The creative process feeds my soul.
"Some things are best done in the dark, including the transformation of raw material into tools and pieces of art. There is a smith in our soul who works the failures and successes of everyday life into eternal shapes that make us who we are. It's not extraordinary, this dark place of heat and hammering, but rather an unspectacular scene of hard work. You might think of your dark night as such a place and realize the importance of keeping it stocked and fired and dim. Your job is to provide the setting and let the divine smith do his work."
From Dark Nights of the Soul by Thomas Moore
I weave the intuitive creative process into my works of art and my creations are often inspired by spiritual themes. I learned the craft by attending metalsmithing and jewellery design courses at various institutions including the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Vancouver Community College and Haliburton School of Art and Design.
I am also a Veriditas Certified Labyrinth Facilitator, a faculty member of the Expressive Arts program at the Haliburton School of Art and Design
and a graduate of the Jubilee program in spiritual direction. Professionally I am an ordained minister in The United Church of Canada.
I have over 15 years of experience working with the labyrinth as a spiritual tool, both facilitating workshops and programs for others as well as creating canvas labyrinths and finger labyrinths. In 2009 I became a Veriditas Certified Labyrinth Facilitator after training with Lauren Artress. Since 2012 I have been teaching a course on the labyrinth in the Expressive Arts program at the Halliburton School of Art and Design. I also participated as a consultant on two research projects in long term care facilities studying the use of labyrinths in spiritual care with the "Research Institute for Aging".
If you would like to hear a podcast about the link between my work as a metalsmith and spirituality then click here to listen.