Soul Collage II
 Clippings after a Soul Collage session.

Clippings after a Soul Collage session.

Today was the second session of Soul Collage at The Hive. While I wish I could share the images I created, that is discouraged by the instructor, as they reveal intimate aspects of the inner life. In their place here are all of the clippings my classmates and I created during the session. 

As mentioned in my first post about the class, it's been a genuinely freeing adventure. To have 2-3 hours in my week just to create without critique or expectations has been an enjoyable experience. I'm starting to see it transfer into my professional work. Just the other day I found myself jumping straight into creating, following my gut, without having to write a brief or follow some 6 step design thinking process (which I typically cling too). I like the idea that design or making in itself can reveal new opportunities, insights, and ideas without heavy-handed controls or processes. That's not to say that critique or processes or event expectations don't have a place. It knowing when to turn them on and off, I guess, that I'm lea

 

Mindful Biz/Brand Workshop with Christina T. Miller
 Christina T. Miller connects the dots as Olivia Brunner (my co-faciliator) looks on.

Christina T. Miller connects the dots as Olivia Brunner (my co-faciliator) looks on.

One of my favorite things to do is facilitate Mindful Biz/Brand Workshops. It's a four-hour intensive workshop that reveals the big idea behind a company/organization and uncovers potential pathways toward business development. I did three of these workshops in March. The first with, my friend and sustainably jewelry consultant, Christina T. Miller pictured above.

All Things New Kickoff Meeting
 All Things New kickoff meeting in the basement of UCC. 

All Things New kickoff meeting in the basement of UCC. 

As mentioned in a previous post, good things often have humble beginnings in a church basement. Here, a group of people from different congregations meets for the first time to plan All Things New, a festival of hope and joy in desperate times, this summer at Grailville in Loveland, Oh.

I'm excited to play a small part by working on the logo and communications (coming soon).