“Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life.”
“Art is a wound turned into light.”
These quotes got me thinking about the power that art and the creative process has had in my life.
I truly don’t know where I would be today if I’d never found a creative way to express my deepest wounds.
When I was so depressed that I could barely lift my head off of my pillow, I found it incredibly comforting to put my thoughts down on paper.
Sometimes my thoughts created poetry.
Sometimes my thoughts would kick off a melody in my head that created a song.
And sometimes, I’d unpack my set of oil pastels and let my thoughts and mood run wild on a blank canvas.
It’s not so much the finished product that mattered but more about the process of expressing something creatively that was too heavy for me to handle rationally.
Something that couldn’t be solved with a pill or some therapist’s advice.
Today, I want to introduce you to a handful of people – artists and creatives impacted by addiction – that are turning addiction and their deepest wounds into art.
Check out this inspiring group below.
CLICK HERE to meet Colleen Gardner of Dirty Laundry Designs. Frustrated by the lack of hip and artistic recovery greeting cards available to those celebrating sobriety, Colleen decided to use her love of design and photography to create her own line of cards. From that moment, Dirty Laundry Designs was born.
CLICK HERE to meet Jay Silverman, of the hit film, Girl On The Edge. After discovering that his daughter was struggling with addiction, Jay decided to tell his story through the art of film. His hope is that his experiences will help other families dealing with the pain of addiction.
CLICK HERE to meet singer/songwriter Rick Hale of Rick Hale And The Nationals. Rick channeled his love of music into a moving song and music video that depicts the struggles that his younger brother Ryan faces through his heroin addiction.
CLICK HERE to meet Angelica Hester, director, editor, producer and creator of Little Birdie Films. Angelica leaned on her experience of growing up with addiction to create the feature length documentary film call CUFFED?. A film that explores the most important questions about addiction, recovery and life.
CLICK HERE to meet Don Macnab-Stark, writer, producer and founding partner of Donroy Independent Films. Inspired by the experiences of singer/songwriter and recovering alcoholic Alexander McKay, Don decided to create the film Stones which is based on Alex’s journey from addiction to recovery.
CLICK HERE to meet singer/songwriter Henry Maybury. When Henry lost his brother Tom to addiction, he decided to take his heartbreaking experience and channel it into creating music that raises awareness about alcohol abuse. Henry’s smash hit Lost Days, is kicking up a buzz all over the UK.
As always, sharing is caring, so if you know of someone that’s in need of some inspiration – please share today’s post with them.
And if you’re up for it, after checking out today’s post, let me know in the comment section how art has impacted your recovery. What is your preferred form of artistic expression?
What you share could be exactly what someone out there, that you’ve never met before, needs to read.
Thanks for listening, reading and sharing!