The final week she taught women how to make collaged accordion books, similar to the one she made in my studio. As Marcia did with her own book, she invited the women to tell 'their stories' on the pages of their books.
Marcia is back from Nicaragua & shares these reflections.
"What I want to remember is how powerful the making of the art was in sharing our stories & faith. As my translator said, 'I did not know art could be so powerful in helping someone share their life story & in healing hearts.'
Women shared stories of sexual abuse, rape, loss of loved ones early in life, infidelity, shunning & shaming. The art helped with getting the stories out & relief for the hearts of the women.
There were many moments of prayer & then more sharing. Time was sacred with these special women. I was undone in my heart several times & wept like Jesus wept over Lazurus's death."
Marcia continues to be a great artist to mentor. She's combining her own story with what she learned in my studio & is now multiplying the possiblities! Her next stops are Italy & Hungary!
For more of Marcia's Nic. experiences-read her blog, Creative Call Nicaragua.
Lower photo: Marcia in pink shirt in Nic. w/the women & their books.