Show & Tell series
Coming together to share, inspire and celebrate our creative core
A live, online monthly series of talks with guest speakers in conversation with Dr RyyA. Bread. Coming together to discuss artistic expression, embodied practices and wellbeing.
Based on the success of the My Daily Bread Show & Tell talks in 2020, featuring my own recent textile artwork, I thought it would be great to extend the format into a series that could focus on other wonderful people that I know; and allow for conversations with them about their creative processes and practices across a range of disciplines, and how these are integrated into daily living.
For me, the interdisciplinary aspect of the Show & Tell remit is really important because it enriches and expands our understanding of creativity through a diversity of perspectives and contexts. It also reflects the methodology that underpins my own approach to facilitating creativity: using simple writing, making and body awareness techniques in a dynamic interplay with one another.
The Show & Tell talk series is an opportunity to build community, introduce people to one another and expand all our networks. It provides a platform to showcase specific projects, as well as to have more general conversations on a range of meaningful and inspiring topics.
Sadly, the first talk in the series, with artist Lucy Willow, had to be postponed until later in the year, but it will be worth the wait. Lucy's long-term interest in themes connected to bereavement is reflected in her artwork, her academic research and in her recent creation of a 'death' shop in Penzance, Cornwall UK: Dust Ltd.
Thus the 'first' talk of the series now falls to the February guest speaker, a long time friend and fellow feminist, Delpha Hudson. Delpha and I share an interest in defining and understanding female Subjectivity and ways of 'writing the Self'. She too has an interdisciplinary method of creating. She is a very practised performance artist and painter, among other things. We will be focusing on the new publication of her small book set that documents her Theatre of the Self project. Please join us for the talk on Sunday 21 February at 4pm GMT/UK. It is by donation and all are welcome. Book your place here.
In March I am looking forward to being in conversation with Stephanie Jackson, MD - General Practitioner, Yoga and Mindfulness Instructor. We will be discussing her embodied practices and related themes such as one of my favourite, the continuum of 'gentleness' and 'discipline' in living our intentions. Book your place here for this talk on Sunday 21 March at 4pm GMT/UK.
I have a creative practice that for over four years has involved making a visual diary with textiles every day - in various increments of time. The data that informs this visual ‘diary’ is crossed referenced from my personal written journal that logs specific daily intentions and reflections and has been on-going for several decades.
This viewing of My Daily Bread primarily includes four completed annual artworks, and one in progress (2020). Each one of these pieces starts on 1 January and goes through 31 December of that calendar year. Each year of the project I have used a different textile method or combination of crafts; and the title incorporates that reference. The individual elements of each annual artwork I refer to as ‘time pieces’.
In addition to these main artworks I also have travel logs that chart specific periods of time while I have been on my annual pilgrimages back to North America (and recently Central America as well) and on residential training intensives in Europe and the UK. My trips are usually in the winter and span across two calendar years, and two annual artworks, so making a travel log is a way of isolating the specific travel period. These smaller pieces, that cover shorter durations, also enable me to test out the techniques I plan to use next before I get started and help me prepare for the year ahead in that way. They are made daily alongside the corresponding annual artworks.
The aim with all of these pieces, and my current approach to making more generally, is to sustain consistent daily engagement with my creative practice amidst the other demands and distractions of living…thus strengthening the ‘creative core’ of my Being (hence the name of my ‘private practice’).
My own creative core daily art practice is an attempt to cultivate well-being, playfulness and curiosity and to explore variation within repetition and structure….within my artwork as well as my life! This work is about intentions and my embodied, mindful attempts to follow through with them. This method of making offers me a tool for daily grounding and reflection; a means of motivation; an outlet for self-expression and a way of marking my daily achievements. It also provides an opportunity to generate dialogue with other people around artful living and other topics.