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Moving on from the last post I decided to use the same sort of techniques on fabric, replacing paper collage pieces with fabric scraps to make up the background – just for fun and experimentation.  This is the first section I have embellished with stitch – I have a sneaking suspicion that I shall return to work more on this piece.  I have ended up with 16 postcard size pieces ………. I may be gone a while ;).

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This is the name for a workshop by Juliana Coles .  Juliana is the developer of what she calls Extreme Visual Journaling.  I have started playing around with this form..it suits me well I think.  For years I have used various written and visual forms of, what I would call, self-therapy/exploration.  However for some time now, firstly because I used to earn a living selling my own batiks, latterly because I have focused on trades and round robins with other artists I have moved away from that form of exploring inner landscape/s to a large extent.  Although, having said that, a lot of my creative work is a very definite expression of self.     Since being slowed down because of ill health and spurred on very much so by my involvement with Soul Food I have decided to return to those explorations, using journaling as my medium.    Juliana encourages folk to work quickly, without thinking too much, really engaging with the process and letting whatever emerges happen.  It is all about communing/communicating  with self/selves rather than producing ‘pretty’ – an idea I can definitely relate to.

So…here is my first sectional – some of the days have been worked and will probably be worked on more and more, most have not been touched yet…just the bases done.   The beauty of this way of working is that you can return again and again to the same pages and see more in them, hear more from them and go deeper and deeper.

‘Flags’ 1 & 2, June 08.

‘Flags’ 3 & 4 June 08.

‘Flags’ 5 & 6 June 08.

This card was done for the journal project of a friend, Linda, on the Yahoo Group, Travelling Journals.  The remit was to make a prompt card on the theme of Myths, Legends, Fairy tales – these could be established or ones’ own creation.  I decided to try my hand at my own creation.  Whilst on one of those boring long bus rides I saw a coffee shop called Cottos – the name struck and Mr Cotto was born.

On the front is his image:

and on the reverse I have started the story:

This story starts as any good tale of this ilk does, with ‘Once upon a time……….’ there was a man named Mr. Cotto, a very ordinary little man who could be seen daily in the depths of the heart of the City of London.  On passing him you would pay no attention, such was his ordinariness.  If you were to look straight at him as you passed, moments later you would be hard pressed to describe the man you had just seen.  It has to be said though, that if you really looked at him there was ‘something’…..not anything that could be defined, but a sense of something more.

Now, if you come across Mr. Cotto whilst wandering through the streets of London, as you pass by squint, squint really hard, no! harder than that.  Really screw those eyes up tight ….. it is well worth the effort I assure you.  If you do this and you do this right you will see that this ordinary grey little man has the most wonderfully colourful, dancing shadow.

Mr. Cotto has a secret………………………”