The Women with Wings Foundation is a teaching non-profit and 501 (c)(3) recognized organization that bridges the gap between the science and technology of medicine and holistic patient care by offering healing arts programs, products and services that can easily be integrated into a provider's existing protocol. Our products and services use all forms of art to inspire cancer patients, their families and others, to heal emotionally, spiritually and physically. Discovering one's creative instincts brings empowerment, joy, faith and hope to the healing process.
The Layers of Life Visual Storytelling
This creative writing exercise became a visual storytelling project, called assemblage, by using pieces of wood, various handmade papers and images. Based on the writing prompts "See the beauty in all things and you become that beauty" and "Life is about ..."
I have coordinated participant words with their assemblage pieces so you can see how the images tell their story.
The river flows
The spring drops over the rocks and stones
And spills into the pool below.
The color and movement of art impacts patients' imagination in a way that encourages them to clearly visualize a positive outcome. The viewing of art inspires communication from a deep place, helping them to express experiences often difficult to put into words. The creating of art - the doodling with various colored pens and watercolor pencils, the shaping of sculpey clay, the shredding of hand-made paper to form the first layer of a canvas piece - allows for a tactile release of energy and attention to detail that transcends the pain and worry of disease.
In a recent Create to Heal class, I used Mandala Art as a meditation and mindfulness exercise.
Mandala is Sanskrit for circle. These sacred geometric patterns represent wholeness and are often used as meditation tools, for personal expression and spiritual growth. Tibetan Buddhists refer to the mandala as “a matrix or model of a perfect universe” and “an integrated structure organized around a unifying center.”
I like them because they command your attention in a positive way.