Stories

March 18, 2010 - Army of Ink Brave Tears

 

army of ink the new brave

Brave Goodbye Tears .

 

February 13, 2010 - Army of ink Skip To Me

DIARIES pram girl

Skip To Me .

 When I was a little girl I wore black pantyhose on my head.   Flicked back ponytail legs.  Wobbled on stiletto sticks.  Tripped and  tumbled.  And all fell down.  Plaits now fall on shoulders of mine.  Following and pretending packed away.   I skip along paths dodging footprint holes and dress up boxes.   Never again to cover my tracks.   I skip like a stone  forever  on a path of my own.

Footnote:  This ink came to me about from feeling a sense of being grown up.  Not in the conventional sense.  Just feeling ‘integrated’ with the little girl.   Found this quote, “Happy ever afters are stories not finished yet” .  A line Angelique Jollie dishes up to Brad in the movie Mr and Mrs Smith.  And yes, I did wear pantyhose on my head as a kid – and painted false finger nails made out of sticky tape.   

Find her in Rock The Boat book.

January 27, 2010 - Army of Ink Bottoming Out

 

DIARIES skip

All that she could see, see, see – was the bottom of the deep blue sea, sea, sea.

 

January 22, 2010 - Army of ink Secrets Out

 

DIARIES caged

Do you tell ? 

It’s big.  And if it lands on you, you’ll be crushed.  We’ll be crushed.  They I say it.  There.  It’s out.  And it doesn’t fall.  It flies.  And we watch it.  And it’s beautiful – because it’s free.

 Footnote:  Be very careful who you tell.  Tell only when you’re ready to tell.  When it’s safe to tell.  Question the intention of the telling.   The possible fall out from the telling.   Choose a medium or process that holds you (and your story) as you tell – words, song, poem, image.  Consider who might be able to help you catch it if ends up being bigger than you thought? Or maybe the secret is better kept than free?

The Black Dog Project came to life in 2006 with a theme ‘What’s your secret…’.  The Project featured stories from people who wanted to share their experience with others.   Black Dog has since ceased this theme and role due to the complicated nature (and painful experience) of telling our truth – particularly so publicly through an on-line medium.  It also lead to the withdrawal of the book, ‘In My Room’, a book within I told my truth, and in telling it so publicly – rocked the boat.

 

January 20, 2010 - Army of Ink Revolution of Self

 

DIARIES book page

Black Peacemakers .

Black peacemakers of inner conflict emerge from the depths of innocent souls.  Standing firmly in experience.  Boots too big tripping up lies so old.  Delivering poignant punches of universal truth that swell much bigger than the silence.   Inky stamps of self  approval, together we rise, a revolution of self  .

( Art and book design by Harley Manifold.  Page from book, In My Room, 2007).

January 17, 2010 - Little book in the wings

 

DIARIES booktwo

Rock The Boat .

In the darkness little helpers gathered  .  spilling rich black ink into soft white sheets  .  tailoring picture books to fill empty spaces … a few lines from a poem.  The poem comes to life through a very special little bookSpecial, because it’s been handwritten by a young soul and for the message the handwriting carries.

Many young people I meet don’t write because they believe or have been told their handwriting is too messy, spelling all wrong,  stories too bad to tell; and no-one would want to hear them anyway.   So I asked one of these young people if they’d like to hand write ‘Rock The Boat’ book.  We’ve been meeting regularly for well over a year now.  Papers shuffling back and forth across tables in parks, libraries, cafes and quiet nooks.  I bring a supply of inky brush pens; paper soft and white;  the Army of Ink drawings and stories.   Each piece is published in its raw and authentic form, complete with scribbling out and spelling mistakes. We hope it will encourage others to put pen to paper too.