Rituals class – October

The theme for October in the Rituals class with Vanessa Oliver-Lloyd was heritage. This page is a homage to my amazing Grandma, Jennie Z. Gilbert. She loved playing the piano and writing in her notebooks and was one of the kindest women I ever knew.. Many of these images are copies of old faded photos from …

The Tale of the Silent Woman

This story was written and illustrated over the 100 days and nights of the 100dayproject 2018. I began on day 1 with no idea what the story would be about. Each day I turned up and imagined what happened next. Before long, the story had a life of its own and I did my best …

100 days of story (final week!)

I have been postponing posting the last few days of the story because basically I can't quite believe it's over! It has been such a wonderful process from beginning to end, made all the more joyful by knowing that so many of you have been following along and enjoying the story. Thank you so much …

The Ancient Ones

There are some images that appear on the page, whether it is a page of writing or of visual art, that keep coming back in different forms over time. For me, one image that keeps returning is that of The Ancient Ones. Years ago, when I was doing my MA in creative writing at Middlesex …

100 days of story (week 8)

Even though I am already past the halfway point in the 100 day project, I felt that this week has been the true heart of the story. I'm not yet sure how, but the time The Silent Woman has spent with her grandmothers will be of crucial importance in her journey to retrieve her voice. …

100 days of story (week 7)

This week I find myself in the heart of the story. The Silent Woman is reunited with her mother and together they enter the Land of the Dead. They come to a circle of ancient women — the Silent Woman's grandmothers and great grandmothers going back for many generations. These ancient women have kept appearing …

100 days of story (week 5)

For most of this past week I was away at a yoga retreat in the beautiful Herefordshire countryside. We were up early in the morning for pranayama followed by a full day of yoga asana practice (plus walking, eating, chatting and napping!) I was determined to continue my story each day but a little unsure …

100 days of story (week 4)

Is it my imagination or are the weeks going by much faster since I began this project? It seems only a day or two ago that I was posting the last week of story pages. This week the Silent Woman makes her way to the bottom of the sea. After having moved quite quickly through …

The season of connections

The Season of Connections has been an interesting one for me. In some ways I found it hard to get into the subject matter. At the same time, it seemed to me that everything is about connections in one way or another! And looking back over the pages I have made over the last couple …

All the pages I wrote led to you

While I was working on this piece, I had a strong sense that the page was an actual place I could step into. In this place, I could connect with my female ancestors and honour them. I could feel the flow of love that has come down through time to me and also that travels …