Anyone who is in my life and knows me well knows that if I had to pick a personal hero, it would be Sabrina Ward Harrison. She is the author of several books. The most well known of them is Spilling Open. If you don't know her you must!
Meeting (the somewhat elusive) Sabrina was a desire I've had for probably ten years. Sabrina is a pioneer of mixed media and was the first journal artist that I know of in print in this groundbreaking format. For me roughly ten years ago I was doing artwork alone and pecking away at my own journals and artwork and until I saw her book I had never seen another journal artist. To make it even better she too was very young and I identified with her at that time and saw her as a living example that I was on the right track. In my life and in my artwork. It was an unexplainable feeling that I have kept close to my heart all these years later. And what I love about her is her rawness. Not just as a writer but as an artist. It's the unrefined goodness of it all. And I am thrilled to have heroes who are in every way real and human. A slam-dunk-hero to me means a life worth living and a vulnerability of emotion and expression.
So when I discovered she had some workshops happening in Los Angeles I hopped a plane and jumped in. This was one of my pages from the weekend at the workshop. What I most enjoyed was Sabrina's encouragement to write. I have been unable to write for many years now. I used to fill my journals with dreams and longings and records. But it has been ages since I have had a written voice. Taking time out to write was so supportive for me and I am excited to take the time for it again.
Pam Garrison & Amy Hanna met me there and we hid out in the very strange Universal City hotel (during the fire no less). It was great to spend time with them and indulge in my workshop buddies!
This was just one area of the sidewalk Sabrina had written on before we arrived at Carol Parks house. And it seems fitting. Thank you Sabrina for all whom you've inspired, encouraged and shined the light for all these years. You have opened the doors for so many artists and thinkers. xoxoxox...