An art collage from June 2010
Adult Survivors of Abuse

Adult Survivors of Abuse

This group is for ADULTS dealing with issues of abuse (childhood and/or beyond). For that reason we have an application entry. We ask that you describe briefly your reason for joining the group. There are reasons for joining other than being a survivor. We welcome new members warmly and you will find support and acceptance.
 
BECAUSE OF THE SENSITIVITY AND CONTENT OF ARTWORK DEALING WITH ABUSE ISSUES, YOU MUST BE AT LEAST 16 YEARS OLD TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS GROUP.
 
Art therapy can help release or express feelings. For those dealing with dissociation, trauma art is welcome. This is a place to share our trauma and healing art.
 
Feel free to express yourselves. The only limitation is that we all try to avoid explicit images that might be construed as pornographic and endure the wrath of Polyvore. Nudity appears to be fine in the context of art, but displaying the male anatomy might be misinterpreted by outsiders. Using a metaphor is preferred. If you feel strongly that you must use a certain image, maybe try to cover most of it? It is possible that those of us with fragile emotions may "hear" a Polyvore reprimand as something devastating and we don't want that.

Along the lines of fragile emotions be supportive of members and encourage them to wait for their own answers. We want to provide insight to consider or to share our experience and hope. However we want to avoid giving interpretation on others sets or interjecting what they should believe.

CAUTION TO NEW MEMBERS:
A number of members have DID (extreme dissociation and amnesia for horrific childhood abuse). Their sets can be very graphic at times. While you do not all have to look at every other members set you may come across them when browsing. We work together to support each other so you might see messages about triggering and programming. If you feel that might be too intense for you, there is a group called Polyvore Art Therapy where members deal with intense emotions but not necessarily the intensity we do.

With regard to triggers: Due to the nature of abuse issues we have members who will possibly find themselves feeling triggered by certain images or word. We want every member to be responsible for keeping themselves safe. This may mean not looking at certain sets. Each of us has to be aware of our own limitations.
 
Welcome to the group! If you need help, please contact either me grace2244 or sunnys-system.

THE GALLERY

THE GALLERY

Welcome to The Gallery! This group offers wonderful weekly Art Exhibitions showcasing ONE member’s sets at a time in the format of a contest. Everyone is welcome to submit art sets to the group, but, please be respectful and do not enter them into another person’s Art Show / contest (banishment from group and no Show of your own is the consequence). Please let the featured artist know how much you enjoyed their show and don’t forget to vote for your 12 favorites each week!

We will invite group members and other Polyvore artists to feature their absolute best work in a showcase of their art sets for a week. If you would like to have your very own Art Exhibition, please let one of the moderators know.
 
------------ For those interested in having an Art Show at the Gallery ------------
 
Once we have acknowledged that you are interested in being showcased, the next step is to send us a short biography (bio). It will be published when your Art Show is set up. Share anything that you want the Polyvore family to know about you when they view your art. Polyvore now limits the space for your bio to 300 spaces or about 55 words, so it must be short.
 
The next step is for you to send us one http: link for a set that you wish to have published with your bio. After receiving your bio and http: link, we will give you the dates of the week that your Art Show will be held. On the beginning date of your Exhibition, we will set up a contest with Your Name, bio and link---this is Your Art Show! During the first 3 days of your Art Show / contest, you submit your fabulous creations. You get to choose what we will see!
 
Submit as many of your best sets as you like. Please remember the total number of sets you submit. Check daily, and if the number goes up, then someone has accidentally submitted their sets to your Art Show. Let one of the moderators know and we will try to remove their sets. The last 4 days of your Art Show is for everyone to browse through your Exhibit and vote on their favorite 12 sets. No matter what people vote for—You win!
 
Artist's Cards are post card size invitations that real world artists pass out or mail inviting people to attend their Exhibit. They usually feature a photo or two of the artist’s work. We encourage you to make a few sets promoting your show. We will send them out for you as Artist’s Cards by making an announcement in the Gallery and including a link to your promotional sets. Here are some examples of Artist's Cards
http://www.polyvore.com/got_show/set?id=19402999
http://www.polyvore.com/art_show_at_gallery/set?id=24949653
http://www.polyvore.com/artist_card_for_gallery_contest/set?id=24320284
http://www.polyvore.com/hey_sylvias_having_an_art/set?id=23413045
http://www.polyvore.com/art_show_showing_now/set?id=24736736
http://www.polyvore.com/invitation_to_open_gallery/set?id=24544718#comments
 
Lastly, sit back and enjoy your very own Art Exhibition!
 

Featured Artists:
cacti - Artist of the Week #1
cindyfaye - Artist of the Week #2
alyssam - Artist of the Week #3
Monniewood - Artist of the Week #4
juliepatricia - Artist of the Week #5
Etteniotna - Artist of the Week #6
Thea Maia - Artist of the Week #7
pottybaglady - Artist of the Week #8
Holly Jo - Artist of the Week #9
Annie Oakley (Imagine If) - Artist of the Week #10
wingweaver - Artist of the Week #11
ArtfulALchemist - Artist of the Week #12
ButterflyzFlutterbyz - Artist of the Week #13
Irishuwell - Artist of the Week #14
Cyberpoppy - Artist of the Week #15
GreenMyEyes - Artist of the Week #16
shonassie - Artist of the Week #17
Manou - Artist of the Week #18
grace - Artist of the Week #19
caramilka - Artist of the Week #20
IncogNeato - Artist of the Week #21
Pettirosso - Artist of the Week #22
mes - Artist of the Week #23
jilbert - Artist of the Week #24
HappyFaby - Artist of the Week #25
PensivePeacock - Artist of the Week #26
Lovely day - Artist of the Week #27
Ivy Leigh - Artist of the Week #28
RitzyMar - Artist of the Week #29
Zoella - Artist of the Week #30
Happy Faby - Artist of the Week #31
Manou - Artist of the Week #32
Hilart - Artist of the Week #33
Victorianvelvet - Artist of the Week #34
grace - Artist of the Week #35
Survivor Art - Artists of the Week #36
soniarykielgirl - Artist of the Week #37
SylviaAst - Artist of the Week #38
Pursue It! - Artist of the Week #39
Sunny's System - Artist of the Week #40
Kanaki - Artist of the Week #41
prairieprincess - Artist of the Week #42
JCP - Artist of the Week #43
3dblur - Artist of the Week #44
Midnight Mama - Artist of the Week #45
shoshan - Artist of the Week #46
StormWarrior - Artist of the Week #47
mery.mia - Artist of the Week #48
German Bianco - Artist of the Week #49
❖a piece of me❖ - Artist of the Week #51
Soopa G - Artist of the Week #52
chezzamc -Artist of the Week #53
Carol Lynn's Secret Garden - Artist of the Week #54
dayledann - Artist of the Week #55
Mary Anne Busuttil - Artist of the Week #56
Noa Potter ϟ - Artist of the Week #57
T Juli - Artist of the Week #58
becca13anne - Artist of the Week #59
Estela Design - Artist of the Week #60
Augusta Vindelicorum - Artist of the Week #61
~ Lisa R ~ - Artist of the Week #62
arlete tmaciel* - Artist of the Week #63
janɛ τʜɛ sτʀangɛ - Artist of the Week #64
Habitpro - Artist of the Week #65
Lauren_K - Artist of the Week #66
Merry Quite Contrary - Artist of the Week #67
Tabitha Sue - Artist of the Week #68

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? DREAMCATCHERS ?

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