I was asked if I could detour via Coona (colloquial for Coonabarabran) to work with a quadriplegic woman named Del and her son Will who is a young artist. I was really interested in the opportunity of working with a mother and son together especially as he was already working creatively.
I was captivated in something about Del’s voice from the beginning as she sounded so kind, gentle and calm. I wasn’t disappointed.
Del told me that as she had become ill, when Will was only one year old, she had developed her voice as a way of soothing and calming him as a young child — since she was unable to hold him to comfort him. She is an extraordinary woman.
Although she had so little, and rarely went out of the very small housing commission home she lived in, she was so thoughtful of others and so generous in spirit it seemed that she was overflowing with plenty.
Dels’ son Will is a cartoonist, and was doing the workshop with his mum as her collaborator and carer. He’s putting some of his own artwork into the Comicon in Goulburn being organized by STARTS.