- Our original journal was pulled apart to offer to the community.
My father pointing at a favorite journal page.
- I am so excited to be witnessing my Father’s dream project of community journals unfolding. Take a look at what my dear friend Jennifer did!!!
- Jennifer Lyons pulling apart the journal and choosing her pages!
Take note of the spiral binding from the journal.
She transformed the spiral binding into a magical caterpillar filled using recycled materials. It’s GENIUS. Filled with empowering sayings, endless visual candy.
He even has a pair of glasses and his own little copy of Drawn Together!
She created beautiful cards out of the pages.
Kat Thorsen always brings tears to my eyes and a smile to my heart. I love her raw enthusiasm and character. I jumped with excitement when I found out that the journal pages that inspired drawn together were being shared to re-make. As an avid recycler and re-purposer I thought it was brilliant and courageous to let the pages that held her and her father go to be re-born through others creativity. Thank you for sharing Kat and ecstatic to keep re-making with the pages! For me the process of creating art from recycled materials is like a metaphor for my life. what was once old can now be new through the process of transformation, much like the caterpillar. – Jennifer
THANK YOU JENNIFER! Check her out:
JENNIFER ON TWITTER: @sketchchange
The Sketchpad that Changed the World
Making world peace your personal mission through the use of imagination in the change process.
If you have ever wanted to change the world be inspired to make your own difference. This story presents how a sketchpad changed the life of a people pleaser trapped in a box. It is an inspirational message that shares the tools Jennifer used to release her past and embrace her gifts while following the joy of her hearts desires.
Author Photo: Bopomo Pictures
ADD TO THE JOURNAL PAGES AND BE PART OF OUR COMMUNITY JOURNAL PROJECT!
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YOUR PURCHASE INCLUDES TWO ORIGINAL HAND-MADE DOUBLE-SIDED THERAPEUTIC JOURNAL PAGES CREATED BY MY FATHER AND I FOR YOU TO ALTER AND ADD TO.
YOU ALSO RECEIVE OUR BOOK, “DRAWN TOGETHER: MAINTAINING CONNECTIONS AND NAVIGATING LIFE’S CHALLENGES WITH ART.”
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My father suffered a massive stroke in 2005 that left him paralyzed on one side at the age of 75. Then on November 8, 2008, Roar’s beloved wife (my mother Karin) lost her battle to pancreatic cancer. Despite all these major life changes, my father’s tenacity, stubbornness, strength, creativity and most importantly his humor- allowed him to forge a life that was both fulfilling and rewarding.
Though he resided in a long term care facility and required assistance in the most basic life necessities like toiletry and dressing, Dad always said, “I love my life.” He would wake each day excited about his next drawing. Creativity has truly saved his mental health and gave him sense of purpose and empowerment.
My father passed away October 25, 2012. I am blessed because he died knowing we realized our dream of creating a book about his post-stroke art; we pressed send to the publisher on October 15, 2012.
The book, DRAWN TOGETHER: MAINTAINING CONNECTIONS AND NAVIGATING LIFE’S CHALLENGES WITH ART, is now in my hands and ready to be shared with the world!
READ MORE AT: DRAWN TOGETHER
But I want to share it with you in a unique way by adding YOU to the journey.
Dad’s art provided him with a much needed connection to the world. We made journals together for many years as we processed life’s challenges.
Dad’s dream was to include the community in these journals. So I am making available pages from our special journals we created around 2002-2005. They are your journal pages to keep, but my hope is that you add to these pages- IN ANY WAY YOU LIKE- and send them back to me to create a COMMUNITY JOURNAL PROJECT that will be exhibited at a DRAWN TOGETHER art event.
BE PART OF OUR COMMUNITY JOURNAL PROJECT!
AND CHECK OUT GRETCHEN MILLER‘s GLORIOUS PAGES:
“[Added to] December 2002 Page from Kat & Roar’s Journal”
“[Added to detail] Another December 2002 Journal Page”