How We Can Be Strong: Get Your Brave On

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How We Can Be Strong: Get Your Brave On

600.00

Courage takes many forms. We tend to think of strength and bravery as qualities of masculine heroes and warriors, but this piece explores a more feminine face of courage - the courage to claim creative freedom and a voice of your own.

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About this Piece: I was at a point in my life when I needed a huge shot of courage to go forward with a large-scale creative project, and decided to make a shrine of all the brave energy I was seeking. The bird head at the top speaks to a higher perspective and the longer view. The goddess figure on the front of the inner box is chock full of presence and imminent power. The flowers and garden imagery speaks of growth and beauty as forms of strength we too often take for granted. There is a tiger in the collage at the lower left, a cougar in the inner box, and orange tiger strips around the outside of the box - all references to cats that move with focused grace and power through the world. And then of course there’s the tiny lion on the red chair. He speaks to me of baby courage - not quite big enough to roar, but getting there.

Each of the bottlecaps surrounding the inner box holds a different coaching message for the person seeking strength: “know what you know;” “love what you love;” “ACT; “Use your voice;” “listen well;” “keep going;” “inquire within;” “relax.” Diver images scattered throughout the piece suggest the joy and surrender of risk and flight - the pleasure of letting go of ground and taking those leaps of faith that creative growth requires of us. And in the inner box, you find a mirror which shows you just how amazing and brave you are, surrounded by symbols of power - the thistle image traditionally connotes bravery, the small bowl holds many small offerings, and the cougar image on the innner lid sits strong and alert in the grass with a compass at the ready.

Materials: kitchen drawer; sushi grass; rubber lion; miniature red chair; wooden napkin rings; bottle caps; assorted papers; “How We Can Be Strong” text from vintage Sunday School primer; cigar box; miniature croquet wicket (handle); paper mache oval box; wooden bead with goddess figure; round mirror; lightening charm; pearls and assorted charms; rectangular mirror; dried starfish; small ceramic doll arm; wooden beads

Please note: Shipping costs are not included in the purchase price listed. Shipping costs will be invoiced separately. If you have a serious interest in buying this piece and would like to find out shipping costs in advance, contact Sara at salteecreative@gmail.com.