Self-expression at the heart of unique artistic creation
By Fred Sherwin
of Roxanne Brousseau-Felios hand-crafted journals entitled Beauty
and Harmony is currently being featured among 50 works of art from
around the world on CNN.coms State of the Art web page. File photo
As the director
of Youth Knowledge Management Inc. Roxanne Brousseau-Felio has been mentoring
young people for the past eight years. As part of the process she gives
each student a hand made journal to encourage them to keep exploring the
craft of self-expression.
The cover of
each journal is handcrafted using clay, inlaid small gem stones, feathers
and other materials to resemble a mythical face.
a creative tool for brainstorming and both an intellectual and emotional
outlet. It can be inner or outer focused, either way its an opportunity
to create your own living history, says Brousseau-Felio who has kept
a series of journals since she was just six years old. Its
very moving when students want to show you their journal and how much they
Not long ago
the Rockland resident was browsing the CNN website when she say an article
entitled The Globalization of Art Through Technology and learned
that CNN was inviting people to send in their art work, so she sent them
one of her journals. A
few days later she was watching CNN Headline News when the phone rang.
a womans voice and she said, This is CNN... At first I
didnt believe her and then she said out of the hundreds of submissions
they received from around the world mine journal was one of 50 that was
going to be featured on their website, says Brousseau Felio. I
told her that once I hung up the phone I would scream and then I would cry
and that her call was tremendously inspiring to me.
up the phone she did exactly what she thought she would do and then she
went to the CNN website to see it for herself.
her journal posted on the websites State of the Art page, Brousseau-Felio
has received several e-mails from people all over the world commending her
number of hits on her own website have also gone up.
Since the good
news she donated one of her journals to the Women Moving Foward organization
which used it as door prize during its Pay it Forward
In the last week
shes been inspired to create two more journals which can be seen on
People can order
their own custom made journal by contacting Brousseau-Felio at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The cost of each journal is dependent on the size, design, materials and
was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local
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