Journal

Izziyana Suhaimi

If you're feeling exhausted and uninspired, know that you're not alone. Many art educators experience this same struggle, especially when they're pouring their energy into lesson planning, grading, and managing a classroom on top of their own creative pursuits. But there's good news: taking time for creative rest can make all the difference.
When we think of art, we often think of paintings, sculptures, and other objects that can be displayed in a museum or gallery. We don't usually think of art as a tool for learning. At Co:Creation Workshop, we believe that art can be so much more than just a way to decorate our surroundings. We believe that art can be used to teach us about ourselves, our communities, and the world around us.
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.