Sunday, 30 September 2007

Year 2000 Calendar "Centre for Women's health " (4)

And finally October to December...
Oil pastels on paper

October 2000 - Respect NAIDOC. This was a parade a parade I was involved in. The image shows ribbon dancers and the people are wearing lyrebird hats and masks - both symbols of the local Aboriginal tribe.

Calendar - October 2000

November 2000 - A pregnant woman dropping her baggage out of a hot air balloon and flying higher.

Calendar - November 2000

December 2000 - A family Christmas on the beach. An Australian tradition of making the whole family wear the same coloured clothes on the beach so they are easy find and look out for. Here the family are wearing purple and with green spots. The tree in the background are called Norfolk pine. 

Calendar - December 2000

Saturday, 29 September 2007

Year 2000 Calendar, "Centre for Women's Health" (3)

Here's July to September...drawn in oil pastels on paper. Printed for the year 2000 in Australia.
Creating positive outcomes and futures focusing on strengths.

July 2000 - Women happily together and at peace with the world together outside the centre.

Calendar - July 2000
August 2000 - A single mother speaking out of there problems, to politicians and other people in high up places instead of thinking that would never happen. Training in public speaking creates the ability to help towards the right changes in society.

Calendar - August 2000

September 2000 - Women embracing a woman who has dropped all the baggage she collected along the way and is on the path to freedom.

Calendar - September 2000

Thursday, 27 September 2007

Year 2000 Calendar (2) Centre for women's health

Here are some more images from my Year 2000 Calendar...done in oil pastel on paper.

April 2000 - Creating new futures. Everyone is working together creating a more beautiful and vibrant community.

Calendar - April 2000

May 2000 - A woman coming out of a black hole of despair.

Calendar - May 2000

June 2000 - Woman having a sing-along around the piano.

Calendar - June 2000

Tuesday, 25 September 2007

Year 2000 Calendar, Centre for women's health

In 1999 I worked at a women’s health centre in Australia. The centre focused on the needs of women suffering from domestic violence and took calls from the whole Southern Hemisphere. They offered counselling, aroma therapy, meditation, public speaking training and much more.
I was brought in to teach art. It was very moving to see how the women turned suppressed feelings into art. They produced brilliant work, which was exhibited in a prestigious city gallery. This raised lots of money, so that I could continue my work at the centre.
I was asked to make a brochure and a range of cards that summed up what domestic violence is about. The cards were then turned into a calendar. The first three months are below; the rest will follow in the next couple of days.
I think being creative is what we should hold on to and do. We shouldn’t let anyone stop us. The centre is the only one like it in the world, which I think is a shame. There should be one in every town.
January 2000 – Women under a waterfall letting all their negative emotions wash away.

Calendar - January 2000

February 2000 – A woman hugging a tree surrounded by nature.

Calendar - February 2000

March 2000 – Women smelling the roses. When in despair we rise out of our real selves. Touching a plant and smelling flowers brings us back to earth and relieves the pain.

Calendar - March 2000