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Destruction & Transformation in Art & Therapy: Re-Framing, Re-Forming, Re-Claiming

October 1, 2014

My interest in destruction as part of the creative process for transformation in therapy first started as a new art therapist over 15 years ago, when I worked in a boy’s residential treatment center. Not only was creating, building, & constructing an important part of the work they did in the art room, but so was the undoing, breaking & pulling things apart to in turn mend, re-build, and put back together into a new form, with a different meaning and perspective.  I loved witnessing the creative process of  this chaotic discharge contained in the safety of our session and the pieces of this becoming the seeds of something new.

Destruction & Transformation in Art & Therapy: Re-Framing, Re-Forming, Re-Claiming | creativity in motion

Destruction & Transformation in Art & Therapy: Re-Framing, Re-Forming, Re-Claiming | creativity in motion

Sometimes this was done with tearing up an old, unwanted, or emotionally challenging art expression into bits & pieces and then using these remnants to create a new image full of possibility and discovery. In my art therapy work with women survivors of domestic violence, this same concept has taken the form of pulping/destroying past journal entries, unsent letters written to their abusers, or notes to their “old me” selves to create new handmade paper as a symbolic act of freedom, new beginnings, and personal transformation.

Destruction & Transformation in Art & Therapy: Re-Framing, Re-Forming, Re-Claiming | creativity in motion

Inspired by these experiences in my clinical work and its value in the therapeutic process, I am looking forward to dedicating an entire day to explore this topic in a Master Class I’ll be co-teaching with Art Therapist Mindy Jacobson-Levy next month.

Join us on November 6 at this year’s Expressive Therapies Summit in NYC to creatively examine concepts & themes about the therapeutic role of creative destruction and the reparation of images to foster self-repair and personal growth.  As part of our exploration, participants will spend the day working on an altered book as well as deconstructing objects of personal meaning into new forms and understanding.  I can’t wait!

If you’re in the NYC area or making plans to attend this year’s Summit, I hope we can make some art together here! 🙂

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Related Posts:

The Altered Image: Ready to Create & Fly

Exposing & Altering Vulnerability

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

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Inside These Pages: A Miniature Book with Big Reminders

July 7, 2013

I was looking through some paper scraps this week-end and came across some lovely sheets that inspired me to create this simple, 1.5 x 2 inch miniature book:

Inside These Pages: Miniature Book with Big Reminders | creativity in motion

This book holds these 5 spreads:

Inside These Pages: Miniature Book with Big Reminders | creativity in motion

I’ve been reflecting on the metaphor of small things and their big importance: in the form of simplicity, happiness, gratitude, and kindness… And continuing to be mindful of the space, journey, flow, and growth this perspective helps create.

Inside These Pages: Miniature Book with Big Reminders | creativity in motion

A nice reminder: “Life is made up of little things.” ~Frank A. Clark

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Through a Grateful Lens: Spring Light Simplicity

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Gluebook Goings On @ 6 Degrees of Creativity 2

August 18, 2012

In my last post I featured some of the paper stash swapping activity happening in my online workshop Creative Goodness with Gluebooks @ 6 Degrees of Creativity 2. In today’s post I wanted to share some of the gluebooking happening!  I’ve enjoyed seeing how participants create their own gluebook with their paper stashes or day to day collected findings and keepsakes using the introduced file folder or paper bag book making technique.

Both of these gluebook types also contain pockets as part of their design, which makes a fun component to consider and develop as part of the gluebook’s theme for additional paper stashing, secret holding,  creative inspiration, or as a safe place to contain pieces and bits important to the gluebook’s process or intention.

Natalya gluebooking in Australia!

Natalya enjoys some gluebooking with her organized paper stashes of plastic bags that contain magazine images, words and paper organized into different categories.  Some workshop discussion has explored how we store, organize, or collect what we use for our collaging, art journaling, and gluebooking, in our personal art-making space, as well as with others.  In my own creative space at home I have most of my  magazine photo collage images and words divided by theme (people, places, objects, animals, words) in shoe box size or slightly larger plastic containers and my paper stash collection in a large cardboard box for rummaging through easily.

Emma’s Brown Paper Envelope Gluebook

Emma recently started a gluebook inspired by the brown paper bag idea, but used A5 envelopes instead.  Neat!  Emma intends to use this gluebook as a way to stay centered and connect to her creativity through developing a reflection practice on a regular basis.  She also has intentions for the gluebook’s pockets to hold special writings and images.  You can see examples of these and more about Emma’s gluebook on her blog, Stitch Therapy.

