What is a Story Book Collage? (Two-Three-hour workshop)

A Story Book Collage is representative of a timeline of your life story, where each collage page is a different chapter in your life story. This art project provides a safe space to explore, discern, and celebrate the graces in your story.

This project is helpful with an individual or within a variety of groups including, but not limited to: leadership teams, bible study groups, and short-term mission teams.

To create a book of your life, begin by selecting about six of your life stories to create collages of. Then choose pictures, phrases, or words cut out of a magazine, colored papers, or fabric to represent emotions, events, or people within each story. The medium of collage may help you communicate stories in which there have had no words for.

After creating Your Story Book, take some time to share with a safe person or group. Making art often helps us reach straight into our soul, and memories long hidden may surface and be brought to the light. It is usually very healing to be heard and seen by others who show you compassion, and grace empathy. At this point in the workshop, you may want to pray for one another, thank the Lord for times of grace, and bring comfort to the hard parts of your story.

You are encouraged to date you project and journal about the process of creating your Story Book and what you may have discovered.

Supply List:

  • Blank accordion books, or journal
  • Pictures, phrases, or words cut out of magazines
  • Painted papers or scrap book papers
  • Material
  • Glue sticks
  • Scissors

A materials fee and an honorarium for the Creative Call are received at the end of each workshop. These fees depend on the size of your group and length of workshop.

 

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“We wear memories in our faces, in the whorls and folds of our brains; we bear scars and burns on our bodies. Even when we desire to give up the memories that have formed us and even haunt us – we cannot. Nor should we. Patricia Hampl urges us to remember because, “we do not … simply have experience; we are entrusted with it. We must do something – make something – with them . . .” (Forgiving Our Fathers and Mothers, Leslie Leland Fields).