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Image: Eileen Kramer with one of the scarves she designed.

Crowdfunding helps artist bring creativity to aged care

101-year-old dancer, choreographer, costume designer, author, sculptor and illustrator Eileen Kramer has offered her talents to a project that aims to raise funds for art in aged care.

For the project, Art of Eileen, Kramer worked with fashion designer Brigid McLaughlin to create a range of scarves, using her own designs and McLaughlin’s ethical and environmentally sound practices.

Funds raised through the sale of the scarves will be used by Arts Health Institute (AHI) to train visual artists to deliver its program, Access to Express, in aged-care facilities.

Access to Express aims to increase quality of life for older Australians through artistic expression and cultural experiences, engaging residents in drawing, painting, sculpture and art appreciation.

Dr Maggie Haertsch, chief executive of AHI, said the campaign’s $12,000 target would allow the institute to train and employ about 20 artists to provide art-making experiences in health and aged-care settings.

On the project’s Pozible page, Kramer stated: “I have lived on this earth for a long time. People ask me, what is your secret? When you’re creating, you’re always doing something new. It’s the opposite of old. Creativity is what makes the world go around. In engaging in truly creative work, you are releasing the little child within. The child’s view of the world is forever new and young. We all have it within us.”

In creating the designs, Kramer said she drew inspiration from poetry and moonlight. “I was inspired by the poems of Sappho. I created a book with photographs and drawings about fragments of her love life. A scarf after all is a fragment, it isn’t a whole dress,” she said.

The Pozible campaign ends on July 15 and the team is more than halfway to its goal of $12,000. AHI receives the difference between the wholesale price and the retail price that would be paid in a shop.

Click on the video to learn more about Art of Eileen.

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  1. Debra Vivarini-Lorenzi

    What an inspiration Eileen is! I would love to be one of the artists trained to help our older generation bring back the creativity that we all have within us!
    I am currently studying Cert Iv in Training & Assessment for Visual Art
    As a fellow artist i would be proud to wear a scarf designed by Eileen Kramer.
    I have posted this onto my Facebook page

  2. Bernadette gilligan

    I have shared Eileens inspirational story to all my friends, after working in the aged/care and disability sector for over 30yrs I can certainly say I am certainly right behind her, Eileen is the epitome of a true inspirational lady. All my life i have raised funds for charities, I find that giving is truly rewarding. Eileen has inspired me to keep going. My mothers name was Eileen but sadly she passed away at the age of 34 from pancreatic cancer.