Renee’s Art Partners Adventure

Renee Kaczmarcka is a creative writer who’s been an integral part of the Art Partners team for the past few months.  We invited her to be this month’s guest blogger and to tell the world about one of our latest initiatives.  Carensa Werder is a photographer we’ve recently teamed up with.  She’s taken a few – albeit the most beautiful – photographs for this post as per the image captions.

This month, we’re offering a fabulous give-away for the most creative comment.  So, let your imagination take flight as you enjoy the story – a step-by-step guide of sorts – and accompanying images.

Creating the One World Globe…with a twist by Renee Kaczmarcka

As a student of Edith Cowan University, Bunbury Campus, my Community Writing unit provided me with the great fortune of working alongside Art Partners.  One particular stroke of luck saw me on campus for the Social Work and Community Services Expo, in October, where Art Partners hosted their own stall.  Not only was information about their fantastic programme on offer, so too was much encouragement, a gentle persuasion to participate in the creation of a beautiful piece of collaborative artwork.  And thus, the One World Globe was born.

Sneak peek at the weave of the One World Globe

Sneak peek at the weave of the One World Globe

What’s the One World Globe?

Upon completion, the Art Partners One World Globe will be adorned with an array of multi-coloured fabric, all hand-twisted by a merry band of generous contributors.  Each person is invited to write words on their fabric strips, a little something to signify their ‘one world’ aspirations.

The beginning of the One World Globe as photographed on a Bunbury Beach.  Photo: Carensa Werder

The beginning of the One World Globe as photographed on a Bunbury Beach. Photo: Carensa Werder

The creation of the One World Globe reminds us that we are all part of the same universe.  We are each represented by our different colour and fabric choices, by variations in the twist, and by the method of weave around the globe.

So, where do we begin?

Step 1

If you’re fortunate enough, you may find an amazing Ann who will cut up some colourful strips of fabric for you.

Fabric strips by Ann.  Photo: Carensa Werder

Fabric strips by Ann. Photo: Carensa Werder

Step 2

Select your 2 pieces of fabulous fabric and align the ends together.  If you are using patterned fabric, it’s the side facing down that will show up in the twist.

Align the fabric strips before beginning to twist

Align the fabric strips before beginning to twist

Step 3

Give one piece of fabric a little twist.  Then give the other piece of fabric a little twist also, overlapping and twisting each alternately, in a spiral-like formation.  Some happy twisters have found it helpful to dampen the fabric with water before beginning.

Step 4

Rope in a kindly Keon Hall for company.  Let the gentle art of rope-making stimulate conversation and sow the seeds of friendship.  Before you know it you’re twisting virtually blind-folded!

Keon Hall and author Renee Kaczmarcka enjoy a chat and a twist

Keon Hall and author Renee Kaczmarcka enjoy a chat and a twist

Step 5

Enlist a man of steel to test the strength of your creation.

Keon tests the strength of the twist

Keon tests the strength of the twist

Keon shows great faith!

Keon shows great faith in the twist

Keon shows great faith in the twist

Step 6

Harness a talented Helen Seiver to entwine the lengths of twist into a unified ‘One World Globe.’

Helen Seiver weaving the twist around the globe

Helen Seiver weaving the twist around the globe

Step 7

And most importantly—though they are rare and unique—seek out an inclusive organisation like Art Partners to bring the entire story together. They shall endeavour to share it with the world, thereby reminding us that we are all part of the same universe.

Celebrating the One World Globe on a Bunbury Beach.  Photo: Carensa Werder

Celebrating the One World Globe on a Bunbury Beach. Photo: Carensa Werder

A Give-away!

If you’ve no time to twist, perhaps you could spare a few words for our blog post instead.  Art Partners is offering a copy of Jamie’s 15-Minute Meals for the most original comment.  Unfortunately, given the cost of international postage, we will only be able to offer this to Australian-based participants.  The closing date for inventive comments is December 12.

