These small collages were gifts for the staff and participants at the IFS Deep Healing Retreat on Moloka’i, Hawaii. They were lovingly made from photographs of my eldest brother Michael’s watercolor paintings combined with background papers I hand printed. Michael lived in Honolulu for many decades and taught watercolor painting at the University of Hawaii until his death in 2017. The paintings of Hawaiian flora reflect a respect for the land and Indigenous culture, as he was deeply sensitive to environmental plunder.
Forty-two of my small collages/cards were graciously received by the staff and participants of an Internal Family Systems retreat led by Dick Schwartz, Ph.D. at Esalen in Big Sur California. Making these pieces from hand printed papers and fabrics was a birthday present to myself! Loved every minute. Gratitude to Leah S. and the IFS community.
I designed this cover for an ebook of collected letters by the Thursday Night Trauma Support Group (Zoom) of the Cambridge Women’s Center. The project was conceived and coordinated by Desiree Bumanglag, a wonderfully talented young poet and author. She provided the copyright free art by Mudassir Ali.
This series of 15 posters was a collaboration by members of the Thursday night Trauma Support Group sponsored by the Cambridge Women’s Center. Three members offered background artwork for the quotations by volunteers who gave voice to their wisdom gained through their healing from different traumatic events. Two Support Group facilitators and I presented Board President Judy Norris with the series as a gift of gratitude during the Center’s 50th anniversary opening celebration in March. It was a four month project which sustained my creative and social activist parts. It gave me connection to a survivor community sustained only through Zoom during those daunting months of the pandemic. Gratitude to all who contributed funds and time to the project.
As I walked through the streets of my neighborhood over the past pandemic months, these murals, banners, signs, and billboards documented the public solidarity of the Black Lives Movement and actions across the globe after the legal lynching of George Perry Floyd Jr. on May 25, 2020 in Minneapolis, MN.
Richard Schwartz, PhD, accepted a custom painting entitled The Hope Merchant, as a gift of gratitude from me. I presented the painting to him during an IFS training at the Cambridge Health Alliance in April. Thank you Dr. Schwartz for founding the Internal Family Systems paradigm that is used in psychotherapy, addictions treatment, conflict negotiations, childhood education, and as a personal daily practice. IFS extends compassion and hope in a world of complexity.