How to Heal: Fluidity

A creative eco resource from a queer perspective

In partnership with Queering the Wye

“As the seasons change, as the river flows, fluidity in nature surrounds us and can inspire us in many ways, from recognising our own cyclical patterns, to challenge the binary and essentialist views that constrain and erase our diverse expressions and experiences. Queerness resists simplifications, recognising that we are complex and intersectional beings who cannot be reduced to single labels or categories. We acknowledge the multiple dimensions of our identities, such as race, class, ability, religion, etc., and how they shape our lives in different ways.”

Aimee Blease Bourne

Aimee is a gender non conforming queer artist living in the Welsh borders.

Mindfully Queering Materials from the Landscape into Craft Objects

A random mix of fabrics and foudn items wrapped in yarn and cotton in an abstract shape.

By exploring materials in a new way we can create something queer.  It can help us to  move away from fixed binary labels.

Working as a group, wrap , knot , bend and twist foraged and recycled materials to create new non gendered forms and to bring them to life through film. You can use natural materials such as leaves and sticks alongside old fabric, paper and wire.

Download the full instructions created by Oly Bliss below.

Jasmine Qureshi

Jasmine Isa Qureshi is an ecologist, journalist,  speaker and writer. She spoke to us about what it means to be queer, her journey as a climate activist and queer ecology.

Exploring tools of queer ecology.

What is normal?

What is queerness?

Queer Nature Cards

These Queer Nature Cards were  designed by Aimee Blease Bourne as part of a Queering the Wye project. They celebrate diversity and fluidity in nature within the Wye Valley.  Use them as a prompt to think about the diversity and fluidity around you.

Book list

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Let’s Become Fungal! Mycelium Teaching and the Arts by Yasmine Ostendorf-Rodriguez

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Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds and Shape Our Futures by Merlin Sheldrake

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Slime: A Natural History by Susanne Wedlich

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Folklore and Symbolism of Flowers, Plants and Trees by Ernst and Johanna Lehner

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Art Forms in Nature by Ernst Haeckel

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Crafted With Pride by Daniel Fountain

A bright graphic print of a country scene including trees and green bushes. It is made of layered colours: yellow, blue and pink.

Queer Ecology

Read more about queer ecology.

An abstract pencil drawing of trees, branches and roots.

Resilience

Explore resilience in nature.



Where Next

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How to Heal: Resilience

Explore resilience in nature.

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How to Heal

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