with Julie Derosa

June 23, 2018 1-5pm. | The Mills Building, 545 Pawtucket Ave, Pawtucket RI

We are all survivors.

From loss, from challenges, from addiction, from big change, from illness, from trauma, from oppression... we're human, and shit happens.

Whats important is that as we heal, we acknowledge our survival, regardless of the grace involved - or not. Surviving is not always tidy, and it can be easy to forget to notice our resiliency, our beauty, our victories.

But when we do make the choice to notice and acknowledge and even ritualize our survival and resilience, our creativity and persistence, we experience a fuller picture of who we are.

Celebrating our survival is radical self love.

Survivor Shrines Workshop
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The open hand represents the willingness to connect, to change, to love, and to create that it takes to survive and heal from - well, anything. In addition to your choice of a hand-painted wooden box for your shrine, Julie has made a resin-crafted hand for each participant's shrine, to honor your openness to healing and to connect you to the other members of the group.

Come join artist, educator and survivor Julie Derosa and spend an afternoon creating your own Survivor Shrine - a handmade sacred object which celebrates and acknowledges your resiliency, creativity and power. 

You'll work with a hand-painted wooden container made by Julie and a wealth of materials to work with, as well as your own significant objects and talismans. Julie will guide you through the telling of your story and a creative process for making your shrine. The workshop ends with a little party to celebrate and ritualize the significance of both the objects created throughout the day and their meanings.

You'll leave with an object that works conscious and unconscious power in your life - reminding you of the fuller picture of your value, your joy, your victories and your resilience, even on the hard days.

"I began creating survivor shrines from a place of learning to acknowledge my successes and remind me that I was able to find what resilience looks like for myself.  It reminds me that I have built these skills and added them to my toolbox. It reminds me I survived and to find meaning in that survival."
-- Julie Derosa


Julie DeRosa (Sacred Relic Studio) is a self taught assemblage artist from Pawtucket, Rhode Island. In her work, she addresses issues of transformation and reinvention. Discarded materials find new and unexpected uses in her work; they are assembled and conjoined with unlikely components, a form of rebirth from the ashes into new life and new meaning. The artist also routinely creates and adds resin castings to her work, which she created through a process of mold making with silicone rubber.

These assemblages are metaphors for rebirth, hope, and healing. These forms are examinations of the world in perpetual flux, where meaning and function are ever-changing.

Julie is a Certified Wellness Coach, Certified Peer Support Specialist, and facilitator for Intentional Peer Support, Wellness and Recovery Action Plan, Whole Health Action Management, and Trauma Informed Care Trainings. She has spent the last eight years of her professional career providing training and support to persons living with mental health, trauma and substance use challenges. She is a survivor with lived experience.

She creates in her live/work studio in Pawtucket, Rhode Island with her husband, and emotional support dog, Jack and has shown work in galleries, boutiques and specialty gift shops in and around New England. She is also one of the co-curators of Pop Up in Pawtucket, which has held three one night only pop up art events featuring some of Southern New England's most prominent up and coming and established artists.