More than a just a technique for printing
In the Beautiful Wasteland Studio, eco-printing is more than a way of creating beauty on textiles, it is also a process that companions us in our pursuit of meaningful living.
In our practice and workshops we eagerly attend to what we may come to know about the “bundles” of our own lives as we collaborate with the leaves and paper before us. As we forage, gather, arrange, bundle, wait and unwrap we are immersing ourselves in a rich multi-sensory eco-system. Using art therapy tools to slow down to a pace of being that invites an attending to the smaller details of our experiencing sheds light on intricate exchanges filled with wonderful information about our ways of being. In our workshops we pay particular attention to the sensory experiences gifted in these exchanges and in doing so we begin to glimpse ourselves as collaborators in the complex tapestry of life, both our own and others.
You can expect to take home so much more than your eco-printed works . . .
The art-based inquiry/ art-therapy approach
The Beautiful Wasteland approach to art-based inquiry is relational, multi-modal, experiential and emergent. This involves ongoing cycles of inquiry, where we attend to what is present in the here and now of our creative forming.
This process of refinement makes ways for an articulation of the values, needs and actions that support us to step into our preferred ways of being in the world- ways that support both our individual, collective or organisational flourishing.
Workshops for 2018
Beautiful Wasteland is offering a curated selection of one and two day workshops teaching eco-printing as a tool for self- reflection and creative inquiry. Workshops are held at Burrinja Arts and Cultural Centre, Upwey, Victoria. This gorgeous centre is nestled in the foothills of the Dandenong Ranges
8th- 9th June
“I didn’t know when I attended this weekend, gifted to me by both my daughters, that I would learn much more than the actual method of eco-printing in paper. That process, in itself, would have been enough to leave me happy and completely satisfied at weekend’s close. But there is more, much more. We explored the possibilities of using nature’s bounty to make prints and dyes on paper, but we also explored our inner spaces through this medium.
There was some frustration “Why won’t somebody tell me how it will turn out if I do this?”; surprises, “So I don’t actually have to KNOW everything before I start out?” (and how will that affect the choices I made after this weekend?); and some very satisfying connections made with my weekend partner, my adult child, my daughter”.
– Carol Stephenson
“One must un-become in order to become”
Self-reflection workshops are facilitated by Jacqueline Grace, a qualified Creative Arts Therapist, member of ANZATA, educator at the MIECAT Institute for post-graduate studies in Creative Arts Therapy and founder of Beautiful Wasteland.
Spending time with Jacqui was such a special one. Not only she shares her knowledge and techniques on eco-printing to me, but she also helps to understand myself better.Looking at things that I’ve never seen before..It’s no regret of having travelled this far, being late and miss the train stops to finally meet the artist herself.– Mieke, Indonesia
Private or semi private tuition in eco-printing and self-reflection is also available in half or full day sessions. These sessions offer the chance to immerse in the practice and experiment with multiple techniques and reflections with dedicated attention. These sessions can be arranged by appointment.
We offer half and full day sessions using the arts and botanical close contact printing practice in support of collaborative work place inquiry. Jacqueline has over 15 years experience in working with organisations including the NGO sector, small businesses and educational institutions.
Sessions can be tailored to address:
- Team building
- Organisational values
- Attending to staff relational qualities
- Goal development
- Staff well being days
It was a indeed truly wonderful day for us, surpassing even our high expectations, and all the feedback has been extremely positive. . . high praise for you for your preparation, the seamless way the Day unfolded, and the creativity and adaptability of the whole process you modelled. Everyone was very impressed.
– Heart of Life Foundation
Professional Development for Educators
Jacqueline offers Professional Development for educators in the arts, sciences and personal development streams. These workshops begin by immersing in the practice of botanical printing as curious learners;
What can we come to know through our own observations?
We use arts based processes of inquiry to reflect on what we are coming to know about the practice and how it relates to arts, science/wellbeing. Finally, we bring this to a conceptual take home knowing about how to use eco-printing as tool in your professional kit.
Art Therapy Consultation
Jacqueline is a registered member of ANZATA and takes on a small number of clients for ongoing support. Art therapy is a wonderful companion for those undergoing life transitions when the path ahead is not feeling so clear, relationship support, support for those in caring roles, or as part of a team of allied health care.