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.
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