a collection celebrating creativity


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.

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 +.


Springtime Delights

Yesterday was one of those quintessential Springtime Delights. After spending a great portion of the morning completing yardwork, I took the camera for a walk to find those glimpses of Spring that are just now showing themselves.

Spring is here.

We were at 70 degrees, a first day many were sporting shorts outside. The red buds are out, the hosta points are up pointing toward the sky. Trees are beginning to bloom and there’s a bird chorus that is a new.

Think Spring

Snow is in the forecast for the coming days. No sign of it really that I care to recognize, just the neighbor’s tip-off which attempted to curtail the collage work I was completing outside. My only response was, that can’t happen, not for a couple hours at least.

He gave me two days. Two days before Old Man Winter comes back for a visit.  It will be short I assume, just a reminder that he is still around. A blackberry winter of sorts, with the brief cold snap after the Spring has sprung making the berries juicier. I will happily greet the snow. Just for a bit, then he must go.

~ Jolie

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.

Daybreak: August 12, 2013

Daybreak: August 12, 2013

Returning from a hike 6:50am on August, 12, 2013 – the sun has just risen above the treeline

Project One Eighty on Aamora

Photographer Michael Van der Tol launched Project One-Eighty over at www.aamora.com. The project has the artist reviewing one of the pieces of work they have done and asks that the artist do a shift in perspective one-eighty degrees. I was lucky enough not to have to go back and do a re-shoot. As I shot the first capture below, the sound from the crowd sent chills down my arms and I immediately turned around and captured the second photo below. Great idea Michael.

© 2012 Jolie B. Studios LLC

My contribution to the one-eighty project is from a Farm Aid show.  I chose the first capture directly on the stage and the second capture one-eight to the crowd at that show, showing the subject in my first capture on the live view screen as well.


Tales from a Peace Paper Project Workshop

Excited to share with you a post from aamora on a weeklong workshop & exhibition I recently had the honor to participate in…

aamora member Jolie Buchanan is part of a group exhibition of hand-made paper arts currently at the Torpedo Factory Art Center located in Old Town Alexandria, Virgina. The opening reception is July 8th from 6pm – 8pm with public viewing July 12 – 29th, 2012.

Prior to the opening, Peace Paper Project co-directors Drew Matott and Margaret Mahan along with Arielle Matthews joined with the Torpedo Factory Art Center’s Target Gallery to conduct a seven-day workshop with art therapists, artists, military, police and other emergency response service members. The focus of the workshop was pulping articles of clothing that have personal significance and create a body of artwork for exhibition. 

Through paper, writing, book-making, and printmaking activities, Peace Paper Project works to transform significant articles of clothing into works of art which broadcast personal stories, mutual understanding and healing.

Peace Paper Project operates everywhere from private workshops to public demonstrations in order to perpetuate the art of hand paper-making while adapting to the needs of each specific community.

Peace Paper merges its skill set of paper-making, bookbinding, printmaking, & creative writing with the unique practices and concepts of host communities as a way of empowering the collaboration.

To learn more about Peace Paper Project visit: www.peacepaperproject.org.

Jolie Buchanan is currently a student working towards her LMHC and masters of art in Art Therapy.

Art therapy is a mental health profession that uses the creative process of art making to improve & enhance the physical, mental and emotional well-being of individuals of all ages.

Research confirms the creative process involved in artistic self-expression helps individuals to become more physically, mentally &  emotionally healthy and functional, resolve conflicts and problems, develop interpersonal skills, manage behavior, reduce stress, handle life adjustments, and achieve insight.

Hiking Out . . .


© 2012 Jolie B Studios LLC 

Together Photo-Walk. . .


© 2012 Jolie B Studios

Favorite Technique or Approach with Groups

One of my favorite techniques is a photo-walk with individuals or groups.

Everyone deserves a chance and each individual has their own perspective. A simple photo walk and review can bring the uniqueness and diversity of this to the forefront. I took this photo during one of our photowalks. 

Spaces & Places: Where We Create

Art Therapy Community Photo Documentary Project

Details at: http://bit.ly/x7Q0jX

Up, Up & Away . . .


from a hike off Big Sur

© 2008 – 2012 Jolie B Studios LLC

Storytelling & Crowdsourcing Love . . .


Love, plain & simple: Time spent with friends story telling, listening, sharing good times had. No strings attached; no monetary value.

For the Crowdsourcing Love project, check out Between the By-Road and the Main Road, written by Mary Ann Reilly to learn more.

© 2008 – 2012 Jolie B Studios