One month ago, my husband Marcus and I taught our first Poetry Makerspace Workshop on a bright May day at the beautiful Eighth Generation Busted Knuckle Gallery in Pike Place Market. WE LOVED IT. Even though we’re only half way through 2017, Marcus and I agreed that this event was one of our most happy and memorable highlights of the year.
What made it memorable was having the opportunity to teach others how to create a piece of art. I’m used to experiencing creativity myself, and Marcus has taught many photography classes and workshops, but it was a new thing for me to teach others, and then witness them actually create a piece of art right in front of me. It was thrilling.
What also thrilled me was seeing people create poetry in a room with other people. Writing is such a solitary art form. Personally, I like writing by myself and enjoy being alone to fully immerse myself in my imaginary world. But I’ve also written many times in this blog that writing by myself, day in and day out, can sometimes depress me. It’s a tricky balance. But, after hosting my writers wellness retreat in March and this workshop in May, I think I may have discovered a way to balance my introverted and extroverted sides. Helping people create, grow, and express themselves even just once a quarter may be what I need to fire me up and keep me going on my solitary writing endeavors.
It was great to not be in the creator’s seat, and instead, stand back and watch people take a plain-looking card of text (vintage astronomy Ed-U-Cards that I found on Etsy) and turn it into a poetic piece of art using post-it notes, ink pads, sponges, used stamps, and glue sticks.
It touched me that some participants confessed that they had never written poetry, or had not written a poem in 20 years, or were afraid of poetry. But in just two hours, every person created a poetic piece of art. I was so proud of each and every one, and each and every creator.
This workshop combined all the things that I LOVE: words, arts and crafts, people, creative expression, personal growth, and even my husband Marcus. But this workshop would never have come into being without the brilliance of author, poet, and artist, Robyn Hood Black. I learned this technique of creating a found poem and an art piece through Robyn’s awesome Found Poetry Makerspace Workshop at Village Books in Bellingham last October. Thank you, Robyn, for creating such a wonderful and fun event, and for inspiring me to host my own workshop!
Marcus and I truly believe that everyone can write, and everyone can make art. We love sharing creative experiences with people. We will teach this workshop again. If you’re interested in attending, sign up for my newsletter and you’ll be the first to know about it.
As I wrap up, I want to thank Robyn for the information and inspiration; Marcus for helping me coordinate and teach the workshop; our six poetic friends, Laila, Mary, Stephanie, Nancy, Heather, and Linda, for attending; and the universe, for bringing us together.