By Sande Waters
Here I am back at home and work, almost one week after the residency. I have wonderful memories of my new friend and fellow artist in residence, Shirley Serviss, and our explorations on Gabriola Island, getting to know each other and our collaborative artwork. I found the environment at The Haven and on Gabriola incredibly encouraging and supportive. I have never experienced anything so positive before.
On Sunday, September 30th I presented an all day workshop for eight women on ‘Honouring their Divine Goddess’. The workshop unfolded with a relaxed sharing and discussion by everyone as to what exactly the term Goddess meant and how one becomes conscious and honouring of femininity. As the discussion took place I photographed each person with the objects and symbols they had brought and also created portraits that they felt conveyed their individual expression of femininity. After lunch we proceeded to make a variety of art, which communicated each person’s ideas and expression of femininity. Everyone really enjoyed playing with an assortment of materials and viewpoints. All the while I was photographing the process of art making and the works created. This was an amazingly fun and imaginative group of women who were really open to communicating both verbally and artistically. I have made an individual photo journal of the workshop for each participant and mailed it to them, as well as emailing them all their individual photographs. I hope they enjoyed the day as much as I did … it was a delightful experience.
I would like to send a thank you to everyone who made my stay at The Haven so special. Hugs to Rachel Davey and Mary Holdgrafer who helped make everything run so smoothly.