A couple of weeks ago, I shared this spread from my Season of Nature journal that was based on Clarissa Pinkola Este’s Women Who Run with the Wolves.
Singing over the bones is one of the first steps to reclaiming the Wild Woman archetype according to the author. Immediately, Ana wrote to me and we started discussing the book and the elements that moved us and she suggested we do an art journaling collaboration where we explore the archetypes and stories from the book.
I have decided not to do physical collabs for 2018 (too many stressful trips to the post office in 2017) – Zinesquad excepted of course – so I was really happy when Ana was ok with each of us exploring these themes within our own journals, bouncing off ideas and sharing our process together and then sharing our pages every two weeks.
I have been feeling the need for a space, a journal, to explore some of the elements coming through from the Rituals class. I have been inspired by what everyone has shared in the class and it stirred some emotions that I wanted to explore just for me. I have also been feeling quite a shift happening within me and where I want to take my art. So this journal will be my Wolf Women Art journal; a hybrid Rituals/WWRWW/personnal growth explorations journal.
I am absolutely thrilled by it. Here is my first spread.
First of all, I am back in a Moleskine (A4 or 81/2 x 11) and it feels great! Secondly, this is really just for me, not for a creative team, not an answer to a prompt, but deepening my practice through the whole idea behind Rituals… approaching my art journaling as such. I am super grateful to Ana for creating this spark.
This first spread illustrates La Loba/ La Que Sabe (the Wolf Woman/the Woman Who Knows). This woman sings over the bones, meaning she sings herself to life, she creates herself, she consciously decides to bring forth all parts of herself.
This has definitely been a big part of my growth process last year, one that I am still embarking on this year. I spent lots of time on this spread. I stitched (which is super meditative for me). I let it dry and came back to it. I didn’t hurry, I let it emerge.
I delved into some symbols that have been calling me and that I haven’t explored since Totems.
The Wheel of the Year made an appearance as well as the butterfly, my symbol for change and growth.
And this one. How I love her.
The ink pooled and her breasts appeared and I knew that I was singing over my bones but that she would dance. Dance at being found again, Dance at being freed. Dance at being seen.
Thank you for listening to my song and reading this. I hope this inspires you to read the book or apply its teachings. At the very least, I hope it inspires you to make some art just for you!
Please head over to Ana’s website and see what she has made for this first week of Wolf Women Art.