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What people say
35 people, 11 countries, made one through the circle the art invokedDavid RobinsonTruly Powerful PeopleUnited StatesVanessa maps discussions. She mapped the Transformational Presence Summit in Vught, Holland that Alan Seale and I facilitated. Her work was gorgeous, informative and inspiring. The dynamic of a group changes when there is an artist working in the room. When a group’s words and thoughts serve as the source of a communal image, something shifts. A loop forms: people visit the image during breaks. They take ownership of what emerges. The images inspire conversations and the conversations show up as images. The resonance amplifies the possibilities. Over the four days of our summit the mural began to stretch around the room. Soon, we were surrounded by our conversation; the four walls of the conference centre were changed by Vanessa’s work; we no longer sat in a generic space but occupied a room specific to us, designed for and by us, a chronicle of our unique wisdom. The art transformed us. We were 35 people from 11 countries made one through our intention and the circle that the art invoked.By David Robinson Center for Transformational Presence and Truly Powerful People
The most beautiful and inspiring visualsJayne Garrett, Professional CoachUnited StatesA special thank you to Vanessa and Amber for creating the most beautiful and inspiring visuals of the wisdom shared. I consistently sat across from a powerful message and personal reminder which I carried back to the States and had framed. I’ve attached a photo of this brilliant artistry so you can see that each of you are with me daily in my office.
Her listening is so profound people hear themselves in a different wayTim CasswellCreative ConnectionVanessa is a deeply resourceful person. She is passionate about passion, and listens intensely to people telling their story. She uses her art to draw out the underlying images and understandings in the individual or group she is working with. The quality of her listening is so profound that people hear themselves in a different way and access parts of themselves that they may have lost or forgotten. She is a valued team member of the Creative Connection collective. Vanessa has an infectious sense of humour, and a lightness of being that can turn any work into fun.
It's alive, it connects...real added valueBarbara Kerstens-ScholsThe NetherlandsDuring Pluk de Dag, (Seize the Day) a one day event of self empowerment for people affected by cancer, Vanessa and Ageeth delivered their special contribution to summarize the day in a creative way. Vanessa and Ageeth know how to make a photo of images of what is happening in a day. It’s alive, it works it connects. In short: of real added value.
This is such a powerful process it allows participants to see what they have heardNathalie BayolParis, FranceVanessa has this unique ability to grasp and extract the core concept-idea from a presentation or a discussion then the incredible talent to translate it in images. This is such a powerful process that allows the participants to “see” what they have “heard” and thus not only adds another dimension for the comprehension of what has been shared but also deepens the exploration”.
Vanessa's work complements and simplifies the rational approach...Pedro GioyaInstituto de LiderazgoMadrid, SpainVanessa’s Visual Facilitation offers a fresh, different, and colourful approach. Her work makes the concepts being discussed more global, conceptual and strategic. The visual dimension of her work complements and simplifies the rational approach, making it easier to understand the key learning points and transformation.
Vanessa did an incredible job ...transforming our explanations... and capturing the essence of our companyJusto Hidalgo24 SymbolsMadrid, SpainI hired Vanessa for a time-lapse video my company needed to create in record time because we were going to be featured in a prime-time television program in Spain. Vanessa did an incredible job by understanding what our business does, and being able to transform our explanations into a beautiful painting that captured the essence of the company and the service we offer. It was definitely the best possible decision we could have made, and we definitely recommend Vanessa’s art and experience.
It inspires clarity and effective actionAlan SealeCenter for Transformational PresenceUnited StatesVanessa’s Big Picture work opens doors of awareness and understanding engaged with the underlying energy of what is going on in a workshop. Her work even showed us what we were talking about that we didn’t know we were talking about. It gave us more perspective of our topic and opened the door to creative awareness Vanessa’s work captures in images both the essence and the big picture of the conversation It inspires clarity and effective action and also accelerates deeper understanding of what is being talked about. When your conversation is visualised with Visual Minutes your ability to perceive all its layers happening simultaneously is speeded up, and illuminated. You are able to see the big picture and create anew.
...se complementa el enfoque racional y facilita ...el aprendizaje y la transformaciónPedro Gioyahttp://www.i4dl.com/Madrid, Spain“El proceso de Visual Facilitation que lleva a cabo Vanessa, además de ofrecer un enfoque fresco y colorido (muy diferente a la mirada tradicional) consigue que los conceptos lleguen a los participantes desde una perspectiva más global, conceptual y estratégica. Esta perspectiva se complementa con el enfoque racional y facilita que los elementos clave de aprendizaje y transformación fluyan y se fijen en los asistentes”
Adding another dimension and better understandingWinand KisselsThe NetherlandsVanessa highlighted the TPLC summit with her beautiful narrative artwork adding another dimension and better understanding of the group work and results. Art as a profession at work, contributing to joy, co-creation and team result. Chapeau.