We love how decor and the right colours can completely alter how we feel. We recently saw the influence of colour on the women staying at the Saartjie Baartman Centre for Women and Children in Manenberg, Cape Town. This one-stop centre shelters and cares for women who have experienced domestic and sexual violence in their lives; so the subsequent collaborative creative project that saw the space being re-energised was a welcome relief for its inhabitants.
With the assistance of the Cape Craft and Design Institute (CCDI), the uninviting dining room was transformed into a much warmer space where the women could relax and enjoy meals with their children. To get started the CCDI teamed up with textile designer and workshop facilitator Jane Solomon, who developed the ‘body mapping’ approach 10 years ago. Using this therapeutic tool, the women each chose quotes or texts that had meant something to them during difficult times. These cathartic words were written on circles and cut out to create 'flowers', which were fixed onto a 1 metre x 3 metre length of paper, and scanned and professionally printed as the 'Flowers for Saartjie' wallpaper (part of this was done for free by ArtLab).
With the help of Plascon, the kitchen and remaining part of the dining room were also given a lively update with a fresh coat of paint, while the community-based Rotary club installed dining furniture to complete the look.
We're loving the creativity and the lovely final product that the women created!
For more information you can visit their website at saartjiebaartmancentre.org.za.