Tag Archive: personal development

Whilst I was on the second half of my Masters Degree in Design Practice @GlyndwrUniversity last year I started to research different ways of enabling people to release stress, anxiety and trauma in a non verbal way.

As an Artist I felt my focus was for things to be very hands on, and I ran silent workshops with those that attended being guided to work with clay, Mark making and colour, to connect, express and release emotion. At one point they were asked to close their eyes to enhance this connection between the medium, and their hands.

‘touch was identified as being one of the first sensory responses to develop in humans’ (Montagu, 1971)

Stroking cats and dogs etc is often a great stress reliever, we connect with the life force of the animal (hence why stroking a furry rug is not as effective), it’s breath, it’s emotions, and when we are rewarded with the sound of purring or the wag of a tail this helps to create a great emotional connection between us.

Animals can offer us unconditional love, and we all need a bit of that don’t we? They don’t question us, expect things from us, and are usually incredibly loyal. This can be a true bless g to many, especially those that suffer with anxiety and depression.

So grab a cat (not literally of course) or dog, stroke a neighbours or one in the street if you don’t have one, and feel the power of that connection!!

They were definitely sent to the earth to be our best friends!! ☺ ♥

I have just submitted my entry to the Macmillan Children’s book competition where i managed to get 8 double colour pages done, a book jacket, end papers and title and copyright, but still need to do 4 more doubles now to finish by sunday so i can send it off to Blurb to get a really professional mock book done for my final university assessment in a couple of weeks – so the pressure is still on for now!!

Here  is an example of one of the pages in the book

Image from ‘Brenda the Misunderstood Witch’

The story is about a witch that is judged because she looks scary, and is green and hairy etc, and it gives you a surprising insight into her world, and details what she is really like.It is a book that aims to teach children to not ‘judge a book by its cover’ and to be more accepting of others (which i think is really important especially in this modern day world where the boundaries of race, creed and culture become merged). I think it is important that children’s books carry some sort of message, as children are really influenced by what they see and read, and i tried to make the main character as loveable as possible so that the children would be drawn to her.

Other books that i have written also carry messages for children, and as i am now coming to the end of my degree i would like to continue with my work to Masters level where i would like to continue to look at the role of the book in children’s lives with reference to their personal development and also how they interpret colour and image…exciting stuff i think!! :0)