Recently I shot the lovely Julie Hayes for a conceptual portrait where I used clay to paint her body. We started the day in ritual with a chant and sharing of our intentions, later I began to apply the clay to Julie's bare body... a process that took patience and required vulnerability. We both shed tears during the day & both Julie and I felt the clay held some magic.
I had some left over clay after the shoot, and I felt inspired to share the experience with other women. So I created an event on social media and soon there was a small group ready to commit to the process. The event date was changed several times due to weather and illness, but finally the day came that we were able to join in circle.
After introductions we joined in a chant together and paired up to apply the clay. It was amazing seeing the women start so gently and with reservation to later dipping their hands in the clay and applying it freely and with so much child-like joy. After the painting we washed off with a swim at the beautiful Fingal Heads before parting ways. It was a beautiful morning.
“Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy, and creativity. It is the source of hope, empathy, accountability, and authenticity. If we want greater clarity in our purpose or deeper and more meaningful spiritual lives, vulnerability is the path.” - Brene Brown.
The original image below that inspired the Clay Transformation Day: