Drawing inspiration from our signature workshop, 'Photo Embroidery Storytelling with Stitches & Images,' this workshop was a poignant exploration into inner child healing through the exquisite art of Photo Embroidery.
We are looking for creatives to collaborate with us in our new inclusion research program, Our Time to Shine! 🎨 In partnership with persons with disabilities, we will be exploring 3 unique touch points – “Modifying tools and materials experimentation”, “Exploring alternative ways of meaning-making, communication and expression ” and “Creating access and inspiration from our space & and environment” ✨
It’s Monday morning and Mary Monterio is having a ball of a time. While laying out flowers on cyanotype paper, the 78-year-old exclaims that the flowers appear to be saying hello to her. A stray flower escapes the arrangement and she chides that it’s getting “naughty”. She uses bold brushstrokes to coat the print with a special light-sensitive solution and gives a final flourish. 
Nur Rabiatutadawiah Binte Mohamed Rafi (‘Rabia’) feeds a strip of yarn over the latch-hook, pushes it through the canvas backing to create a small, even loop. She pulls the string taut, brow furrowed in concentration. It’s a delicate process which requires steady hands and plenty of patience. Rabia repeats the process over and over again, until a bright yellow sunflower slowly forms. 
Seated on a wheelchair beside her is young mentee Tamimi Pohan, born with brittle bone disease. The 14-year-old works slowly, carefully using a lino cutter to cut out the shape of a durian. The afternoon rays of the sun fall slanting on their table, casting a honey-gold hue over the scene. Working with marginalised communities and giving them a voice has always been a guiding philosophy of Mary’s artistic practice. 
Intricately molded dragons perched atop the rim of a ceramic bow, fashioned after the characters in How to Train Your Dragon. A cheery-looking miniature train inspired by Thomas the Tank Engine. Troll figurines that stand stiffly like sentinels. These tiny, delicate marvels are just some of 19-year-old Ang Shuhao’s clay creations made during his free time, offering a tiny glimpse into the rich inner world of his imagination.