Monday, June 02, 2008

The Magical SoulCollage Slipper

Do you have a Magical SoulCollage Slipper? No? Maybe you do, and you don't even realise it! Here's mine:

Do you see the central image? The slipper? That's been part of my stash of images practically since I first started making SoulCollage cards in December 2003. That's 4 years and more, this little piece of paper has been in one or other of the folders in which I'd pile up images I'd clipped but not yet used. At each card-making session, I'd pull out these bundles of images, and one or other of them would frequently become the beginning-point of my next card.

That pink oriental slipper has been in my hand many times as I sought out the complementary images which would make up my next card, but until this weekend, each time it went back into the folder unused.
This weekend, as I sat with a group of 7 women in my sister's house, once more that image emerged, but this time, I put it with a bundle of other images out there for anyone to use. I'd decided that at this stage, most of those images weren't going to be of any particular meaning for me, so I let them go. My sister-in-law handled it. "Are you going to use that?" I asked. "No... it's pretty... but no... Maybe Zoe would like it?" It got passed to Zoe. "Mmm. It is pretty..." She put it aside. I told them how it had been a long time hanging around. How it had been in my hand at the start of gathering images for many of my cards, but had never found its way into a card.

We went on with the day. Around me, women gathered pages from magazines, moved scraps of colour about on cards, trimmed and pasted, mused about whether this or that image "fit" there. I was working on three cards, but my mind kept wandering back to that pink slipper. And suddenly, the meaning of that image for me became clear.
It was the catalyst for so many cards. It was the magic slipper that allowed me to find the images for my cards. Once I put it on, I moved into the SoulCollage space. Having found the images, I could put it aside until the next time... and the next time.
This slipper wasn't an image that didn't belong on one of my cards. It is behind many of them. This slipper is the way into my SoulCollage cards. It says:

I am one who leads you to magic
I am one who helps you find your way in to your cards
I am one who leads you to the next neter
I am one who skips away lightly when you have reached your goal
I am one whose meaning stays hidden until the time is right
I remind you to trust the process
I remind you that there is magic in the work
I remind you to tread lightly
What image in your stash keeps reappearing and acting as the catalyst for a card without ending up in the actual card? Is it an animal? A person? A tree?
What is your Magical SoulCollage Slipper?



  • Oh, this is a wonderful post! So inciteful! I will be sharing it with all my collaging friends!!!
    [At the moment, I can't remember what my "magic slipper" is...I'll have to go to my art table and see my image collection!

    By Blogger lila, at 8:54 AM  

  • Lila sent me a link to this post.
    It is wonderful. So meaningful! Amazingly I have a clipping of ballerina slippers that I have been saving forever.

    By Blogger Gemma, at 9:27 AM  

  • Adorable post!
    how many times i have been in your position...all of us!
    Thank you!
    p.s. I came via Lila, too ;-)

    By Blogger mermaid musings, at 9:46 AM  

  • Hi, Lila sent this to me TOO! She, Gemmma, Carmen (mermaid) and I are in a round robin altered book project, along with two other women who are friends of Lila's. (It is my first time for such a project.)

    I love your slipper. It seems to float above the other images. I must go and look to see what my inspiration piece is.

    Hugs, Julie

    Wish I could collage with you.

    By Blogger Julie, at 1:03 PM  

  • I love its meaning and it's beauty!


    By Blogger Tammy, at 8:31 PM  

  • WOW!

    By Blogger Diane, at 8:45 AM  

  • I love this post. It inspires me. It's been too long since I've collaged and the SoulCollage process sounds so inviting. How to make time for it is my dilemma. I'll let you know how I resolve it.

    By Blogger Wenda, at 8:52 AM  

  • Hi Greenish Lady
    I'm so happy to see your images again. I can relate quite well to the experience of an image that keeps popping up until it is perfectly ready to be placed. I have a whole box of clipped images, some of them going back to 1990, when I lived in France!

    Thank you for such warm greetings on my blog.

    By Blogger Crayons, at 12:57 PM  

  • Love it ! Inspiring

    By Blogger Patty, at 7:28 PM  

  • What a beautiful entry! Will it still work its magic, even after finally being used?

    By Blogger Karen, at 7:01 AM  

  • hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii

    you are fantastic!!!

    god bless u dear

    can we exchange our link

    r u ready to do?

    By Blogger rohit, at 6:54 AM  

  • I love this one!! I saw it awhile ago, & just stopped by again, adding some Soul Collage blogs to my own artsy pages!

    By Blogger Dia, at 12:16 AM  

  • Hi Imelda,
    The Magical SoulCollage® Slipper is a reminder for me to trust in the magic of SoulCollage®. I have an image of a pair of magical slippers that I haven't yet created a collage for. I think I'll take a look at them, now.
    I've enjoyed looking at your site and I have put it as a link on my blog
    Your comment is most appreciated. Brenda

    By Blogger Brenda Fernandez, at 4:40 PM  

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