I am inspired by nature in all her glorious shape shifting squawking, wriggling and breath taking awe-ness. I create dolls, an ancient tradition stretching back thousands of years. The making process is a ritual which lulls you into a meditate state, a dance between the worlds. My aim is in co-creating a sacred vessel, a container for the divine. To weave a relationship through space and time back to the old ones, the Grandmothers of us all and forward connecting to those future ancestors. In taking responsibility as living ancestors we are inspired to create new models of living, which reflect the sacredness of our world.
Jude Lally is an artist, a teacher and a writer. She grew up on the banks of the River Clyde, a few miles from Loch Lomond in the West Coast of Scotland.
She gained her masters degree in Human Ecology at the University of Strathclyde (Glasgow, Scotland) in partnership with the Center for Human Ecology, with her thesis entitled ‘Fire in the Head, Heart and Hand. A Study of the Goddess Brigit as Goddess Archetype and her Relevance to Cultural Activists in Contemporary Scotland.
She moved to Asheville, NC in 2009 where she runs her Celtic Soul School offering a program of workshops and courses.
Firstly there is the school, Celtic Soul School offering workshops and courses allowing participants to explore their relationship to divinity through guided meditations and shamanic journeys, allowing space to share the insights from such activities, taking that inspiration and impressions and exploring that through shamanic art.
Secondly is writing & research, continually exploring the meaning of an ancient spirituality and how to integrate that wisdom and experiences into our modern lives. She is currently researching material for a book on the Ancient Mothers of Loch Lomond.
Thirdly is art, mainly though the ancient tradition of doll making – creating an inspiration and as a focus and reminder to integrate Her into our daily lives.
Listen to Jude talk about leaving Scotland and arriving in the Appalachians, her project The Ancient Mothers of Loch Lomond and doll making. Click on the image above.
Lally, Jude. 2016. Radical Doll Making from Willendorf to Today: The Relevance of an Ancient Tradition. Contained in: Hye-Sook Hwang, Helen, Beavis, Mary Ann and Shaw, Nicole (Eds), She Rises. How Goddess Feminism, Activism and Spirituality? Mago Books, USA. Pgs 99-111.
Lally, Jude. 2013. The Great Bear Mother: A Journey with Brighid to the Ancient Dawn of Imbolc. Contained in: Monaghan, P and McDermott, M, (Eds), Brighid: Sun of Womanhood. Goddess Ink, USA. Pgs 10-16.
Lally, Jude. (2015). Ancient Mothers of Loch Lomond. Sage Woman. Sacred Lands. Vol 87, pgs 8- 13. You can access this article here: Sage Woman article pdf
Read the interview with Jude Lally by Lisa Chun ‘How to live artfully and authentically’
At Celtic Soul Craft we support Equality Now! and launching in 2017 we will donate a percentage of all online courses to help Equality Now! in their work to end FGM (Female Genital Mutilation), to end sex trafficking as well as to end the practice of Child Brides. You can learn more about their work by clicking on the image above. Equality Now! are partners with Girls Not Brides in working to end child violence through forced marriages.