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Creative Deeding in Action

October 13, 2016

This past month has seen much creative deeding!  The Hope-filled Postcard Art Exchange that Nancy Lautenbach and I organized went super well with almost 100 participants swapping art across the US, Canada, Europe, Australia, and Asia— You can check out some of the postcard art submitted on the 6 Degrees of Creativity Facebook page and on Instagram — So much hopeful energy and positive vibes shared through the handcrafted images made specifically for this collaborative effort! These blog posts from art therapists who participated in the exchange described more about their process: Carolyn Mehlomakulu’s  The Power of Hope-filled Art  and Sally Swain’s Clouds of Hope.  Thank you to everyone who contributed to this project!

I also recently received word that undergraduate art therapy students at Millikin University implemented their own creative deed project for their Materials and Methods class, inspired by last year’s 365 project.  It was awesome to learn about their efforts from their instructor, art therapist Serena Duckrow and to see the art and creative goodness they were spreading to others on their campus.

 Millikin University Creative Deeds

In addition to the art that was made for the project, the students also used photography, video, and video editing to document the experience. They really valued the role that digital media played in their process. I love the idea of video being part of the project and seeing the different locations creative deeds were released. Below is a video that the students made to showcase their project, which they called #MUCreativeDeed. Enjoy this dose of uplifting art and messages of encouragement, self care, and support….

What is great about creative deeding is that anyone, anywhere, anytime can do it! Creative deed on! 🙂

 

 

 

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Postcard Exchange Re-visited: One Year Later

October 16, 2011

This week-end I spent time putting together my presentation about Art Therapy Without Borders’ International Postcard Exchange for the Canadian Art Therapy Association and Ontario Art Therapy Association joint conference coming up during the first week of November.   I am really looking forward to presenting this paper focusing on the project, its impact, and the role of art and social networking to connect the art therapy community worldwide.

As I began to organize presentation content to highlight and include, I started to go through half of the postcards received over 6 months on behalf of ATWB from art therapists and art therapy students from all around the world.  I re-visited each one in my careful piles: where the postcard arrived from, the art created, media used, as well as the experiences/stories shared on the back about the individual’s work, studies, or interests related to art therapy.

I also remembered it was this time last year when the exchange started, mailing lists I organized from those who signed up were just sent out to over 300 participants, and the first postcards for the exchange were already starting to come in.  Last October, I could have never imagined the overall impact, enthusiasm, and outreach that launching this exchange of mail art would have on facilitating connection, building community, and empowering the international art therapy community.

Collectively re-visiting the postcards in one sitting and no longer in “organizing” mode gave me a new and simplified appreciation for the project and to reflect on what inspired me to organize the exchange in the first place.  Introduce a fun, creative way for art therapists and art therapy students to learn more about each other and use the power of social media and art-making to network, connect, and create/receive art.

I was inspired to do a different kind of and much-needed type of “organizing” that included finally finding a good solution to display and store the postcards I’ve had since the exchange closed April. Many times, I have attempted different options, with no success and struggled with frustration on how to bring everything together in a way that made sense.  Finally the idea to use 12×12 plastic sleeves (so both sides of the postcard could be viewed), some clear adhesive dots, and a scrapbooking album, came to mind as something that might actually work (duh).  After a trip to the craft aisle and a few hours later, an entire album was filled edge to edge with 26 pages of beautiful postcard art.

To view the postcards I received together in this way was amazing and creating this album helped me honor as well as process my own experience with the project as a participant, recipient, and organizer.   Thank you again to everyone who participated and contributed to this exchange.

To view all the postcard art from the exchange, you can check them all out here via Art Therapy Without Border’s Web Album on Google.

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!

Postcard Art Batch #2 for ATWB Exchange

December 9, 2010

Postmarks from Planet Art Therapy

I just finished up my second batch of postcard art for Art Therapy Without Borders International Postcard Art Exchange. This batch includes postcards going to destinations such as Australia, Canada, and throughout the US.

The postcard above includes a collage of some of the used postage and mailing stuff I received from postcard art sent in envelopes from Italy, Australia, and the US.

This 6 month exchange just passed the 1 month mark and postcard art continues to arrive via ATWB’s mailbox from all over world!  I am really enjoying this global collaboration and connection with art therapists and art therapy students everywhere! Check out postcard art as it arrives via ATWB’s Facebook page or on Google.

Postcard Art Batch #1 for ATWB Exchange

November 10, 2010

Yesterday I mailed out my first batch of 15 postcards for Art Therapy Without Borders International Postcard Art Exchange:

Postcard Art Batch #1

Postcard art going to California, New York, Colorado, & Pennsylvania

Postcard art going to Ireland, Italy, Australia, and the UK

In addition to being able to follow postcard art as it comes in to ATWB on Facebook, you can also view it here on Picasa.

Ready to start working on Batch #2!

Art Therapy Without Borders International Postcard Art Exchange

November 6, 2010

Creating Postcard Art!!

Create: To bring into being, to cause something to come into existence, bring about

In September I started to organize an International Postcard Art Exchange on behalf of Art Therapy Without Borders, Inc and wow (!), the response and interest has been amazing!  The goal of this collaborative global art event is to allow community members from the Art Therapy Alliance, International Art Therapy Organization, and Art Therapy Without Borders to receive postcard art from art therapists and art therapy students living all over the world.

Over 350 art therapists and art therapy students from 30+ countries are geared up to make postcard art and receive some in return! During this six month event, art therapists and art therapy students will be sending one postcard of art to each of the people in their assigned group.  On the back of the postcard art, participants will be writing a paragraph about their work as an art therapist or studies as an art therapy student where they live.   This will be great to learn more about art therapy & the work of art therapists worldwide!

The exchange officially started this week and now that I’ve finished with providing everyone with their mailing lists, assigned group, and getting everyone set up to start exchanging, I have started to work on my own postcard art that I will be sending out soon.  This first batch will be going out to destinations across the US (New York, Indiana, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Michigan, California) and to the UK, Ireland, Italy, and Australia.

On the back of my postcard art I’ve written about my interest in organizing on-line opportunities where the art therapy community can connect, network and my love of using technology and social media to bring art therapists and art therapy students together. I also highlight my work as an art therapist working with children, adolescents, and families impacted by childhood trauma, domestic violence, and grief & loss.

Excited to make more postcard art and to see what future postcard art I will be receiving!

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