I, not knowing what art journaling was, found the request for shoes intriguing.
I emailed the instructor and asked if she planned on having the participants walking or jogging or perhaps doing calisthenics while doing some sort of art project? She replied with a lot of lols.
No, the participants would be drawing their shoes and embellishing them with bits of paper or scraps of poems, maybe photographs, to describe memories or events that made these their favorite shoes.
They do this in a journal, and month after month they meet to create different projects, explore different memories, all the while making art.
Well that sounded fun.
So I went, way back in September to one session and had a good time, and then travel and other life events interfered and I missed the next meeting. And then the holidays hit and I accidentally fell asleep the evening of the November session.
So here it is January, and we met again, this time having collected bits of paper that reflected our lives. During the class we tore that paper up, doodled on it and glued it all back together again.
These photos were taken in bad light with my phone, but you get the idea. The whole two page collage represents what I did during the holidays. I saw the musical Dolly, I volunteered with Little Brothers at Thanksgiving, I wrapped gifts for Christmas.
It’s not great art, but it’s fun art and very relaxing. Plus the other women there are all funny, smart, welcoming and happy.
Just the perfect way to spend a dark winter evening in the middle of January.