Textiles on display at Montrose Stroke Club

Textiles on display at Montrose Stroke Club
Participants with (kneeling from left) Chris Kelly, Jemma Ward, Aoife Burke and Tarka Heath

A selection of creative textiles made by participants on a creative art programme were on display in Montrose Bowling Club.

The printed and dyed artwork was produced by members of Montrose Stroke Club as part of the ST/ART arts project for stroke and acquired brain injury participants across Tayside.

This popular project is run by Tayside Healthcare Arts Trust (THAT), in association with NHS Tayside.

During the eight-session programme, participants experimented with different types of printing and pattern making on paper, cloth and tote bags, using handmade block prints and various tie dyeing techniques.

Lead artist Tarka Heath and volunteer artists Jemma Ward, Maria Tolia and Aoife Burke worked with and supported a large group of participants and encouraged each member to produce a range of pieces exploring various techniques.

Tarka said, “Working with pattern is such a great process. Using different mark making techniques can give you such unique results. With the right level of support everyone can enjoy pattern making regardless of the outcomes of their stroke. The group were a bit unsure to begin with but quickly learned that anything goes. They all worked hard and their confidence grew each week. They produced some wonderful work.”

THAT projects co-ordinator Chris Kelly said, “This was Tarka’s first time leading a programme with us and she managed the process very well. Normally we would work with a maximum of 12 participants but the group kept growing. Some weeks we had as many as 20 taking part. Tarka and her volunteers made a great team and were able to keep everyone engaged and on track.

“We have worked with the Montrose Stroke Club for a good number of years and this programme had the highest number participants yet. It’s marvellous that the club continues to grow and we can bring this important creative element to their programming. People clearly benefit from their engagement.”

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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