Creativity for your Soul

Sitting outside preparing flax to make a paint brush.

At some time in our lives we all create!

The mark making of a toddler as little hands grip large crayons or press hand into clay making images of ‘who we are’. Early beginnings of expression are developmental milestones and hopefully this continues on into our adulthood. Some us become ‘doodlers’, others enjoy fine art painting with dreamy water colour or applying many layers of lush oil paint. Creating forms from clay, wood or metal is not for the faint hearted but is something that I love to play with and greatly admire masters of sculpture.

In recent years we have seen doodling become ‘Zentangles’. There are thousands of ‘how to do’ videos online show us ‘scrapbooking’ techniques, ‘journalling’ and ‘mandala colouring’. Whilst some of these practices may not appeal to the purist, and I admit I was in that camp for a bit, having got over ‘myself’ I find myself very much thinking as long as we are creating we are keeping our Alpha brain rhythms calm, soothing our mind and spirit and most importantly opening our subconscious mind to new possibilities.

I am a maker: a kitchen table gluer, a collage creatrix, an inker and a beeswax applier! I have boxes of found objects, suitcases of fabric, threads, feathers and beads. Above all I love to create objects inspired by my love of mythology, symbolism and esoterica. I find when I have all my materials sorted and in front of me and I just go for it Im always surprised at what unfolds! Im not very good at planning or visualising the end result, I just like to roll up my sleeves put my art pinny on and go for it. The one rule I have is to ENJOY myself, and not try to make perfection! The Japanese have this wonderful philosophy known as Wabi Sabi, which loosely translated means “Perfectly imperfect”. If you are like me, you have several projects on the go at once. Some things just need time too dry, others need to be left and revisited. One thing I have learnt is even if you really don’t ‘like’ the end result don’t dispose of it as it will have something to express to you. Just put it away for a day or so, bring it out and look at it with fresh eyes. Perhaps spin it upside down- look at from a different angle. a bit like life, if we view our situation from a different angle often wonderful things can be revealed! My point is that this object/painting is a part of YOU, and its special.

Making any of the following is great fun, give it a whirl ! (See my workshop page to join 2020 workshops in Dunedin, New Zealand).

Spirit dolls, Tarot card bags, Masks, Major Arcana Tarot Cards

Vision Boards, Amulets, Candles, Visual Journals, paint brushes,

As a human being the artist may have many moods and a will and personal aims, but as an artist he is ‘man’ in a higher sense – he is ‘collective man’ – one who carries and shapes the unconscious, psychic life of mankind.

Carl Gustav Jung

These are collages from a series of eight circular cards I made about eight years ago. The images are ripped out from various magizine’s and thoughtfully placed to recreate the story I am wanting to tell. All of my images on the site show well used cards, Im not one for keeping things safe in boxes and not using them! Please feel free to use any of these to inspire your making.

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