A Living Quilt: The Journey of a Cohort of Emerging Arts Therapists in Aotearoa

  • Allie Manners Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design, New Zealand
  • Arijana Ruznic-Beyer Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design, New Zealand
  • Ayaka Shima Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design, New Zealand
  • Beth McGuinness Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design, New Zealand
  • Brett Harrington Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design, New Zealand
  • Carrie Leigh Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design, New Zealand
  • Danielle Mitchell Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design, New Zealand
  • Eve Cunnane Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design, New Zealand
  • Istvan Csata Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design, New Zealand
  • Judy O’Byrne Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design, New Zealand
  • Julie Dobson Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design, New Zealand
  • Louise Morton Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design, New Zealand
  • Mary Weir Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design, New Zealand
  • Naomi Pears-Scown Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design, New Zealand
  • Renee Barker Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design, New Zealand
  • Rosa Heney Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design, New Zealand
  • Ruth Foulkes Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design, New Zealand
  • Sarah Moore Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design, New Zealand
  • Scarlett Jeong Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design, New Zealand
  • Serena Corless Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design, New Zealand
Keywords: quilt, weighted blanket, emerging arts therapists, Aotearoa, poetry

Article Information

Creative Arts Educ Ther (2018) 4(2):118–130 DOI: 10.15212/CAET/2018/4/19

A Living Quilt: The Journey of a Cohort of Emerging Arts Therapists in Aotearoa

Abstract

This article traces the collaborative creation of a final gift–a symbolic weighted quilt–recently given by a cohort of third year trainee arts therapists to their faculty and fellow students. The article uses poetry and narrative to present and explore the process of this group of emerging arts therapists being woven together via their experiences of creativity, uncertainty and trust during their time on the Master of Arts in Arts Therapy program. It notes the interconnectivity between the singular and shared identities found during this journey, and explores the precious, expansive, and universal nature of the arts therapy experience and profession. This creative collaboration is a representation of the experience of student arts therapists who, having been soaked in the heavy liquids of creative encounters and felted together as a community, are now on the cusp of taking this deep fluid identity and experience out into the wider community.

Published
2018-12-01
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Manners, A., Ruznic-Beyer, A., Shima, A., McGuinness, B., Harrington, B., Leigh, C., Mitchell, D., Cunnane, E., Csata, I., O’Byrne, J., Dobson, J., Morton, L., Weir, M., Pears-Scown, N., Barker, R., Heney, R., Foulkes, R., Moore, S., Jeong, S., & Corless, S. (2018). A Living Quilt: The Journey of a Cohort of Emerging Arts Therapists in Aotearoa. Creative Arts in Education and Therapy (CAET), Pages 118 - 130. Retrieved from http://caet.inspirees.com/caetojsjournals/index.php/caet/article/view/144
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