Perfect description about the screening FACES of CLAY held on March 14th, 2019 – written by CHERIE ROWETT of Heart Choice Enterprises who was our brilliant and charming MC for the night.
“This week I had the absolute pleasure of MCing the inaugural screening of a short film titled Faces of Clay by Elizabeth Ellames and Harvey Newland-Harman. The film captures the creative and transformative process involved in making some of the art pieces for The Art of Being Human exhibition in the 2019 Adelaide Fringe Festival. The art exhibition was a project developed by Serafina Tané to strengthen community and collaboration in Adelaide CBD.
The remarkable sculptures produced by Scott Eames for the exhibition were the focus of the film “Faces of Clay”, and were on display in the foyer of The Mercury cinema on the night. To hear in the film the life stories of Angela, Wolf, Bushy, and Jill, who were the subjects of the sculptures, was to be granted powerful insights into human vulnerability and human resilience alike.
Each of the sculptures will now reside in agencies that assist people through the most fragile times – Hutt St Centre, MOSH, Catherine House and Baptistcare. My sincere congratulations to the artists and everyone involved in the art exhibition for your talent and commitment to strengthening community, to Scott Eames for your amazing sculpting talents, and to Elizabeth and Harvey – the “Faces of Clay” filming and production team – for your commitment to telling stories that matter with such beautiful technique and tenderness.
The night was complete with original live music from Souzi and the Cool Mints in the foyer before the screening, a tastefully run auction by Dale Gray, and the great audience. It was indeed a memorable evening of connection and celebration, and I have much gratitude for being invited to MC the event.”
Storytelling is the way we build our identity as human beings. And the weavers of those stories come in the form of traditional archetypes.
Ultimately the memories we choose to tell form carefully placed scene of our story; which then inform our life purpose.
We are what we share and we only share if we care –
So, it’s simply inappropriate to brush off our experiences as dull or insignificant. How we choose to connect to our stories is what makes an interesting meaningful story arc.
What we choose to say and share is extremely important, whether its last weeks school graduation as a meaningful event, the birth of a child or the death of a loved one as a turning point, it doesn’t matter what the event, but rather it’s the essence, the emotion, the spirit that’s expressed about the moment that really matters.
Finding a genuine, formative moment in your story is always going to be a powerful and valuable contribution to your reader or audience. Our stories are what teach us and guide us toward our humanity.
We long for connection with all that is curious and creative.
We are creatures who belong to each other for reasons beyond analysis, for it is our heart’s desire and our life’s dream to fulfill a worthy story.
We ache with a need to connect and create or sadly the other is we become numb and silently indifferent.
Yet it is the never-ending and renewed STORY that is forever wanting to grow through us… I urge you, dear storytellers of our time, to be at one with its magical forces. For in truth there is nothing but Story, it is what teaches us and what sustains us as human beings. STORY informs our purpose, but more importantly, it gives humanity its Soul.
As a Business Culture and Story-Based Branding Consultant, my role is to help people or businesses gain clarity about the ‘real deal’ value and message of their brand; the STORY and the PURPOSE.
These are the four topics I cover in my signature branding process –
The CULTURE of your brand invites your audience to engage and quickly becomes a place or experience that makes them feel like they belong.
The ESSENCE of your brand is a perfected backstory; an experience that people relate to and want to share with others.
The SPIRIT of your brand is the genuine ‘life force’ that you bring to it; the ‘magic elixir’ that people connect to that makes them feel alive.
The VALUE of your brand is your ability to be of service, and how that adds value to the lives of others.
But today I want to share this interesting documentary about one of my hero’s; Walt Disney. Walt was indeed a genius when it came to branding and that was because he was super clear around his values and vision. Enjoy and learn from a master of his craft … and a real innovation “tech wiz” as well.
Featuring interviews with various Disney Legends and Historians, Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow looks at the various technologies Walt Disney used and developed over the course of his life. From creating the first sync sound animation in 1928 to his unrealized dream of E.P.C.O.T., an experimental city that passed on with him in 1966, this film shows Walt Disney as the futurist he truly was.
“We succeed when we help others succeed” this is the Unite Your Light WOMEN motto and actually is one of my motto’s in life.
Thursday 8th of Dec 2016 was our first event at The Lion Hotel – And I am delighted to say it showed signs of being a very valuable meet up for women who want to shine a light on their story, their strengths, their success and their spirit. #UniteYourLightWOMEN Thank you to all who attended and I look forward to allowing our heartfelt intentions to grow into wonderful and valuable ventures. Elizabeth Ellames
If you choose to come along to our next event… here are a series of backstory questions that could really add depth and value to your brand and pitch.
These simple questions are to be asked and answered quickly:
Who am I –
Where was I born?
Where do I come from?
Who is my family?
What is my background/my family identity?
What am I grateful for?
What and who have made me who I am?
What’s my experience –
What am I inspired and motivated by?
What am I passionate about?
What work have I done?
What have I had to overcome, and what are my triumphs?
How do I add value –
What am I good at?
What are my special skills?
Why do people love me, and what do I do to maintain that?
What has made me unique and exceptional?
What kind of attitude do I have?
What can I do for others?
What makes me successful that is not about my technical or professional experience?
Being real matters and “Your Story” creates your value.
So, learn to be comfortable with sharing your story and values, because that’s what people connect to and also what they share.
I loved creating characters and stories for my playmates that we could play out together, which had invisible or sometimes visible glamorous costumes (when they were available.)
I loved listening to stories that my Nana would share with me from her childhood, while we made seasonal fare – like Pasty Slice or Green Tomato Pickles.
I loved playing all my mums “singles” on my little record player and pretending to be a Go-Go dancer with my friends in our lounge room on a Saturday afternoon.
I loved watching Disneyland in my freshly washed PJ’s on a Sunday night. Just out of the bath, hair washed and already for the school week ahead.
When I was on my own.
I Loved Drawing
I Loved Baking
I Loved Playing with my dolls and pets.
I Loved thinking up “Ideas” of what I could be when I grew up.
When I was about 5 years old I asked my Nana “what do you call a person who makes women beautiful”. Out of the mouths of babes!
How divinely ordered our life is, clearly it was always my mission in life to reveal the True Beauty of women, to empower women so they can share their creativity and gift with the world so they can share their Story; their True Value, their Life Purpose.
Can you recall any desires or feelings of memorable moments from your childhood?
What did you LOVE to play as a child? Chances are it’s still the same…
Know your commitment. Create a clear Vision Statement for your life and your business that inspires you and encompasses your highest values and priorities. Be committed even when you don’t want to, don’t feel like it, or it isn’t fun. Standing firm in your commitments will push you to achieve anything you say that you will, regardless of feelings, circumstances or challenges.