Sunday, April 18, 2010

It's Been Years















Two-and-a-half years since I blogged!!! I just opened my first Twitter account and I've run across links to great blogs, so I'm reinspired. I also didn't have a laptop until a year ago, so here I am blogging while I watch "This Is It". I will want to watch this again and again--the creative process is inspiring to watch. I'm very thankful that my arms and wrists and forearms and shoulders are in a more healthful state than in the past year. I've journeyed through long-term chronic pain episodes and learned so much. I am so blessed to have been led to somatic experiencing which has helped me make friends with my nervous system and to resolve so much. YAY!!!!!

So, in all this time away I've been making and making. I've gotten more into sewing and I've made more dolls, which are labor intensive. I made two very cool polymer clay primitive folk art dolls and one flat painted doll (which I never dressed or quite finished wigging) from a pattern from Cloth Paper Scissors. I also did a line of Frida Kahlo flags inspired originally by a friend's idea to make our own prayer flags. We did that project and out of that came this idea to use Frida images. I finally surrendered to my obsession with Frida Kahlo and stopped feeling sheepish for using her image or her creations in a huge portion of my artwork. I am about to launch a new Etsy shop: FridaKahloStore.etsy.com. I've just done a group of ATC's, a Frida pillow and some other Frida-related artwork to list in the store. I'm also going to be selling Frida-ish vintage clothing/costumes. I think it's going to be really fun.

I'll dig around and find some pictures to post. They will probably be of the dolls and a few of the flags and maybe some other things I have floating around.

This Michael Jackson music is so inspiring. The film is really entertaining. Oh, I also got a Flip and plan to make some technique videos, which might not come together until the school year is over.

P.S. A long time ago I blogged about an artist's website I visited which inspired me to use spray paint and stencils. I could never find her blog again and recently found her through someone else's post on Inkjet Transfers or some other Yahoo group I read. Her blog is called "Dispatch from LA" and I was thrilled to see that she is also a teacher. Here's the link, which I will also add to my blog roll if I can remember how to do it.

2 comments:

DellaLuna said...

Welcome back! I, too, have let my blog go by the wayside - it happens, and I imagine it was pretty tough if you were dealing with chronic pain, without the benefit of a laptop. Your Frida work is awesome!

I wanted to ask you - what's somatic experiencing? It sounded like a technique? I deal with chronic pelvic pain, so I was wondering what it was. :D

jcorona said...

Kristina,
I can't believe I JUST saw this comment for the first time today. Thank you so much for your kind words. Yes, indeed, SE (Somatic Experiencing)is a technique or modality. It was invented by Dr. Peter Levine in the 90's, I would say. I was treated by a woman trained by him in the early 2000's. I was so intrigued by it that I did two years of SE training even though I was a teacher, not a therapist or bodyworker. You can learn more about it here:
http://www.traumahealing.com/somatic-experiencing/

An amazing naturalistic appproach to re-regulating the nervous system. Much chronic pain stems from bracing patterns among other things. There are many mind-body modalities now. I love SE, of course. Feel free to email me through the blog or at: colorescorona at gmail.