Story CollageWhat is Story Collage?
One way to share our stories is to make art representing different "pages" or chapters of our stories on paper. Using the medium of collage, our stories can come out more quickly sometimes than writing words. Bright papers and specific shapes made out of paper or fabric and colors that represent joy, success, new life in one's culture and life are used for some "pages." Darker papers and fabrics and other shapes are used to create the darker parts of our stories.
The art often helps reach straight to one's soul, and things long hidden may surface and be brought to the light. This is the beginning of healing for many. We may weep with each other and rejoice with each other as we share our stories. As we share our stories, others can speak truth, life, love and compassion into parts of our stories we have difficulty in sharing.
The finished "pages" become works of art that may be helpful in sharing our stories with others. The process of making the art is restorative and often redemptive.