In Your Own Skin Project
In Your Own Skin Project
Social art documentary short revealing hidden truths & inviting authenticity & happiness around the world. What would YOU share?
Social art documentary short revealing hidden truths & inviting authenticity & happiness around the world. What would YOU share? Read more
From the director:
What word or phrase would be absolutely true about you; but not obvious to strangers?
As humans we are hardwired to connect. We do this most powerfully through vulnerability and authentic sharing.
Some years ago during a silent retreat I had an epiphany. I realized that the greatest treasure I hold is buried deep inside the thing I least want anyone to know about. Within this wound inside of me lay a rich treasure trove. I was a living paradox and the sooner I could learn to dance with this, the sooner I could unabashedly share my gifts.
I have been inspired by the work of many, especially Brené Brown. She comes from a social work research background and began wanting to know more about what makes us happy. She teamed up with neurobiologists and other researchers and basically discovered that if you want to look at happiness you need to look at shame. Happiness is directly linked with reducing shame, and this takes us to vulnerability, authenticity and ultimately to resilience in transition / changing times.
As an artist, I have specialised all of my professional life in the masks we wear, and am passionate about ritualistic mark making on skin and bodies. Breaking the Silence was a body or work I created consisting of 100 masks that toured the United States and Europe for over 15 years. It was all about revealing our true nature and looking at what we conceal and has had a huge influence on my subsequent work, life and respect for peoples traditions throughout the World.
I've always been fascinated with “shadow” material, the taboo that no one wants to speak about. I tend toward, what Robert Bly calls “our shadow bags”: Sex, death, money, and power. These more hidden aspects of ourselves hold great treasures and vitality when they are freed.
These elements combine to create what is now the In Your Own Skin project: A community multimedia art project, connecting us all by revealing hidden truths from around the world. With your participation we can create the powerful 1st documentary short to share the normally hidden wealth of wisdom that unites us all. And I have to say that I haven't been so passionate about anything since the birth of my son.
More about the process: The IN YOUR OWN SKIN Documentary
With her camera, body paint, and the quest to explore how people choose to show themselves to the world, Katheryn Trenshaw—photographer, documentarian, and artist— approaches total strangers and asks: What is true of you that is not obvious to strangers?
After conferring with Katheryn and consulting with their hearts, those who agree to participate choose a word (or phrase) that reveals something about themselves that is unknown to others. Katheryn then paints the word on the skin of the person and photographs them. The result is as moving as it is unexpected.
Her background in art, psychology, and language allows her to connect with her subjects on a variety of levels. This multi-layered perspective comes through to the viewers of her moving photographs. Over the past year, Katheryn has created nearly 150 portraits of subjects from more than thirty countries and all walks of life. Each photograph documents a personal story.
This project cannot happen without YOU!
This project is about YOU
Please pledge your support. Simply spreading the word about this campaign with all of your friends, family, neighbours, and not forgetting distant long lost aunts, is a valuable contribution; but our rewards start at just $5 and include items such as books illustrated by Katheryn, signed original photographs, signed limited edition DVDs, photo shoots with the artist, and even a private screening extravaganza (with up to 20 friends) in a Devon eco-venue complete with sauna, views of Dartmoor and a private In Your Own Skin documentary viewing with the film-maker.
The small, highly motivated team working with Katheryn on In Your Own Skin derive huge emotional satisfaction from being part of such a worthwhile project, and have already invested significantly in the project. However funds are still required to cover all the unavoidable fees such as travel costs, equipment hire and running things like websites.
Every dollar we raise beyond our Kickstarter goal will be put to good use, enabling the IYOS documentary short to bring even more happiness to even more people.
"We live in challenging transitional times, and I am passionate about the ability of art to bridge people, culture, and well-being. These portraits reveal a living transformative story in a world searching for hope, wisdom and resilience. What would YOU share?"
The overall project:
This In Your Own Skin documentary short is about nothing short of unlocking human potential and joy. I’ve seen the potential for human beings to share in such a powerful openhearted way. The further I go into this project, the more I trust our deep intelligence. I experience people being genuinely authentic. We are living differently now in these challenging times. We are living more and more in community and in ways that we really support each other.
