Project-based Creative Work

Project-based Creative Work: What it’s all about

I work two days a week in a creative studio where we craft different products, which are mainly for sale on a crafts market or for decoration of annual festivities. With the designing of a mural and a garden sculpture together with the residents, I want to create a long lasting creative project for the «Wohn- und Werkheim Sunnerain» in my diploma project.

Why you should back this project

I would be very happy about your financial support, because there are some costs coming along with this project, which I cannot shoulder alone. For example: Special waterproof paper (30m) and acrylic paint for the garden sculpture, special paint for the mural and supplies, documentation material, trip with the resident to exhibitions for inspiration.

What you receive

In return for your support, you will receive one of these great prizes described below.

Project vision

The aim of this project is that the residents are actively involved in the project and that they can learn new working techniques, which they can apply in the future. This project will be continuously documented and theoretically reflected with regard to project-based work of people with mental disabilities and how their individual skills can be supported through creative working.

Design phase

In February 2014, the project has started with a three-week design phase on mythical creatures. In particular one resident has designed numerous sketches, which got screenshot and further developed. Finally, the drawings were printed on plastic sheets, enlarged via an overhead projector and directly badged on wrapping paper. 

Folding triangles and painting in the studio

During seven weeks, in April and May, the residents folded about 500 triangles made ​​of waterproof material for the garden sculpture. Later on, they painted and staged them in the garden. These triangles are the basic pieces for a Tangrami sculpture - a dragon sculpture that will be stuck together of these triangles. Simultaneously, the animals on the wrapping paper were painted and distributed together with the residents on the concrete wall for a definitive draft of the mural. In between, we visited the Bruno Weber Park and another exhibition in the Helmhaus Zürich for inspiration.

Painting of the mural

Since the beginning of July, we have been painting the mythical creatures directly on the wall! The figures are implemented by residents, which are staying home in the institution during holiday, based on the wrapping paper drafts of the resident of the studio. 

Project foresight

The project is expected to be finished until the beginning of October 2014. In early September, it will be presented to the families of the residents with a photo exhibition at the “Sunnerainfest” and after finishing dedicated with a vernissage. The final documentation of the project will be written until December 2014.