from artists all over Australia and overseas will come together in a patchwork
liner within the walls of a Red Tepee to create intimate expressions of a
woman’s relationship to her womb
The majestic and earthly form of an 18 foot flame red tepee is an experiential art installation and retreat space celebrating menstruation. It will be lined with a patchwork of art work from 89 women to represent the
Universal womb. Lined with 91 depictions (painted and sewn on canvas pieces) it reflects the many faces of a woman’s relationship to her womb. The Inner linin will offer the viewer an authentic visual experiences of insightful understandings that ‘sisters’ share as ‘one’ creation - woman. The womb is a creative centre of which women can share a connection beyond the mind, so art offers a great medium to give it expression.
The Red tepee is a Community Arts Project that empowers women to express their relationship with Bleeding. The red tepee harnesses the sacred lore of the tribe through the use of art and storytelling. The red tepee will create the same simple power of personal understanding and in this simple form of exchange.
The Red tepee is reclaiming the tradition of the ‘Red Tent’ as a retreat space for women while bleeding. Celebrating women’s cycle, fertility, and feminine nature, empower women to be equal, as a woman, rather than by a masculine paradigm of ‘power’ thus humanity regains natural order and balance between the sexes. It also celebrates the innate relationship women have with the earth and moon in their physical relationship with creation. A woman bleeds with the 28.5 day cycle with the moon, and is able to create new life from within their body.
InformEmotion initiated the project Bleeding Art - Bleeding Heart, which utilises the modality of art therapy to explore the process of menstruation, from which the Red Tepee Project was born. The vision is to offer a safe and powerful forum for girls approaching menache, their first bleed, tobe initiated into experience the
intimate and venerable reflections of women in a deeply authentic way within a
Art work is a wonderful language to offer other women and girls an understanding of what it means to be woman. The red tepee will generate a network of support based on connectedness, promoting togetherness rather than mseparation and competitiveness. It symbolises ‘one-woman’, that is all women being one, as we are reflections and parts of a whole united ‘she’; the feminine energy manifest on earth.
The liner will consist of individually created ‘patches’ sewn together. It echoes the modern tradition of quilt making that has been used as a political, cultural and personal statement for other highly emotive topics. These include; The Safe Motherhood Quilt – co-ordinated by Inna May Gaskin - http://rememberthemothers.org/ and The Birth Rites Quilt – co-ordinated by Seneka Cohen- http://birthquilt.com/ as well as The
AIDS Quilt - http://www.aidsquilt.org/.
This art form it has brought media attention and sparked social debate which enables impactful personal
The first part of the project involved creating the funds through
the pozible.com crowd funding to, invite the artists and distribute
canvas pieces and to raise money to purchase a Red Tepee The artists
are currently creating their visions of their ‘womb story’ onto their
Sue and Don from ‘Gentle Earth Walking’ tipi’s in Daylesford, Victoria is helping make this
vision a living reality by supporting us to make the tepee that will
house the art work.
The second phase of the tepee will exhibit the art work so that it is acknowledged as an art piece in its own right. It will travel festivals and markets.
The third phase will use the Red Tepee as a Menstrual
Retreat women to support one another to take time to retreat from the world into the red tepee to honour their inner process and bleeding womb – letting go physically and emotionally while letting their blood spill naturally back to the earth to regenerate the ‘great mother.’ This will imbue the space with the ritual of honouring self and the earth.
The fourth phase of the project is to use the tepee for workshops. The tepee will create a space for girls and women to explore their emotional selves and receive tools to help them understand the connection between their emotions and physical bodies. At a time when girls are feeling self-conscious and often emotionally
timid whilst undergoing social and physical changes, art can offer a ‘wordless’ exchange and a process for empowerment and understanding. Images can offer powerful hooks in our memory when there is something we relate to within it. This creates a safe environment to take on information gently, build new identity and also tools that can equip intrapersonal growth and ongoing
and the Bleeding art Bleeding heart Project.
I am an Artist, Art
therapist, trained birth attendant and trainer.
But primarily I am a mother of five beautiful children and a wife of a gorgeous supportive man.
I created daily journal drawings during my five pregnancies to reflect and embody my experience to honour and integrate my internal and external experience.
I believe in the importance of Rites of Passage that enable an integration of meaning that can validate and inform the human experience of change. I have worked with women with art therapy as they journey their pregnancy and changing experience with motherhood.
I am passionate about joining women together to express the power of our creative bodies that will move women and girls to feel their connection to menstruation using art as a process.
Please contact me if you wish to support the project further or host it in your community.
Michelle Buggy - MA (Research) Experiential and Creative Arts Therapy,
Grad. Dip Experiential and Creative Arts Therapy,
BA (Fine Arts),
Cert IV TAA
I would love to invite you to visit; http://www.birthingartbirthingheart.com/bleeding-heart-bleeding-art.html
A Red Tepee website will be out before the end of November…