Many of you enjoyed the digital story “Turning Through Time” that Paula Bell produced in the July 2010 Digital Storytelling Workshop. Paula’s movie is about her deep ties to her Catawba County farm and the rich historic traditions she nourishes there today.
Prepare to be delighted! From Thursday, July 22, through Saturday, July 24, incredible stories were produced in the narratED July 2010 Digital Storytelling Training Workshop. These stories showcase the wide, wide variety of applications for digital storytelling, and these latest additions to the “Portfolio” section of this website are in the process of being loaded. At the time of this blog entry, two are already present – “Amazing Grace” by Amy Bechtol and “Turning Through Time” by Paula Bell. Stay tuned. From instructional digital stories intended for the college classroom to personal tributes to beloved people and places — all the July Workshop stories will be loaded over the next two days.
Bechtol’s digital story is a loving tribute to her grandmother, Marie James Mitchell. It is highlighted by an incredible collection of family photographs plus an acappella performance by Bechtol herself which opens and closes the story. What a gift to a beloved grandmother, herself a singer!
Family legacy tied to a Catawba County farm with its 100+ years old farm house is preserved and cherished in Paula Bell’s digital story about her ancestors who made their living farming the fields and creating functional pottery from Catawba County clay. Historical photographs of the family farm blend with contemporary photographs of the farm animals, the plants, and the potter who thrive there today at Life Flower Farm.
To watch these stories, go to the navigation buttons located at the top of the website page and click on “Portfolio.” (To see digital stories produced by college students at Catawba Valley Community College, click on “Storytelling.”)
Paula Bell, a third generation potter, uses digital storytelling to examine her family’s connection to the land and clay creek banks of Catawba County, North Carolina. Paula attended the July 22- 24, 2010 narratED Digital Storytelling Workshop to create her story. This vibrant piece is highlighted by historical photographs as well as photographs taken on her farm in the summer morning light just yesterday before she arrived for the final session of the training workshop.
What a lovely tribute to her hard-working relatives who gained their livelihood from the soil as they raised crops and made functional pottery. Paula continues that tradition today as she lives in the century-old family farm house raising plants and throwing pots at her Life Flowers Farm. Please enjoy “Turning Through Time.”