My visitors today

Thursday 23 December 2010

Another picture to illustrate Andrew Sutton's posting

Andrew Sutton's VIP junk

Fish swimming against the stream!



The Great Wall

Workshops and art work

I went on a post-Congress morning visit to a workshop where many pictures and other works of art where produced and sold and I saw therethe work by the artist Wing Wong whose story has recently been told on Andrew Sutton's blog:

I include here photographs of the pictures that I bought, all prints of the originals that are also printed onto textiles, notebooks, etc., The first picture also a postcard version of Andrew's junk and Hong Kong by Wing Wong.

At the same workshop there were also facilities for making pottery, book-binding, machine embroidery and computer graphic design.

At another workshop I saw teenagers working on computer designed cartoon characters that are reproduced on pencil cases, notebook, folders and pen holders that are all sold on the open market. The workshops are all busy trying to find new outlets and ideas for production that is competitive on today's market.

I saw a group of people standing, at walking bars and without help, discussing the production of their products and future plans. They could not all communicate verbally so had different coloured cards to reach for from a string above their heads, the different colours indicating their agreement or disagreement with proposals.

In the same workshop at eleven o'clock a piece of music was obviously recognised coming over the loudspeakers because those who could stood up, others remained seated, to exercise for the lengt of the song. Some people had assistance from the therapists and other workers in the room to join in, while some just carried on with their work, not taking the opportunity for a break.

In both the adult workshops that I visited it was a joy to see most of the wheelchairs lined up against one wall, with only a few for whom the wheelchair was the optimum position for working and freedom of movement remaining in theirs.

There were all kinds of seating arrangements for the others, adaptions to chairs and boxes and stools all done by the workshop carpenter and metalworker. There were small notices on the work tables and the dining tables to indicate the equipment and facilitations that each person needed.

There were a lot of tips for me on those two visits.

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