c r e a t i v e p r a c t i c e 01: w e e k 1

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-buttoning up the first year-

Upon concluding our reading for this week and with the influence of my first Health Issues blog post, I decided to engage in a project that would allow me to create something while I was sitting still, but able to share the memories of the art itself with others. I once created something similar on a much larger scale, but since I was mimicking being in a confined space to be comparable to a hospital bed, I chose to go a bit smaller.

Let’s get on with it…

I wrote on my Health Issues blog post about how expectant mothers (who are bed-confined) can engage in artistic and creative outlet by sewing. This allows for the mother to have something to spend her time on, something to show the passing of the time, and something tangible to give to her baby. In this art piece that I created, I used scrap fabric from several clothing items, blankets, favorite fabrics of miscellaneous garments worn by my son during his first year. From the scraps, I made fabric buttons and then arranged them to my liking and framed them. This was a way for me to have a creative outlet, reflect on the various memories tied to each fabric, and to share these with family.

This is how the buttons were arranged once I placed the matting down.IMG_5273

Then I made another one and framed them both…


Here is the one I made years ago, right after my son’s first birthday. It is in a stand-alone shadow box and is my favorite piece of art in my home. Its a huge piece and the buttons are spaced a little over an inch apart. My favorite part of this whole project is that it can be changed to satisfy several creative ventures.


I had to think of a way to use the scrap fabrics from my son’s clothing and fabrics, and since he is rather messy (like most children) the majority of his clothing was too stained to use for a baby clothes scrap quilt. Honestly, I am pleasantly surprised at how much I love this piece and I plan on making a few for a good friend of mine with both of her daughters clothing scraps.



a. i. m. h e a l t h i s s u e s : w e e k 1

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– Oh Sew Much Time –

Nesting is a period of time for great progress to be made in readying one’s own home for the arrival of a new change. Having a baby can be considered one of the most momentous occasions in an individual’s life. While most pregnancies have minimal or close to zero areas of concern, there are some expectant mothers that have to stay in the hospital for critical monitoring for various lengths of time. As a mother of one child, I remember preparing my home to warmly and comfortably welcome our son. For women who have to stay within the walls of their assigned hospital room, I cannot even begin to imagine how that experience rocks the core of a mother who is in full nesting mode. This is an area for Arts in Medicine to address an issue within the hospital- providing those who are confined to their bed with an opportunity to feed their soul and express their thoughts and feelings.

Everything from arranging the nursery, washing clothes, and crafting or making art for the baby- most cannot be done by the mom while she is confined to her bed. While a hospital setting may not be seen as the most ideal to wait out a pregnancy, it can facilitate a great deal of creative discovery and allow for the mommy-to-be to engage in the arts for personal growth or projects that she can use to connect with herself, the unborn child, or family (especially if there are other children at home). In a blog I found recently through a search on Pinterest while browsing for material to add to my Arts in Medicine board, I came across a piece written featuring a woman named Lillis Taylor. Lillis was helping in the Stitching Workshop at UAB’s Women & Infant Center. She facilitates creativity with helping patients make felt baby blocks. This gives the women something to show for their time at the Center and a gift to give their babies. The writeup on DIYNetwork can be viewed at the following link:


When thinking about children who are unable to leave their hospital room, various sewing projects can be used to facilitate a creative outlet. Simple pre-cut shapes of fabric can be used along with needle and thread. Projects may be tailored to various age ranges and abilities. Within the world of sewing, possibilities run as far as an individual’s creativity.

Overall, it is my belief that sewing has unlimited areas of manipulation to fit the creativity levels and skill of any person in a hospital. It can allow for an escape as well as gaining control over a project, give the patient a feeling of purpose, and a sense of accomplishment.