suitcase
       
     
Loved the afternoon
       
     
opening circle
       
     
What's inside the suitcase?
       
     
eye-opening
       
     
considering
       
     
getting into things
       
     
what she said
       
     
considering
       
     
everything
       
     
inspiring
       
     
derailed
       
     
shared pain
       
     
thought-provoking
       
     
worthwhile
       
     
struggles
       
     
handcuffs on the dress
       
     
handcuffs
       
     
life stories
       
     
story
       
     
friend
       
     
organized
       
     
self expression
       
     
new perspectives
       
     
possibilities
       
     
items on the table
       
     
different perspectives
       
     
my way
       
     
heal
       
     
varying viewpoints
       
     
interesting
       
     
fun
       
     
life's path
       
     
expressing art through emotions
       
     
teddy bear in fox fur
       
     
secrets
       
     
displayed
       
     
boozy jumble
       
     
philosopher
       
     
old suitcase
       
     
closed suitcase
       
     
Suitcase with Keys
       
     
suitcase
       
     
suitcase
Loved the afternoon
       
     
Loved the afternoon

“Really loved the afternoon!!

The suitcase at the beginning was very inspiring.

Will start a suitcase of my own. LOL!!

Thank you for everything!”

workshop participant — Beaverhouse First Nation

opening circle
       
     
opening circle

Amanta Scott’s Parallel Lines workshop for students at Kirkland Lake District Composite School

What's inside the suitcase?
       
     
What's inside the suitcase?

Students engaging with objects from a suitcase in Amanta Scott’s workshop for Parallel Lines at Kirkland Lake District Composite School

eye-opening
       
     
eye-opening

“You have a very special gift of touching others even without knowing the back story.” . . . “you have changed my perception of what I am feeling and how I am dealing with it.”

considering
       
     
considering

Students consider ‘what’s in the suitcase?’ — at Amanta Scott’s Parallel Lines workshop at Kirkland Lake District Composite School

getting into things
       
     
getting into things

Interest and enthusiasm grew as we got into things.

There was a whole range of objects in the suitcase for Amanta Scott’s workshop with Parallel Lines at Kirkland Lake District Composite School

what she said
       
     
what she said

Hey, I just wanted to say thank you for making me do this workshop.

I know I seemed like a crank ass but it really did help.

I learned so much and it really made me feel less alone.

I feel like, just for a minute, I forgot life sucked.

So thank you.

considering
       
     
considering

Students consider objects from the suitcase in Amanta Scott’s workshop for Parallel Lines at Kirkland Lake District Composite School

everything
       
     
everything

everything came out of the suitcase in Amanta Scott’s workshop with Parallel Lines at Kirkland Lake District Composite School

inspiring
       
     
inspiring

“The activity presented was very interesting, inspiring.

The game with the suitcase was inspiring.

You are a good motivator.

Thank you very much”

(workshop participant, Beaverhouse First Nation)

derailed
       
     
derailed

Juxtaposing objects: a derailed train, an empty plate, a tangle of keys, a feather and some driftwood

Amanta Scott’s workshop for Parallel Lines at Beaverhouse First Nation

shared pain
       
     
shared pain

I feel as though we all shared our pain, whether it be in that moment or in the past. We all connected/bonded.

Whether we shared our story or not we all took something from it that we needed.

Walking into this I was very closed off and sad/angry for how my life was going in the past week; but walking out of this I feel like I’m going to go home and do something productive rather than laying in bed.”

Thank you for helping me see something in myself that I didn’t see before.”

Workshop participant - Kirkland Lake District Composite School

thought-provoking
       
     
thought-provoking

listening to another’s stories provokes thought, sparks memories during the workshop

worthwhile
       
     
worthwhile

“This experience opened my eyes to other people’s stories.

Even though I’m not interested in art, I thought this workshop was worthwhile.”

