The fire was inside me

Fire is a powerful metaphor for pain, burning and uncomfortable. But fire can also represent alchemy and transformation. The following page acknowledges the time in my life when I first felt pain in my foot. I wanted to fix the problem as if it was something outside of me that I could remove or distance …

WTF is wrong with you?

A couple of years ago, I did a Mindfulness for Health course with Breathworks. One of the basic principles of the course is the understanding that much of our experience of pain comes from 'secondary suffering' – a conglomerate of thoughts, ideas, and emotional reactions to what we are experiencing in our bodies. As I …

My Own Two Feet

For the last ten years I have had a nerve condition in my left foot which has made it, at times, almost impossible to stand up without feeling pain. Even though I have had the diagnosis of multiple Morton’s Neuromas – a thickening of the tissue around one of the nerves leading to the toes …

The Suit of Cups (part 1)

This month, I'm going on a journey through the Suit of Cups in the Tarot. I'm hoping to ground my understanding of the cards whilst also exploring how I relate to them in the context of my life. Vanessa Oliver Lloyd's Minor Arcana seminar over at Art Witch Academy is really helping me to keep …

Cut Paper Collages (part 2)

Would you like to curl up in a cosy armchair with a good book? Would you like a macaron or two with your afternoon tea? How about moving into the country cottage with the thatched roof and roses round its front door? Even though my experience of making art is usually "hands-on", there is something …