Happy Biome Studio
Sat 21 Oct, 2017
2 – 4:30 pm
Cost per person: $45.00
Research shows that embracing the colour green – and in particular, in the form of plant life – has positive impacts on stress levels and heart health by lowering cortisol levels, blood pressure and sympathetic nerve activity. Similarly, research also shows that finding your creative flow is a healing force, helping us resolve both biological issues, as well as emotional ones, and in particular, stress-related conditions.
Artist and gardening-lover, Sarah, from Sarah Mae Designs, has joined forces with Filipa from Happy Biome to present a creative earth therapies workshop to help you deal with stress. Both Sarah and Filipa have worked through health issues by reconnecting with the earth and embracing their creative flow.
This workshop is for anyone who loves succulents (or plant life in general), exploring their creative side or for anyone wanting a new way to cope with stress.
During the workshop you will make 3 different succulent planters;
- A ceramic planter
- A cork magnet planter
- A vintage book planter
The ceramic planters will give you a chance to let your creative side flow as you draw onto the ceramics with specialised markers, which once set in the oven are super durable! Sarah will guide you through the process of designing your ceramic planter, with lots of resource books available if you aren’t sure what to draw.
The cork fridge magnet planter is the cutest thing since peacock jumping spiders! (do look these guys up if you haven’t before, even if you hate spiders). This part of the workshop will give you a chance to learn more about succulents and their awesome properties, as well as plant a super tiny succulent in a super tiny planter!
Finally, the vintage book planter will allow you to revamp an old book into an awesome planter, which if you choose to will make an interesting garden installation that degrades over time to feed your garden’s biome. If you want to keep your book intact however, it will look fantastic as a book end or a table centrepiece!
No supplies or previous experience is required, just register and show up! The workshop runs for 2.5 hours and is $45, which covers all supplies, plants, planters, soil, information booklet, paleo treats and herbal tea. There will be an option to purchase more succulents or materials to make more planters at home, as well as art prints by Sarah Mae Designs. Where else can you draw, relax and plant?!
More about your tutor, Sarah Mae, and how she has dealt with anorexia nervosa through art and gardening:
“I finished year twelve in 2013; high achiever; I was going to go places, do good things. I moved out of home in January of 2014 and lived by myself in Hobart. I had been lucky enough to secure a job down at Bunnings before I moved. I was studying a Bachelor of Marine and Antarctic Science at UTAS, which had been my heartfelt dream since year seven when I started doing science. At first everything was awesome; I had freedom, I was furthering myself in my chosen career path, I wasn’t struggling for money like most uni students tend to go through. At the time though I did not realise that a little voice had been following me around for the better part of four years and that she was about to take over my life.
By February I was a figment of my former self; I was doing a 7km run at least twice a week around Hobart and hardly eating anything. I couldn’t concentrate or socialise at uni and had to hide away to eat my carrot sticks and can of tuna at lunch for fear that someone would judge me and think me fat for eating food. If and when I went to uni I would come home and force myself to go for a run or a large bike ride and then get home and sleep to avoid eating food. I remember calling my Mum one night to tell her that I was really hungry, yet I couldn’t eat anything for fear of putting on weight.
At the start of March Mum, Dad and my little sister Charlotte came to stay for the weekend. Mum didn’t go back with them, saying she was taking a holiday to spend time with me. At this point I didn’t realise there was anything wrong, I was just ‘really good’ at exercising and I was ‘super fit’. That week she took me to the doctors and I was diagnosed with Anorexia Nervosa. I was in denial. There was nothing wrong. I could be skinnier; I could be fitter; I wasn’t ‘good enough’ yet. My wakeup call came when at that first appointment with Mum the doctor said that if I continued in this way I would not see the middle of the year.
I started going to the doctors and my psychologist weekly until I made the decision to quit uni and come home. Mum and I made trips down to Hobart once a fortnight for about six months before I could start to get my life back together.
When I first came home I couldn’t do anything. I couldn’t even concentrate enough to read; and sometimes still can’t. I could concentrate enough to draw and garden however. Isn’t it the most beautiful thing to grow a plant from a seed and nurture it and know that when it flowers it is because you cared for it? Gardening helped me learn to nurture myself; my plant needed food and water just like me, and just like me, its cells knew what to do. Have you ever seen a ‘fat’ plant? I had to learn to trust and care for my body again and seeing nature in action on a smaller scale helped me achieve this. I also got my science ‘fix’ from gardening; tweaking water, fertiliser, sunlight, soil allowed me to grow the best plant I could.
Drawing also helped me in anxious times. I developed a very detailed style that embraced mistakes and was very relaxing to draw. I did (and do) use fine-liners to create finely patterned works that aren’t erasable; if I made a mistake I had to roll with it and work it into the piece.
Today I am a working artist, with prospects of going back to the Bachelor or Marine and Antarctic Science in Launceston when I am fully recovered.” – Sarah