Monday, June 11, 2012

Sewing Birth once more

Following up on our first workshop in April, yesterday another special group of women gathered at Piece Together in Woolloongabba to Sew Birth.

Due to illness in GeorGina's family, I facilitated the mindfulness/art aspect of yesterday's workshop as well as the quiltmaking component. I'm so blessed over the years to have witnessed how GeorGina beautifully creates a safe circle in which women can be present and open to their beliefs, emotions, experiences and memories around birth. I felt GeorGina's wisdom guiding me yesterday, drawing out my own inner knowing and confidence to hold the space. Although GeorGina wasn't with us physically, she was certainly with us all in spirit and in love.

After a morning of mindfulness, meditation and art, the quiltmmaking began with selecting fabrics.

The proud participants and their amazing creations!

It was another rich day of all those great "c" words! Connection, challenge, creativity, community...

Thank you to my dear Mum for helping out on the day, I couldn't have done it without you. Thank you for always showing me the importance of an aware and creative life.

My heartfelt thanks to GeorGina for giving me true support in every way. Working (can it really be called work?!) with you has truly met my needs for purpose and celebration of life!

And lastly, to the women who participated - thank you for being willing to put aside a day for yourselves to be creative and connect with other women (and thank you to your families for their support to make it happen!). Thank you for your trust, courage and willingness to go deeply into places of light and dark, your perseverance to lean into your creative challenges and your openness to allow your piece to unfold. And finally the pleasure evident in each of you at having created a stunning work of art, which holds such personal meaning for you.

On a final note, I'm excited about these workshops expanding to include some which don't focus soley on birthing. Please email me if you would like to be advised on the date for my next art quilt workshop:
melissafox at optusnet dot com dot au