Wednesday, July 25, 2012

30 Secrets for Staying Creative

Morning Pages by Lani
Adapted from Hogret the relentless experimenter How to stay creative

  1. Make lots of lists (like 14 Secrets for a Happy Artist's Life)
  2. Be very kind to yourself, you are doing the best you can
  3. Take as many delightful breaks as possible
  4. Sing in the shower
  5. Learn to be your own barista, and make your own creative cafe environment.
  6. Learn about your roots
  7. Always ask "What if …?"
  8. Risk absurdity and humor as much as possible
  9. Rock the boat as much as possible, it's how a culture grows
  10. Surround yourself with creative people
  11. Find ways to collaborate with others
  12. Never give up
  13. Always practice
  14. Make lots of mistakes, sometimes your best work will appear in a mistake
  15. Find new places, take new paths, try new ideas
  16. Watch foreign films
  17. Create new rules
  18. Start a gratitude list
  19. Get lots of rest
  20. Be your own myth
  21. Do more of what makes you happy more often
  22. Try going with the flow of the river sometimes
  23. Keep a notebook with you for ideas
  24. Try removing clutter from your workspace
  25. Have more fun
  26. Learn something new
  27. Make a visual pinboard
  28. Always be curious
  29. Play often 
  30. Create a list of ways to stay creative and share it with others!

Friday, July 20, 2012

Disruptive Wonder for a Change

Clever clever clever!  This will get you thinking!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Nurturing our sense of wonder and awe...

Collage by Lani with element from Teesha Moore.
"The creative source is a room hidden inside you. Wonder is a door that - for an instant - opens to give you a glimpse inside. Wonder entertains mystery, builds a nest for the unknown and unknowable, and it lures you down the path less traveled." -Mari Messer from Pencil Dancing
While preparing for our November  workshop at the Expressive Therapies Summit in New York City, Susan Anand and I employ one of our favorite signature strengths, curiosity. 

Do you know about the groups of African-Indians who live on the west coast of India and Pakistan?  They've lived there since the first century and are part of the African Diaspora.  The most interesting history is available at the New York Public Library website.   Siddi women in Karnataka create amazing, colorful, and dynamic quilts (kawandi), with the family’s discarded clothes.  You can see examples of these quilts and the quilters on the NYPL website as well as on Henry John Drewal's website.  (The way the quilters work must be very similar to the way the quilter's of Gee's Bend work.)

But being a curious person, easily awed and filled with wonder, I wondered how the quilts were actually constructed.  Margaret Fabrizio, a prolific quilter and vlogger, went on a trip to India to meat the quilters and find out how they do what they do. She describes the process in her vlogs.  Actually I think the process is simply magic and art, but you can be the judge.

For more on this quilting technique and other cultural threads, sign up for the Expressive Therapies Summit and our workshop.

Mark your calendars for Friday, November 9 10:00 am – 5:15 pm
Exploring Cultural Identity & Strengthening Resilience through Story and Cloth
Lani A. Gerity, DA, ATR
Susan Ainlay Anand, ATR-BC, ATCS

In this Master Class class, we will weave experiential art-making (simple narrative cloth structures, group mural and individual pieces), with resilience narratives and an examination of cultural strengths. Using case material from a variety of populations ranging from the chronically mentally ill to depressed communities in the southern U.S. and in Canada, we will explore how the simple act of working with cloth and fiber in a group, while telling stories and listening deeply, can enhance compassion, curiosity, and even appreciation for beauty across cultures. Particular attention will be paid to the difficulties of working with populations from cultures other than our own, as we examine strengths, resilience, and the culturally syntonic ego ideal. Through storytelling, deep listening, and stitching, we will learn how to support a culture of resilience and inclusivity within our art rooms and other treatment settings.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Take a look at Gretchen's Blog!

Gretchen Miller's ATC for our swap.
Gretchen Miller has posted about our permissions ATC's on her blog.  Do take a look!