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Harnessing the Power of Creativity to Get Things Done
16 June, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
“Harnessing the Power of Creativity to Get Things Done”
Workshop with MJ Jacob of Mad Jessie.
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Creativity, and drawing in particular, has a power that lists and excel sheets just cannot match. Before we learned how to read or write, we already knew how to express ourselves through drawing. Over the years, many of us leave drawing aside, and we focus on other skills, such as reading and writing with more proficiency.
But drawing has a power that words alone do not. Drawing an image stirs our imagination, and conjures up visualisations that stick in our minds more easily than lists of words do.
We, however, are more than often stuck with a preconception that we cannot draw. “We are not artists!” we tell ourselves. “Art is an innate talent. Words are for everyone.”
But the truth is we can draw. All of us can draw an image representative of what we mean, we use emojis every day, as they convey more than a solitary word. And with simple drawings we can reorganise our brains, our goals, our businesses, to drive us towards our dreams.
This presentation will focus on two drawing exercises.
• The first is designed to clear the mind and help dissipate anxious thoughts.
• The second focuses on the visualisation of ideal dream situations, and explores how through questioning why we want certain things, we can build goals and strategies to directly bring us closer to our dream.
Studied art in Ireland, New Zealand, Australia and Mexico, completed a research masters in Art and Education at Concordia University, Montreal, which culminated in an illustrated thesis focused particularly on comic books as an educative medium, and mental health.
MJ has presented her work with comics and mental health at the Graphic Medicine Conference at Brighton and Sussex medical school, and at the John Hopkins medical campus. She went on to work as the Waterford Healing Arts Trust Artist in Residence at University Hospital Waterford, served on Waterford Healing Arts Trust’s Participatory Arts and Mental Health Panel (working in the Activation Therapy Unit in UHW, in St Otteran’s Hospital Waterford, the Department of Psychiatry, UHW and Newport Daycare Centre Dungarvan), and facilitated workshops with Headway Cork focused on comics creation under the theme Living with Brain Injury.
She now owns her own business, Mad Jessie, where she designs fun outdoor clothing and accessories made to make people feel great about themselves, and runs the Volunteer Programme in the Waterford Walls International Street Art Festival.