Stories

October 30, 2019 - Alone Together

 

 

It’s interesting that when people ask how we are going we usually always say things like – good, busy, great, flat out, not bad.  Found this bit of honesty on a wall in Fitzroy, Melbourne.  We’re never as alone as we think.

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October 24, 2019 - Fitzroy Book Library

 

 

Donated some copies of Clunk & Jam, Wisdoms of Rose, cards and paste-ups to Condell Growers and Sharers community library and vege garden in Condell Street, Fitzroy, Melbourne.

 

 

 

October 23, 2019 - Army of Ink Mind Your Language

 

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What’s with all the smiley faces – things are not really that great.

The one thing she disliked most was false optimism  🙂   And it was making its mark everywhere, particularly in emails and text messages  🙂  Sometimes people even shouted happiness :)!!! But was all this just a disguise?  Were people really that happy  :/  She sensed the world increasingly turning away from those who weren’t feeling all that happy right now 🙁   Opting for the pretense of living fairy tale lives:)  That made her feel sad.  🙁   As did the effect of so many colons and wrong way brackets consuming a perfectly good language.

Pass her on because….you never know who’s feeling sad out there but are struggling to find a ‘sadness friendly’ place.

See this Rose who is free from the labor of smiling.  This Rose about dealing with all matters of the emotional kind.  This Rose who is curious about the origin of sadness.

(Clunk & Jam book 2019)

 

October 10, 2019 - Love You Clunk & Jam

 

(Clunk & Jam second edition available now Browne Ink Studio for stockists and orders).

 

Love You Clunk & Jam

When you’ve come from a place of hurt and brokenness and you have lost much and you have these stories and a whole bunch of imaginary friends who continually show up for you no matter what and help you put things back together and you prefer keeping to yourself because when you’ve been hurt or broken you fear the world like nothing else and all the things that could possibly go wrong (again) and you’re fragile and exquisitely sensitive and you want to protect that very precious breakable thing and hiding away feels majorly comfortable and showing yourself feels like being dropped out of a multi-story building but you take fear’s hand and in the other the most strength giving thing you have and together you venture beyond the hurt and brokenness and you’re mildly terrified and slightly excited but you have everything you need to take that brand new step as the one you’ve put back together again and no one can take that from you and you’ve made it and you know from now on you’ll keep on making it and you’ll never be alone again I love you Clunk & Jam .

 

(Pictured:  Ash Browne.)

Clunk & Jam’s Story …

Clunk & Jam evolved from an idea (back in 2008) to create a street newspaper, a printed way to share the art and stories from The Black Dog Project website.  This was with the guys who kindly created the Black Dog website – Mike Cairns, Che Douglas and Kareen.  Stormie Mills and Miso were some of the artists who kindly agreed to contribute artwork.

 

(Wingnut Version, 2010).

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October 9, 2019 - Flipper Girl – To The Rescue No More

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As the catch of responsibility drifted out of the saving, there was little left for Flipper Girl to do except wonder beyond the fishbowl of seriously fogged goggles.

Some thoughts on this one ….

Flipper Girl arrived in 2015.   Taking responsibility for others, or when others don’t take responsibility for what they’ve done, can be like being weighed down with an anchor.  Until someone like Flipper Girl taps you on the shoulder and says;  “Hey, it’s not your fault.”  And takes you on a trip to a new place….

I think Flipper Girl’s clumsy flippers also suggest a slowing down.  A resistance to the exhausting practice of going to the rescue of others.  Pleasing others.   And in the process, not taking care of herself.  Not that she’s stopped being kind and caring about others.  She’s just giving some of that care and kindness to herself.

(Flipper Girl Series appears in Clunk & Jam book, 2019).

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October 8, 2019 - Black Dogs Break ups and Drawing

 

Rewind to a post from 2014.  The drawing is worth a watch.