Jamie's 15-Minute Meals is this month's give-away.  Photo: Carensa Werder

Jamie’s 15-Minute Meals is this month’s give-away. Photo: Carensa Werder

Please send us an original thought or two in the comments section.  Who knows, a 15-minute meal might free up some time for you to get twisting…

A little free time can yield some beautiful twist.  Photo: Carensa Werder

A little free time can yield some beautiful twist. Photo: Carensa Werder

65 thoughts on “Renee’s Art Partners Adventure

  1. Irene from Canada

    Renée has woven together an extremely well-crafted story. Kudos to the author! Carensa Werder’s photography is no less inspired – I just so love the multi-colored globe on the beach – a visual treat! And the “twist” project as a whole is a fabulous concept in action: perfectly illustrating how even the most twisted of notions have strength and a place to call home in a gifted, open and creative society like the one nurtured by ArtPartners and Program Officer/Publicist Extraordinaire WANDA Ariano. Thanks so much for this Wandafull journey into wonder! – yet again!!! Always a pleasure to read, view and travel with you…

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    1. Renee

      Thanks Irene-from-Canada, yes she does a fantastic job bringing this kind of thing together, our dear Wanda. Thanks for your generous words; happy twisting!

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    2. Art Partners Post author

      Thank you for your kind words Irene! It’s great that you are able to follow our developments via the monthly posts. Yes, it’s a fabulously crafted story by Renee accompanied by some photos by Carensa that really shine. Thanks for all support, and for staying in touch.

      Reply
  2. Jen Bennett

    “Twist a tongue, and tongue a twist how many twists can a tongue twister twist around their twisting tongue.

    If a tongue twister’s tongue could twist, how many twists would the tongue twister’s tongue twist while their tongue was a twisting.”

    ― g.k. griswold

    I know I would much prefer to twist the one world ball than try and say that. Captivating story and pictures I could get lost in all day. Thanks for a fabulous start to my Friday Wanda!

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    1. Renee

      Haha, great work Jen! I’m somewhat dizzy after reading that… I agree, give me a One World Globe twist any day, another beautiful concept conceived by the Art Partners team 🙂

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    2. Art Partners Post author

      Hello Jen! It’s just lovely to hear from you. Thanks for taking the time to comment. Your tongue twister by G.K. Griswold has really got us thinking about other bits of twisting prose. A little bit of a search led us to this short poem by Gregory Golden entitled ‘A Blanket.’ It’s not a real twister ― with only one use of the word ‘twist’ ― but it does conjure up a beautiful image:

      The poem
      That lands
      On this earth
      Shall twist around
      Itself, then pause and
      Morph into a blanket of butterflies

      ― Gregory Golden

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Thanks so much Donna for stopping by the post. Yes, it’s just a super story by Renee, and a treat for us to have a guest blogger. And, someone from ECU no less! Lucky us!

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  3. Ros Gardiner

    Wow!! I’m thinking how our Centre (Collie Adult Day Centre) can put this fantastic and clever activity into our program. So delighted to see Keon involved in your program. It seems like he has found a calling in the arts arena. Well done Keon and everyone involved in the art partners program. What an invaluable resource you all are. Love seeing and hearing lovely stories like Keon’s journey.

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    1. Renee

      Hi Ros, yes it is a fantastic activity, I’d certainly recommend it. And it was a pleasure being in Keon’s company, he’s a very talented young man; he and Art Partners continue to do great things!

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    2. Art Partners Post author

      Greetings Ros from Collie Adult Day Centre. It’s grand that you’re interested in the twisting! Maybe the Art Partners team could visit the Centre in Collie and get you and your crew off to a start with a similarly inspired story. Let’s stay in touch and perhaps in 2015 we could get something going.

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Well hello there from the peaceful surrounds of the Lyndendale Gallery in the Ferguson Valley! Yes, in this time of global chaos, perhaps our One World Globe will inspire a little tranquillity. Thanks for staying in touch.

