Remember when you were young and would draw, paint and run wild with crayons, textas and pencils.
When you were not held back by fear of judgement or imperfection.
Creativity was fostered and ideas were taken in all new directions.
And you could be still and present; just letting your imagination take you places.
This is the power we know art projects can have.
As art consultants the essence of what we do is to engage our audience to think differently and to be more mindful of place and community.
This week we chatted to Art Therapist, Elise Slater from Live Softly about the potential of healing, mindfulness and connection arts can have on individuals and communities.
Elise talked to us about her practice as a Transpersonal Art Therapist and where it all started. She spoke about the positive experience art had in helping her heal from her eating disorder that made her start her journey into art therapy. Today Elise works with all kinds of clients, working individually with people with eating disorders, mental health concerns and NDIS clients, through to group art therapy in women's circles, corporate groups, and public hospital wards. Elise says art has the power to create meaning out of struggle and bring magic and purpose back into people's lives. The thing that is so special to Art Therapy is that the experience is unique to everyone and the possibility of “finding parts of ourselves we may have lost”