Bead Happy Empowerment Art is an ART of Change program for Women who have experienced violence.
We hand roll beads from air drying clay to create an empowerment necklace. Meeting over 3 sessions at the Shelter, participants shape their beads based on a Vision they hold for the future or as an expression of strength and developing a clear, confident sense of Self and identity etc.
When the personal vision beads are dry we paint them and give them life, colour and vibrancy. Das clay is quick drying and a very hardy medium that is not heavy once it has dried.
The rolling of the clay and shaping the beads is a very relaxing process,a form of open eyed meditation that is very conducive for learning and relaxation.
The Bead Happy Empowerment Art project engages two significant aspects – process and completion, which are often difficult to attain for people who are living with post traumatic stress and the effects of violence, losing ones home and coping with injuries and grief.
The talking circle format is a very relaxed, creative environment .
This informal setting is often more culturally relevant for many of the participants from CALD backgrounds. (Culturally and Linguistically Diverse).
The environment does not have a counsellor – client dynamic. It is an empowering model that facilitates conversation beyond pain and issues to the place of connecting with personal power, natural talent and new possibilities.
We celebrate personal strength and explore the potential we have to move beyond limitations and the impact of domestic violence.
Thank you to the Women who have shared their work in the images below.
Although they remain anonymous in the photos, the very personal stories and amazing creativity that is expressed through the clay and the beading process affirms to me how privileged I am to provide art based life coaching at the grass roots, community level where so many amazing women have extraordinary stories to share.
Carol Omer is a certified Life Coach and Artist. She specialises in creativity based empowerment and healing programs for women. She is the author of The Big Girls Little Coloring Book, a life coaching colouring book for women.