From watching the video my friend Glenda sent me of this process, to approaching the Schack Art Center, to gathering funding from my very art friendly and generous church, Alderwood Community Church ,to obtaining donations of ink, brayers and paper from Speedball inks, it seems like a dream! I dared to think that this wonderful event for people with special needs could be a smashing good time for all and with Gods help and some angels like Shannon Danks and Betsy Best-Spadaro and lot’s of volunteers, it was! The pieces will be hanging at the Schack Art center until the end of Oct. Then they will be featured at Columbia City Gallery in Seattle Jan 15th-March 2nd 2014. Artists reception Jan 18th 5-8pm
We held our second session this week. I had been reading an article on Patch Adams as I have been researching arts and healthcare. I was intrigued by his description of a pouch he had made for his clown outfit that was full of things to amuse and distract his patients from their pain. This was the impetus for our journaling this week. I proposed we imagine we each had a magic pouch that we could pull out anything to amuse or distract our patients. What beautiful sentiments came out of the staffs “pouches”! We also prepped cloth with paint for next sessions participants to journal on. We painted and sprinkled salt on the fabric , representing the preserving work we do with peoples honor and dignity in the dying process. The salt scatters the ink creating a speckled look on the fabric
I applied for a grant with the encouragement of my supervisor at Evergreen Hospice to do a group art project with the staff and volunteers at Evergreen Hospice. Lo and behold it was granted!!! We have 5 sessions to create 2 works to hang in the center and at the plaza where we do our charting. I have longed to bring art to my work at hospice, as I feel our stories as Hospice workers need to be shared and told. I will be posting progress on the pieces as I walk the staff through preparing fabrics to be used in the final pieces. Journaling prompts are a major component to adding our stories to the cloth. At our first session we traced each others arms to create ” hands of caring” . I then had them journal into their hands and arms about what brought them to hospice, what keeps them at hospice and their thoughts on dying , caring for patients, etc. We then painted the fabric with fabric paints.