To create a Storyrope™, begin by choosing fabric of different colors, patterns, and textures that will represent events and people that have shaped your life. You may choose to represent trauma, harm, racism, and loss, etc. with darker fabric, and use lighter color fabric for the joyful, grace-filled parts of your story. Next, you will tie each small piece of fabric in the chronological order of your story to the long piece of material, the “rope.” A paper luggage tag is provided for you to write your name, date, or any words you wish to have included on your rope. The clear pieces of plastic found in the kit are provided to represent the sense of feeling invisible, transparent, unseen, or unnoticed. Be creative and enjoy the process. This project is for your own learning and growth.
After creating your Storyrope™, take some time share with a safe person or group. Making art often helps us reach straight to our souls, 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, empathy, and grace. At this point, you may want to pray for one another, offer comfort to the hard parts of your story, and thank the Lord for times of grace that you may not have seen before.
You are encouraged to date your project and journal about the process of creating your Storyrope™, including what you discovered and what each piece of fabric represents.