Sheep’s wool can be transformed into felt using the technique called wet felting. This process involves moisture, heat, and pressure. Warm soapy water makes the wool slippery, and causes the fibers to open up. With agitation and pressure the fibers get tangled together. After the excess water is squeezed out and the project is dried, the finished product is soft and durable much like felt bought at a craft store. By layering and arranging different colors of wool these children have created unique pictures.
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The Integrative Healing Arts Program at Presbyterian St. Luke’s presents the following therapeutic musicians who will play weekdays in December.
Where: Main lobby at Presbyterian St. Luke’s
When: December weekdays 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM, except Wednesdays which will be 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM.
(more specific info to come; please check back)
Please come hear these talented women share their passion during this festive season.
Danielle Rifkin recently graduated from Naropa University with a Master of Arts in Transpersonal Art Therapy. As an experienced counselor and art therapist at The Denver Hospice, her work supported families through the grief process. Her training and experience throughout graduate school and beyond includes working with women survivors of sex trafficking on a service learning trip in Cambodia, supporting the Naropa Community Art Studio as a mentor to elders and people with mental illness, and facilitating a variety of art groups for populations such as adopted children, LGBT youth, children with epilepsy, and families.
As an art therapist, she uses art materials and the creative process, to explore feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior, develop coping skills, reduce anxiety, and increase self-esteem. Working through a transpersonal lens, she takes a holistic approach and believes that clients have the impulse and capacity to self-heal. With a strong focus on mindfulness, she welcomes openness to spiritual and existential questions. Incorporating client-centered, positive psychology and gestalt theories, Danielle brings inquisitiveness, empathy and genuineness to each client. She incorporates the teachings of Alan Wolfelt, who encourages the role of ‘companioning,’ which emphasizes the importance of being present to another person’s pain without trying to fix it.
Nichole Simpson considers herself from Colorado, having lived here for the past 20 years, graduating high school in Elizabeth Colorado and then going on to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography degree with a minor in Art History from the University of Colorado Denver in 2010. Having been a pediatric patient at the old Children’s Hospital during her junior year of high school, Simpson understands patients’ desire for a creative program within the hospital structure during long-term stays to promote a different type of healing than the treatment they are in the hospital for. Through the use of her knowledge and experience with photography, painting, glass mosaic art, and paper crafting, Simpson strives to find and create projects to capture the interest of many patient populations.
Global Alliance for Arts & Health Annual Conference: Enhancing Lives Through Arts & Health
This 25th annual conference was hosted in April this year in Houston, Texas.
We, at Presbyterian St. Luke’s, know the connection between practicing art/music and the effects of good health. This conference was geared toward further educating healthcare providers, therapists, researchers, and artists.
One of the numerous Therapeutic Music performances at the conference demonstrating the healing power of live music.
In July, Lissa A. Forbes made an art bulletin board on the third floor outside BMT South including photos and writing prompts that she created in 2012 before her Leukemia diagnosis. Then she began to contribute monthly prompts to be posted on the board. Most people cannot face the blank page and just begin to write. It’s hard to get started, so by giving our patients a place to begin, they can then go in any direction. Each person will likely write something very different from another.
The prompts thus far are as follows:
- July: What is my most important habit?
- August: What makes you happy?
- September: What do I wish for …?
- October: Who inspires me? (family, friends, a celebrity)
- November: What is my word? (choose a word to focus on and write what you feel about it, how it impacts you, etc)
- December: What can I celebrate now? (look at small accomplishments or improvements)
Soon we will be embarking on a new year and will continue the prompts to help our patients heal.
Lissa, diagnosed with AML with FLT3 (early relapse gene) on 9/24/13, received SCT on January 30, 2014. Excited to join the Healing Arts Program as a volunteer, she looks forward to working with patients using creative writing, photography and images, and drumming for healing. Lissa has created a bulletin board of her artwork on the third floor of Presbyterian St. Luke’s just outside the BMT North Unit.
Photo taken by Cynthia Lockhart/Director of Healing Arts, June 2014
She has experience in creative writing, self-publishing, public speaking, digital art, and is learning about healing drumming. She has a Master’s in Creative Writing and has worked with authors to create their own life story books.
Lissa self-published Write from the Inside: Dig for Treasures, Discover Yourself, Leave a Legacy, a show-and-tell book on how to write your life story, and The Stroll, a photo-journal, mostly of Colorado trails she walked with her trusty pup, Kobi .
She is largely self-taught in the world of digital art. Lissa believes she came into this life with creativity flowing in her veins. It started out as with most of us–crayons, coloring books, finger paints. It developed in the same way we learn to walk–step by step. If she’s not creating, she’s not living!
Lissa, like Melissa without the “me”
Souls Palette Arts loves the origami paper crane but patients also enjoy folding many other origami projects including boxes, cats, and dogs. Here are the directions for a beautiful origami butterfly. We recommend this project for anyone over the age of seven.
These origami butterfly instructions were found on goorigami.com
Jackie has a passion for the arts, especially in DIY (do it yourself) crafting. She is a continuing student of Ceramics, currently at the Arvada Center for the Arts, where she does wheel throwing and hand building. Growing up in Minnesota, she has also been a student of her grandmother in the various crafting mediums, and says that a flair for arts runs in her family. Jackie’s focus is with the Oncology patients, and she enjoys being able to give the gift of art through the Soul’s Palette program, as well as being able to meet and connect with patients from all over the country. With a background in non profit organization fundraising, she also hopes to help the organization in capacity building so that the program can continue to excel in bettering the lives of patients in their healing journey.
Sharon is licensed as a Landscape Architect and has worked as a designer and large-scale planner for many years. She is also a Birth Doula serving in Boulder County and has taught new mom breastfeeding classes as a Lactation Educator. Currently Sharon has her own business teaching classes in the field of Preventative Health and Wellness.
She is self-taught in knitting, crochet, and most recently, in Tunisian crochet. Knitting happens almost every day, and her style is to have many projects going at the same time. She has a second small business that features knit designs (primarily hats and baby essentials). Her favorite things to do are spending time hiking and playing with her two school-age boys and husband. Other places you can find Sharon are in her community garden plot overlooking the mountains and paddle boarding as much as possible.