS show and tell features Ohio art therapist Cathy Manus-Gray.  Cathy is a graduate of my alma mater Ursuline College and is an art therapist and counselor in the partial hospitalization and in-patient psychiatric departments at Aultman Hospital in Canton.  She is also a book artist and papermaker as well as an herbalist/aromatherapist who educates others about the joys and wonders of herbs.

Cathy has really been making her way through several of the 21 SECRETS workshops!  I’m so impressed and inspired by her art journaling experience so far, especially from the perspective of an art therapist.  Read Cathy’s complete interview via the Art Therapy Alliance’s posterous here.

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21 SECRETS is an ONLINE, self guided, art journaling workshop where participants will receive the opportunity to learn different techniques, methods, and approaches to art journaling from a group of 21 artists until January 1, 2012. Registration is still open, but only until the end of this month!  Learn more about each workshop and how to register here.

6 Degrees of Creativity On Sale Now!

September 1, 2011
I am excited to announce that The Art Therapy Alliance’s 6 Degrees of Creativity goes on sale today!  Woo hoo!

As first introduced in July, 6 Degrees of Creativity is inspired by the “Six Degrees of Separation” concept that each of us, no matter where we live in the world are only about six relationships away from one another, as well as embraces the power of social networking, the arts, and interactive creativity to making a difference through art-making, creative goodness, and community.

6 Degrees of Creativity is a 6 month on-line workshop opening October 10, 2011 and running until March 1, 2012 with 6 different workshops, offered by a group of 6 inspiring instructors from the art therapy community to explore hands-on concepts, art-making, and ideas related to themes about transformation, social change, collaboration, and using art for good.

You can now register anytime between today and December 1, 2011 & participate from anywhere in the world, anytime, and on your schedule, whether it is on your laptop, tablet, desktop, or even on the go via your mobile device!  This workshop is open to art therapists, artists, creatives, students, and those interested in art-making connected to the workshop’s theme.  Workshop content will include PDFs, video tutorials, written instruction, photos, art sharing, and on-line chats that will be available within the 6 Degrees of Creativity community. The community’s social networking component will further enhance the sharing of creative goodness among participants, offer opportunities for discussion & idea exchanging, as well as deepen connection through art-making.

6 Degrees of Creativity features a fabulous line up of instructors: Kristina Bell DiTullo, Lani Gerity, Cathy Malchiodi, Jenny Navarro, Katarina Thorsen and yours truly. Only $49 for all 6 workshops!

For more 6 Degrees of Creativity workshop and instructor details and to register, please visit: http://www.arttherapyalliance.org/6DegreesOfCreativity.html

Enjoy!  Lots of fun beginning this fall through next spring– Get ready!

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