I keep thinking about what it is that I want to do with my life and what direction I want to take my career. I keep going back to something creative. Yes, I love the idea of nutrition also, but I think my real love and passion is in the creative arts field. I have been doing some research and I think there are definitely creative arts areas that I enjoy that can be considered therapeutic. I am thinking doll making, quilt making, card making and collage are all therapeutic areas that I enjoy and can actually complete and maybe even teach. I am not a painter, sculptor, or other fine artist. I have been concerned with wether or not I can actually be an art therapist since I am not a fine artist. After spending some time research, I am feeling much more positive about using my love of creativity as a therapeutic tool.
I am continuing my research on art therapy and doll making, art therapy and collage, and art therapy and quilt making. I have found some interesting ideas and reasons why creating dolls, quilts, and collage is therapeutic. I was thinking that painting and sculpting along with other fine arts is the only way to do art therapy. I basically knew that the act of creating in and of itself is therapeutic, but I didn't think that making a quilt, for example, could have a therapeutic influence. I've seen reference to the cutting of whole cloth into smaller pieces, sewing it back together, creating warmth and comfort. Then there is the act of creating a wish doll. I was searching on YouTube and I found this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ieHWyYtTsuQ. I decided to make a wish doll with my 4 1/2 year old daughter. Her wish was for a wedding dress. This is the outcome:
I have also watched this video, but on my phone: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJjUcJ_3IIo. I now want to watch this on the reagular computer and see what else I can learn. I am also going to do a little more research into collage and see what I can figure out. I first learned about soul collage in grad school and bought a couple of books on it. I think it's time to start reading more about it and start putting some of these things into action.
I am feeling a lot more hopeful about having a radiant career. I am really looking forward to learning more and maybe even putting an actual plan into place!