Once upon a time, maybe twenty years ago, I was establishing a writing and art site called the Soul Food Cafe. As it grew, my imagination went wild and I took Soul Food adventurers through a portal into the imaginary world of Lemuria. I featured their work in special, annual Advent Calendars like the Soul Food Silk Road Advent Calendar of 2006.
My husband was struggling with bowel cancer at the time and I spent my evenings, as he endlessly, restlessly, flicked through TV channels, drawing the journey. To this day I believe that treating myself to the pencil sets I had looked longing upon as a child and those evenings spent drawing protected my mental health.
Of course, the theory behind art therapy is that drawing, coloring, painting, and sculpting can help you tune into and express painful or difficult feelings you have trouble putting into words. It is also argued that creating art can helps us acknowledge and recognize feelings that have been lurking in our subconscious.
Search the web and you will find a host of material about the therapeutic benefits of art.
A bestiary is a compendium of beasts. Originating in the ancient world, bestiaries were made popular in the Middle Ages in illustrated volumes that described various animals and even rocks. The natural history and illustration of each beast was usually accompanied by a moral lesson
Dante’s Kiln is a playful storytelling project inspired by drawing and Tarot, Oracle, Lenormand and Story Telling cards.
Dante’s Kiln is a huge workshop in a mysterious realm. Dante’s identity and his location are not clear. What is clear is that this is the place where those who have committed crimes against Earth are bought upon death. It is within this workshop that they are given new working lives.