Healing Through Doll-Making

By Rose Rodriguez, MLS
NVC Librarian

Nothing in this world
(Ain’t no valley low enough)
Nothing in this world
Can keep me from you, baby
Just call my name
I’ll be there in a hurry
Just call my name
I’ll be there
Ain’t no mountain high enough
Nothing can keep me, keep me from you

Julienne Knowles is an artist, writer, and dollmaker who helped kick off Women’s History Month at NVC with her workshop, Healing Our Ancestral Bodies and Creating Our Healing Instruments.

Julienne’s playlist of oldies music, like Etta James and Brenton Wood, helped set the stage for a good ol’ time. We painted, laughed, while some sang and danced, but for me it was nostalgic. I could relate to stories being shared about childhood and was reminded about unforgettable memories spent with family from those who have passed and those that are still alive. 

I overheard someone say, “this is what I needed” and I totally agree. A week has passed and I’m still full of gratitude for the opportunity to be a part of something that created such a strong sense of belonging. The takeaways I got from this workshop are how important it is to be true to yourself and the importance of building connections so we can be reminded that we are not alone.

Julienne was the perfect person to help us create a safe space for coming together in community and to understand all the ways we are capable of healing through art.

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