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and educated in England I'd been
running a successful business of my own
teaching service skills and consulting
to major organizations.
Over the years I'd become known as a
dynamic speaker and an effective motivational
trainer. I was invited to speak at conferences
all across North America.
Masks and stories were not in the mix!
Although fibre held a fascination -
fabric, wool, threads, colour manifesting in
quilts, felt-making and mixed media collage.
In the mid to late 90's, came a gentle stirring at first, that it was time to move on...
...to take the knowledge and hopefully, wisdom that I'd acquired
and apply them in a different way.
I began to look at what my true loves were -
fibre, stories, mask and performance.
And so this journey began and The Creative Cocoon emerged...
I studied Textiles at Sheridan College, Mask Making and Performance with Michael Chase,
a Master mask maker in England, and storytelling with Rita Grimaldi and Helen Porter.
In 2002 I graduated from the Expressive Arts Post-Graduate Program at Sir Sandford Fleming College, Haliburton, Ontario. It was an extraordinary experience. The insights I gained, the knowledge I acquired and the incredible sense of community that developed will be with me always. I also realized there were times when I was doing expressive arts in my earlier training and consulting work without knowing that was what it was called. I am now honoured to be an instructor and the coordinator of the program
I'm a member of...
'EVERYTHING THAT IS PROFOUND LOVES THE MASK
give me permission to safely transform and
experience what was, what is and what might be.
Masks allow me to share. Masks say it's OK to have fun!
Masks permit spontaneity. Masks mask our facades.
Masks have been at the centre of ceremonies
for thousands of years
'Masks are as old as mankind and until modern times
had the power to make things happen. Masks were
radical pivot points between man and nature. Masks
made it stop raining. Masks insured a bountiful harvest.
Masks cured the sick. Masks made the warrior
superhuman. Masks ran interference between
man and the gods.
When masks spoke, man listened'
I'm learning to listen when masks speak.
Every mask I create is a part of me, a visible
representation of one facet of who I am.
We've forgotten to listen. We've forgotten to trust
ourselves. We all carry wisdom deep within us.
Masks are a vehicle to reconnect with, and learn
from, parts of ourselves that have, until now been
silent or ignored, but have a great deal to tell us.
and stories are inclusive.
Everyone, of any age, background and skill level
can create and use a mask, and build and tell a
story using words and movement.
Read more about mask and storytelling in the
offerings -the workshops - and the
talks and performances sections of this site
Please do visit my 'virtual' Gallery
View more examples of my masks in the Mask Rooms
Many examples of my fibre work are in the Fibre Rooms
For more information, please email email@example.com
©2001- 2011. Fay Wilkinson - The Creative Cocoon