Creen Craft begins with the view that we are not separate from Nature. This is an invitation to creatively consider, deepen, and repair your sense of connection to Earth, by engaging with the powerful process of making art. You will have the freedom to do so in your own way individually, and to participate in group discussion.
We will use the group environment to re-invigorate our senses of joy and wonder at the world, and to seek out the courage required by the times in which we are living.
'Creen' is a Scots word meaning to cultivate a lament. So in this context we are talking about the intention to create something of meaning and beauty, to honour not only the life presently surrounding us, but also that which has departed.
This group is open to all those who wish to go beyond a consideration of Nature as something other, over there, distant from ourselves. You will be able to explore and express what is of importance to you, in an environment which nourishes through imagination, challenge, and wholeheartedness. Some participants may be familiar with using art as a mode of expression, others may not. Many people feel that their deepest connection to the natural world comes when participating in activities such as gardening, outdoor pursuits, reading writing on nature, or through a form of spiritual practice. Conversely it is quite common in this present time to feel little or no connection to the living world, or to struggle with this sometimes. So Creen Craft is also for those who sense the loss of something in this regard.
The general format of each session will be several periods of independent art making, after which we reconvene as a group, viewing and discussing what has been made and the themes emerging from the work. This will be interspersed with readings of relevant text, and poetry. Our focus when regarding the work that has been created is towards what is expressed in an image, and how all the various pieces inter-relate. We will not be concerning ourselves with judging what is made in terms of 'good' and 'bad' art. Attendee's are asked to arrive willing to participate verbally, and through use of the art materials. However, this will be on your own terms, and you will not be put on the spot in any way. No particular experience of art making is required, and materials will be provided.
Please have a look through the following (fairly extensive) FAQs section prior to booking. I hope any general questions you may have about Creen Craft will be answered here. If you have a question which is not covered then please email me at email@example.com. Further information can also be found on my website www.AndrewVPhillips.co.uk
Do I need to book in advance?
Places are limited to keep the group size small. You are advised to book in advance, via Eventbrite, to ensure your place. I will not be offering a 'pay on the door' option for these groups.
Is Creen Craft therapy?
These sessions are not intended to replicate art therapy, or group therapy in the traditional sense. However, it is likely that in the process of devoting ourselves to the wonder and beauty of life, that we also encounter the difficult, painful, and problematic - all of which have their place and part to play. The therapeutic, transformative, or healing aspect of this work, will be found through bearing witness to life as we know it to be, in all its various aspects, attesting to what inspires our being in the world through creative acts.
Is Creen Craft an art lesson?
In this work I will not be teaching any art techniques, or skills, or even suggesting how you are to go about using the materials. However, that is not to say that learning will not occur. You may encounter ideas in work made by others, and you might also discover simply by experimenting, or by 'not knowing' what to do, that in fact you have your own way of going about making imagery. An extremely valuable insight!
Are there rules?
There will be some basic, yet essential boundaries that all participants (including myself) will be expected to adhere to. This is in order to establish an atmosphere of trust in which you feel able to express yourself in the company of others. The boundaries particularly relate to confidentiality, use of mobile phones/camera's, inappropriate behaviour. This will be elaborated upon at the beginning of the session.
Do I need to be good at making art?
A purpose of this group is to nurture the spontaneous use of art materials to express yourself, in a particular time and place, and as such you cannot do this wrong. Each work is also viewed in the context of being a single part of a group of works, made by everyone present. So, for example, if you feel it has been very difficult to express yourself as you wished, we would consider this as not just a personal struggle or difficulty, but as a valid part of the experience of the whole group. We would then consider what this may communicate regarding struggle, lack of agency, and frustrations at the difficulty of free expression in the world at large. Sometimes the greatest breakthroughs for a group emerge from difficulties. Likewise, it is also quite possible that one who enters the group not feeling confident in their abilities, may experience surprise and delight at what does manifest.
This area of research has been my lifework/I am an established artist, am I welcome?
Yes, you certainly are.
What if I feel nervous / don't have anything to say in the group / or don't know what to do?
Whilst all participants are encouraged to contribute to discussion and art making, it is sometimes the case that one cannot find the words, especially in a group setting. Or that what is felt does not have words - hence the power of image making to reveal and make visible. It is also acknowledged that often when faced with art materials even a prolific artist can find themselves stuck. If this happens it is considered part of the creative process, and the work of the group as a whole. You cannot do it wrong!
I like the sound of this work, but do not wish to take part in a group session. Do you offer individual work?Yes, I can also work with you on an individual basis, for short-term or ongoing therapeutic work. Please get in touch via my website or email.
I cannot attend on this date. Will you be offering more sessions like this?
Creen Craft sessions will be generally be arranged seasonally. To be informed first when new sessions are available, please visit my website and sign up to the mailing list.
Is there an age limit/minimum age?
This event is open to those aged 18 or over. Whilst I have worked with children and young people, and appreciate the importance and value of doing so, this group is for adults, and the space cannot accommodate children during the session.
What can/can't I bring to the event?
A range of art materials will be provided. Please do not bring your own, as it is important that all participants have access to the same materials.
Tea and Coffee will also be available.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
Upon arrival I will check your name against my list of attendee's, and the ticket would be useful confirmation in the event of any discrepancies.
What is the refund policy?
Please be advised that the ticket price will not be refunded if you are unable to, or decide not to attend.
In the event that I have to cancel the session a refund will be provided.
Is my registration/ticket transferrable?
It is valid only for the session for which it has been booked, and can not be transferred to another session.
In the event that I have to cancel the session a refund will be provided.
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
Parking at the venue is limited. Alternative parking may be found nearby. Please call the venue with any queries regarding this.
The Water of Leith Visitor Centre is situated in a renovated schoolhouse by the Water of Leith at Lanark Road, Slateford easily accessible 4 miles west of Edinburgh City Centre on the A70. Located opposite The Blue Goose Public House (formerly The Dell Inn). Bus numbers 34,and 44 stop outside the Centre.
Slateford train station is 0.3 miles away, ten minutes on foot. Slateford is on the Edinburgh Waverley - Glasgow Central via Shotts line.
Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?
Please contact me via email - firstname.lastname@example.org - with any questions you may have.