Curator.  Collector.  Curator.

In a nutshell, here’s what I do:

CREATOR…

… of stories, paintings, illustrations, scribbles, poetry, blogs, songs, scripts, art journals, collage, art installations, treasure maps, riddles, (taker of) photos, rhymes, designs, music…

COLLECTOR…

…of ideas, experiences, thoughts, philosophical ponderings, quotes, articles, observations, nuggets of wisdom, stories, lessons-learned, photos, memories and sentimental paraphernalia…

CURATOR…

I take my creations and collections… and then I curate them (group them together as a narrative).

These *curations* can take the form of:  books, zines, art installations, films, treasure hunts, songs & stories evenings, creative workshops or musical theatre.

What I do…

  • I make art.  I draw, paint and illustrate… using all kinds of materials on all kinds of surfaces, large and small.  I have an extremely diverse approach to art… and love creating in a multitude of different styles using a vast array of different media.  Everything from intricate, detailed portraits… to messy collage… to digital illustrations… to flowy, serene watercolours… to ranty installations... to all sorts of other creative experiments.   It’s different every day.
  • I write.  I write stories, poems, scripts, letters and blog posts.  Sometimes my writing is deep, intense… philosophical.  Sometimes it’s light-hearted and fun.  Sometimes, I write about myself and my own, personal journey.  Sometimes, I write about the world and the Bigger Picture.  Sometimes, I share my writing with others.  Sometimes, I keep it to myself.  I write in many styles about lots of things.  It’s different every day.
  • I make music.  I compose, I write songs and I sing songs.  I play the piano and the guitar… and I’ll eagerly experiment on any musical instrument I’m allowed to touch.  I play with tunes, sounds and rhythms.  Sometimes, I write songs that are deep, personal and intense.  Sometimes, I write songs that are quirky and irreverent – poking fun at systems and institutions.  I enjoy and am inspired by a very wide range of musicians and styles of music.  There is no single style, theme, structure or story that I gravitate towards.  It’s different every day.
  • I think.  I think a lot.  Probably too much.  My head is constantly churning with ideas, philosophical ponderings and questions.  I question a lot of everything.  I want to understand the ‘why’.  Why we are the way we are.  Why we believe what we believe.  Why we live the way we live.  Why we choose what we choose.  I’m deeply interested in the workings of my own mind and in the workings of fellow humans (maybe I’ve missed my calling as a social scientist or anthropologist).  I’m a people-watcher.  And I don’t just watch what’s portrayed on the surface.  I am more interested in what lies beneath the masks we wear.  I have a deep need to be *got* and understood… and, simultaneously – a deep need to *get* and understand others.
  • I collect and curate.  I document experiences.  I collect stories, thoughts, ideas and various snippets of information and inspiration from a wide range of sources.  I take photos, collect paper-paraphernalia and I’m constantly sketching out thoughts and ideas.  Much of these collected thoughts reside in my art journals but I also keep little boxes of ‘treasures’ and curiosities that interest and inspire me.
  • I tell stories.  The stories come in different formats.  Books, zines, blog posts, film scripts, poetry and songs.  I’ve shared some of my stories… others are still waiting to be told.  Sometimes, I’ll share stories with groups of people who invite me over and say:  “Share a story”.  And – like everything else – the stories are different every day.
  • I make creative contributions to my husband’s films Nick is a cinematographer but is best known for his editing skills.  So far, he has edited 11 feature films (and a bunch of doccies and other stuff).  These days, he’s moving into directing (we created a short film together called “Starry Night”).  I hope to work on a feature-length film (that we write together) in the not-too-distant future.

Who I am…

  • Wife to Nick and mom to Morgan & Joah.  These are my three-preferred-people or Threeples for short.  My family means the world to me.
  • Multi-dimensional creative creature.
  • Generator of ideas.
  • Shape-shifter.
  • Laid-back and easy-going (it takes a lot to get me to panic).
  • Lover of diversity.
  • Risk-taking and impulsive (although I think I prefer the word ‘spontaneous’).
  • Adventure loving explorer of the world (and most happy when my Threeples are exploring with me).
  • Messy… a bit scatterbrained… easily bored… pretty sucky at things like admin, money-management and selling.
  • Hate being told what to do.  Also hate telling other people what to do.
  • Somewhat irreverent.  Somewhat potty-mouthed.
  • Peace-loving loather-of-conflict (and will do anything to avoid it – even if it means shooting myself in the foot).
  • Rebellious (but never in a confrontational way).  Somewhat stubborn.
  • Don’t want to lead.  Don’t want to follow.
  • Full of paradoxes and contradictions.
  • Full of crazy dreams and big ideas.
  • INFP (if you’re in to Briggs-Meyers).
  • Scorpio (if you’re in to stars).
  • Cat person (but Nick has allergies and our semi-nomadic lifestyle isn’t conducive to keeping pets – so, no cats for me).
  • Deep appreciator of good chocolate and good coffee.
  • Questioner, ponderer, (over)thinker, philosopher, ruminator…
  • Sentimental.

