I have found such inspiration from Where Women Create and want to share this with you today.
It is published by Stampington & Company's Somerset Studio and created by Jo Packham. I found it by 'accident'-synchronistically I was told about another website and through that website found my way to Where Women Create. I quickly subscribed and have enjoyed the publication. I hesitate to call it a magazine as it is more like a book.
Each issue of Where Women Create features artists and the spaces where they create. I read the stories about their journeys with such admiration, respecting their talents, the risks they were willing to take, and their here-and-now. The artists tell the reader that "if I can do it you can too." It gives me hope and fosters my creativity. I have taken the time to look up many of the artists' websites and blogs.
The pictures and the overall design of these "Inspiring Work Spaces Of Extraordinary Women" are so nicely done that they are pieces of art. I gently turn the pages, not wanting to finish the stories. I have re-read several of these articles. The pictures, the design, the women and their work spaces remind me that I, too can create. It has become a book of meditation and a devotional book for me. I find myself breathing a prayer of hope and asking "how can I do this life of mine more creatively?"
I have told many many people about Where Women Create. I have sent emails to people that I know who value creativity. I have implemented it with my work as a psychotherapist by fostering the importance of creativity, which I think is instrumental in good mental health. Where Women Create has entered the therapy room!
The reading, the reflecting, and the sharing with others have all been part of my inspiration as it has brought me beauty, joy, hope, and has fed both my imagination and my spirituality. Creativity and spirituality go 'hand in hand.' I seriously doubt that when Jo Packham created this wonderful (what I refer to it as) journal that she had little awareness of how one woman would savour it so and how it would touch her life, and promote it as I have done. I thank her and all the artists that have told their stories of their creative journeys.