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An intuitive journey

Gosh I can’t believe this is my first blog post of 2015, it feels like I haven’t visited this space for a while but I have a very smile-inducing excuse…we (the whole family) have all been rather engrossed in the beautiful new addition to our family in the shape of our shiny new little nephew \(^0^)/ Congratulations to my gorgeous sister and her hubby and my other little nephew who is now a big brother! Anyway back on topic, now that I’m back here this also means that it’s been an entire year since I re-discovered my love of painting and embarked upon my intuitive journey through a series of paintings focussed around balancing my own chakra energy system. I found the process of letting go of control really really hard at first, but I gradually found myself feeling more and more ok about NOT knowing and planning what the final painting would look like. This process was the key I found to really give myself permission to be free to really venture inward.

Meditative Painting

I touched on it briefly in my previous post, but I’ve been pondering why and precisely when I decided to stop painting and allowed this precious meditative gift to slip through my fingers for almost two decades. I do recall painting in my second year of university, it was a waterfall scene which I had emblasoned in my memory from a trip to Tanzania with my then boyfriend and that painting was to adorn my uni bedroom for the remainder of my studies (in fact I’ve still got it now). Now that I’ve picked up my brushes again, I just can’t fathom why I ever put them down in the first place. Perhaps I took the simple, creative pleasure of applying paints to canvas for granted and had my head turned by the usual student pursuits….socialising, clubbing, hanging out at the student union lol Perhaps I was just too busy with study or bogged down with a feeling of heavy depression to paint…who knows but one thing I can say for certain is that I feel …

Creative Reconnection & Serendipity

It’s been a veeeeeeeeery long time (17+ years) since I picked up a paint brush to do anything other than paint the interior walls of a house or building. So, it was with more than a little trepidation (in fact I was SO nervous I hardly slept the night before) that LJ and I embarked on a lovely road trip down towards the South East of Melbourne, headed for our destination: Mornington Peninsula. Here we took part in the *Serendipity Intuitive Painting Workshop* lead by the talented artist, Susan Farrell.

CREATE ~ A Whole New World

Don’t worry, this post isn’t about me breaking into full on Disney songs but about my newly discovered love, or should I call it descent into yarn and knitting madness. I use the word “descent” deliberately, as it is indeed a slippery slope…one minute you’re just “having a wee go at this knitting malarchy” and the next you find yourself “oohing and aahing” in several different yarn shops in a day. Accompanied by my wonderful friend Becky of Chameleon Designs, who like some gleeful yarn elf lead me a merry dance into various yarn shops, I found myself discussing the exciting prospect of meeting Debbie Bliss with one shop assistant. I didn’t even know who Debbie Bliss was last month!! now I am all a fluster at the idea of her gracing a relatively local yarn shop in Guildford in October for a Q&A and to sign some of her books lol. Oh dear…..I think the transformation is well and truly complete!

CREATE ~ Can Craft Change the World?

Today, UK Handmade took part in #craftdebate hosted by the British Museum on twitter; a discussion about whether “craft has a place in this digital age?” Previous craftdebates posed questions such as “What is the role and value of crafts today?” and “Can craft be used to change the world?” and this got me thinking about just that. I guess I wouldn’t be expending my energies as part of the UK Handmade team unless I believed that craft can positively influence the world we inhabit. Having experienced a corporate life totally devoid of any creative outlet at one point in my life, in my humble opinion, people who “make”, “craft” or “create”, whatever you wish to call it, on a regular basis tend to be happier people…a little less stressed and consequently more likely to have both the emotional and head space to “give”, “care” or “share” more, because they aren’t all-consumed by the business of getting through the stress of the day. I feel the act of making/creating something is intrinsically therapeutic. Anyone who …