At the end we had our discussion with Pbut and the lady’s on what they liked about each other’s card and what they would maybe change. I felt that it was a successful discussion because most of the women expressed their opinions with confidence, while giving constructive critiques. Many of the women said really enjoyed this technique and wanted to show their children and continue to do more workshops with other cut materials. It is important to build these women’s confidence in their own unique designs.
I was bit nervous at first because I was not sure what to expect and had never worked with motor-impaired children, but as I started to get to know the kids their smiles and laughter were contagious. I got to paint with Boonrat, a seven year old with Cerebral Palsy, who was truly a joy to work with. We painted sun beams, and glued on clouds and birds in our sky palette. When we first started the painting he seems a bit uninteresting, but with some encouragement he smiled and laughed, and enjoyed rolling the paint. While the paint was drying, we played ball. He would hold on to the ball and let go of it so it would roll to me. Despite limited motor control, he makes up for it in excitement and effort. Joy also enjoyed bouncing the ball with the Pat today, and made an attempt to get up on her own, by raising her hands and moving her body.
Check back next week to see where our Young Lions will go next.
Last Friday, Pbut, Susannah, P'Ben and myself took our good ole' CCT van to Wildflower Home about 30 minutes outside of the city. It was quite a beautiful day, minues the scorching heat. When we arrived, five lovely ladies were patiently waiting for us in the sala where we usually conduct our workshops. The goal of last week's workshop was to focus on effective cardmaking. First, we showed the women a series of cards we had purchased at Sunday walking street, the hilltribe store near our office, and other gift shops in the city. Pbut lead the group in a discussion on each individual card, focusing on what the ladies liked or did not like about the design, who they thought would purchase the card, where the card could be sold, and what they would do diferently if they were to reproduce the card on their own. We followed this same sequence for all seven cards, then transitioned to a discussion about the key factors they should think about when brainstorming an idea, designing a card, and, ultimately, selling their products.
Stay tuned for our next workshop!
We also "thank you" to Susan and Sara who brought us some wine that tasted awesome to me.
I hope that you would have a great time doing yoga course in the Sourthern Thailand. Also, I wish Susan to have a good luck on her trip to Sukhothai.
"People come, people go but they will always stay in my memory."
Hey, I'm Susannah, the newest volunteer with the cultural arts program of CCT. Im a university student from Australia on my way back home after one year abroad in Canada and now South East Asia. But first I get the amazing opportunity to help out at the CCT office. Today I met the team here and am really looking forward to getting to spend 3 weeks helping them out and getting to know Chiang Mai a bit better. So far I've loved the food, heat and friendliness Thailand has shared and can't wait to participate in some workshops that spread creativity, colour and joy in many peoples lives. What a great idea this organisation has, can't wait to dig in and get my hands dirty with great projects, people and some laughs along the way.
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Gathering together with a great group of Shan youngsters, Erika, Pat, Michael and I spent two hours weaving strips of magazines, folding, laminating, and laughing with the final outcome being beautiful paper wallets and clutches. It was Erika's concept and plan as well as her elbow grease the put this activity in to action.
For days Erika folded magazine pages in to strips. She then assembled them just enough so that the children could successfully weave all the strips together. As always Pat is our communicator and she does it so well. She brings great energy and enthusiasm to each workshop clearly instructing the students throughout the process with Michael and I jumping in where there is need. Michael soon realized that he has a great talent for laminating just perfectly. And I was pretty handy at sealing and folding over the edges of the wallets.
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