I made rather a mess of my muse but that’s just what I’d be like if I wore lipstick! #womanunleashedretreat
The covers and first page of my #womenunleashedretreat journal.
Finishing this piece I started in January!
In her book, ‘A room of one’s own’, Virginia Woolf states, “A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.” I heartily agree with this, but substitute “create art” for “write fiction” in my case.
I have had my own room since my daughter left home a few years ago and it has gone through various stages of disarray and untidiness throughout. I have been able to create art though, despite the mess, as those of you who follow my blog will know.
Recently, we bought new carpet for all the bedrooms and my room was the first to be fitted. Two lovely ladies came to do the re-painting and I had new blinds fitted. Then came the carpet! We bought it in a sale so the colour is rather unusual but lovely and soft underfoot! I have deployed spare pieces of carpet, rugs and plastic table covers to protect it from the worst of my paint splotches!
I really like to look at other studios and took a few photos during the process so that I could show my readers what I’ve done. It’s still a ‘work in progress’ but things are being replaced and sorted gradually. Do you think I’ll be able to keep it tidy? Let me know in the comments what you think.
During the latter part of 2015, I had not been coping very well with life in general and with my mental health issues. I was offered a place in an Arc Outreach Group which kept me from isolating myself from other people and helped me to express myself in a way that sometimes isn’t possible when you’re not feeling quite yourself. We covered a variety of different art activities which culminated in a self portrait project using some of the skills we had learned in previous weeks. The atmosphere was very warm and friendly! Tea and biscuits, gentle background ambient music and plenty of lively encouragement from our artist, volunteer and social worker student. The group lasted for 12 weeks after which an exhibition of work from our group and other groups in Stockport was held at Arts for recovery in the community gallery at Reddish.
Here is a slide show of the exhibition and the sale of crafts made by other groups at Arc which was held on Saturday 30th January and continues on weekdays from 10am to 4pm until Thursday 24th March.
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