Participants at Pepper Pot Day Centre in Ladbroke Grove …
got started this week on their first communal mosaic. After learning some basic techniques by making small coasters with a ‘heart’, they then got straight in to the communal project and added their own touch to the mosaic mural.
This 10 week project, where I am working with Beatrice from Notre Art and open to Over 50s, has begun to attract the older members at the Day Centre. Many who have mobility, movement and sight issues and with early to mid stages of dementia have started to feel the benefits of this creative and social activity. The daily dose of domino games and daytime TV has to wait till tomorrow !
Rose, who had suffered a stroke some years ago, calmly worked on the palm tree in broken tiles picking out various shades of green; Ernest, who assisted with the tile cutting, also made headway on the figure of the dancer and claimed the rest of the motif for his handywork!
Keeping hands and eyes busy proved to be popular – many showed an industrious energy, passion and feeling for the medium that i did not predict. Others who initially showed unsteady hands, catarracts and concentration difficulties made significant progress to the figures’ clothing, carribean fruit motifs and jamaican flowers!