Elizabeth Jane Lovely
"A natural imaginarian, (she) opened (her) mouth and out poured forth the most bizarre and marvellous notions I had ever heard."
...a clarion cry stirs the air as her entrance is announced...who is this creature that lurks in the shadows; enticing with dreams of majick, of wishes granted and a helping hand given, she intrigues so with her lures to enter her realm...veils between lands are allowed to fall but only for a short time, blink and her circus has disappeared...she is an Imaginarian guiding you to turn dreams and fantasy into reality, sprinkling wonder and joy along the way...
Like an old skool Woolworth's (think the Pound Shop but pricier) Pick 'N' Mix, so far my wanderings have led me to explore and attain the following to throw in the Carpet Bag of Majicks and Mischief - Dreamwalking (Toko-Pa Turner : Pip Bondy); Art Therapy (City of Bath College); Dramatherapy (Scenario Arts); Storytelling (Sarah Mooney : Deborah-Antoinette : Jo Blake Cave); Ceremony and Ritual (Brooke Medicine Eagle); Ritual Art & Theatre (John Harrigan - Foolish People); BA (Hons) Fashion Design with Marketing (Saint Martins School of Art); MA Philosophy of Mind (University of Southampton); Reiki Master Practitioner (Create Harmony); Diplomas in Herbalism + Meditation (SNHS); Shamanic Healing & Arts (Shamanic Willow); Shamanic Counselling + Spirit Dance and Ceremony + Stories of Nature + Sacred Ceremony (Scandinavian Centre for Shamanic Studies); Core Shamanism + Seidr (Shenoah Taylor); Core Shamanism (Wild Bear Shamanism); Kulning (Akervinda); Shamanic Witchery + Seidr (Katie Gerard); Gateways to the Holy (Annie Spencer); Sacred Art (Imelda Almqvist); Way of Council (Pip Bondy); Lift your Spirit with Ceremonies (Angaangaq Angakkorsuaq). The continuing spirals into my own murky and not so depths include Feminine Awakening (Natalie Brooks); Seven Arrows (Tegwyn Hyndman); Writing from the Body ( Eva Weaver); Mysterium (Jules Heaven); Fierce Grace Collective + Living Room - ongoing (Carrie-Anne Moss).
My pilgrimage of The Camino Finisterre (or what became known as The Way of the Witch) following the stars to the end of the world continues to weave me into a new way of being as does a completed 33 hour Total Darkness Vigil alongside a Vision Quest in Dartmoor's Wild Woods, a move to Rutland - a county that doesn't always exist - and beginning a PhD in all things story.
Also I am responsible for the following- The Beardsy Project; An Elemental Cycle of Life and Death in Four Acts; The Treasure Chest of the Treasured and the Cherished; Bestival 2014 Opening Ceremony (Costume Designer for and Performer in); A Summer Faerytale (immersive woodland performance piece with midnight beach party); Faerytrales (urban versions); The Night of Myths (woodland birthday celebration); Evening of Joy (winter solstice celebration); A library filled with books exploding into life; St Boniface Well Parade; From The East (set dressing a weekend house party/market); Blue Moon Revue (working mens club into burlesque den); A Coach House into a Regency Ballroom; Isle of Wight Music Festival, The Healing Festival, Isle of Arts & Ventnor Fringe (bespoke decorations supplied for and set dressing of award winning festivals); Fire and Ice (Ryde Fire Station into upmarket pop-up restaurant); Enchanted Garden Myth Reimaginings; Mr Bob Mills & Mr Bob Boon; World Book Night; Salisbury Gardens Project (interior decor advisor for Ventnor Town Council); The Spiral Lair of the Alchemical King; Creepy House to hunt; Ninja Yarn Bombings of statues and lamposts; One-off creations for photoshoots; The Treasure Chest of the Treasured and the Cherished; Workshops in - wish wands, majick hats, creepy crawlies, cardboard dinosaurs, origami crafting, linked in with summer reading challenges, altered stories, labyrinth quests, dragon puppets, wing making, creature myth boxes, dream catchers, intention sticks, runes, myth stones, psyche masks... I also appear to be quite good at finding lost engagement rings and false teeth!
*Photograph by Paolo Sammut