Behold the Tree!

The tree is shared! Go to Be Illumined to view a slide show of the tree.

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So on Monday night the tree installation, a paper craft wonder, our 3d sculpture, to celebrate the Bicententary of the Birth of the Bab, was shared in Toowong, Brisbane.

Our Tree of Divine Unity was mentioned in the program:

The tree is a powerful symbol in most religions, often representing the covenant that has always existed been man and God.  The tree that you see here, in one sense represents the Bab, also divine revlations and the unity of mankind. 

We invite you now to please make a contributions to our collaborative art project in acknowledgement of the Bab and his life.

Here are some more images of the tree.

Thank you so much to all who participated in creating our symbol of unity.

There are plans to take it to the next Nineteen Day feast so that the community can view it again.

The tree may be going on…

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‘To Be As One Tree’ About to be Revealed. . .

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Our next post will be the reveal of the tree!

We are inviting people who view the tree, INCLUDING YOU, to think about the community building that might be done to make all of us feel like we are part of one tree!

The team are now completing the work on this sculpture and it can be viewed on the 28th of October.

Thank you for following our journey and to all those who have contributed leaves.

If you feel like leaving your thoughts on how to build a connected and caring community we welcome them here on the blog.

And if you are at our West Side Celebration, take the time to ‘leave your thoughts’ on a paper leaf, to become part of the tree and find out about our community’s activities!

June, Kalen and Sheridan, Project Coordinators

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Spooktacular Launch

Full of humourous poetry as well as some spooky stories! Spooktacular Stories!

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It was enormous fun launching Spooktacular Stories, this years Share Your Story Anthology, to a packed audience of contributors, their families, the public and young readers who regularly frequent the Mad Hatter’s Bookshop.

Contributors were able to make it from as faraway as Canberra and Townsville.

This year marked the first year a contributor under 18 made it into the anthology.  She read beautifully.

Michelle Worthington, shared news of the hospital visit , where several contributors did a special launch with children and their families to share stories and craft, a few days earlier. It was  greatly appreciated by staff and families such that there may be another visit next year and an ongoing relationship with hospitals.

Each author present was thanked for donating their stories to the anthology and invited to read.

We all thought of our wonderful contributors who were unable to be present.

It is a…

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750 photo and video updates: sharing the process

Update of the 750 Project

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Nancy Wong has been updating the progress of 750 project using video and photography.

The updates cover the process of creating the installation as well as showing what it looks like in progress.

She has shared the names of all contributing photographers and their countries.

The 750 art piece will premiere at the Art in Response to Violence Conference at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago – exhibiting from 14-25 October in the Ronald Williams Library art gallery.

Then it will travel immediately to the University of Chicago for exhibit at several events commemorating the Bicentennial of the Birth of the Bab.

After this it will make its way to the Bahá’í House of Worship in Wilmette, Illinois for display in honor of the same Bicentennial.

For more you can visit Nancy’s facebook space

Here are some videos of the 750 project in progress.

Artistic Statement

Nancy visually documents the qualities…

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Luke Slott Storytelling and Music in Coomera

Visit of Luke Slott to Queensland.

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The gentle taps of a smattering of moths flinging themselves at lights of a chandelier, served as an accompaniment to the dulcet tones and moving story telling of Luke Slott.

In the close, warm, and welcoming setting of a family home, friends spilled out from living room into the veranda.

Integrating instrumental and vocal music Luke clearly and thoughtfully outlined a backdrop of the historical context of the mid nineteen century and expanded upon the station, missions, and writings of the most recent Manifestations of God to humanity – The Báb & Bahá’u’llah.

Alternating between piano and guitar pieces, Luke swayed and transported attending souls to the tumultuous and evocative past, and the vision Baha’u’llah has brought of our collective future, and finally the practical implementation within the potent present in which we live.

Love and dedication towards the Central Figures of the Babí and Bahá’í Faiths, infused the craft and…

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Poetry Book on its way!

 

Above is a sneak peek of the art works in response to my latest poetry book project – Illuminations: 19 Poems and 1 Story.

This is a collaboration between Gumbootspearlz Press and  IVI Designs.

It features several meaningful art works in a doodle style by Ruha and Minaira Fifita and 19 poems and 1 story, by June Perkins.

‘The incredible intuitiveness of June Perkins takes the reader on a flight through spirituality, art, illumination and meditation in this insightful gathering of poetry and story. If we allow our spirit to soar to the heights she beckons, we might all reach new beginnings and destinies. Permit the magic of ‘The Artist’s Riddle’ and ‘Dust’, just as an entree, to glide you into the ‘Slipstream’ of what may lie beyond your own consciousness. Her ‘fragrant words’ beckon and invite you to embrace everything you’ve ever dreamed of and more. So become you, become your reality and become enlightened. Join her on this journey and see where it takes you’

Matilda Elliot, Editor of Illuminations.

 

More news soon!  This book is in production and is my gift to the Bicentenary of the Birth of the Bab.

Soon the Tree will Meet the Leaves

A project in progress…

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The To Be As One Tree project, have now gathered 25 artified leaves, many with inspirational quotes from the Bab or about the Bab, from four families and one core activity group!  Kalen’s progress on the tree is above.

June had a go at coffee staining paper for making some of the leaves and they came out beautifully.

There is still time to contribute your leaf.

We’ve also had a contribution of some special origami! More on that story later.

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