you have to do
You do with play."
When Jung decided to try to discover
the myth by which he was living, he asked himself, "What was
the game I enjoyed when I was a child?" His answer was making
little towns and streets out of stones. So he bought some property
and, as a way of playing, began to build a house. It proved to be
an enjoyable way to create sacred space because it was sheer play.
Food Cafe was built as a playground, a way to create the palace
that is the inner life of its creator, Heather Blakey. Creating
it has been a passion. It has been sheer play.
To help you remember how you liked to
play, to promote play enter some truly exciting play houses. The
Soul Food Cafe has never been into reinventing the wheel or expending
energy presenting material which has been so effectively presented
by others.The Soul Food Cafe cannot speak highly enough of the following
play houses which foster creativity and promote outrageous, spontaneous
Make sure that head off, experiment
and have a good time rediscovering how you like to play. Do make
sure to keep some notes in your Chocolate Box journal and your findings
and do remember to come back to Soul
A companion site to the Creativity
Portal Creo City is a wonderland for anyone interested in experimenting
and enhancing their creativity. Its purpose is to engage visitors
in activities that spark the imagination and foster creativity.
It's a place for all "kids at heart" to experience fun projects;
view unusual artistic expression and creative exhibits; and challenge
the imagination within a fun, explorative setting. Creo City includes
some how-to sites and projects, but focuses on applied creativity
and inspirational visual ideas. Visit
Creo City today!
Through the Creativity
Portal I found the Art Room and sat, mouth open, drooling at
all the treasure, all the things I can do with my classes in 2004.
The artrageous thinking section is a
delight. I fell in love with it at first sight. Whenever you are
in the Art Room you can be fairly sure that I will have been there,
in one of the rooms, playing.
Soul Food Cafe was born after a Vice Principal, back in 1999,
commented that whenever he passed my classroom 'we were all writing.
He observed that even I was sitting writing, when teachers normally
move around the room or stand directing the class. "You do
too much writing" he told me. After shrieking around the place
in shock and disbelief that anyone could challenge me leading by
example, I borrowed a stack of videos and told my classes that,
since we did too much writing, we would have a week watching videos.
The Blues Brothers was one of the videos I showed the Year
10 English class that week. I glanced up from my writing to see
The Soul Food Cafe and the rest is history.
Food Cafe Tram was born after a conversation with my Year 12
class in 2003 when I sought to reassure them that although they
were not being taught in the same way as the other class, they would
be equally well prepared for the final exam. I told them we were
simply on different trams but were all headed in the same direction.
One of the members of that class clearly
took all of this to heart. He wrote this piece for the school magazine
to go with photographs of the Mystery Writing Tour and the
Mannequin Project. I take his words, especially the bit about
my tram travelling defiantly in a different direction, to
be an affirmation of my artrageousness.
This year, year twelve English was taught
by Mrs S and Mrs. Blakey. The course explored indifference, lessons
for living, injustice, power and Australian indigenous issues. Both
classes studied the same topics and participated in some wacky exercises.
There was the mystery writing adventures and then we packed suitcases
and did a self-portrait by using a mannequin. But perhaps the most
mysterious thing of all was that the two year twelve classes seemed
to travel on two very different trams.
The Ms S tram - if there were tracks,
would probably travel along Upper Heidelberg Road Ivanhoe. The tram
is sleek, new, tidy and orderly. The daily timetable is up on the
wall, planned down to the minute. The stop would be at a designer
boutique shop for a new pair of shoes. Breakfast would consist of
healthy food and be followed by a jog. 'Healthy body, healthy study'.
Breakfast over and off to buy a new designer outfit. And what would
a new outfit be without the latest hair cut. Then it would be off
to a gourmet café to study in.
The Mrs. Blakey tram would defiantly
travel through Fitzroy, most probably Brunswick Street. The tram
would be an old W-Class tram decorated like something out of Priscilla
Queen of the Desert and Mrs Blakey would be on the roof dressed
in a black swan suit dancing like a gypsy. The first stop would
be at a coffee shop for a fix of brewed coffee. Nothing better than
a good strong coffee to keep you going. Then it would be off to
an opportunity shop for some alternative styles. A stop off would
be made rinse through a new hair colour. Then it would be off to
a deserted building covered in crows to study in.
Our journeys would eventually meet up
again, most probably in Fairfield where the two trams would emerge
into one and, amazingly we would all have the expertise to pass
the first exam.