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Collaborations

Flight Path: A Collaboration between Jolie Buchanan and Christy Birmingham

Christy Birmingham with another collaboration … Soar!

Poetic Parfait

Collaboration of mixed media Bring on the collaborations! Photo: ©2014 Poetic Parfait.

Bring on the latest collaboration between Jolie Buchanan and Christy Birmingham! I am so pleased with this mixed-media project as it is uplifting for both Jolie’s artwork and my poem.

We started this project a few months ago and are happy to reveal the result today. It all began with artist Jolie. She cleverly used homemade paper (made from recycled white office paper), a carved linoleum block of a stenciled bird, a hand printer press onto watercolor, Photoshop and …. Wowowowow, and she crafted the resulting image below! Obviously the process was a lot more complex than I explained here but if you’re curious about it be sure to ask Jolie. Her contact details are at the end of the post.

After I had received her image by email, I was happy to use it as inspiration for a poem.

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Tree Branches at My Ribs

Poetry and Mixed Media Collaboration

Christy Birmingham and Jolie Buchanan

Tree Branches At My Ribs
Poking at my ribs,
Your fingers were hard as tree branches –
And your mind wasn’t any softer.

You told me to do more, see more,
And my heart fell into itself when you
Said the words feel more.

You played the song of doubt with
Too many choruses, and I forced myself to
Sway along with every oppressive note.

But,
Those were the melodies and I was the girl
Who feared she had no branches of her own,

Who wanted only to build roots with you and
Grow, in a field that I didn’t realize was
Cluttered already with foreign bosoms.

I needed my own sunlight, I see that now, and
You poked a bit too much at the body of
This woman who wants to keep dreaming for more.

©2014 Christy Birmingham

Cheers To Creating!

*****

Christy Birmingham is a poet, author and freelance writer in British Columbia, Canada. Her debut poetry collection Pathways to Illumination is available exclusively at Redmund Productions. If you haven’t been by her blog Poetic Parfait, yet, check it out. You can also find Christy on Twitter

Jolie Buchanan is a mixed media artist and student; Connect with her on the Jolie B Studios facebook page, Twitter, or Google +.


Bottom of a Waterway Christy Birmingham and Jolie Buchanan

Excited to have back again the wonderful word-smither Christy Birmingham to Spaces to Create!

Collaboration

Christy Birmingham and Jolie Buchanan

Bottom of the Waterway by Jolie Buchanan collab with Christy Birmingham

My mind goes to the river,
Only seconds before my toes follow, and
My thoughts rush over debris that sits at the
Bottom of a waterway full of tears.

My flesh is eaten by the liquid smoothness of
A river and of a light, with a newfound joy that
Resonates within my bones.

As I reach forward with my hands, I scoop up
The weeds that peak through the water,
The softness of my palms meeting them for
A thoughtful exchange of what to enjoy tomorrow.

Indeed, there is more to be had.

And, in turn, through our meeting of
Weeds, water and whimsy,
I tell myself that it is okay to start at the bottom
Again.

©2014 Christy Birmingham

Cheers To Creating!

*****

Christy Birmingham is a poet, author and freelance writer in British Columbia, Canada. Her debut poetry collection Pathways to Illumination is available exclusively at Redmund Productions. If you haven’t been by her blog Poetic Parfait, yet, check it out. You can also find Christy on Twitter

Jolie Buchanan is a mixed media artist and student; Connect with her on the Jolie B Studios facebook page, twitter, or Google +.


Happy Rhythm Christy Birmingham and Jolie Buchanan

Sharing a recent collaboration publish over at the Aamora Playland. Excited to be combining one of my recent acrylic paintings with the wonderful word-smither Christy Birmingham. Brings Big Smiles!

Collaboration

Christy Birmingham and Jolie Buchanan

Happy Rhythm Collaboration Christy Birmingham and Jolie Buchanan

Take me away to a place that hums with
The same confidence that streams through me, running
From my toes to my wavy hair. I am searching,
And the track is one that has a finish line, I know, yet
I am not close enough to see it.

Take care you, for you are on the same journey,
Only you are a few paces behind me and your mascara is
Streaming down your cheeks.
Take the time to reset and replay the song that moves
Your bones in a happy rhythm.

I will find that place to call home soon – I think the
Chimney there is full of calm and my feet are full of
The warmth I desire when I open that front door.
How is it that the sun is shining and
No one around me understands the questions I am asking?
I will get there soon, and so will your wet cheeks.

Cheers To Creating!

*****

Christy Birmingham is a poet, author and freelance writer in British Columbia, Canada. Her debut poetry collection Pathways to Illumination is available exclusively at Redmund Productions. If you haven’t been by her blog Poetic Parfait, yet, check it out. You can also find Christy on Twitter

Jolie Buchanan is a mixed media artist and graduate student; Connect with her on the Jolie B Studios facebook page, Twitter, or Google +.


Chasing The Shadows

Excited to share a new collaboration with fellow artists
Chris Whitney and Paul Michael DiMeglio completed for aamora                                                                       Always good creative fun to work in this trio. ~ Jolie

Chasing The Shadows

Aamora Trio Collaboration
Paul Michael DiMeglio, Jolie Buchanan, & Chris Whitney
The Walk Chris WhitneyAmongst My Shadows Jolie BuchananTwo by Paul Michael DiMeglio

Aamora Special Guests: Paul Michael DiMeglio with aamora members Chris Whitney, Jolie Buchanan with Chasing the Shadows.


Call for Art: Art Therapy Scavenger Hunt Art Challenge

Art Therapy Alliance

Art Therapy Scavenger Hunt Art Challenge! 

Co-hosted by The Art Therapy Alliance, New Mexico Art Therapy Association, and Southwestern College

Art Therapy Scavenger Hunt | Art Therapy AllianceCall for Art: You’re invited to our art therapy scavenger hunt!

Check out the scavenger hunt list below and use found objects and art to create a 2-D or 3-D character that represents art therapy to you, an art therapist you’ve been inspired by, or a representation of the future of art therapy.

Write about your process describing who/what this character is and what it represents in poetic, free association, or literary form.

All scavenger hunt items must be incorporated in your art in some way:

  • Paint Palette
  • Glue Stick
  • Paint Brush
  • Recycling Material
  • Nature Material
  • A symbol representing hope
  • A symbol representing healing
  • A symbol representing something art therapy needs
  • A symbol representing something permanent
  • A symbol representing something vulnerable

Deadline to submit your scavenger hunt art: October 15, 2013…

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Small Steps Toward Large Results

A time for celebration!

Good Friends, Great Fundraising


Summer Walk

Summer Walk is a collaboration with Amy Thompson; and part of aamora’s Haiku for You project and invite you to join them. Click the blue Haiku for You to learn more about the project.

Haiku For You

Collaboration in Photography & Haiku

by Amy E. Thompson & Jolie Buchanan


Tea For Two

 © 2012 Jolie B. Studios LLC

Tea For Two is a collaboration with Amy Thompson; part of aamora’s Haiku for You project. Click the blue Haiku for You to learn more.

Haiku For You

Collaboration in Sketchbook & Haiku

by Amy E. Thompson & Jolie Buchanan


Enveloped


Enveloped is a collaboration with Amy Thompson; and part of aamora’s Haiku for You project and invite you to join them. Click the blue Haiku for You to learn more and how to submit.

Haiku For You

Collaboration in Photography & Haiku

by Amy E. Thompson & Jolie Buchanan