This month I am hosting the Collage Club. If you are new to our club it was a concept thought up by Shani from Rare Pear Studio. Head on over to her blog and have a look at her work. Shani is one of the most talented people I’ve had the pleasure of knowing. She instigated this little online challenge and each month some from the group hosts the theme for the month. The August theme is “Home”.
I’ve been thinking a lot about what home means to me. For the last 10 years we have lived in our rural retreat in the Noosa hinterland and this has been the longest I’ve ever lived anywhere. This rambling old beauty set on a few acres is our family home and it truly feels just like that – a home. It is lived in, there is so much room for the kids to roam, it is not too precious, it needs a lot of work, it has bucket loads of character and there is plenty of space for all of us. Yes we are truly blessed.
A few years ago our family did a European holiday and for that three months we lived out of a suitcase and the back of a car. Our home was basically us. On returning ‘home’ I realised we just didn’t need so much stuff and so I undertook a major declutter. And that old (but true) cliche – home is where the heart is – really rang true to me for the first time. It really didn’t matter where we were in the world, as long as we were all together, we were home. I know, I know that sounds so corny. So that is what my collage is based on.
What does home mean to you? As a child it hopefully meant a place of safety and comfort. A place where you could be yourself and felt protected. A place where your parents and siblings loved you and were there for you.”Home is Where the Heart is” – 30 x 30cm board using felt, fabric and paper scraps, twine, ribbon, buttons, lettering tiles and brass charms. I’ve incorporated a heart at the centre (obviously) and pages from an old atlas to indicate travel.
As we grow home changes. We often move about from place to place .. shared flats, houses, living alone. If you were like me, I moved around a lot, but always felt like my home was where my parents were. I still had a lot of my stuff there, my memories, even my bedroom. So I always had a place (my home) to go back to.
I guess as you get older again and perhaps your parents downsize the family home, home becomes a state of being. It’s being comfortable in your skin and therefore comfortable wherever you are. It’s about independence and growing up.
Once I had my own family I soon realised in fact, home is wherever I’m around the people closest to me. My family, my tribe. We’ve done a bit of travel as a family and while it’s always nice to come home to our house and familiar surroundings, I also realise it doesn’t matter where in the world I am, as long as I’m with the people I love, I’m home. Home can be many places but what really defines it for me, is the comfort of being with those you love. It isn’t a place, it’s a feeling.
I’ve had so much fun joining in with these monthly challenges. I have set myself a task to explore my creativity recently and this has been a wonderful way to challenge myself each month. You can see my other posts on exploring creativity here and my last collage challenge here. To see what we did last month have a look at the fabulously, talented Leaf and Petal blog. Karen is a master of beautiful vintage, retro-inspired collages and you can see more of her work at her blog.
To follow the collage group, join us on our Facebook page here. To see the work of some of the talented creatives in our group, visit the linky below. And please join in and add your blog to the linky and showcase your talent.