Posts Tagged With: Red Shoes

Wild Women at Work

“Wildlife and the wild woman are both endangered species”  Clarissa Pinkola Estes

…which is why I’m playing my part in ensuring that neither become extinct!

Over the past few weeks six women from Grahamstown have tapped into their wild, creative side by attending one of my Red Shoe Workshops. This project began as part of my commitment to the support and upliftment of women. Shoes are a powerful metaphor for the journey we take through life and after making a pair of my own, I saw the healing potential that lies in this creative process. The workshop is fun and deeply therapeutic, with the objective being for participants to leave the workshop with a sense of achievement and a renewed belief in themselves, knowing that their shoes are as unique and beautiful as they are, and a true reflection of their souls.

Meet the participants:

Daksha

Daksha, learning to do machine embroidery

Virginia

Virginia

Karen

Karen

Bev

Bev

Ann

Ann

Leela enjoys the treat of having time to focus on her creativity

Leela, enjoying having time to focus on her creativity

The three day workshop was spread over two weekends, and the participants quickly overcame their anxieties and launched into the project with gusto. As is often the case with workshops like this, the ladies were not sure what they would end up making or how they would go about it. However, the structure of the workshop is such that the participants moved through each step of the process with ease and by the end were able to look at their achievements with pride, and in some cases, a little amazement! After years of teaching beginners, I have learned to recognize resistance and fear for what it is and guide the participants forward through the process of choice and decision making, encouraging them to make connections and gain insights into why they choose what they do.

Click on the images below to see some more of the action:

And now meet the shoes…

The class of October 2013

The class of October 2013

When asked what she would say to others who might be considering doing this workshop, Leela said “Do it for the joy of discovering or rediscovering yourself. Laugh and be at peace with the essence of you.”

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Images of the Self

In my last post I promised to bring you some family background. Well, my intentions were good, but I have been so busy having fun, making shoes with the Drama Masters students of Rhodes University, that I haven’t had time to do the necessary gathering of family material. So instead, I will show you what we have been up to in the studio, and we will climb the family tree in a later post.

Each year at the beginning of the first university term, I am fortunate to have the good company of the new batch of Drama Masters students, who come to me for an intense week of soul searching and sole making. It is always an inspiring and invigorating experience and this year was certainly no different.

The class of 2013: Push, Bianca, Ilanna, Hannah and Liezl

The class of 2013: Push, Bianca, Illana, Hannah and Liezl

The group that arrived was made up of 5 feisty young women, all gorgeous and talented, and it was an absolute privilege to work with these bright young stars in the making. They all threw themselves into the project with vigor and enthusiasm and the shoes they produced were fantastic.

The 2013 Collection

The 2013 Collection

So, to give you a taste of what the workshop was about, here are a few more images for you to enjoy.

Liezl with her first shoe

Liezl with her first shoe

Push

Push

Hannah hard at work

Hannah hard at work

Bianca makes her fantasy shoe

Bianca makes her fantasy shoe

Bianca

Bianca

Push selecting materials

Push selecting materials

Liezl perfecting her machine embroidery skills

Hannah

Hannah

Illana

Illana

Illana on a mission

Illana on a mission

Hannah and Liezl at work on the studio step

Hannah and Liezl at work on the studio step

Push connecting with her roots

Push connecting with her roots

and Oscar watches lizards...

and Oscar watching lizards…

It was a wonderful workshop and fun was had by all.

Now let the year begin!

Now let the year begin!

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