To create a mask, choose pictures, colorful papers, fabric, words etc. to collage your story on each side of a paper mask.
- On one side of the mask, you will glue on items that represent how you try to look on the outside and what you are known for.
- On the backside, you will glue on items that represent things that you hidden, such as trauma, loss, bitterness, or even talents and desires.
The medium of collage may help you communicate stories in which there have had no words for. One may use magazine pictures, colored papers, or fabric to represent emotions or events such as joy, hope, pain or loss, etc.
After creating, we will take time to share with a safe person or group. Making art often helps us reach straight into our souls, and things long hidden may surface and be brought to the light. This is the beginning of healing for many. One may weep and rejoice with other as one’s stories are told. It is healing to be heard and seen by others who show compassion and empathy. At this point in the workshop, you may want to pray for one another, offer comfort to the hard part of your story, and thank the Lord for the graces you may not have seen before.
You are encouraged to date you projects and journal about the process of creating this project and what you discovered.