Life is what you…

Make it...

your own unique version of creativity…

Ever act is a creative one… most days getting out of bed can be biggest and then each step from the bed onwards requires choice. I get such a thrill making the images I post (see above) out of a retro spelling/word game found in a charity shop somewhere in East London. Then making up statements mostly to inspire myself, to see something a little bit different from the usual Instagram fodder and I hope inspire you to make what you will of your next moment, creative project or………. 

Starting from 23rd April 2015 I’ll be launching a 5 week Creative Thinking Course via Idea Store, Whitechapel, East London, UK… will you join me?

Enrollment sign up HERE

What can we learn to create from our earth?

Traditional Ute Prayer (native North American)

Cosmos daisies... the whole world in a flower

Cosmos daisies… the whole world in a flower

Earth teach me stillness as the grasses are stilled with light.

Earth teach me suffering as old stones suffer with memory.

Earth teach me humility as blossoms are humbled with beginning.

Earth teach me caring as the mother who secures her young.

Earth teach me courage as the tree which stands all alone.

Earth teach me limitations as the ant which crawls on the ground.

Earth teach me freedom as the eagle which soars in the sky.

Earth teach me resignation as the leaves which die in the fall.

Earth teach me regeneration as the seed which rises in the spring.

Earth teach me to forget myself as melted snow forgets its life.

Earth teach me to remember kindness as dry fields weep with rain.

What inspires you to give?

With the rash of ice bucket challenge films being made across the global by the great and the good I started to think about would my response be, if I were to be nominated…

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Creatively accepting the dare to be part of the Ice Bucket Challenge…

Giving to any cause for me comes from the heart, a want to give back to a charity I believe does good work in a sector of society that needs support i.e. homelessness, housing, overseas aid

Or to causes friends inspire me to find out more about through their personal connections i.e. Harrison’s Fund or those who I deem ‘crazy’ enough to run a marathon for 

So mine time did come and I was called out to do my challenge, it even had a time limit on, which I missed by a day…

And that’s ok as the dare was more than just to fill up a bucket of water with ice and throw it over my head on film… it was an invite to be true to myself and consider one more time what and whom would I want to give my money to and how would I respond given wasting water is not a cool thing to do in my world.

My response was based on being a fundraiser for over 15 years in different guises with the belief that giving needs to be through free choice not through feeling awkward, pressured to conform or being accepted and fit in. 

My hope is my version of the ice bucket, well ice tray challenge, is a truer reflection of the creative individual I am who through free choice gives creatively either because I have so much more than enough in my life to share around and/or sometimes it’s worth not having in my more than abundant life so others I may never know can benefit from clean water, a roof over their head, a friendly face and hot food…

What inspires you to give? Have you been nominated? If yes, what was your response?

4 Rooms for Living In – essentials for self nurture and self care…

Clara Jones & I first connected via Twitter… and the rest, as they say, is history. Living proof that there still is genuine, mutually supportive and authentic relationships to be made across the twittering classes.

Like me Clara is a coach who works mainly with women with North Wales as herphysical base whilst she weaves her unique blend of creative coaching, mentoring and personal development with women 1-2-1 or in groups across the world.

I can now say I am in the great company of an ever growing number of inspirational women who Clara interviews for her website and blog http://www.4roomsliving.co.uk/

I have answered a range of questions all about different aspects of self nurture and care and where I get side tracked, reach burn out and simple ways I do my best each day to stay on track…

You can keep up to date with what is inspiring Clara each day via her Twitter account…  @4roomsliving

And keep re-visiting her website as she add more and more new women’s stories of self care & love… inspirational and safe haven to re-visiting when you feel a wee bit wobbly, as is natural. Happy reading & sharing!

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Self nurture and self care… what’s inspired me to keep on keepin’ on

How to grow robust & sustainable creative businesses?

Well it’s a good question and not one that can be ironed out over a cuppa…

I understand how overwhelming it can be to look at making your business and your life more ‘green’ and/or sustainable – this has been a passion of mine ever since primary school and a workshop we took part in on packaging – see the slide with the After Eights boxes…

Open To Create… is my day to day expression in the world of being part of co-creating an inheritable world for many future generations of all species on this planet.

