Artist and Belief Statement

I believe all people have the need and ability to create. This includes visual arts, music making, cooking, carpentry, welding..and more. I encourage this life-enhancing expression that brings wholeness, physically, emotionally and spiritually to everyone's life.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Research, Zentangle Classes, Iamthediva challenge 236

Whoa! I have received word that my research proposal and my ethics review of my research proposal have been approved. It's been a wait. But I am rolling on. The next step in the masters thesis process is to collect my data. So If you would like to know more about my research study, I would be happy to talk to you. As an overview, my research study is part of my art therapy training I am required to do research for a thesis. I have been teaching Zentangle® for 5 years and I have seen its powerful effects on participants. In my thesis I will continue to explore the effects and experience of Zentangle®. The research question to be explored is: “What is the phenomenological experience of a mindful art activity, like Zentangle®, and its implications for art therapy?”

The first of the data collection will be a focus discussion group in October regarding a Zentangle experience. 

If you have never experienced Zentangle before, I invite you to attend a class Monday, September, 28 at the Harmony Community Centre in Oshawa, Ontario. For more information please see the link. https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/learn-to-zentangle-create-your-own-coloring-sheets-tickets-17995374650 

I have not done the diva challenge in a while - due to practicum, etc.... let's just say Life?!! But here is challenge 236. I used it as a way to calm down from my excitement and work in planning for my research ... practicing what I preach.
Can you tell what I tangled on? One of my cookbooks, the Mennonite Community Cookbook. I was paging through and noticed some cook Pennsylvania Dutch sketches; they were my inspiration. Have you ever heard of Vinegar Candy? That's called making use of what you have. Another inspiration. And art-making - Zentangle drawing is turning simple lines and shapes into beautiful art.
Tangle On!
Deb

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    1. "cool" and "cook" are synonymous aren't they? He He, thanks for the comment!

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  2. This had me googling to find out more about Mennonnite cookbooks so I forgot to comment when I looked at this last night. Needless to say, I really like your drawing too.

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    1. Thanks. Do you have any Mennonite cookbooks? this is one that has 2 from my grandmother. A very old traditional cookbook. It's the first one I owned.

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  3. Love your artistic cookbook :-)

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    1. Thanks! I began looking throughout the cookbook and there are some amazing line drawings. Very neat to find art in unique places.

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  4. Tangling on a cookbook, such a clever and beautiful thing. I am excited for you for your thesis. I think it will make for a thought provoking thesis. Good luck!

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  5. I love vinegar taffy! And I love repurposed books. Love your design and will look forward to hearing about your research.

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  6. This is so stunning - and so sweet ;-)

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  7. Lovely design. Not sure I could ever eat vinegar sweets :/ although I love vinegar on my chips (fries depending where you are from).

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  8. Awesome piece of unexpected!! And welcome back! I think that is sooooo Awesome that you are writing a thesis on Zentangle. Hopefully we will all be able to use it as a reference to show others the benefit of the Zentangle Method!! Good Luck!!! :0) Annette

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  9. What an exciting topic for a thesis paper! I agree with the others - this is awesome stuff <3 All the best!

    Cheers,
    Debbie New, CZT

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  10. A thesis on Zentangle, what a wonderful project to do. I'm just waiting until there is a Zentangle Degree I can undertake. Your tangled cookbook is lovely and another unique idea,

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  11. Looks like a flower vase with a kitchen tile backsplash background. I love it!

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  12. I love this, and the Mennonite mantra of making use of what you have is so true. My grandmother was a Mennonite, and I don't think she ever threw anything out without somehow reusing it! Cards were turned into little keepsake boxes, old clothes became quilts or bags, soap was remelted and formed into little multicolor cakes, even my crayons were remelted and formed into new little nubs! Thank you for this reminder of a different life!

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    1. Yes; we and the earth would benefit from maintaining these values of simplicity and respect for what we have; rather than falling into "what do we want next."

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