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  4. Renee

    Hear, hear LG, they’re an inspiration! And in the words of a couple of wise fellas, “from little things big things grow”.

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  5. Maryanne

    A wonderful concept Renee and so rewarding in many ways. The story is wonderful and photos too. Well done Renee and Art Partners.

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Thank you Maryanne for taking the time to appreciate this beautiful post by Renee. It’s truly imaginative, and the photos by Carensa illustrate it perfectly. Kudos all around!

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    2. Renee

      Thanks so much Maryanne. I can’t take credit for this beautiful concept (though I’d be proud to); I’m merely the messenger, and more than happy to spread the word 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

      Reply
  6. Lindy Loo

    It looks like everyone is having a ball
    creating the ball,
    the beautiful colours had me in awe.

    The ball on the beach and the globe within reach.
    Unknown footsteps in the sand.
    You just never know the globe will touch
    another hand of friendship
    and it will mean so much.
    As it did to those making the ball on the beach
    and the globe still with in reach……

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    1. Renee

      Thanks for the poetry Lindy Loo,
      I do hope the globe’s within reach of you!
      Sweet words on a thread could not be averse
      To twisting around our dear uni.. verse.

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    1. Renee

      Thanks so much Amanda, the amazing pictures carry the story really (as assuredly as that branch is carrying Keon by the strength of his thread)! A Wandaful team at Art Partners, yes indeed 🙂

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  7. Kandy

    Truly creative and inspirational – a kaleidoscopic way of capturing the oneness of the world and the uniqueness of the individual!
    Another awesome project by Arts Partners and its team – congratulations to All.

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    1. Renee

      Thanks for the encouraging feedback Kandy; the Art Partners team do such great work, I’m sure they’ll appreciate your kind words!

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  8. Carensa Werder

    Such a good idea using a task that people of all levels can participate in to create a beautiful piece that signifies unity! Thank you Wanda for letting me get involved with such a positive project.

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    1. Renee

      I agree Carensa, it is a great idea, and so are your lovely photos. Wanda knows how to bring people together in such a wonderful way!

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    1. Leighton

      Keon, you are an inspiration. Fabulous to hear directly from you how much fun it was. Thanks Renee for your beautiful words and Carensa for your photos. You’ve gotten this day off to a beautiful start.

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      1. Renee

        Hi there Leighton, thanks for your lovely words. I’m definitely inspired by Keon’s creativity and Art Partners’ amazing way of uniting people in such beautiful endeavours.

    2. Art Partners Post author

      Thanks Keon for participating in this wonderful project. We have loads of fabric strips courtesy of Ann. So, we can load you up the next time you’re in town and you can get twisting!

      Reply
  9. J. Louis Ariano

    Thank you for sharing such a warm and moving story. I will give you my reason. When there is, unfortunately, a certain amount of animosity, greed and bitterness between color, race and creed in the world, this story by Renee about the “One World Globe” indicates that everyone can be accepted equally and be valued in a world that is getting smaller due to our rapid and vast network of communications. The project is a wonderful way of getting people involved, and the instructions are within reach of everyone as specialized skills are not necessary. It does not call for a great deal of expense to accomplish this worthy and genuinely original project. Once again Renee, well done and good for all the folks who contributed. I can’t help but feel that you were all inspired and felt a sense of accomplishment from participating.

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    1. Renee Kaczmarcka

      Thank you so much J.Louis, that’s such a generous, warm-hearted response (I’m not surprised you’re an Ariano)! Team AP have come up with a beautiful concept that is, indeed, inspirational. I can personally vouch for feeling rewarded by the sense of participation and fun; I suspect all involved might feel much the same. Thanks for your kind (and wise) words.

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    1. Renee

      It was great fun Barb, you’re welcome to try twisting any day. I’m taking to sheets and shirts with scissors, saves on the laundry (much more fun!) 😉

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  10. Judi McGuigan

    A new twist to twisting,,,,,,Brilliant ! , I love the pictures and the story…..and the new catch word …’Wandaful ‘ everyone …..