Kathy’s Gluebook: My Art

Kathy’s gluebook is repurposed from the file folder art journaling technique and is dedicated to inspiration and ideas for her art, as well as to use her gluebook space as a means to organize images she has been collecting from the Internet and everyday surroundings.  Below is a photo of one of the pages inside of her file folder gluebook holding some of the creative papers & findings she wants to use!  Kathy’s use of color file folders reminded me of this possibility and we’re not just limited to the plain, basic manila folder!

Paper stashes inside Kathy’s gluebook

Laura’s Gluebook: Materials & Inspiration

Laura’s file folder gluebook is focused on material exploration and the inspiration they hold!  As seen on Laura’s gluebook cover, fabric or textile swatches (or could be paint samples and such!) are great materials to re-use creatively to create lots of color, design, and texture to play with.

Thank you to Natalya, Kathy, Laura, and Emma for allowing me to share their images & work!

My 6 Degrees of Creativity 2 Gluebook

Marina’s paper stash I received in the swap has been sitting on my studio table all week reminding me to get my next gluebook started. I also received another paper stash swap surprise this week from Nancy (thank you!), so I finally made some time to start the background cover, back, and inside pages for this gluebook dedicated to 6 Degrees of Creativity 2 and all its happenings. I’m inspired on a daily basis with the ideas, updates, art, blog posts, and exchanging that takes place in all the workshops, with its instructors, and community members.  I am creating a space and keepsake for these collected inspirations and musings for not only now, but to call on in the future as a collection of creative affirmations from this awesome community!

Gluebook (back) with additions from Nancy’s paper stash & her kind note!

There have been more reports of gluebooking fun from paper stash swapping material received!  Check out what Lani did with some of her paper stash goodies she received from New Jersey to use with her daily morning page practice!  And look what Susanna received from Tennessee this week!  So much creative nurturing and good vibes…I can’t wait to see what develops throughout the rest of this year!

[PHOTOS] Gluebooking with Magazine Photo Collage

June 16, 2012

A bit of  gluebooking fun with magazine photo collage!

I’ve been collecting images and words throughout this past week to glue down on some new pages:

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I always find collecting, saving,and finding new magazine photo collage material a creative activity that is lots of fun and a relaxing process.  For me it’s one part scavenger hunt  through unwanted magazines, catalogs, newsletters, etc., the other an arty undiscovered treasure jackpot (!) of creative stuff waiting to be glued down and re-purposed.  The joy continues when I am able to take what’s been found & gathered to create with it!

Ringing in the New Year with Revolution Art Making

December 31, 2011

All week I have been in denial that 2011’s 21 SECRETS is closing on December 31, 2011, but today that day is finally here.  I still can’t believe it.  I’ve sooo enjoyed being part of and teaching in this art journaling community organized by Connie Hozvicka of Dirty Footprints Studio…21 SECRETS has truly been a highlight of my 2011.  The creative connections, art journaling ideas, inspiration, and encouragement have been amazingly wonderful and I will really miss this community!

I will especially miss everyone who participated in my 21 SECRETS workshop ready for revolutionIf you haven’t already checked out this post from November, it features many of the revolution art journal pages and books created since 21 SECRETS opened in April.  So inspiring!  Definitely worth another mention (and watch)!

With 21 SECRETS coming to a close, I’ve invited ready for revolution participants to share their 2012 intentions or any of their revolution art in the works:

Janet's 2012 Revolution Intentions

I created this image on my computer to share my Revo’lution words for 2012. The background image is of a Pohutukawa tree flower bud.  Here in New Zealand we call them the NZ Christmas tree as they have bright red joyful flowers that are out at Christmas time. This bud is about to burst open and “OPEN” is a big word for me this year.  To be authenticially OPEN to  vulnerability, love, joy, gentle kindness, compassion, gratitude, connection and belonging, so I can allow my resilient spirit to live whole-heartedly    ~Janet

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Janette's 2012 Revolution-Page 1- Inspire

I have started my Revo-lution 2012 book, I’ve only done one page so far but I thought I would share it…The book is a 5″ by 5″ board book stripped back to the board and then gesso’d and I’ve used images that inspire me.  The couple on the left are my parents who have loved and inspired me all my life; the sunset at Castara bay in Sunny Tobago (one of my favourite places on earth); a bit of an old map of Ryde which has a fascinating history; Albert Einstein – who was a genius, deep thinker and often a little playful, I would have loved to have met him; Joan Miro is one of my favourite artists and so is Keith Haring.  The little image bottom right says Plant a Seed, because that’s what inspiration is – the potential for something great.  I’ve included ArchBishop Desmond Tutu because he is another highly intellegent man, deep thinker, has a heart the size of a planet and a ‘wicked’ laugh.  I would love to meet him.  ~Janette 

(See more of Janette’s revolution book making forthcoming on her blog.)