My core values…

  • I love and celebrate human diversity.  I am fascinated and inspired by our differences… our different beliefs, different cultures, different ways of living and being.  I kick against conformity, control and burdensome, meaningless expectations.  And fear.  I kick against fear.  Especially fear of the new… fear of the different… fear of ‘the other’.
  • I’m a peace-maker.  I’m for conversations… I’m for reconciliation… I’m for openness and honesty… I’m for thoughtful inaction (rather than rash, angry retaliation)…
  • I believe – passionately – that every person has value and that every person has unique strengths, talents or ways that they can contribute towards the Greater Good (and be more personally fulfilled in the process).  I also believe that there is such beauty and strength in the diversity of who we are and what we have to offer.  Because of this, I have never wanted or expected people to be more like me… but I deeply yearn for them to be more like themselves.
  • I believe in questioning… everything.  Questioning the status quo.  Questioning the systems that raised us.  Questioning our beliefs and behaviours.  Questioning what we were taught and told by those in authority.  Questioning our choices.  Questioning God.  Questioning those who claim to speak on God’s behalf.  Questioning ourselves… going deep… lifting the carpet… facing our fears, doubts and insecurities.  It’s not “answers” that we seek… nor singular “truths”.  Rather – it’s a resonance… a response… a deeper understanding… an awakening to what truly matters (and what doesn’t).
  • I believe in honesty and open’ness.  In all of it’s unvarnished, tainted rawness.  I want to meet and connect with real people – not neatly-polished-masks.
  • I believe in freedom.  Freedom of thought.  Freedom of choice.  Freedom of expression.  Freedom of speech.  Freedom of movement (both literally and also with regards to the exploration of new ideas).  Freedom to be who we really are.  I kick back against any system of control that attempts to rob me (or anyone else) of those freedoms.
  • As for my views on God;  I’ll respond with the following quote by Oscar Wilde:  “To define is to limit”.

I have a lot to say about:

  • Transformation, change and living life on our terms.
  • Learning to embrace our unique’ness and celebrate our strengths.  Learning to love and accept ourselves – exactly as we are right now.
  • Escaping “One-Day-When” land.
  • Freeing ourselves from the burdensome expectations placed upon our lives by other people (and oftentimes, ourselves).  Learning to discover who we really are and what we really want from our one, short, precious life.
  • Overcoming fears of what-other-people-might-think-about-us or what-other-people-might-say-about-us.  Refusing to allow these fears to prevent us from living authentic, deliberate lives.
  • The Default-Dualistic-Defense… (the incorrect assumption that my love of coffee is a direct affront on your love of tea).
  • Removing masks and exiting all of the dark closets that we hide ourselves in.  Having the courage to step in to the light, to shine, to be seen for who we truly are.
  • The things that shape us (society, community, family, church, school, media, etc) – and how we can learn to accept and embrace the good lessons… and disengage from the toxic.
  • This quote:  “It’s not who you are that holds you back.  It’s who you think you’re not”.
  • I have lot to say to women and girls about the whole “beauty” thing.
  • I have a lot to say about marriage, relationships, self-harm and low self-esteem.
  • I have a lot to say about religion and spirituality.  But I won’t speak of these things (unless somebody asks me personally)… mostly because it’s such a deeply personal journey.  For everyone.  And I have zero interest in attempting to proselytise or convince anyone of anything.  My spiritual journey is mine… and yours is yours.
  • I have a lot to say about art.  And how it’s for everyone.  And how it can help us heal.

And so…

So… there you go.

A messy-mish-mash… of SOME of the stuff that makes up “me”.

And if we ever get to meet-in-the-flesh… I’d love to hear what makes up “you”.  🙂

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