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New York Art Therapy Association Juried Art Show
Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to participate in the New York Art Therapy Association's Juried Art Show at the Queens Museum of Art.
The theme of the show was Art and Social Practice. How do our soical experiences impact our art & creativity.
When social experiences influence my creative process the resulting artwork usually reflects a response to a day’s events. I begin my process by creating linear work out of soft materials such as thread or yarn, or by drawing repetitive lines to clear my mind.
The repetitive nature of wrapping or drawing of lines leads to creative patterns or a design of individual, overlapping elements. This final artwork represents the threaded connections that exist among social experiences.
A few months ago, I had an idea which turned into an experimental sewing project of sorts. It has been a fun and challenging journey.
Since I only know how to sew by hand, not by machine, my progress has been cathartic and enjoyable at the same time tedious and slow.
This weekend I threw in the towel.
A poem I thought of while walking home today:
oh how they crunch beneath my feet.
scents of pumpkin fill the street.
early evening strolls,
the last hurrahs before the greyness we meet.
While walking through the quintessential town of McCall, Idaho this week, I stopped when I stumbled upon Debra Facchin, an artist and art educator working on an outdoor mosaic art wall. Debra explained that the mosaic art wall is part of a larger community project, the Centennial Plaza in downtown McCall. She has been working with a designer, architects, other artists, and volunteers to help complete the project.Read More
Whenever I experience a set back, I try to find inspiration.
I created this photo using various phone apps. as a reminder that a new day could be reason enough for a fresh start~ including new creativity and new inspiration to move the momentum forward.
Where do you find your inspiration?
While attending the American Art Therapy Association (AATA) conference earlier this month, I participated in an all day Digital Storytelling Workshop. During the workshop each participant had the opportunity to begin creating their own story using a variety of art materials that were available. While working on my story, I thought about a poem that I had written many years ago and decided to use it as the foundation to the story I wanted to tell.Read More
I am very pleased to be part of the Art Therapy Alliance Blog Index. There is a list of other art therapy blogs that also share inspiring information. Please check them out when you have the opportunity.
So many exciting Art Therapy experiences and connections made over the last few weeks.
On this blue skied day, I am celebrating the arrival of summer. I look forward to this time of year to enjoy the longer days and more time outdoors.
I love the vibrant colors of summer, the bright blues, grassy greens, and sunny yellows.
Overall, it just makes me feel happy today.
After reading the children's book, Zack; Through the Eyes of a Lovable Hippo with Asperger's I had to reach out to the author to learn more about the inspiration for its creation. The book not only educates the reader about Autism but also shares a message about tolerance and acceptance. The author Maria Bohuslawsky, begins the book with an explanation about Asperger's Syndrome and shares her own experiences with her son Zack.Read More
Thinking about all of the great father's and father figures that I know, including my own.
Just a wish for a great Father's Day.
Keep doing what you are doing.
Happy Father's Day!
Last week I was honored to have received a Next Generation Indie Author Finalists Award for my by debut Children's book Can We Play Again? It gave me an opportunity once again to talk about art therapy and all of its benefits alongside a great honor of recognition. Winning this award made me stop and think about how I started down this path in the first place.Read More
A few years ago, artist and art therapist Johanna Hamm interned at the Transitional Living Community (TLC) of Brooklyn Community Services (BCS), a homeless shelter for woman living with mental illness while working towards her master’s degree for Creative Arts Therapy at Pratt Institute. I had the opportunity to speak with Johanna and learned more about the process of her work with the women at TLC.Read More