I trust you enjoy and find inspiration in the slides from my workshop “Giving Your Business The Green Light” run in partnership with University of East London as part of their Make It Global programme with The Centre of Excellence for Women’s Entrepreneurship

An Oasis of Calm @ Dragon Cafe – 23rd June 2014 12 noon – 8.30pm

A truly unique community of creatives, who each Monday at the heart of London next to Borough Tube offer a FREE smorgasbord of creative activities, talks, massage and wellbeing sessions…

This week Dragon Cafe are considering the different pushes and pulls on the relationship between patient and doctor within the mental health care system… and much more! Dragon Cafe are working in collaboration with the Anxiety Arts Festival London 2014

And the partnership with Borough Market is in full swing to share produce that would otherwise go to waste being used for good in the Cafe kitchen to make super tasty food for the soul!

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A real oasis of calm in the city! Dragon Cafe rocks!

Stereohype Brixton Festival 21st June 2014 – challenging stigma, inspiring change…

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For real a jammed packed event full of ways to relax, kick back and connect…

Cathja Curates – new film by Albert Potrony @ Hermitage Moorings 18th -21st June 2014

The Potential Space is a new artist film made by artist Albert Potrony in collaboration with Friends of Cathja, Dave Auld and Dan Saul.

You will have your chance to jump into the world of Cathja through Albert’s eyes 18th – 21st June 2014 as part of Anxiety Arts Festival London 2014.

You really just have to bring yourself and immerse yourself in the power of making for the sake of it, and discover how unjudged creative processes support new found confidence, friendship and healing tucked away in a hidden corner of Isleworth on Friends of Cathja Dutch Barge.

Private view 18th June 6.30pm – 8pm Hermitage Moorings, Wapping London reserve a place HERE

Photograph – Albert Potrony 2014

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A lyrical and touching portrait of a community uncovering their true potential through making…

The Potential Space – Albert Potrony films Friends of Cathja

The Potential Space – a film by artist Albert Potrony.

A film developed during a period of research when Albert visited with Friends of Cathja boat in Isleworth, London between December 2013 – May 2014.

The film allows you to submerge into a hidden world of making in free and unjudged ways, most of us would be unfamiliar with. You will get the feel of the rhythms of work made by Cathja’s friends and how they learn new ways of being and connecting in this safe space.  Cathja is a Dutch barge moored in Isleworth and is a regular meeting place for adults seeking support at different times of challenge and isolation. The boat provides a place for meeting, making and moving forward very much at each individual’s pace and flow.

Commissioned by Friends of Cathja and the Mental Health Foundation for Anxiety Arts Festival London 2014.

Funded by Time To Change.

Cooltan Arts – well they are cool!

Mad Hatters Tea Party 14th June 2014 1pm – 6pm 

CoolTan Arts opens its doors for a fun filled afternoon at the Mad Hatters Tea Party as part of Anxiety Arts Festival London 2014.

With four FREE workshops running and the official opening of our new exhibition, the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party will be a chance to try out new things and get creative. There is no need to book, everyone is welcome to turn up on the day.

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Truly a space where you can come as you are a be welcomed..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Schedule:

Food and Mood, 1-2pm: ‘An interactive, hands-on, drop-in workshop looking at foods that have both positive and negative impacts on our nervous systems, sleep cycles and brain functions.

Understanding ‘Panic Attacks’, 2.15-3.45pm: “What is a panic attack? And how come it can make you feel like you’re going mad or having a heart attack?”

Postcard Art-‘A Message 2U’ , 2.30-3.30pm:
‘A Message 2U’, from Object to Word(s) an Image Emerge!
Come along and bring along; something dear to you or even discarded, such as a newspaper clipping, old lipstick, favourite mug, photograph, past postcard, extract of text, or a poem..

Anxious to get painting, 4.-5pm:
Get creative and practice your painting skills in this fun art workshop. No previous experience necessary!

SummerTime Blues: Art Exhibition Opening, 5-6pm: Private viewing of the new exhibition Summertime Blues. All artwork is created by CoolTan participants in creative workshops, and the theme is ‘anxiety & summer’. The exhibition is open from 11 June-11 August but this event marks the official opening.

Free entry – no tickets required

The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party is part of the Anxiety Arts Festival London 2014: http://anxiety2014.org/

Info: 020 7701 2696/ Olivia@cooltanarts.org.uk.

http://www.cooltanarts.org.uk/2014/03/cooltan-arts-mad-hatters-tea-party/

And on 21st June 2014… Largactyl Shuffle a night walk to celebrate the Summer Solistice and learn more of the darker side of London’s history in relation to mental health care…