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  11. Robyn

    Write yours words then twist away,
    Then perhaps one day your words unite
    The world as one, all together
    Creating Peace and happiness

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    1. Renee

      Thanks for your sweet poem Robyn. It’s lovely to see this beautifully creative endeavour by Art Partners has inpired the poetic in people. Peace and happiness indeed, well said Robyn!

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  12. Johanna

    What an ingenious way to highlight the need for peace and happiness, in a one world globe. I think this quote should serve to remind us how miniscule we are in the scheme of things, and how very silly of us all on planet earth not to be able to get along. Here’s to your initiative and may it change the world one ribbon at a time 🙂

    “It suddenly struck me that that tiny pea, pretty and blue, was the Earth. I put up my thumb and shut one eye, and my thumb blotted out the planet Earth. I didn’t feel like a giant. I felt very, very small.”

    — Neil Armstrong.

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  13. Renee

    Thank you for your kind words Johanna, and that quote, puts us in perspective doesn’t it. This globe is a fantastic idea, the more ribbons and twists (and good intentions), the merrier!

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    1. Renee

      Thanks Simon, we’ve not yet met but I gather we’re mutual admirers of Keon. He’s produced some great work under your mentorship (one piece insisted on following me home from an exhibition in Perth recently; what could I say… it’s now found a home in Busselton). Look forward to seeing the fruits of your future collaborations!

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    1. Renee

      Great to hear from you Vahri-never-too-lately, thanks for the positive feedback. And thanks for the link, (though I fear therein lies the evidence that I am one Not to watch :/ ); nice piece and a great practice!

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    1. Renee

      Hi Helen, it was a great day indeed! My first introduction to the beautiful concept of the One World Globe (of which you’ve so marvellously brought into our lives), and my first go at a little twist; thank you so much for inspiring us all! Play?… I’m always ready to play 🙂

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  14. Isabell Evans

    What beautiful sentiments Renee – I had the pleasure of contributing to the globe at the ECU expo and the project definitely reminded me that we are all the same at the end of the day; we may be a different colour, size and shape but at the end of the day we are from the same world. I hope you enjoyed your AP experience!

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  15. Renee

    Thanks Isabell, it was certainly a special event to be part of, thank you for participating and commenting. My experience with Art Partners has been so rewarding; Wanda does amazing things for so many, it’s been (‘ow you say) Wandaful to see what can be achieved when one’s heart is in the right place! Great work, team AP!

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  16. Brendan Kelly

    ‘ART PARTNERS’ – a great contributor towards making Bunbury the most accessible Regional City in Australia by 2020 (‘MARCIA’). Thank you everyone…
    Brendan Kelly, Deputy Mayor, City of Bunbury

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    1. Renee

      Thanks so much for commenting Brendan, I’m sure Art Partners are doing marvellous things to pave the way for a MARCIA. They’re a fine example of inspiring collaborations, and the important role art plays in fostering a sense of community in Bunbury.
      Good luck in the MARCIA’s! (“I’d like to thank Art Partners…”) 😉

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  17. Renee

    So, I’ve sweated away and finally come up with a winning comment!
    I’d first like to make special mention of Irene’s coining of the term Wandaful, I’m sure she won’t be escaping that one now, which is.. well, Wandaful!
    It was great to see some creative verse amongst the commentary – always a plus in my book. I got a great laugh out of Jen’s tongue-twister and a lot of warmth out of all of your comments, but the one that stood out for me was Johanna’s comment. Thank you for your lovely words, and for sharing that quote with us.
    So congratulations JOHANNA!! I hope you enjoy your prize, and that it changes your culinary world, one 15-minute meal at a time 🙂
    Happy twisting good people!

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    1. Johanna

      Thank you so much! I’m so delighted and I’ve honestly, truly hankered after this book for a long time but never bought it for myself! How exciting! Will share a recipe or two with you all on Lifestyle Fifty.

      Reply

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