identifying key concepts and values in my practice

recycling package

Evidence of care, recycling packaged up neatly for collection the following day.

Care: Responsibility: Support

In response to feedback from my recent assessment and thinking about key texts to work with for my next contextual assignment I started making some mind maps. Working in a variety of media and multiple projects meant these are quite big, interconnected and messy, and because I chose some Really Nice Pens, they’re also colourful.

I need to get clearer on some content and focus. The opportunity to chose some good texts to review will be most useful if I can review the broader concerns and values across my practice, what has changed in the last year and identify a couple of concepts that are consistent in my working and thinking. Even if the work is making sideways moves or shifting focus from time to time, what is at the heart of my practice?

In the early stages of I say a little prayer for you; gathering material, I was humbled by the enthusiasm and support that participants brought to the project. Within a few of hours of putting the personal call out, forty women responded, saying they would participate. This was heartening, it indicated to me that this must be an important kaupapa, and I felt supported in making this project. As a conversation grew between me and the women sharing, I felt a real sense of responsibility to honour the mana others brought to the work and understand more fully their individual intentions. I have to confess feeling a little overwhelmed at the time and attention all the personal interaction required, the care involved, I had to step fully into the work as a supportive, open, responsive facilitator. I had to be ready to set aside any expectations about what the work might look like and I identified the core of the work quite quickly, it wasn’t what I thought at the start.

Police line package

Evidence of care, POLICE EMERGENCY tape, post crime scene, carefully wrapped up.

I looked these three terms up :


1. bear all or part of the weight of; hold up.

2. give assistance to, especially financially.

provide with a home and the necessities of life.

produce enough food and water for; be capable of sustaining.

give approval, comfort, or encouragement to.

be actively interested in and concerned for the success of (a particular sports team).

3. suggest the truth of; corroborate.

endure; tolerate.


1. a thing that bears the weight of something or keeps it upright.

the action of supporting something or someone or the state of being supported.

2. material assistance.

approval, encouragement, or comfort.

a source of comfort or encouragement.

3. evidence that serves to corroborate something.



1. the state or fact of having a duty to deal with something or of having control over someone.

2. the state or fact of being accountable or to blame for something.

a moral obligation to behave correctly towards or in respect of.

3. the opportunity or ability to act independently and take decisions without authorization.

a thing which one is required to do as part of a job, role, or legal obligation.



1. the provision of what is necessary for the health, welfare, maintenance, and protection of someone or something.

2. serious attention or consideration applied to doing something correctly or to avoid damage or risk.

an object of concern or attention.

a feeling of or occasion for anxiety.


1. feel concern or interest; attach importance to something.

feel affection or liking.

like or be willing to do or have something.

2. look after and provide for the needs of.

fresh and fruity

I have to leave this here while I think on it, and pull together the reading/texts which I’m going to use for my contextual assignment. At first it feels quite heavy.

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