Art Therapy Perspectives Interview

“Dreaming of Hokusai” Sara Roizen

I’m excited to share that I was recently interviewed on the blog Art Therapy Perspectives by Victoria Scarborough. 

Victoria is an art therapist, and her blog is devoted to interviewing other creative arts therapists from around the world to share their experiences and provide readers with new insight into the field.

The interview was broken down into two parts and you can click on the links below to read:

Art Therapy Perspectives Interview ~ Part 1

Art Therapy Perspectives Interview ~ Part 2

We covered many areas during the interview including my path to the field of art therapy and populations I work with, my approaches as an art therapist, favorite self-care techniques, the integration of my artist and art therapist identity, sources of inspiration, and my hopes for our field as we continue to grow.

I really enjoyed the process of thinking about and answering these questions and it provided me with a framework for reviewing and exploring the past number of years I’ve been in the field. In addition I gained more insight into my evolving hopes and plans for my career as it continues to unfold.

A huge thanks to Victoria for creating her wonderful blog. It is an invaluable source of inspiration and connection for creative arts therapists and everyone that is interested in learning more about our field. There are many fascinating interviews on the blog and it illustrates how varied creative arts therapists are in the places we work, the populations we serve, and our creative paths. Read up and be sure to share with anyone else that might be interested!

More Artist Trading Cards in Progress

Artist Trading Card ~ Sara Roizen ~ 2013
Artist Trading Card ~ Sara Roizen ~ 2013
I’m working with a variety of materials, from pen and ink, to watercolor, collage, paint, and the incorporation of found objects.
Artist Trading Card ~ Sara Roizen ~ 2013

I’m noticing that I am intuitively drawn to nature-based imagery in many of these little cards – leaves, wave motifs, abstract flower shapes, and the moon. Being in nature has always had a transformative and recharging effect on me. Therefore, while exploring the theme of gratitude, change, and kindness it seems natural that this type of imagery is surfacing in my pieces. In addition the theme of change is a powerful and innate aspect of nature in terms of the seasons, cycles of growth and decay, hibernation and new life.

Artist Trading Card ~ Sara Roizen ~ 2013

While writing this post, I realized that a trip out of NYC (even for just a day or weekend) is called for!
Time to soak up some nature, fresh air, and center myself outdoors. And of course…more inspiration for ATC’s and other creative ventures.

Stay tuned. 🙂

Artist Trading Card ~ Sara Roizen ~ 2013
Artist Trading Card ~ Sara Roizen ~ 2013

 

Artist Trading Cards (ATC’s) & Building Community

Getting started on some ATC’s!

“They always say time changes things,
but you actually have to change them yourself.” 
– Andy Warhol

It’s hard to believe that 6 months have flown by since the 6 Degrees of Creativity 2 workshops began. I was thrilled to be one of the 6 art therapist instructors as well as a participant in the other workshops. What struck me most about this experience was the creation of community and artistic collaboration. Each participant in my workshop brought a unique and beautiful voice to the process of creating and exploring texture and mixed-media. In addition, the level of encouragement and inspiration during these workshops supported me in my ongoing process to carve out art-making time and space.

In the spirit of continued community building and creative exchange, Gretchen MillerHannah Klaus Hunter, and Beth Rommel have created a collaborative project called Pocket Change: Creating Change Through Small Creative Acts.
Follow this link for details and to participate: Pocket Change
A quick summary of the project from the site: 
Participants will create 4 ATCs and will get back 3 from others who are participating in the exchange. Our swap’s theme: Pocket Change is all about how simple and small acts can create and instill kindness, gratitude, and change. For your ATCs, think about the power of your mini artworks as a means to express and share a positive image, message, or intention with others and the world.
I eagerly signed up for the ATC swap and began playing in my studio this afternoon. Like many, I’ve been watching the popularity of ATC’s rise in the past few years and was drawn to the small size of the cards (2.5″ x 3.5″) and the idea behind creating them. You can make your own ATC surface or buy them very inexpensively at most art stores and craft stores such as Michael’s. Since measuring precisely it not my strong point and I was excited to dive in right away, I bought a few packs of pre-cut ATC’s at Michael’s. I chose a few different types of paper as I plan to do some mixed-media as well as drawing. 
ATC’s beginning ~
Collaging with paper Tibetan Prayer Flags

As I began to set up my art materials, I explored my associations to the words kindness, gratitude, and change and also thought about how transformative this past year has been for me on many levels. Going into 2013 I am looking forward to expanding upon all of the positive growth and experiences from this past year. 

I decided to grab any materials that spoke to me and ended up with chunks of peeled acrylic palette paint, some Tibetan Prayer flags that I have received in the mail, decorative paper, skeleton leaves, and some other small found objects. 

I enjoyed working on the foundation for a number of cards at once. As usual I worked intuitively with the materials and imagery. I looked around my studio for mod podge but couldn’t find it, so I ended up using the Elmer’s clear glue (best find of the year!) I used a small palette knife to spread the glue and then covered each collage with a thin layer of the glue as I would with mod podge to serve as a protective layer and sealant. 

The beginning of 2 more ATC’s

I was aware of how different it is to create on a small scale. Although I found myself working rather quickly at times, at other moments the small size helped me to slow down and become more familiar with the details. The other paradox was that the ATC’s seemed rather delicate while I was starting them, but when I returned later to look at them I was struck by how durable they felt. 

As these ATC’s were drying, I decided to begin some pen drawings on my bristol paper cards. I was drawn to the use of mandalas and repeating circles. I had recently read a quote by Mother Teresa that inspired my imagery. She once said, 

“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”

I was drawn to this imagery of ripples…interlocking circles and the way that we are all connected. It also looped back directly to this project’s theme of building community and change through small creative acts. We never know what one smile, word, or act can mean to another human being at the time. A small act may create a ripple effect that builds momentum and starts the process of positive change. 

I will share the finished ATC’s in a future post! Until then, happy creating and perhaps you’ll join us in this wonderful project!

Starting some mandala ATC’s