Caring for Your Creative: In Sisterhood

Caring for my Creative in Sisterhood where we paint with paste and there are often surprises when the paste dries. Do you see the woman in the moon?

We paint with paste and there are often surprises when the paste dries. Do you see the woman in the moon?

I make my journals by hand. I paint the paper. I fold and sew it in to signatures, covered by book board which is also covered with my painted paper. This is a practice I have learned from my beloved mentors and I return, yearly, for four days in the summer, to be with one of them. Joy Siedler leads this retreat with the elegance of a heron, with the steadfast fierceness of a wolf, and with the ease of an otter. I crave time in sisterhood. I yearn for time to work in such a focused way, where ritual and making are interwoven. We sing, we paint and sew books, we write and share. We talk about our dreams.

 

Some moments feel ancient. Some feel brand new and edged with iridescence. Sisterhood brings forth a mix, not always smooth, but welcome, harmonizing, and enlightening.

This is the quality I aim to bring to my Sacred Refuge Sunday workshops that will resume in the fall. An attitude of reverence for creative practice is how I approach all my teaching-about daily writing, about mixed media, and about books. This coming week, I will be at the International Women’s Writing Guild summer conference, teaching a set of Powder Keg writing workshops and a set of Mapping Motherhood workshops.

While I spend time this week preparing, I thought you might like to have a little tour of last week’s workshop.

Here is to your creative radiance.
Long and fully may you shine.
xoS

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  • Janet

    My new goal is to have or make use of a thread station.