mardi 16 janvier 2018

The Check Yourself Zine

The Zine Squad enlisted Cindy and we zined Debbie! Julia had wanted for a long time to do a zine on women's health and Debbie was the perfect recipient for it. And since Debbie and Cindy get along so well, this came together really nicely.

The theme was women's health and so I did the page on the left based on breast self-examination. The paper I used is filled with drawings of sewing notions and such. I wrote "women's work" because I feel that term has been used to much to dismiss women's issues as hysterics or nervous ailments when there is much more there. I would like to see a shift in that expression's meaning.

My double spread is all about choice and the necessity of having comprehensive health care available to women of all ages and in all situatons wherever they live. No matter what they decide, all possible services should be available to all women.

And finally, I did the page on the left here because I am definitley anti-gun and I can't even fathom that it is so easy to get one in certain areas of the US whereas getting an abortion, which is a right just like owning a damn gun is, is super complicated and policed. That makes me angry.

Please check out everyone's pages: Julia, Katie, Cindy and Debbie.

Since I was the one to make the zine base, I brought it with me to the Great Wall. I believe in bringing art to places of power and I was glad to have this opportunity. Many Chinese looked at me funny when they saw the picture which is even better :)

lundi 15 janvier 2018

Wolf Women Art || a new collaboration

A couple of weeks ago, I shared this spread from my Season of Nature journal that was based on Clarissa Pinkola Este's Women Who Run with the Wolves. 

Singing over the bones is one of the first steps to reclaiming the Wild Woman archetype according to the author. Immediately, Ana wrote to me and we started discussing the book and the elements that moved us and she suggested we do an art journaling collaboration where we explore the archetypes and stories from the book.

I have decided not to do physical collabs for 2018 (too many stressful trips to the post office in 2017) - Zinesquad excepted of course - so I was really happy when Ana was ok with each of us exploring these themes within our own journals, bouncing off ideas and sharing our process together and then sharing our pages every two weeks.

I have been feeling the need for a space, a journal, to explore some of the elements coming through from the Rituals class. I have been inspired by what everyone has shared in the class and it stirred some emotions that I wanted to explore just for me. I have also been feeling quite a shift happening within me and where I want to take my art. So this journal will be my Wolf Women Art journal; a hybrid Rituals/WWRWW/personnal growth explorations journal.

I am absolutely thrilled by it. Here is my first spread.

First of all, I am back in a Moleskine (A4 or 81/2 x 11) and it feels great! Secondly, this is really just for me, not for a creative team, not an answer to a prompt, but deepening my practice through the whole idea behind Rituals... approaching my art journaling as such. I am super grateful to Ana for creating this spark.

This first spread illustrates La Loba/ La Que Sabe (the Wolf Woman/the Woman Who Knows). This woman sings over the bones, meaning she sings herself to life, she creates herself, she consciously decides to bring forth all parts of herself.

This has definitely been a big part of my growth process last year, one that I am still embarking on this year. I spent lots of time on this spread. I stitched (which is super meditative for me). I let it dry and came back to it. I didn't hurry, I let it emerge.

I delved into some symbols that have been calling me and that I haven't explored since Totems.

The Wheel of the Year made an appearance as well as the butterfly, my symbol for change and growth.

And this one. How I love her.

The ink pooled and her breasts appeared and I knew that I was singing over my bones but that she would dance. Dance at being found again, Dance at being freed. Dance at being seen.

Thank you for listening to my song and reading this. I hope this inspires you to read the book or apply its teachings. At the very least, I hope it inspires you to make some art just for you!

Please head over to Ana's website and see what she has made for this first week of Wolf Women Art.

samedi 13 janvier 2018

Get Messy Season of Nature || 06

Everything is wrapping up nicely. I finished my Daily Diary, I completed 2017 in my pocket scrapbooking album (I did a major catch up: July to December!) and now I finished my Season of Nature journal. This also completes my time on the Get Messy Creative Team (feeling so many emotions about that!). 

Here are my pages! The first spread is the tides of 2017, a prompt I really loved from Elizabeth. I used the pages that were already bound in my journal and just ripped them down to size.

This was a random page that I mad because I had to skip it to make the tides spread. The leaves are cut from the papers I stained with the Witch's Brew (avocado and beetroot).

I had four double pages left to finish my journal. I had been hoarding some images and since I am now in a purging process, I figured it was time to use them. So I made four easy breezy quick collages on the four seasons, starting with winter:




And finally, I finished my colors of Koh Samui page, inspired by Lauren's Travel Like an Artist class!

I'll share a flipthrough next week :)


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mardi 2 janvier 2018

V's Daily Diary || December

And just like that, it's over! Three hundred and sixty five days documented in this diary I bought at Typo last year. How fabulous is that? I feel pretty proud of me. I learmed a lot, namely what works and what doesn't for me. I'm glad I listened to Julia and went ahead with this project. Here are my pages for December. I'm looking forward to starting in my 2018 planner!

Happy dance!

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