MOROCCAN CARAVAN 2020
I traveled with a little band of writers and artists, from Tangier, through the blue cities of Morocco in March 2020 – Chefchaouen, Fes, and the Riff Valley to the eastern edge of Sahara desert where we stayed at Cafe Tissardmine ,an artists retreat situated in a small oasis village, finally ending in Marrakech just as the Moroccan government issued a warning that in 10 hours they were closing their border because of Co-vid 19. I left 2 days earlier than expected and made it home to Melbourne for a 2 weeks isolation.
Goats teeth and rusted wire
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Concertina book of collage, sketches and found objéts by artist Fiona Scottney
It is such a joy when artists join our creative journeys. While the workshops as we travel are mostly writing based, there’s always the option to respond to the guided meditations with brushes or coloured pens. I love the energy artists bring — always coming at the topic from a wonderfully left of centre place, offering a perspective that can only serve to liberate the literality of us boxed-in writers.
Ellen Michel has a Bachelor of Art and a Diploma of Art Therapy. The winner of many awards, she has undertaken numerous community art projects and runs the Ellen Michel School of Painting in Melbourne.
They were participants on Moroccan Caravan 2020, a 14 day creative journey for writers and artists led by writer Jan Cornall. Organised in partnership with Cafe Tissardmine (Rissani) and Culture Vultures (Sefrou) it began in Tangier, taking in Chefchaouen and Fes and ending with a week at an artist’s retreat near Erg Chebbi.
Click Here to see other participants — artist’s creations from the Moroccan Caravan.