Stories

January 13, 2020 - Fire Relief

As bush fires rage throughout Australia and news feeds take us live into the tragedy unfolding, its heartbreak and suffering, be mindful of protecting children from the trauma of these scenes.  Protect yourself too.   Those affected will need very sensitive care for a very long time to come – and this is already happening through the heartening swell of human kindness that has emerged in response to this tragic time.   Keep safe.  See links page for personal support.

There is strength, comfort and hope in art and stories ….

 

These beautiful image are from a book called ‘The Mysteries of Harris Burdick’ by Chris Van Allsburg.  The artist has never been found, nor the stories he wrote about the 14 beautiful drawings (with titles only).  They were published as a collection of drawings in the hope that children will be inspired by them – and write their own stories.

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January 13, 2020 - The Crossing

 

 

The Crossing .

One day I will swim out to the seaweed.    And I swam for the longest time to know the place where I now rest.     But let me not forget to look far back into the distance.    Cast the mind before the deep unknown.    Feel the fear in every stroke as I made that crossing.     As I make it still each day.

(Clunk & Jam book, 2019.  Pictured, Hansel & Gretel).

 

December 24, 2019 - Hard To Be Jolly Season

bloom balloon

Amelia Blooms balloon

As the holidays and Christmas time arrive, Amelia Bloom understands we are all so terribly aware of the many things that are broken right now.  She wishes those struggling peace, hope and strength as the year turns and so many face the long, hard time of repair and rebuilding ahead …

 

Robin Small wishes comfort to those struck by uncertainty.

 

Rose recommends putting the breaks on.   Go slow.  Be gentle, thoughtful and kind to others – to yourself.

 

Flipper Girl wishes those experiencing rough and challenging times strength and stability.

 

Find Robin, Rose, Amelia and Flipper Girl (Clunk & Jam Book, 2019)

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.

See Links page for support and RUOK.

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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September 21, 2019 - Today Over Tomorrow

Stormie Mills Clown

 

(Art & words, Stormie Mills.  Instagram @stormiemills.  Original in colour).

‘A tra poco’ lets take a short break, from destroying our planet, listen to those that will inherit it, learn from the indigenous cultures of the past and see the future in a better way, let’s do more, let’s act, let’s ask those that are in ‘power’ to act on our behalf, repeatedly, or let’s change them out for those that will, let’s stop this circus of stupidity that values today over tomorrow.

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