‘Getting Crafty’ with Speakability

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A collection of textile based crafts created by members of the Speakability Tayside group went on display in Dundee.

The craft work, which was displayed in the St Aidan’s Centre in Broughty Ferry, was produced as part of the ST/ART arts project for stroke and acquired brain injury participants across Tayside, which is run by Tayside Healthcare Arts Trust (THAT), in association with NHS Tayside.

The textile crafts programme is one of a range of creative engagement programmes for people with long- term conditions currently being delivered by THAT.

During the eight-session programme, participants experimented with shibori and tie dyeing, textile painting and circular weaving.

Lead artist Christie Page and volunteer artist Tarka Heath worked closely with the group and encouraged each member to produce a range of pieces exploring the various techniques.  The group were given the confidence to create a wide variety of work and everyone produced their own bespoke design tote bags.

Christie said, “Working with dyeing techniques is such an interesting process, where it can be difficult to predict outcomes.  The group learned to adapt their ideas and be inspired by what they produced at each stage of development.  With the right level of support everyone can enjoy these craft techniques regardless of the outcomes of their stroke. The group has worked hard from the very start and produced some wonderful work.”

Chris Kelly, THAT projects co-ordinator, said, “The group has been delighted with Christie’s programme and we have seen their understanding and enthusiasm grow every week.

“We have worked with the group for a number of years providing them with a wide range of creative opportunities and they always respond very positively.  This is the first time we have used these craft- based techniques and Christie and Tarka have shown the group how well they can be adapted to suit individual’s strengths. It has been a really popular programme that I am sure we can adapt for other groups.”

THAT was set up in 2002 and promotes creative engagement, using a variety of different art forms, as a means of improving the health and well being of participants with a range of long term conditions.

For further information please contact Chris Kelly on 01382 835507 or by emailing ckelly3@nhs.net

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