Beverly Gordon

Facilitator since November 19, 2011

Beverly Gordon
private home/studio
Englewood, FL, Florida 34223 (United States)
P 608 658-7144

Biography

Born and bred in NYC, then years in the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts and the midwest.  I retired in 2012 from the Design Studies Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where for 30 years I taught courses in textile and fashion history and appreciation; material culture; world dress; global perspectives on design and culture; and design thinking and problem-solving. I have a Ph.D. in design history, and my scholarly research focused on textiles and related aspects of the material world and the designed environment—I was always looking at the meanings of objects in people’s lives, particularly in relation to women and the domestic realms. I am a prolific writer. My most recent work, Textiles: The Whole Story: Uses, Meanings, Significance (Thames & Hudson 2011; AKA The Fiber of Our Lives: Why Textiles Matter) is a beautifully illustrated art book that approaches the subject comprehensively, across the world and across time.  Previous books include The Saturated World: Aesthetic Meaning, Intimate Objects, Women’s Lives; Bazaars and Fair Ladies: The History of the American Fundraising Fair; Shaker Textile Arts; and Feltmaking: Traditions, Techniques and Contemporary Explorations. I've also written dozens of articles ranging from studies of individual artists to the history and meanings of quilts, fashion (including blue jeans), dress-up, beadwork, crepe paper, souvenirs, and even a “backstage women’s space” --a community bathroom in the building where I worked.

In addition to the university, I have worked in museums as an exhibit curator and textile interpreter. My years at Hancock Shaker Village (Pittsfield, Mass.) had much to do with leading me to my passion for investigating meanings of the designed environment.

Meditation and working with spiritual unfolding has always been important to me. I graduated from the Inner Focus school of Advanced Energy Healing in the 1990s.

A passion I can pursue now now that I am retired from the university is my work as a practicing artist. I started in the late 1960s as a weaver and fiber artist, but my current work involves reconfiguration and recontextualization—repositioning and reusing images in SoulCollage®, and reimaginging natural materials such as bone, shell, kelp, and pods as I work them into sculptural figures and assemblages which are often figural and totemic. I have been applying the SoulCollage® dialogue (I am one who) process to my own artwork and am amazed at the further depth and revelations it brings. Visit my website, www.beverlygordon.info to see some of my pieces (and my poetry too).

Description of SoulCollage® work

Because I am interested in helping everyone access and follow their own inner guidance or intuitive voice, I sometimes name my workshops "Intuition Through Imagery" or "Accessing Our Inner Guidance," since the inner journey is what I most emphasize with this process. I bring to it my experience with imaginal writing, totemic art, shamanism, dreamwork and energy healing (I graduated from the Inner Focus school of Advanced Energy Healing in the 1990s, and have done dreamwork and shamanic training with Myron Eshowsky and Robert Moss, and am a hospice volunteer). I see my SoulCollage® facilitation as part of my larger spiritual path and my work of service, and try to infuse all of it with an awareness of the magic in everyday life.

I am constantly delighted by the way SoulCollage® helps us with our inner guidance in such a direct, powerful and easy way. I always come back to the magic: the way that certain images call to us (often despite our resistance) and show us what they want us to know; the way the card readings can keep taking us deeper and deeper. This delight, this magic, and the real understanding that we can trust the process, is what I share and find coming back a hundred-fold.

Many of my workshops appeal  to those who are already exploring the inner world-- those committed to active dreaming, for example, to art as personal exploration, or to a particular spiritual approach--but the process is also a wonderful way for individuals who have no experience in that realm to find their way into the inner world. I invite everyone to participate, and am repeatedly told I have a gentle, helpful facilitation style.

SoulCollage® can be combined with writing, movement and other kinds of exploratory processes that can help us navigate. I would be happy to create special workshops or work with individuals upon request. I am also excited about using SoulCollage® with existing groups--e.g., facilitating workships with staff members in a particular organization or women in an ongoing support group. I offer my services for groups that want to find guidance about/insights into their work together.
 

Personal work with own SoulCollage® cards

I have a large and ever-growing SoulCollage® deck of often mystical/mythic images that help me actually give form to the inner world. I am, unabashedly, a mystic, and I seem to start from the perspective of the One, giving substance and particularity to the Many. Like many of the people I work with, I "fall in love" with my cards and the energies they bring forth. I delight in seeing how my cards mirror themes and images in my other artwork, and show me the wisdom I already have.

I am finding more and more ways to work with my cards and embody them in my own life. The images often come into my consciousness unbidden when their energy is called for. Other times I ask which cards are available to help me visualize and deal with particular emotional states, to give me comfort, and so forth. My husband and I have used our respective cards to "talk" to each other when we are at an impasse, and I have been playing with the "conversations" of my cards with one another. I am always gratified by the synchronicities and the continually deepening meanings embodied by individual cards.There seems to be infinite room to explore and use these embodied images to make our lives richer.

Other Notes

To learn more about my artwork and way of seeing the world and working with nature), watch my video on YouTube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=f2R4aw5Y4AI

To see more of my artwork and read some of my poetry, visit my website, http//www.beverlygordon.info

  • This SoulCollage workshop is built around the theme of gifts and gifting. We will start by setting our group container and exploring gifts in their many guise —what we mean by gifts, what gifts we have, what gifts we get, what gifts we give. We will then move on to cardmaking and interpretation. The cards that come to us that afternoon will certainly be part of the gifting experience. The point is always to get deeper into a sense of gratitude, abundance, and blessing.

    The workshop is suitable both for "newbies" to SoulCollage and those who have already experienced its magic. (I spend 20-30 minutes in advance of the workshop with newbies, introducing the practice and what to expect.) I create a safe and loving container for the magic of the process to unfold. I also provide all materials, a mid-afternoon snack, and guidance in card interpretation.

    Cost $35 prepaid/$40 day of workshop. Space is limited and pre-registration is required.


    private home/studio Madison, Wisconsin
    United States

    Facilitator Info
    When:
    June 22, 2019 - 1:00pm - 5:00pm
  • In this workshop you will have a chance to “play with pictures” – select and cut out a wide range of printed, e.g., magazine, images and arrange them as your intuition guides you. This is an easy, satisfying, and fun cut-and-paste process that you can’t do wrong – no particular skill or experience is required. Once the collage is complete, you will discover what your intuitive process actually was “saying” to you. Be willing to explore a new modality and be surprised by the playful and profound inner voice that may start speaking! This is essentially a SoulCollage(R) workshop, taught by an experienced facilitator, and each student will have a chance to go very deep into their inner guidance.

    This workshop is offered as part of the "Art Adventure" event at Shake Rag Alley School of the Arts--four days of  workshops in collage, assemblage, fiber arts, mixed media jewelery, and more, which draws enthusiastic students to the historic and thriving arts town of Mineral Point. The creative energy is palpable and catching!  rorkshop fee (including materials) is $118 and registration is handled through Shake Rag Alley (http://www.shakeragalley.com/Home.htm; (608) 987-3292). The registration deadline is August 12, 2019.


    Shake Rag Alley School of the Arts
    18 Shake Rag Street
    Mineral Point, Wisconsin
    United States

    Facilitator Info
    When:
    August 23, 2019 - 9:00am - 4:00pm