Recently I’ve re-read selections from Global Media Literacy in a Digital Age: Teaching Beyond Borders (De Abreu & Yildiz, Eds., 2016)– along with reading Shawn McNiff’s Imagination in Action: Secrets for Unleashing Creative Expression for the first time. Collectively, these texts have offered me a palette of scholarly fodder to connect my work in arts-based research with critical media literacy. In the true spirit of a/r/tography, my time reading has been accompanied by processing in my visual journal. Interestingly, a vibrant color scheme of yellow-orange and pink– with hints of purple– emerged. (Unrelatedly, as seen in the featured image above, I had also been making cards and these too embodied a warm, glowing color scheme.)

My October 1st journal spread with found poem.

“Scholars are rethinking the key to a bright future– care, draw, and research.”

It was a surprising finding that prompted me to look up the color psychology of yellow-orange and pink. I discovered that Canva offers some pages on color for design purposes, including color psychology with their assessment of colors and suggested combinations. (As an aside, the former art teacher in me appreciated their succinct page on the Color Wheel complete with hex codes– definitely worth checking out!) In terms of learning about yellow and orange, I was surprised to find these colors are not always liked– in fact, they tend to be outright disliked. Yet, the effect of these colors on our psyche is one that “can uplift, inspire boldness and promote feelings of happiness” (source). As to pink, most of what I read focused on pink symbolizing love, passion, and sensitivity. Taken together, the color scheme of these texts and my journal pages are aligned with my emerging findings on remix, particularly as the practice of generating one’s own source texts for remix contributes to feelings of comfort and joy and may have the potential to support trauma-informed pedagogy. More on this later, but for now— wishing you an uplifting and joyful day!

Citation: Redmond, T. (2020, October, 3). Working in Color. Retrieved from

Canva. Color meanings (n.d.). Retrieved from

De Abreu, B. S., & Yildiz, M. N. (2016). Global media literacy in a digital age: Teaching beyond borders. Peter Lang Publishing.

McNiff, S. (2015). Imagination in action: Secrets for unleashing creative expression. Shambhala Publications.

Communities of practice are generally defined as “learning partnership[s] among people who find it useful to learn from and with each other about a particular domain…[using] each others’ experience of practice as a learning resource” (Wenger, Trayner, & de Laat, 2011, p. 9). Yet, I have been curious about how we might locate value beyond a domain-based, intellectual exercise to resituate ourselves as communities of care. How might we embrace and embody care of our interdisciplinary, emotional selves in our professional work? How might a commitment to care ripple outward into our communities at large? Reading scholars in arts-based research has been inspiring for me and the following quote in particular stood out: “With kindred spirits and dedicated companions, dialogue about practice can be affirming, joyful, and ennobling” (Tafel & Fischer, 1996, p. 129). Since the end of 2018, I have been working with an interdisciplinary group of women to study community, care, creativity, and arts-based practice in academia. Together, we engage in dialogue in affirming and ennobling ways. To illustrate my thinking about these questions and our process, I created a journal spread that features aspects of my personal experience as a scholar previous to beginning our research group. The poem incorporated into this piece is Mary Oliver’s “Dreams” and I included an image transfer of a tree to reflect how communities of care have the potential to unlock untapped spaces for nourishment so that all may blossom. You can check out our research group on Instagram @CreativityCollaborative.

Citation: Redmond, T. (2020, September, 10). Relearning Communities of Practice. Retrieved from

Tafel, L.S. and Fischer, J.C. (1996) Lives of inquiry: Communities of learning and caring. In Burnaford, G. E., Fischer, J., & Hobson, D. (Eds.). Teachers Doing Research: Practical Possibilities. (pp. 125-136). Routledge.

Wenger, E., Trayner, B., and de Laat, M. (2011). Promoting and assessing value creation in communities and networks: A conceptual framework. Heerlen, The Netherlands: Ruud deMoor Centrum, Open University of the Netherlands.