Jewelry Making: A Creative Outlet
Something I wanted to touch back on from my first week of Health Issues blogging, is that being confined to a hospital bed or to the hospital walls can leave a patient and their families feeling helpless.What can help an individual cope with their intrinsic need to feel in control, is being able to create something tangible and meaningful during their stay that they can keep as a reminder or to gift to friends or family to commemorate their time in the hospital. Earlier, in my beginning post, I showed how quilting and sewing can be of great artistic opportunity for women on bed-rest or at least confined within hospital walls for the remainder of their pregnancies.
Ellen Dissanayake stated in her book, What is Art For?, that it has “been suggested that because art exercises and trains our perception of reality, it prepares us for the unfamiliar or provides a reservoir from which to draw appropriate responses to experience that has not yet been met with” (Dissanayake, 1988). At the University of Alabama in Birmingham’s Women & Infant Center, creative genius and stitching workshop facilitator, Lillis Taylor says. “as artists working within the hospital environment, we like to think of ourselves as alleviators of boredom, anxiety and fear — boredom from sitting in a hospital bed without friends and family, anxiety from being taken away from the daily duties and responsibilities of her life on the outside, and fear from the fact that her pregnancy is somehow in danger” (Reynolds, 2015).
All of the previously mentioned considered, I was searching for another outlet that I haven’t seen mentioned in class thus far- jewelry making. Being that jewelry making seemingly has few limitations (depending on the creator’s abilities) and has the possibility to yeild a tangible product of the creator’s design, I am convinced that this form of creating art would be more than approprite for patients and family members to participate in. Not only would jewelry making allow for an outlet, it also provides a sense of control in the selection, paring of materials, and the process of assembly itself. Since my mother taught me to make jewelry when I was just 8 years old, I am thinking that this art form can be easily taught if the “student” is willing to have patience with themselves and a good sense of humor doesn’t hurt either.
Dissanayake, E. (1988). What is Art For? University of Washington Press.
Reynolds, M. (2015). Creative Genius Lillis Taylor Champions Arts in Medicine. DIYNetwork.
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