How the Flower-Hatted Otters Collage Came to Be

IMG_8185In March 2011, my friend Ellen Jaffe and I facilitated an art workshop called “Collage Your Animal Spirit Guide” at Fermata‘s Music Therapy Centre in Hamilton. Using the animal oracle deck pictured above, each of the participants selected a card without looking at the illustrated side. Then we took turns reading the teachings of the animals whose cards we’d chosen.

Illustration by Bill Worthington
Illustration by Bill Worthington

My animal guide for the day was the otter. According to Carr-Gomm’s explanatory booklet, otter “invites us to play, to ‘go with the flow’ of life and experience — to become a child again” (32).

Flower-Hatted Otters, Catherine Raine 2011
Flower-Hatted Otters, Catherine Raine 2011

Trying to capture the idea of flow and movement, I found some swirling fish and active grasses. For playfulness, I gave the otters and their fish friend some red flower hats.

Flower Hatted Otters, Catherine Raine 2011
Flower Hatted Otters, Catherine Raine 2011

And that’s the story of how the Flower-Hatted Otters came to be!

 

2 thoughts on “How the Flower-Hatted Otters Collage Came to Be”

  1. Thank you, Jody! I really appreciate it!

    Love the pink, yellow, and green icon!

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