On 8 August 2019, I am embarking on a nine-month research project; here are the themes I will be exploring:
Series of workbooks, kits and tools for people to use themselves to make positive changes to their lives - with key themes that I have become personally interested in over recent years.
Almost a year ago, the phrase 'A Stitch in Time' kept coming into my mind. I knew it was time to make haste with changes in my life; and it inspired me to explore working with fabric and sewing again after over 30 years of a break from it.
I started to form an outline of a project that would involve women, resilience, nature walks and sewing and started to have conversations with potential mentors.
Speaking to one of them; an internationally renowned quilt artist; I asked - 'how did you get started?' -
"I was so depressed, I quilted until I felt better." Her truth and authenticity struck me... and even she was surprised she'd answered so candidly. It felt like something I needed to hear.
Shortly after, I experienced a life-changing traumatic event; which shook every inch of my world for many months.
And stitch became my medicine too.
This book is an exploration of stitch and wellbeing; examples of simple things I've made - and am making - as well as inspiration and wisdom that I harvest from women I am inspired by.
If you'd like to join me on this journey - and enjoy content that will go into the book when published, you are invited to join me.
Depression and despair in 2018
Apply for an Arts Council Grant
Little did I realise what was to come
Mental health, stitching and weaving and knitting for recovery
Art as Healing
I heard a story once about an indigenous tribe who gauged the wellbeing of their people and community by the health of the women. And the wellbeing of our women in communities and workplaces is a common concern; and as we face increasing levels and pace of change; with radical changes to the ways we live and work, how can we best build greater capacity and resilience for change.
Resilience is a theme for us all. And women have different resilience needs to men; biologically, socially, economically. This is a personal inquiry for me as a women to learn from other women globally about their approaches to resilience - and to share the insights, stories and wisdom harvested along my journey; ready for a book in May 2020.
You can message me directly to discuss your interest, involvement or participate in the project.
And you can click through to Patreon where you can sign up to be involved too.
falling apart... or falling together?
Breakdowns get bad press.
Yet there are snippets of positive messaging and encouragement out there in the world - giving breakdowns the credit they deserve. Some call them break-throughs, others allude to an awakening.
Could this be something that could be celebrated; for it's sacredness? For the courage it takes to go through it; for the beauty of it, the gentleness, the insights, the opening to life in a new way?
This is not to spiritually bypass it. Not at all. I'm all for welcoming them into the GuestHouse as Rumi suggested; and I with Jeff Foster's encouragement to feel it all fully. It can be messy, confusing, disorientating, lonely and sometimes dark and devastating.
And it's beautiful. So so beautiful. My deep wish is to celebrate the sacredness of this act, this process of becoming.
“For a seed to achieve its greatest expression, it must come completely undone. The shell cracks, its insides come out and everything changes. To someone who doesn’t understand growth, it would look like complete destruction.” Cynthia Occelli
“Depression is your body saying, 'I don't want to be this character anymore. I don't want to hold up this avatar that you've created in the world. It's too much for me,'” Jim Carrey
read. “... Think of the word 'depressed' as 'deep rest.' - Jeff Foster
"Depression, anxiety, and fatigue are an essential part of a process of metamorphosis that is unfolding on the planet today, and highly significant for the light they shed on the transition from an old world to a new." Charles Eisenstein
This book is a series of poems written during my metamorphosis, my unravelling and my becoming, along with some simple imagery and scribing of wisdom from wise ones whose writings have inspired, encouraged and supported me through the process.
If this resonates with you and you're inspired to receive nourishing nuggets of creative medicine along the way, and have a helpful hand at your back through your own becoming, your own 'falling together'... feel welcome to join me through Patreon.
42 things i love
Apparently, the more that we do, be and have the things we love; the more healthy, joyful, prosperous - even productive we are.
As energetic, cellular beings we begin to radiate and vibrate at a higher frequency - and in doing so, create a more positive field around us; benefiting us, people around us and even the earth.
Yet societal norms and messaging has many of us feel guilty or selfish to engage in such indulgence.
It's upside down and back to front. And with 42 things I love, we're going to flip it.
This is a meaningful, light hearted whilst deeply intentional invitation to be conscious of the things you love the most. And do, be and have more of them.And if you want to go further, share it with your loved ones and colleagues.
Inspired by a young woman whose life was taken in a hit and run accident, whose list was shared by her father at her funeral; I'm inviting us to do this whilst we still have the gift of life.
On Patreon I'll be sharing articles, doodles, reflections and invitations along my journey of doing, being and having more of what I love.... and you can sign up for a helping hand to get your list done and be accountable each month for bringing more joy into your world.
the magic of mountains
made for women by women