19 Oct Inspired to Create And Tell Our Stories Through Creating Art
Random thoughts make me inspired to create! Finding that people tell complete strangers so much about themselves, led me towards some creative journaling ideas.
Having recently been in England and using public transportation, I rediscovered the pleasure of chatting with strangers. I found that when a stranger tells you their story, there is an dynamic at play that isn’t present in usual conversations. Both people know they are highly unlikely to ever meet again, so not only is there a need to tell the stories quickly and succinctly, there is also a high level of honesty in the exchange. As I heard tales of lives both dramatically and undramatically changed by experiences, I noticed a common thread amongst them all. It was that the women I met, though of all ages and walks of life, were all determined to live lives of consequence, and were actively seeking out and doing things that mattered to them. I realized that in many ways that is what this site – and in time – my workshops will embrace.
My hope is that in coming together, we will come to feel comfortable using art to share parts of our individual stories – much as we might tell them to a stranger. At the same time, within the group bonds will grow from the experience of being together – online or in the real world – and learning new things. On retreats we might visit local artisans to see how they tell their stories through their work, and then in workshops, use what we saw to tell our own stories. When our time is up, participants will leave with more ideas, prompts and techniques to continue to build their creative stories after they return home.
While each traveler will tell their own story – and choose how much they wish to share – we will also discover the common stories we share. We will explore the bonds of crafting as a communal activity, and how past creative traditions have influenced our present day lives. While some artisans have had the resources to create purely from inspiration, many more have learned skills and created purely for need or income, and even today, these two paths clearly continue to influence how and why we create – or want to.
We will see how our personal need and desire to create is also a communal desire, and how both teachers and learners form bonds that cross age and social boundaries. My aim is to provide an experience which unsettles us just enough to discover how telling our stories – as both women and as creatives – continues the circles of creativity that have been passed down through the generations. in the light of this we will each have created something to pass on to future generations, so they too can see how their creativity has a long lineage. We begin to create not only our own circle of understanding about why we create, but from within the group, a greater circle of connection with others who are on a similar journey, even though our paths to this point may have looked very different. Let us all feel inspired to create!