Projects like this one and the others I have created ( like my Breaking the Silence Project) show that love always trumps fear.
I am passionate about this project! I love every minute of this mad and wonderful process: creating these ways to reveal and share our hidden stories with each other. I love how this process can weave into the every day aspects of my life, parenting, community and travels. I recently was reminded of the obvious… that the meaning of life is to find your gift and the purpose of life is to give that gift. Each of the In Your Own Skin portraits gives a gift and reveals a part of each of us. Now that is worth getting up for in the morning! I am so very grateful.
HOW YOU CAN HELP?:
- Share with as many friends and family and organization that you can to spread the word.... And if you can say WHY it is great to all of them, all the better.
- Come to the gig on October the 18th at the Civic in Devon UK if you are in the country or wanna come and help us celebrate and move the project forward.
- Linked in
- Tell your friends and sing its praises, gush, wax lyrical
Katheryn Trenshaw is an American-born artist, expressive arts teacher, and cultural creative. Over the course of nearly thirty years, her work has been shown in galleries and educational venues in Europe, Asia, and North America. Her photographs, sculptures, and paintings are prized in private collections, and have been shown in public buildings, including the United Nations. She is the founder and director of Passionate Presence Center for Creative Expression - an international center without walls through which Katheryn offers educational events, workshops, multi-media projects, and consulting for individuals, groups, and organizations in the United States, Europe, and around the world. Currently, she lives with her teenage son in Devon, England. This vibrant, creative community is an ancient settlement known as Totnes, the original "Transition Town Totnes." There, overlooking Dartmoor National Park, she has a small organic orchard, five chickens, and two cats.
Director of Photography and Editor. Arthur is an award nominated film maker, editor and camera operator. He has worked with The Pet Shop Boys, Paul O'Grady, Lotus, and the wrestlers of WWE. He was also camera operator and editor on an award winning programming for Sky Sports & CNBC.
Executive Assistant to Katheryn and the project, Award winning Photographer and Cameraman, Sound Recordist, Web and social networking wizard
Computer Wizard, Technical Advisor, Photographer, Film Editor, App Developer
Musicians who have written bespoke music for the project include:
- Juliet Russell
- Beth Robb
- Adam Isaac
- Katie Whitehouse
- John Clarke and many more
IMPORTANT INFO: People who contribute to the Kickstarter campaign will be the first to be notified on how to participate in all In Your Own Skin Events.
Have you ever met someone amazing by chance in a public place or on a train, for instance, that changed your life forever? I love chance encounters of the wholehearted kind. I love that I get to do this all the time in meeting people for the In Your Own Skin project and capturing the essential goodness and dignity and resilience of us all. My new friend Moa ( see this clip) is a great example. What's not to love?
Katheryn Trenshaw Interviews Juliet Russell
Social networking sites, web sites and article links:
Radio Interviews - Have a listen online:
BBC Radio Devon with John Govier Saturday Oct 13
Vivacity Radio Interview with Shivani Friday Oct 12th:
Herald Express: Social art exploration looking at how words and phrases International artist, teacher and filmmaker Katheryn Trenshaw (pictured) ... Trenshaw has asked the question of more than 100 people from around the world.
Risks and challenges
This project's major risk really is dedicating my life and resources and time wholeheartedly to this which I believe matters the most. The challenge at first was how to go about it, how to gather a great team, and create all the portraits at the same time. And, through sheer sometimes rather mad, stubborn optimism combined with very practical experience of running a decade long large international art events, I have managed to counter the risks and challenges with a winning combination of great support and advisors, setting aside a realistic time frame, hiring an incredibly competent PA/assistant and editor, as well as taking the 2 years prior to the project topping up my training in film and project management with some of the best trainers in the US and UK.
And, to be frank, the thing that I think qualifies me the most is my wholehearted passion for this project that seems to be, in and of itself, quite contagious.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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