IMAGINE ME AT ROYAL REHAB WITH PEOPLE WITH ACQUIRED BRAIN INJURY
The Imagine Me project is an innovative creative awareness-raising project for people who are living with a disability.
I worked with 3 people with acquired brain injury at Royal Rehab
Candice, TJ and Amy.
I worked intuitively responding to each individual's style and interests encouraging them to explore this through the images we created.
On day 1 the focus was on familiarising each participant with the concept of the program and with the equipment and software program we are using
Getting to know each individual and what they are interested in personally and creatively
Understanding each individual's creative style through reading their responses intuitively as each Person has limited verbal skills in explaining their vision, what they like and don't like
Exploring different ideas using the iPad camera and then drawing and painting with the program sketchbook pro on iPad with the Apple Pencil
This project was funded by
THE PROJECT PARTICIPANTS
Candice did a lot of painting in water colour and oil prior to her accident so she was quite familiar with the idea of painting and she particularly enjoyed the meditative process of moving the digital pencil as she would a watercolour brush.
Candice uses the stylus as if it were a brush dabbing the paint into the canvas/ iPad and going to the left side of the iPad to put more paint on the brush/ stylus as if it were her colour palette.
She works slowly and carefully and enjoys creating an abstract impression from the original photo. Candice has a natural instinct to work in a painterly style. She is interpreting the image not faithfully following it.
She seems to very much enjoy the feeling of the painting action - the movement of the stylus brush across the iPad canvas
Rehab staff have said she is not normally as focussed as she has been during the workshops
She worked for two hours at a time and she said that she found the process relaxing calming and that it "made her feel good inside"
Her husband was very enthusiastic about the program saying he would be doing this with her at home and that it was a great thing they could continue together
He loves the dog character Brian from the TV series Family Guy.
We decided to create a cartoon series where TJ would perform for the camera the activities he enjoys such as fixing computers cooking, 4 wheel driving, driving a golf buggy, and fencing.
In every scene Brian would appear unexpectedly, popping up out of no-where. We created a speech bubble for Brian to comment and TJ wrote the text to go with the image.
TJ is eager to come along to the workshop sessions and continually asked staff if it was time for the workshop "is it time yet?"
TJ's dad commented after the workshop that TJ was mentally agile after the workshops. He had scored 12 out of 12 on a cognitive test and was "challenging his dad"
Amy loves painting flowers usually in acrylic rather than on the Ipad.
We decided to photograph flowers and then work from these as an inspiration
Using the photo as the background layer we then trace over the image in another layer
We use the original image as an inspiration for the composition he colour palette and the structure of the images
Amy likes to work in detail working slowly and carefully to create a somewhat realistic impression
She enjoys the fact that it is easy to undo the mistakes or accidents on the Ipad where she is upset by other painting methods such as acrylic where it is difficult to correct mistakes