Just Trying to Understand by Christie Cassisa

Just Trying to Understand

Sometimes my heart feels like it is going to break and I don’t know why.  
I feel stuck, sometimes, like that.  At that point where my heart is going to break.  And I don’t know why.
Its not a nice feeling, like there is a tornado coming, and you need to close the door, but for some reason the door doesn’t quite close.  And you don’t know why.
But its not a bad feeling, like there is an excitement about seeing a tornado, you know that apart from the destruction, you’ve wanted that kind of excitement for some time.  But you don’t know why.
You can’t run into the storm, it could be dangerous, but you don’t know why, you can’t close the door, but you don’t know why.
My painting stands on my easel, still wet from yesterdays painting session.  A painting of storm clouds, and a dark turbulent sea, yesterday I was lost in it, completely connected in emotion and colour, pouring out how I feel into the wild smeared marks.  I felt as if I had opened the door and stood on the threshold of the storm. Today I know that I am excited to return to that painting, but I am afraid too, and I don’t know why.
Perhaps it is an unconscious understanding that I am the storm, and in my mind, I test that theory, I let myself be the storm, and I see a small and fragile person, standing in a doorway of a flimsy shack, looking at me, not understanding anything.  

I am the storm.  I love that person, in her ignorance, standing in her illusion of safety, with her aura of apathy, crusted around her child like heart.  I want to give her a gift. My gift is to attack everything she has built around her, she is trapped in her own poisons, everything she has built up is a prison, I will show her how to be free!  She is scared, and it will seem devastating, but she will understand one day she doesn’t need those things. I am her rescuer, I am her best friend who loves her, I will tear down that prison, I will take her hand and we will fly!
by Christie Cassisa

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Creative Writing by Jo Morris

So ....... we draw, we paint, we sculpt, we mosaic and now we Creative Write! Friday afternoons will never be the same again!

It's always great when we are approached by people offering to share their particular skills with Centrepiece artists.  This was the case with Jo Morris, an English teacher with a passion for creative writing who came to us at the right time.  As with all our new tutors we ran a trial session to the members and it was so well received that the follow up sessions started almost immediately ~ Karen Larkin, Assistant Coordinator.

Creative Writing by Jo Morris

The creative writing class was established on Friday 18th May after a request by members to re-introduce a workshop similar to one that had been up and running when Centrepieces had been at the Crayford Centre.  We are an inclusive and friendly group and everybody is welcome to come along and have a go!

The initial aim of the workshop was to learn about some basic poetic forms and was to run for 6 weeks.  However, after some lively and very creative sessions looking at Acrostic Poetry, Haiku, Shape Poems, Limericks and Odes we are still going strong and are now branching out into other forms of creative writing, from descriptive pieces to short stories.

The group is not only a fun way to flex your creative muscles but somewhere to meet like-minded people.  We have also struck up friendships and alongside having a laugh and a joke we have talked about many serious issues which affect peoples’ health and well being.

I myself don’t feel like the teacher, I feel we are all teaching and enabling each other in some positive way.  “The creative writing group has really inspired me.  It has opened up lots of new ideas and has led to a burst of creativity” (NB).  “Creative writing get the ‘old grey matter’ fired up!” (BA).  “The world is your oyster, when you write” (DT).

The writing speaks for itself with some amazing creative pieces being produced each week …….

"Artistic" an Acrostic Poem by The Centrepieces Creative Writing Group

Avant-garde, Amateur, Andy Warhol
Recreational, Rubens, Robust
Turner, Tempestuous, Timeless
Imaginative, Incandescent, Impressionist
Salvador Dali, Surrealist, Sorted!
Toulouse-Lautrec, Tortured, Temptation
Industrious, Insightful, Illusionism
Chaotic, Chagall, Creative.

"Mental Health" by The Centrepieces Creative Writing Group

Madness can come to anyone
Everyone can experience it one way or another
No apparent solution
Talking helps
Art helps
Literature helps

Hell on earth, sometimes
Easy it isn’t, living with it
Any time it can strike you down
Like minded people get on well together
They share experiences
Help is at hand




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Be Different - Art in Hall Place Gardens

Artist: Christie Cassisa  --

Using a tree that has shed its leaves during the winter, project artist, Christie Cassisa, covered the bark with coloured tissue paper using water as the adhesive.  The result was a tree which stands out from the others, promoting our uniqueness and embracing our colourful differences. 

The project was not without its difficulties: inclement weather, strong winds, and the glue-repelling property of the tree's moss made the task of adhering the coloured tissue paper particularly challenging.
Though the decorated tree is dazzingly bright, the vivid greens and yellows of the tree's ornamented branches beautifully complemented the colder, more muted greens, browns and greys of the winter landscape.
A great thank you is afforded to everyone who volunteered their time and efforts to help make this project such a success!

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