Well, as some of you amazing followers of my BLOG may recall.. last year and the year before at this time I joined the THINGADAY.COM website’s challenge to.. duh.. make a thing every day and post it on one website with thousands of other participants. It was pretty challenging and rewarding and really inspiring to see the variety of things people come up with. It’s motivating to make something every day – as my BLOG is intended to do but sometimes I get a little lazy or run out of time with work and travel etc. BUT the idea is to re-energize crafters and I’ll be there with bells on the entire month of Feb. I’ve got a pile of dog-eared craft books and jewelry magazines ready with ideas and tons in my
So.. you can either join me by signing up yourself thing a day dot com 2012 click hereor just checking in there to see what I’ve created ~likely under the name FIREYGODDESS. It was hosted through a site called Posterous last year which was a pain in the butt because I had to double post there & on my BLOG ~ but this year it’s on WORDPRESS (which is this blog’s site).
classic art therapy "Sears family portrait" intake application.
As a Family therapist and a professional Art Therapist, some days are more fun than others. Here are a few pieces of my artwork, made while building rapport with kids in session. Above is my classic “if a family portrait was hanging on your wall at home, what would it look like”? Since drawing this, both goldfish have died. lol. Below are clay examples of “where is your happy place”? Mine is of course, camping.
and another first session rapport builder below.. prompted after “you can totally use my new back to school crayolas”, says the therapist to an 8 yr old.
rapport builder / boundary setter "make a picture together"
unfinished ~foundobjectbeachart by Jen ~fall fair project 2011
“Why is this the name of your website?” Well, living on Quadra near the ocean, beachcombing is one of my fav things to do. And one of the only things to do come winter storm season. I was shocked the first summer we lived here, at how much colourful plastics littered our “david Suzuki” beaches. So.. I started picking it up. Piece by piece, my pockets and pockets of my husband were getting full. I started bringing a reusable bag on our walks. It got filled daily, during the winter months especially. I would lean over to pick up a plastic lid, a buoy, or an old, empty oil bottle that I had guessed was tossed over or wind blow off a ship at sea. YARRR ! I make stories up to myself or with husband about our best daily treasures. Even the tampons. Corey calls them “beach whistles” and uses a Russian accent to say “vat iz dis beach vistle?”. (I think from a movie?). Hygeine products and shoes are the only items that I discriminate against, all else goes in the bag. Hygiene products for obvious reasons and shoes.. well, that’s usuall just creepy finding the one flip or baby runner ~but in recent years there have been over a dozen feet / leg parts found in shoes that have washed ashore in the Vancouver region. So yeah. Of course, finding glass balls and eagles feathers are an added bonus. More posts about those items this winter! Here are a few “in the making” photos of the above project and a lighters project started:
found objects ~what are there stories?
foundobjectbeachart by Jen ~fall fair project 2011