An Open Access journal pushing the boundaries of how we generate and share new ideas through creative forms of writing and digital imagery. Many articles have a strong focus upon arts-emergent research. Beautiful! Foreword by Laurel Richardson.

Finding our unique voice – and the courage to tell our stories to ‘unknown’ others – is one of the most daunting challenges for writers. For a small group of women in their middle years, (a time when we felt almost invisible) forming a group to listen to and guide the development of unique voices has been a life-changing experience. This report by Chrissy Arthur (ABC Regional Radio, QLD Australia) [July 2016] gave life to a huge response from women in Australia as they recognised the importance of creating spaces for writing together and supporting one another  – even at a distance.

ABC Radio Feature: Australian Women Telling Lives

For this group of women, there was no physical meeting, and no ‘workshop’. They met and built trust through their connection with one friend – and the connections grew.

This radio feature explores how a group of friends become midwives to one anothers’ writing.

Creative Commons share-alike sites and resources (CC by SA) for the arts and technologies. Creative commons search site Includes Flickr images, Google images, Jamendo music, Pixabay, YouTube, ccMixter and many others:

Australia site: CC resources for the arts

Twitter sites to explore: https://twitter.com/creativetechwk

Sites for educators – teaching/curriculum

https://createducateblog.wordpress.com/tag/eds4407/

SCOOTLE linked – (Australian Curriculum)

http://www.smartcopying.edu.au/open-education/open-education-resources/scootle-over-1600-creative-commons-licences-resources-freely-available-for-all

Building Trust in the Classroom – http://trustanddrama.wikispaces.com

This online resource is a valuable tool for teachers of students in the junior years of secondary school.

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Ella Henderson’s Blogsite “Exploring My Way through Education” offers an exploration of her journey as an educator. Ella includes a page of 5 Creative Commons (CC  by SA) resources for drama teaching. Thank you for sharing these resources and for your critical insights Ella. Read More »

Transitions between life and death are presented by the move from one world to another. In the Greek Classical tradition, Hades is both the god of the underworld, and the place.

Hades is presented as an otherworld, darker than the bright home of the Gods (Mount Olympus) but a physical place that may be reached by crossing the river Styx. However, that transition means joining the dead. Many Greek myths (including those of Persephone/Demeter, Achilles, Hercules, and Orpheus) include stories where heroes bravely enter the underworld to connect with the dead.  Persephone (the girl, Kore) is abducted to the underworld by the god Hades, living there for half of the year, and returning to bring light and warmth to the earth. Her mother, Demeter, is the corn goddess.

Greek funeral statuary often shows a girl (Persephone) holding a pomegranate, a woman (Demeter) her mother, and Hecate (the wise woman or hag) associated with crossroads and transitions  – and three ways.

Trimorphic Form – The Triple Goddess

Hecate is often depicted in trimorphic form (as three aspects of woman) or with 3 heads: serpent, dog, and horse. Cerberus (the hound who guards the gates of Hades) is also presented as a three-headed beast. The triple aspect of goddesses, of crossroads suggests multiple paths, identities, and archetypal figures of whom we know little but which appear to be central to mystery cults relating to birth and death, the seasons and sacrifice for fertility. The triple forms of Persephone/Demeter/Hecate are: the girl, corn-mother, and crone.

 

Angels do not always come bearing good news! They may bring death and destruction, punishment, fire and sword in retribution for human failings. Or – they may provide an easeful transition to death.

Here, an angel of death is presented in a work by Carlos Schwabe (1866 – 1926)

Dark Angel poised above an elderly gravedigger

Death and the Gravedigger

Source: Death and the Gravedigger

 

Statues of Angels

Statues of angels may be decorative fixtures on buildings and most particularly in connection with death. They feature upon tombs, graves, and mausoleums. They are gender ambiguous: The Angel of Death featured on the grand mausoleum of the Donnersmarck family in Świerklaniec (19th century) holds a hand out to calm the grieving – but carries also a cross (marking this statue as belonging to the Christian tradition.)

 

Angels are often portrayed as guides or helpers, in written and spoken tales, in films and in visual works. They are prominent in many religious traditions. Angels are beings who are able to cross the borders between the spirit and human world. They are often seen as helpers, but also as news bringers, agents of retribution from angry gods, and ambiguous (dark/light) beings.

Wikimedia: Angels

Illustrations: Bookplates

This work (around 1320) is a bookplate from a French psalter. The book is stored in the Europeana Collection (National Library of the Netherlands). The image has 4 sections portraying a monk being rescued from fire by an angel who guides him to safety.

Angel guiding monk through fire

Series of 4 images portraying an angel guiding a monk through fire

Europeana collection.
http://www.europeana.eu/portal/record/9200122/BibliographicResource_1000056087957.html

Physical illness has always been connected with the idea that the spirit has been attacked. This  print from a Japanese Woodcut shows an image (detail) of a demon representing the disease Smallpox. The hero Chinsei Hachiro Tametomo had been exiled to the island of Oshima. When the Smallpox demon attacked the island the hero shrunk the demon to the size of a pea – and floated him out to sea!

Demon, smallpox, Japan

L0035243 Detail of demon representing smallpox
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Detail of demon representing smallpox. Chinsei Hachiro Tametomo, a celebrated historical figure of the 12th century, whose enemies exiled him to the island of Oshima off the cost of Japan. There according to legend, he repelled the demon of smallpox who was preparing to invade the island. In his response to his ferocious threats, the deman shown in the left of the woodcut is reputed to have been diminished to the size of a pea and floated out to sea.
Coloured Woodcut
c. 1847 – 1852 Published: –
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