How much do you enjoy a new experience? Are you a risk-taker? I'm not, well not usually but I do love new experiences that enhance my day, my life.
Above are a couple of young ladies sharing a relaxing experience during their regular day. They're in their business suits, with shoes off and wadding at the beach, cooling down, perhaps during a lunch break. I chose this image as an example of 'time-out'. Although they will supposedly have returned to their busy conference or office, the relaxed feeling and freshness will no doubt linger, even though they may not mentally be attentive to the experience or talking about it.
I have mentioned before the work done at MoMA in the USA by Artists for Alzheimer's (ARTZ). For several years now this work has been available at NGA for this same community program for people with Alzheimer's disease. The gallery Educators have been trained by ARTZ.
Last week I was thrilled to be able to attend a Training Workshop for new Educators, conducted by the National Gallery of Australia (NGA), at Gympie Regional Gallery. This was part of NGA's extension program for the Arts and Alzheimer's tours that they conduct at their gallery. Please spare 6-7 minutes to watch this wonderful video demonstrating the work at NGA:
Those of you have been following my blogs will know how important uniting the Arts and Alzheimer's are for me. It has been my belief and a passion for many years. It is why I use my art and photography to create reminiscent communication tools for people with Alzheimer's disease. I was inspired at the workshop to meet so many other artists (also with nursing backgrounds) and current aged care workers who are also artists and craftspeople. I guess it stands to reason that our blended interests in each of our lives would see art as a unique and meaningful bridge or communication tool for our person/s in care.
The Arts and Alzheimer's program provides the opportunity for social interaction for people with Alzheimer's disease in a relaxed and aesthetic environment. It supports well-being and is non-testing. And like the ladies in the photo, participants may not always talk about the art or gallery afterwards but feelings of the visit and experience may linger on. This program is becoming available through many Regional Galleries now so please contact your local gallery for times and information.
On Tuesday I posted to our Facebook page a welcome to our recent new followers. I was thrilled to view the page statistics and see that we have personal Likers from around the world: Australia, United States of America, Canada, United Kingdom, Italy, France, Malaysia, Turkey, Iraq, Portugal, Cameroon, Greece, Thailand, India, Aruba, Pakistan, Ireland, Egypt and Libya. Although our number suggests a small group, as a collective we represent many. I know some followers are home carers, some are artists and photographers, some are professional carers and therapists, there are more experiences I'm sure amongst our followers and some, I know, are my family
When I read all the countries' names I remembered the little flags of the world that I collected when I was a girl - way back. It was the 1950's and I'm guessing it was 1956 to coincide with the Olympic Games that year in Melbourne, Australia. I'm not sure how I managed to get so many, surely they hadn't come in cereal packets as I was raised as an only child. I've always had a healthy appetite - but not that good - lol! Maybe the flags were a weekly purchase at the local news-agency. They weren't collector cards. They were tinny reproductions of each flag. The material was fine, like an organza from memory. The flagpole was light wood, like a toothpick. Your person in care or facility residents will no doubt remember them and give you more information than I can. Especially where they came from. They will tell you some of the countries too no doubt. Perhaps they had dolls from different countries. I didn't but I so enjoyed a doll collection one of my little girlfriends owned. She had shelves of smiling dolls wearing beautiful costumes. It was, I remember, a strictly look and don’t touch experience. A further chat time with memories of the Flags of the World may include the old movie Around the World in Eighty Days.
I chose the above photo of the Rosa as it is a recognizable, common, universal flower. Although our Facebook Likers represent many different countries we all obviously have one thing in common - an interest in activities for people in aged care and support for carers and people with Alzheimer's disease and dementia. Thank you for following both my Blogs and Facebook page.
When I was a girl, my Grandmother's gardens were beautiful, and very large from a child's perspective. Her fernery was a secluded area at the top of the yard. It had a tiny rock-trimmed path that wandered through the foliage and did a circle at the end under a large fern and brought you back to the beginning. It seemed to be a magical garden for elves and fairies. If I had been an especially good girl (LOL...rare occasions from memory) I was allowed to go to the front garden and pick myself a miniature pink rose. Flowers have always been an important part of my life, my home, my paintings, me. We all just love them!! But that's not the main reason behind my choice of logo for Share-Time Pictures.
During 2006 I was exploring names for my business. It was to be Therapeutic Arts but I wanted something more expressive of the sharing concept. Therapeutic Arts may also have been interpreted as Art Therapy which is a very different practice to my work. I drew many logos of two people seated in different positions. I drew them representationally. I drew them abstractly. I computerized the designs. Nothing seemed to be right.
SAY IT WITH FLOWERS
Then one day my partner gave me a bunch of daisy chrysanthemums. I had to photograph them! When I viewed the images later I immediately saw my logo! Two daisies quietly nestled together. We give flowers for all sorts of reasons. Sometimes, nothing else really needs to be said does it. Maybe we give or receive a smile, or the coy shrug of a shoulder, or a kiss. Those quiet unspoken actions that I have been talking about these past weeks. Because my movies and books are based on non-verbal communications saying it with flowers just seemed appropriate. I hope you agree.
I'm posting early this week as I have something to share. We watched a beautiful program on Compass this week. This is a heartwarming and inspiring story. The iView link will only be open until the 16th March. Under Programs at http://www.abc.net.au/iview/#/abc1 - click on the COMPASS image with the Program title: The Smile Within
I'm a multi-media artist and the creator of relaxing and engaging DVD movies, Photo Books and Activity Resources for the aged care industry. These are used in aged care by Leisure Coordinators, Diversional Therapists, home and community carers. My silent movies and non-verbal books are designed for people with Alzheimer's disease, other dementias and memory loss. My research focused on Alzheimer's disease, and besides a lifetime involved in visual arts my experiences include work in aged care, dementia specific units and social work.