by | Jul 11, 2009 | Lifestyle, RESOURCES | 0 comments

Rowan Leaves with Hole by Andy GoldsworthyCreativity comes in many forms. Write a poem, paint a picture, cook a meal, play a game, create a ritual, design a vision board. Get the juices flowing in the right side of your brain. For those of us with toxic brain injury, creating can be a healing act.

art supplies
Earth Pigments
All-natural, non-toxic paints in a wide range of vibrant colors.

Green Earth Office Supply
Less toxic art supplies, office supplies, and much more—check out their extensive online catalog.

non-toxic printers
Rolling Press
A boutique print house in Brooklyn, NY committed to environmentally-friendly printing methods, using only soy and vegetable inks and a chemical-free computer-to-plate production process. 718.625.6800

Creative Canaries
A space where artists of all kinds challenged by multiple chemical sensitivities (MCS) can connect, helping each other with trust and loving kindness to continue their work, or find their way back to working as an artist in spite of their limitations.
A community-based website for young aspiring artists and photographers; more established artists and members of the art world—teachers, collectors, curators, museums, galleries, and art buyers.

info / guidance
Arts and Healing Network
Celebrates the connection between art and healing—an international resource for anyone interested in the healing potential of art, especially environmentalists, social activists, artists, art professionals, health care practitioners, and those challenged by illness.

Healing Art Journeys
Creative retreats and residences in the mountains of Spain for creative people wanting to continue work on a project, or looking for new ideas—site contains a gallery of work by Meg Robinson, the nomadic artist who created the site after completely healing from a 10-year battle with Chronic Fatigue through reiki, massage, drawing, writing, and meditation.

Jessie’s Fund
Helping sick children through the creative and therapeutic use of music.

Live your Creative Vision
Site of Kay Marie Porterfield, creativity coach—chock full of interesting articles on creativity, arts and healing, journal writing, and memoir writing.

Rosetta Life
A U.K.-based organization of professional artists that enables people with life-threatening illnesses and their families to explore experiences of significance through video, photography, drama, poetry, fiction and other art forms—a wonderful site to explore!

VSA Arts
Creating a society where people with disabilities can learn through, participate in, and enjoy the arts.

materials info
Toxic Art Materials’s complete section on toxins in the art studio: includes safety precautions, health issues, art materials, acute and chronic illnesses, hazardous pigments, toxic information, and more.

Nontoxic Printmaking
Research resource and workshop guide for artists, educators and printmakers.

of interest
Another Girl at Play
Find your inspiration: a collection of women artists making creative dreams real, with a comprehensive creativity resource list.

Conversations about Creativity and Chronic Illness I
Abstract of article entitled: Textile Artists Coping With Long-Term Health Problems Reflect on the Origins of Their Interest in Art by Frances Reynolds, published in the Creativity Research Journal 2003, Vol. 15, No. 4, Pages 393-407.

Conversations about Creativity and Chronic Illness II
Abstract on article entitled: Textile Artists Coping with Long-Term Health Problems Reflect on the Creative Process by Frances Reynolds, published in the Creativity Research Journal, 2004, Vol. 16, No. 1, Pages 79-8.

Holly Mae Pendergast
“The Art of Fragility” reflects a perception of Holly Mae’s world since her diagnosis of Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS). The works show her awakening from the belief that “I” is a solid unchanging being. Each work is birth and death of how she viewed herself 10 minutes before. It is not so much about physical fragility as it is about the mind and the ego’s fragility.

Laurie Tümer’s Pesticide Portfolio
Fluorescent tracers show pesticide residue in our homes, gardens and on our bodies.

My Exposé
Setup, manage, and update your portfolio website with unlimited images, a clean, smooth design, and the ability to sell your artwork online—sign up now and type in Planet Thrive’s promo code (11279) to try it free for one month!

Navigating the Body: A Visibility Project
Susan Harmon has created an art installation from the writings and images of 3 women with Fibromyalgia, giving voice to the unspoken and expressing the invisible through art.

When Walls Become Doorways
Abstract on article entitled Creativity, Chaos Theory, and Physical Illness by Tobi Zausner, published in the Creativity Research Journal 1998, Vol. 11, No. 1, Pages 21-28.

recycled / earth art
Andy Goldsworthy
A British sculptor, photographer and environmentalist living in Scotland who produces extraordinary site-specific sculpture and land art situated in natural and urban settings.

Modern Sacred
Riva Weinstein creates art prayers and visual blessings from found objects—like dryer lint, reclaimed metals, well water, and discarded parquet flooring—visit her website to have your heart warmed and creativity ignited.

Schimmel Art
Sandhi Schimmel Gold creates mosaic paintings from recyclable material, including many of the canvases. She says “I am compelled to utilize unusual resources to create my art. It serves two purposes—to reuse the junk that arrives in the mail and to give images and words a new life or meaning.”


  • Earthwalker

    Earthwalker is the username that PT founder Julie Genser created for her online interactions so many years ago when first creating Planet Thrive.

    Julie's (Earthwalker's) life was derailed over twenty years ago when she had a very large organic mercury exposure after she naively used a mouth thermometer to measure the temperature of just-boiled milk while making her very first pizza at home. The mercury instantly expanded into a gas form and exploded out the back of the thermometer right into her face. Unaware that mercury was the third most neurotoxic element on Earth, Julie had no idea she had just received a very high dose of a poisonous substance.

    A series of subsequent toxic exposures over the next few years -- to smoke from two fires (including 9/11), toxic mold, lyme disease, and chemical injuries -- caused catastrophic damage to her health. While figuring out how to survive day-to-day, and often minute-to-minute, she created Planet Thrive to help others avoid some of the misdiagnoses and struggles she had experienced.

    She has clawed her way over many health mountains to get to where she is today. She is excited to bring the latest iteration of Planet Thrive to the chronic illness community.

    In 2019, Julie published her very first cookbook e-book called Low Lectin Lunches (+ Dinners, Too!) after discovering how a low lectin, gluten free diet was helping manage her chronic fascia/muscle pain.


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