(workshop participant, Kirkland Lake District Composite School)

struggles
       
     
struggles
handcuffs on the dress
       
     
handcuffs on the dress

“The handcuffs on top of the child’s dress made me think of an old friend I know who did time for touching a child, but now, having officially paid his debt to society, he cannot forgive himself for what he did.”

workshop participant — Kirkland Lake

handcuffs
       
     
handcuffs

some disturbing juxtapositions triggered mixed emotions

life stories
       
     
life stories

poignant juxtapositions generated a lot of discussion

story
       
     
story
friend
       
     
friend

“After hearing her story . . . I felt I could be her friend.”

organized
       
     
organized

We all have a different way of seeing, categorizing and organizing things.

self expression
       
     
self expression

“Like blossoms opening, listening in on the conversations gave opportunity to explore the possibilities to a variety of ideas of self-expression.

I was this self-expression that I found enjoyable.

Working in a different medium than I am familiar with pushed me to new ground.”

Chief Marcia Brown Martel (Beaverhouse First Nation)

new perspectives
       
     
new perspectives
possibilities
       
     
possibilities

“I saw so many possibilities within the suitcase.

When items were placed on the table, it was like they came to life.

The removal of the items can either enrich or deplete the suitcase, depending on your perception.

Interesting exercise.”

(workshop participant, Canadian Mental Health Association Cochrane Temiskaming)

items on the table
       
     
items on the table

workshop at Canadian Mental Health Association Cochrane Temiskaming

different perspectives
       
     
different perspectives

I feel like it was nice to see all these random objects in a series of different ways.

A different perspective seen from every angle.

I liked seeing how other people think/feel about them.

(workshop participant — Kirkland Lake District Composite School)

my way
       
     
my way

onlookers watch in amusement as this participant organizes the objects according to her individual criteria

heal
       
     
heal

As I heard the stories of others, I was then able to see my story.

I had to get through my past childhood to heal.

workshop participant — Canadian Mental Health Association, Cochrane Temiskaming Branch

varying viewpoints
       
     
varying viewpoints

Each of us sees something different

interesting
       
     
interesting

participants consider the many possibilities open to them

fun
       
     
fun

“I found the suitcase to be ‘weird’ at first, but once we got going with different meanings and different views, I felt more open-minded and got chills from people’s descriptions and views of the items.

I found the experience quite healing and fun!!”

(workshop participant — Canadian Mental Health Association, Cochrane Temiskaming Branch)

life's path
       
     
life's path

sometimes people want to describe their entire life path

expressing art through emotions
       
     
expressing art through emotions

Thru my own experience in Art, I heard the same teachings. I’ve always felt that expressing art thru emotion is the most effective way to learn art. I enjoyed what knowledge I did learn from this teaching. I wouldn’t change a thing.

Many thanx, Meegwetch!

workshop participant Beaverhouse First Nation

teddy bear in fox fur
       
     
teddy bear in fox fur

What is the significance of a teddy bear wrapped in fox fur?

Participants had fascinating interpretations.

secrets
       
     
secrets

It made me see that different things can mean lots of things.

One object can mean one hundred things and make you see it in new ways.

I’ve learned that a teddy bear can mean a happy or a dark secret from someone’s life.

(workshop participant — Kirkland Lake District Composite School

displayed
       
     
displayed

Items from the suitcase displayed across a table convey a range of stories.

Every object represents something unique in the eyes of the viewer.

There is no one way to view anything.

boozy jumble
       
     
boozy jumble
philosopher
       
     
philosopher

“The wear and tear of the suitcase represents the fact that you’ll get tossed and dirty but you will survive and those bumps just add more value to who you are in the end.”

(workshop participant — Canadian Mental Health Association, Cochrane Temiskaming Branch)

old suitcase
       
     
old suitcase

The old suitcase reminded me of antiques. Someone who has lived a great life and nothing has stopped them.”

(workshop participant — Canadian Mental Health Association, Cochrane Temiskaming Branch)

closed suitcase
       
     
closed suitcase

The closed suitcase with one clasp closed and the other open….

A bunch of keys on a keychain on top of the suitcase.

I got an idea of someone that has closed themselves off for whatever reason. Yet one of the clasps is open, allowing for someone what can help unlock it for the help they need.

The bunch of keys makes it complicated for them to get the help they need to open up.

(workshop participant — Canadian Mental Health Association, Cochrane Temiskaming Branch

Suitcase with Keys
       
     
Suitcase with Keys

A suitcase. A jumble of keys.

Locked? Unlocked?

What does the suitcase signify?

What do you see?