Objects as Muse: Sequined Treasure Purses Provide True Serendipity
We can dialogue with objects and use them as our muses in learning more about place and ourselves in relationship to place. Several presenters at the Story Circles Network "Land Full of Stories" conference brought objects with them as prompts. In one workshop I attended the objects were displayed on top of a table.
I brought objects inside tiny sequined purses with little feather accents...intended as play purses for young girls. The advantages of this way of containing and choosing the objects is that, in addition to being fun and shifting us to a younger self, the choice of the object is truly random.
I find when I choose objects that are in full display that I will choose according to my predilections or according to what I think I can do with it. This biases my choices and doesn't allow me to work with my subconscious as deeply as true randomness does...where we can be surprised and grateful for serendipity instead of controlling.
The exercise was to ask the object a question and speak with the voice of the object. The techniques writers used were: 1) cluster; 2) freewrite; 3) nondominant hand writing (as in the CROOKED HOUSE poem).
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