This has been a busy and mixed week. An extra poetry session on the Monday and a session for a homeless Charity on Wednesday morning added extra to the normal week. Throw in preparations for the flower festival and a request from Abbot Hall Art Gallery and we seemed to be dashing from one thing to the next. But of course all this creativie activity meant a massive positive boost to all our participants.
Monday Flower Themed Poetry Session and 2Create
We had great fun on Monday morning writing poetry with the poet Ann Wilson on the subject of flowers. We were all really surprised with the quality and strong emotions the writing brought out. Thanks to Ann and all who took part. Ann made itr very easy to create with simple ideas and games that gave all the participants confidence to write. Some of the work that was produced was very moving and surprised us all.
Really good 2Create Session. We started with some fun drawing activities and finished with poetry. Mat led the session part 1 and using pen had participants drawing small pictures based on sets of words and with a time limit. This was helping everyone gain confidence and giving ideas of ways ideas could be generated.
The second part was led by Ann the Poet following on from the session on Monday…. We carried on playing word games that ended up generating some great individual and group poems with a flower theme.This poem is two parts alternating between somebody in hospital and then remembering their mother in law.
I woke in the hospitals still night Greeted by an arrangement of miscellaneous flowers.
I waved the bunch of flowers at my mother in law Embarrassed in front of the gathered relatives.
Whoever had brought them did not know me well As I detest receiving such bouquets.
Smiling in that quiet understanding humour She added mine to three other bunches
But the thought was well intentioned And then I realised I was still alive.
That smiling tenderness that she showed me Is the memory of her I hold still.
Wednesday Manna House and Kentmere Ward
Space2Create visited Manna House on Wednesday morning, and we ran a printing session. We used an effective technique of drawing the design onto polystyrene tiles and then going over it until the design was etched into the tile. This proved …a very satisfying and achievable way of printing, and allowed participants to develop their designs. The session was very productive and creative, with some participants going on to produce many cards.
Following swiftly on from the Manna House printing session, participants on the ward were this week encouraged to have a go at etching polystyrene tiles for printing, using the same simple and accessible techniques as before. Using both existing templates and new designs, simple cards, and more extensive, wallpaper-like arrangements were all produced in the session, which had a very inclusive and enjoyable feel.
The WellArt Group took up a challenge from the Abbot Hall Art Gallery to decorate the L.A.B. windows with a piece based on Patrick Caulfield’s “Pottery”. We used black tape to outline the pots in the windows, following the artist’s style of… overlapping and perspective. Then we began filling in the pots much like a stained glass window. The overall effect inside the room was very pleasing, with each window styled slightly differently by the individuals working on them.
With group members still keen to produce more flowers for the Flower Festival, some participants worked on producing large flower heads. These were created from folded tissue paper which was then teased out to form a pom pom. We then wired …some on to canes, and wrapped in green fabric to form a stem. Others in the group developed their own work: a hand-embroidered blue tit; a rag rug; hand-made cards, and a wired bowl with a tiny wired flower. As with each session there is a theme, but we also encourage individuality. A very productive morning.