The Pilgrimage (part 1)

Last week, I began a new journal which is in equal parts guidebook, prayer flag, treasure map, and oracle. A conversation with ancestors and with myself. Charting my journey on 'The Pilgrimage', a 7-week exploration with the community of friends and fellow travellers at Yelala. I wanted to have a sense of journeying through a …

The journey of a leaf

As part of the Season of New at Get Messy there was a wonderful challenge from Helen Wells to find a starting point in nature and play with the inspiration in different ways over several pages. I fell in love with a leaf in my garden and we set off on a little journey together. …

Watercolour sketching class (part 1)

I am a big fan of Felix Scheinberger's fabulous watercolour sketches. I love how everything looks so chaotic and free and gorgeous. So I was thrilled to discover that he teaches a class on Domestika, the online community for creatives. I am about a third of the way through the course so far and I …

My steps mingling with yours (part 7)

Here are the pages from the final few days of my Omer Journey through Yiddish poetry, folklore, and song. I have reached the end of an incredibly rich exploration and yet I feel as though I have only just opened the door to a whole world. The Train Sings a Song I am in love …

My steps mingling with yours (part 6)

This past week has felt very rich indeed. I continued exploring the poetry of Kadya Molodowsky and Anna Margolin. And discovered the voices of Chava Rosenfarb and Miriam Ulinover, which in turn led me to the powerful and moving poetry of The Warsaw Ghetto Ringelblum Archive (more on this below). I also came across a …

My steps mingling with yours (part 5)

Our traveller, who began this journey through Yiddish poetry only a few short weeks ago, has stumbled into a landscape filled with wonder: glimpses of eternity, ascending stars, magical golden birds and gentle blue dawns. Today is Forever Halfway through the journey of the Omer, the traveller is found wandering through the woods of another …

My steps mingling with yours (part 4)

The last few days have been inspired by the work of two Yiddish Women poets: Rajzel Zychlinsky and Malka Heifetz Tussman. Each day I tried not to cram the page with quite so much text, and most days I did not succeed. Then I surrendered to the fact that these pages are all about the …

My steps mingling with yours (part 3)

I know I say this every time, but I am enjoying this project so much! My art journal is my log book, charting a rich journey through poetry, song, folklore, and – above all – language. Memorial Candles By Yiddish poet, Rokhl Korn,  in honour of Yom Ha’Shoah (Holocaust Memorial Day) which began on the …

My steps mingling with yours (part 2)

On the Other Side of the Poem/Fun Yener Zeit Lid I so fell in love with this poem by Yiddish poet, Rokhl Korn, that I decided to spend a few days with it, one stanza per day. Whilst working on these pages, I discovered ’Shtoltse Lider’ by Swedish duo, Isa and Louise – an album …

My steps mingling with yours (part 1)

A few days ago, I embarked on a 49-day project marking the counting of The Omer which began on the second night of Passover. "The omer refers to the 49-day period between the second night of Passover (Pesach) and the holiday of Shavuot. This period marks the beginning of the barley harvest when, in ancient …