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Lani's Revolution Page for Joy

I was also very excited to see Lani Gerity share her completed 2012 revolution book on her blog.  Check out Lani’s wonderful revolution book for twentytwelve and reflections on her intentions here.

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And this great idea from Phoenix was posted yesterday:  I’m hoping to spend 12/31 contemplating and creating pages for my revolution journal for 2012. I ran out of time to make one during 21 Secrets, but my goal is to have photos of the pages on my phone or Ipod so I can look at them regularly and remember my priorities for the year.  Honestly, thank you so, so much for your class. I’ve always been big on resolutions that vanish within a day or so of real life. I hadn’t realised just how exhausting it all was until I sat and watched your workshop and something inside me seemed to just relax at the idea of visual reminders of the direction I’m heading (not the dress size I’m wanting!!!)

I looooove all these good vibes for ringing in the New Year with revolution art making….  and here’s some more good stuff for art journaling in 2012:  A new 21 SECRETS line up has been announced for 2012 and goes on sale January 2.   Yay!

Happy 2012!

ready for revolution twentytwelve

December 29, 2011

“You must give birth to your images.  They are the future waiting to be born.”  ~Rainer Maria Rilke

It’s here!  I’m ready to reveal and share my revolution for twentytwelve— Take a look:

I am so grateful that I take time to do this process.  I find it so valuable. Identifying my intentions and creating a revolution book each year (this is #4) has helped me take purposeful and meaningful time to reflect on what I want to focus on within myself, as well as invite and attract into my life during the upcoming new year.

This year I also added a “2012 Revolution” Board on Pinterest to help further inspire my intentions.  I still need to finish the book’s cover and back, but I look forward to this revolution book serving as a visual reminder, affirmation, and guide throughout 2012 for each of the intentions I’ve chosen:

Attention: Value. Energy. Worth.

Paying attention to one aspect of the environment while ignoring others.

Authenticity: Real. True. Genuine.

A particular way of dealing with the external world, being faithful to internal rather than external ideas.

Creativity: Strength. Connect. Grow.

The ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns, relationships to create meaningful new ideas and forms.

Joy: Happiness. Gratitude. Heart.

A state of happiness or felicity, a source or cause of delight.

Perspective: Choice. View. Forward.

Attention to the choices of a context for opinions, beliefs and experiences.

Re-Connection: Strong. Hope. Inside

To link or be linked together again.

Sincerity: Open. Truth. Clarity.

Acting truly about feelings, thoughts, and desires.

Kindness: Choose. Forgiveness. Love.

The practice or quality of being kind.

Sooo..Bring on 2012!  Wishing you all happiness, creativity, & goodness for your own revolution making & in the New Year…

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Want to discover what your twentytwelve revolution looks like?  Learn more here.

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Handmade Revolution Making Continues @ 21 SECRETS Art Journaling Workshop

April 25, 2011

Ready for Revo'lution @ 21 SECRETS

I continue to really enjoy seeing, reading, and learning about the revo’lution making happening in my workshop over at Dirty Footprints Studio’s 21 SECRETS.  What I am noticing so far is that many are not incorporating ready for revo’lution into just one  art journaling page, but are creating entire revo’lution books, which is really exciting to see unfold!

Check out some of the intentions and revo’lution pages created during the last couple of weeks:

Thanks to Amanda, Jane, and Janet for letting me share their revo’lution art and for all the thoughtful, inspiring work they have been doing with this concept.  It has been much fun to be part of this group and enjoy what is happening!   I look forward to seeing what future revo’lutions will be made!

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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. Update: 21 SECRETS has been extended to January 1, 2012. Woo hoo!

My workshop ready for revo’lution will empower you to use art journaling to create your very own revo’lution!  Explore concepts of transformation, creating change, and invite intentions of new possibilities through the power of collage, mixed media, journaling prompts & more.  Embrace your revo’lutionary spirit to imagine, create or reclaim your ideas into action!  

Registration for 21 SECRETS is now open until October 1, 2011.

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